Emergency Sunday Cooking: Sauteed Squash (Ginisang Kalabasa) and Fried Lumpia

The house-helper left the house quite late today for her Sunday grocery. The rest of the relatives were somewhere else and I was left all alone. It’s 11:30am. Time for lunch and I had to summon my secret impromptu cooking skills. πŸ™‚

The result: sauteed squash (ginisang kalabasa) and a set of fried fish lumpia. πŸ™‚

The fried fish lumpia was fairly easy. It’s a ready-to-fry lumpia pack from the grocery. πŸ™‚ Ah, the convenience of instant food (in exchange for preservatives) πŸ™‚

I cooked it first as a strategy I learned from mom way before.  It saves on cooking oil since you could use the left over cooking oil from the pan for sauteing the next vegetable dish — Sauteed Squash.

NomNom Recipe for Sauteed Squash:

Suateed Squash & Fried Lumpia

Suateed Squash & Fried Lumpia


  • 1 medium squash/pumpkin; sliced into cubes
  • 1/2 garlic bulb
  • 1/2 onion bulb
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • cooking oil


  1. I first pan fried some crushed garlic and slices of half a bulb of onion.
  2. This was followed by slices of squash cubes; mix well.
  3. Heat for a while (1 minute) and add a cup of water.
  4. Add two tablespoon of soy sauce and mix again; you may add salt and other spices to your liking.
  5. Let it boil or simmer until the water left is just enough to cover the base of the pan; stir from time to time.
  6. Serve while hot.

Well, this might not be perfect, or something, but this is how NomNom does his no-fuss Sauteed Squash and tricky fried lumpia. πŸ™‚