Petsa de Peligro literally translates to “day of danger.” It is a period just like today that our wallet or ATM is running low. The payday seems so far away though it is only two to three days far. Still, you get to ask yourself, how will I get through? I guess most Pinoys can relate to it or at one point experienced Petsa de Peligro.
The Petsa de Peligro question
“What’s for lunch, mama?“
This was the question raised by my husband this morning. I looked at our cupboard and dug further inside the refrigerator. I brought out everything and let the “inventive” mom in me decide what to cook.
This mom gathered everything she could muster. Prepared everything and heated the pan. I am about to cook our Petsa de Peligro lunch.
The Petsa de Peligro lunch
When I cook, I usually do not rely on any cookbook. I do not adhere to any rules as well as I depend on my taste and imagination. This mom only envisions her boys enthusiastically eating and from there, starts with her cooking.
For our Petsa de Peligro lunch, I worked around with what’s left in the kitchen. We got a few string beans, a tomato, and a red bell pepper. Good thing there’s still one sayote and sotanghon as an extender. For our protein, we have two big cans of Uni-Pak Mackerel.
- Heat the pan. Use the natural oil of the mackerel to saute the ginger, tomatoes, onions, and garlic.
- Add the sayote slices. Put salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the mackerel when the sayote slices achieved tender-crisp level.
- Add sotanghon and simmer for at least three minutes.
- When the dish comes to a boil, turn off the heat.
- Serve hot.
Cooking time is only about 15 minutes.
Our Petsa de Peligro main protein
For our main protein, this mother opted for mackerel. Just like other oily fish, mackerel is a good source of vitamin D, protein, some B vitamins, and selenium. It is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which is good for the health. Mackerel as well has a distinctive taste which guarantees to give the strong flavor our dish needs.
Aside from the strong flavor, mackerel provides a wide range of health benefits. A few are the following:
Improves cognitive function
Research says that the Omega-3 fatty acids found in mackerel help lower the risk of being affected by depression. It likewise aids in reducing mood swings and lowers chances of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and even dementia.
Lower risk of diabetes
Mackerel contains a good amount of healthy fats which is vital in the prevention and control of the blood sugar levels in diabetes. Including mackerel in one’s regular diet then helps lower the risk of diabetes.
Prevents heart disease
Mackerel is low in saturated fats, thus consuming it lowers the risk of heart complications like atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. Likewise, mackerel is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which when consumed is an effective way to prevent heart disease.
From the many brands of mackerel in the market, our family loves Uni-Pak. Hindi basta nakasanayan lang, kundi the best na yan kapag Uni-Pak. We also believe in the high quality of the brand, and proof to that is that Uni-Pak is also exported throughout the different markets worldwide.
Cook your own Petsa de Peligro lunch
Uni-Pak wants you to have your share of #tatakunipak and experience for yourself its high-quality product. Thus, Uni-Pak is sponsoring a giveaway and it is open to all Momi Berlin Philippine readers. The giveaway will run from September 28 to October 13, 2017. One winner will be chosen via random.org. The announcement of the winner is on Momi Berlin’s birthday, October 17, 2017, through Momi Berlin Facebook page. The winner will also get a notification through a Facebook message on the same day.
I encourage you all to join now and cook your own Uni-Pak mackerel dish. Or perhaps, you would want to try Momi Berlin’s Petsa de Peligro Lunch.
Ang aking petsa de peligro tips ay huwag na kumain sa labas tulad ng mga fast food kundi magluto na lang sa bahay ng masustansiyang pagkain na may Unipak Mackerel, tulad nalang Po ng ginisang gulay na may sahog na Unipak Mackerel, panigurodong #paknapak ang buong pamilya lalo na Ang mga chikiting. Kasi bukod sa mura na masustansiya pa..
I agree. Though there is nothing wrong with dining outside, it is just prudent and wiser to bring packed lunch to work and school. But it wouldn’t hurt to buy food at the canteen or restaurant once in a while.
