Squid Cooked in Coconut Milk

I used to hate squid because of its allergic reaction to my tongue and throat but when I became poz I suddenly have a high tolerance to it’s smell and taste. Since then i’ve been cooking squid recipe such as Squid Adobo. For today I decided to try Squid cooked in Coconut Milk or Ginataang Pusit.

It is quick, easy to cook, delicious and healthy!! It took me less than 30 minutes to cook this meal. I decided to customize my ingredients and made it more aligned to my condition. I’m not a fan of using too much cooking oil because it causes inflammation of my lungs which triggers cough and asthma in my case so I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 Kilo small to medium squid, cleaned
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups malunggay leaves
  • 1 1/12 cups spinach
  • 3 pieces long green chili pepper
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 pcs laurel leaves
  • 3 pcs star anise
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a cooking pan
  2. Saute the garlic and onion until the onion becomes soft.
  3. Put-in the squid. Cook for 2 minute. Remove the squid, place in a clean plate, and set aside.
  4. Pour-in the coconut milk. Let boil.
  5. Add the vinegar and green chili pepper, laurel leaves and star anise.
  6. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until the coconut milk becomes thick.
  7. Put the squid back in the pan. Add the malunggay leaves and spinach. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the ground black pepper. Stir.
  9. Transfer to a serving plate.
  10. Serve with rice. Share and enjoy your healthy meal!

Here are the 10 health benefits that PHA (People Living with HIV/AIDS) will reap from eating squid!!

  1. Helps the body absorb and utilize iron (copper – 90% DV)
    Squid can provide the body with 90% of copper, a trace mineral which plays a role in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron and the formation of red blood cells (RBC). Copper deficiency may show in the form of anemia. According to several studies, PHAs with the lowest levels of zinc also have the lowest levels of CD4+ cells and the most advanced HIV disease and low levels of zinc have been associated with an increased risk of death for PHAs in several studies.
  2. Squid contains 63% of selenium. Selenium can suppress HIV viral burden (the amount of virus in the blood) and strengthen the immune system. In addition, People with asthma have a lower selenium level compared to people without asthma. Another important benefit of Selenium is to increase Sperm Production. Selenium are purported to help people with asthma, and reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease. Selenium levels drop with age, so some have claimed selenium can slow the aging process, cognitive decline and dementia. Low selenium levels are also implicated in depression, male infertility, weak immune systems and thyroid problems.
  3. Maintains healthy skin, muscles, hair and nails (protein – 30%). Protein helps build muscles, organs, and a strong immune system. Good sources of complete protein come from animals and that includes the squid.
  1. Contains Vitamin B2- 23%. Vitamin B2, riboflavin, is necessary for energy creation. It helps turn fat, carbohydrates and protein into usable forms of energy. It also processes fats and amino acids, and is needed for the body to form red blood cells. The most important thing about riboflavin is its essential nature as a vitamin that keeps you energized.
  2. Builds bones and teeth (phosphorous – 21%)
    Just like fish and shrimps, squid is also packed with the mineral phosphorus. Phosphorus aids calcium in building bones and teeth.
  3. Good for the heart (vitamin B12 – 17%)
    Squid is a good source of vitamin B12, one of the nutrients which have shown to lower homocystein levels in the body. Individuals with elevated homocystein levels have shown to have higher rates of stroke, heart attack and death from heart disease compared to those with normal levels.
  4. Regulates blood sugar levels (vitamin B3 – 11%)
    Eating this marine cephalopods may help stabilize sugar levels with the help of its vitamin B3.
  5. Boost immune system (zinc – 10%)
    Individuals who are deficient in zinc have shown to be susceptible to a range of infectious organisms and squid is a good source of this mineral.
  6. Relaxes nerves and muscles (magnesium – 8%)
    Squid is a good source of magnesium called the “smoothie mineral” because of its ability to relax nerves and muscles.
  7. Reduces blood pressure levels (potassium – 7%)
    Trying to keep your blood pressure levels within normal range? Have some squid and then a banana or avocado to supply your body with potassium, a mineral best known for its blood pressure lowering power.

Sources:

http://www.catie.ca/fact-sheets/vitamins-and-supplements/zinc-and-copper

http://www.livescience.com/43566-selenium-supplements-facts.html

http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/guide/nutrition-hiv-aids-enhancing-quality-life

http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/using-riboflavin-as-medicine#sthash.uKNfjc9W.dpuf

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