Mahilig kami sa gulat kahit anong ginisa mapa chicharon, or sardines ang sahog. At mas masarap pa kung hahaluan ito ng Unipak mackerel products. Mapa Mackerel eggballs or Mackerel omu rice!
I like to try that omu rice and mackerel egeballs. new to me. will search for recipes then. thanks for the share.
As a working mom, minsan wala n akong time magluto ng dishes PRA sa mga anak mo so asa lng kmi sa lutong ulam like fried chicken if nagsawa cla sa fried chicken, Mackerel dhil favorite din ng mga anak ko. Ginigisa ko lng sa bawang at sibuyas ung Unipak Mackerel then lagyan ng konting tubig PRA may sabaw. I knew it is more masustansya kaya trusted ko na ito..
Yes, I Garlic, onion and solve na ang lunch. You can even not put water anymore and use the natural oil of the mackerel e. ihihi.
Ang aking petsa DE peligro ay kailangan maging malikhain sa pagluluto. Ang mackerel ay Ginagawa kong torta o inihahalo sa pasta. Any pagiging malikhain sa pets DE peligro ang nagging daan upang makaimpok o matustusan ang mas mahahalagang baggy.
WOuld love to try that torta. I’m learning a lot of new recipes using Unipak Mackerel ha. thanks for the share.
The petsa de Peligro made me smile! Reminds me of my yaya! Haha! I missed her! By the way, I love sardines! I love it when cooked with Chinese Cabbage! I have never tried the brand UniPak before but I will include it on my list so I don’t forget to get some when we go grocery shopping! 🙂
Your yaya must be a real sweet one. Love cooking sardines with chinese cabbage, too. Yes, try the brand. you might love it just like others, too.
Mas mabuti talaga na magluto ng sariling pagkain, lalo kung petsa de peligro na! Tipid na, sigurado ka pa sa sangkap. #paknapak
Mismo on sigurado ka pa sa sangkap.
This is the reason why I also buy canned goods because I can cook it sa petsa de peligro days. Kapag walang laman ang ref at ayaw ko lumabas para maggrocery. Kapag gutom na at need ng mabilisan luto. 🙂
I agree with the mabilisang luto. Though we limit processed food, I guess this Mackerel is an exception. The oil used is also the natural oil of the mackerel.
Uy, tamang tama ubos na yung napanalunan kong Unipak, lol. I should try again, who knows, palarin uli. lol! But petsa de peligro is really mapeligro, haha. Even if we buy in the market for a week’s worth, I still know ‘pag peligro na. lol.
Wow, you won already? Lucky you. Join again. Luck might be really on your side. Will wait for your entry.
I thought petsa de peligro is a name of the dish like aroz valenciana or something haha.. my mom used to encounter that phase too and thats also the time sardines and canned goods become so helpful… my mom used to cook mackarel with misua too
Hihihi. Mackerel with misua is another option. Hihihi. You will also experience such when you get to have your family.
isn’t so nice that you can come up with so many interesting twist from such simple ingredient? I also remember a lumpia filled with mackerel…I just can’t remember where did I encounter that dish but it’s just like shanghai but instead of ground meat, it has mackerel on it.
After my dad died, i’m sort of a bread winner na but I let my mom to handle the budget because she’s good at it and yeah sometimes we run out of budget too but good thing the stocks are always there to the rescue lols
I love your creativity, Mommy Berlin! I also cook sardines with misua and the kids like it. 🙂 I learned this dish from my mom and grandma. They also add patola sometimes. Beaten egg can also be added to the mix.
Love the beaten egg as well. Will try it sometimes with patola. Love patola, too.
Lagi kami may nakahandang delata na madaling lutuin tuwing petsa de peligro. Pero mas nagagamit ko madalas ang 1/4kg na giniling na baboy na ginisa sa shredded pechay sa ganitong mga pagkakataon. 🙂
Hahaha, gawain ko rin yan. Pechay at giniling. Minsan corned beef. Hahahaha. Ang creative ng mga nanay talaga lalo na kapag tipid times.
Sa tulad ko na mommy na at may estudyanteng maghapon nasa school, mas mabuti na pagbaunin ng pagkain kesa bumili ng pagkain sa labas na di ka naman sigurado kung malinis o hindi.. Lalo na ang isang anak ko na may amoeba kaya sinulisigurado ko na talagang nagbabaon sila ng food.
If you are always buying your food in fast food, canteen, or restaurant, and its Petsa de Peligro already then my tips are:
1. Buy Uni-Pak Mackerel and cook it with your favorite veggies.
2. Try to look if there are veggies left in your fridge like, potato, sayote or papaya then saute it with Uni-Pak Mackerel then you are set for your viand at home and or lunch in the office.
Uni-Pak will really save the day and we can do it everyday because with Uni-Pak it is very affordable and nutritious too.
My Petsa de Peligro tip is buy a Uni-Pak Mackerel and Egg. Drain the Uni-Pak then scramble the egg with it. put a pitch of salt and pepper and cook it. Then you are set to have a baon in the office, good to match with rice and or pandesal or with your favorite bread.
Isa po akong fulltime housewife at kadalasan ng mga niluluto ko for my family ay mga masustansya at mga murang sangkap lang naman kasi sa panahon ngayon dapat maging matipid at wais tayo sa buhay. Lagi kong sinisiguro na malinis at masustansya ang kinakain ng pamilya ko,kaya mas gusto naming kumakain lang sa bahay at luto ko ang hinahanda sa hapag kainan kasi aside sa naka tipid kana nasisiguro mo talaga na malinis ang pagkaluto at masustansya ito. Me and my husband kasi ay agree na sa bahay nalang kumain or mag handa ng food lalo na pag may mga occasion kesa laging kumain sa labas or mag celebrate sa labas.
Na’master ko na yata ang pag’survive sa Petsa De Peligro.. Haha, No more eat out, no more extra rice or bottomless drinks. Nagbaba’on na ako sa office ng mga simpleng recipe na home made gaya ng recipes using Uni-Pak Mackerel! Bukod sa tipid na, healthy at easy to prepare pa..
This is an excellent proposal for women who constantly work (and who do not love to cook 😛 ). I personally am not a cook, so I always follow the rules from the cookbooks. However, petsa de peligro seem to give you the freedom to be creative and to still have the tasty meals. I love the brand!
You had at, petsa de peligro! Kidding aside, this skill is a must for every mother I guess (or someone living alone and don’t rely on take aways). Using every possible ingredient left at the pantry. I love home cooked meals and btw, I really like sardines even if it’s not petsa de peligro.
Nakaka tongue twister haha! Palagi naman kasma ang UniPak sa grocery list ko. Ung madali and ready to serve agad na food keysa mamili ng lutong ulam dito na sa UniPak!
Mackerel or sardines sauteed in garlic and onions is an easy and inexpensive ulam/viand to prepare, especially during petsa de peligro. My family loves it!
I heard mackerel as a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.So,I add this to my meal frequently.This recipe sounds delicious and packed with all nutrients.Tinned fish is a must have in our home.I use these in different recipes.
I didn’t hear about this recipe before but it does sound delicious and full of nutritive ingredients. We all know how good it is to eat fish and how many benefits it has on the organism, with its Omega 3 Acids. I actually do eat mackerel quite a lot because it’s one of our local fish from our sea.
I also have peligro moments when it comes to food. Now that my baby is following TK food ( veggies and fruits), we always stock on those. Plus tuna or mackerel would be nice. We love mackerel, we always have those.
HAHA! I actually laughed when I saw the title. It’s what everyone goes through when it’s payday or something similar to that. Seeing empty wallets would just make us cry. Also, you’re right about what mackerel gives to our bodies! Plus, we have almost the same outlook in cooking food. It’s like come what may in the kitchen.
Hahhaha. We really need to be creative with our cooking. And yes, Petsa de Peligro can be scary somehow but it teaches us to value money and be creative in a way on how to survive,
Kapag sahod day,kasama sa grocery list ko ang canned sardines at mackerel dahil paborito ito ng father ko. Tapos sa palengke ako bumibili ng tig isang kilo ng bawang at sibuyas. Kapag petsa de peligro, ginigisa namin ang sardinas sa bawang at sibuyas o kaya lulutuin namin yung mackerel with misua o kaya naman lumpiang isda or fish roll.
I like the idea of the fish roll.. sakto, we have lumpia wrapper. Will try that. Thanks for the share.
i would like to try this. my kids loves to try patsam dishes.. pachamba,hahaha.. im not good in cooking but i like doing new dishes,minsan kc nkakasawa na paulit ulit din un ulam..
We also have that Petsa De Peligro lunch most of the time… It is not because Wala ka talagang pera pero it also unleash your creativity din Kasi saka kahit ano pa yung iserve Mo Basta Alam nila na cooked with a heart kakainin nila and for sure magugutuhan nila. Mas masarap nga Yun ganitong lunch! Mas cozy than and create more women memories as a family pa…
Ang aking Petsa De Peligro tips ay maghain lamang ng pagkaing madali iluto ngunit masustansiya kaya nakaready agad ang aking mga de lata tulad nalang ng Uni-pak Mackerel,at ang paborito ng aking mga anak bola-bola de Uni-pak Mackerel na hinaluan ko ng carrots at spinach, sobrang “BU-Solve ang aking mga anak at asawa, healthy at swak pa sa bulsa.#PaknaPak
I can relate!! HAHA! My payday only comes only every 15th of the month and I usually experience petsa de peligro from the 10th to 14th. I usually just settle on fastfood since they’re cheap but mackerel is a good idea. It is delicious, cheap and healthy. Maybe I can try this next month
I can super relate to this. We usually buy canned goods to use for those days when we’re already low on funds. Haha! Your dish looks yummy though. I don’t think we’ve tried Uni-Pak before. Must check it out.
That’s a great giveaway you have there. I’m sure the person who’ll win will also keep them from being hungry until it’s already payday. The recipe you shared seems easy to do. I don’t really cook at home but if I become hungry and no one cooks, I’ll make sure to follow this one.
Mackerel sardines with eggplant and santol 🙂 I have stocks of sardines kapag petsa de peligro lang namin nailuluto 🙂
ang petsa de peligro tips ko ay,wag lang choosy. minsan kung ano pa budget friendly e,yun p ang pinkamasarap..bsta laging malikhain lng sa mga kids like my own dish na spagettie with unipack with the twist of cheese,sarap tlga..
Waaah super relate! Pag kami nabibitin na sa budget what I do is buy some miswa or sotanghon, sardines and gigisa ko sila hahaha! Or I remake the leftovers.. Like of we had chicken before and there’s still a significant amount of meat I’ll make chicken adobo flakes and garlic rice. Everything can be ulam if it has garlic. HAHAHA
Pag petsa de peligro dun ka nalang tlga dedepende sa mga de lata, or instant noodles. I personally love eggs din kapag wala akong sapat nanoras para magluto, its just one fry away hahaha! For my chold corned beef naman ang fave nya. But I really love the twist of this Unipak Mackerel, now may idea nako sa mga petsa de peligro days!
Dito sa lugar namin medyo malayo ang palengke at may kamahalan ang pamasahe. May mga nagtitinda naman ng ulam dito kaya lang minsan talaga lalo pag Sunday nagkakasabay sabay na walang nagtitinda. Isa sa petsa de peligro solution ko ay bumili ng instant ulam sa sari sari store like Mackerel Sardines tapos gigisa ko sasamahan ko ng gulay kagaya ng dahon ng malunggay para nakatipid, nairaos ko ang petsa de peligro day at the same time healthy pa din para sa aking pamilya.
I don’t really like canned fish but Unipak is okay. Sana lang boneless hehe