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Jertie's Kitchen & Sugarleaf: The Green Guide to Eating Right

September 29, 2014 | By: Peter Orfiano       Special Feature

September 10, 2014, SUGARLEAF MAKATI

We are Jertie and Jaclyn Abergas, sisters who operate Jertie’s Kitchen, a specialty home-based business with a desire to encourage people to live healthier lives. One way we encourage people is through our health and wellness workshops.

Our workshops consist of health talks and cooking workshops. Our health talks are focused on helping people to transition to a healthier plant-based lifestyle, while our cooking workshops are focused on showing them what they can cook and add to their current diet to make it healthier. We only use plants (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains) during our workshops because we believe it’s the healthiest and most underutilized food product we have available.

A lot of people worry that a plant-based diet is too expensive or too hard to make. We’re here to show you that it’s not! Plant-based dishes can be easily made on any budget, no matter how much experience a person has in the kitchen.

Price per student: P1,500
Day and Time: Saturdays, 230pm to 530pm



We’ve always believed great-tasting nutritious food should be accessible to anyone and everyone. And more than that, we should be able to make it easily without breaking our wallet. Eating a plant-based diet should not be any different.

A lot of people hesitate to commit to a plant-based diet because they believe it to be difficult and expensive to create. We want to debunk that misconception! It can be expensive, especially if you always go for the high-end options, but most of the time, it’s as affordable as it can get.

In The Green Guide to Eating Right Workshop Series, we’ll show you how plant-based dishes can be made easily without breaking your budget, sno matter how extensive or limited your experience in the kitchen is. And the great thing about this workshop, you don’t need lots of fancy equipment. You just need a toaster, a rice cooker or a pan with a stove! 

Join us at Sugarleaf Organic Market and Café Makati starting this October 2014 to learn more about making affordable, nutritious plant-based dishes. 

Join us at Sugarleaf Makati
as we show you how to...

October 18, 2014
Eating A Plant-Based Diet On A Budget
We need to eat more fruits and vegetables, that’s a fact. In this workshop, we’ll teach you five easy-to-make plant-based dishes that’ll help you incorporate more fruit and vegetable dishes to your existing diet.

November 22, 2014
Noche Buena Vegan Feast
Eat heartily on Noche Buena without the guilt with these plant-based versions of your favorite Noche Buena dishes!

January 10, 2015
Lose Holiday Weight with Green Smoothie
Had a little too much fun during the holidays? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you get back to your old self. Green smoothies will help you slip back into those skinny jeans without having to jump and down to make it fit.

February 7, 2015
Love, Chocolate
Love is in the air! And chocolates definitely rule this month. Let us teach you new plant-based chocolate dishes to romance your lover (or would-be lover).

Price per student: minimum of P1,500
Day and Time: Saturdays, 230pm to 530pm
Students: Minimum of 15 people

 Eating A Plant-Based Diet
On A Budget

October 18, 2014

In this introductory workshop, we’ll teach simple plant-based dishes that you can do everyday, even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare. Impress your friends with these simple dishes that you can easily make with just a rice cooker and a blender.


1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups non-dairy milk
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets, stem trimmed, peeled and chopped
¾ cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 tsps lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
2 tsps oil (optional)

Water sauté onions until they are soft. Season with salt, add garlic and cook for a few more minutes.
Add broth, milk and broccoli. Cover and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
Set aside a few broccoli florets. Transfer the remaining contents to a blender and puree. Return pureed soup to the pot and add the remaining florets. While it’s heating, stir in nutritional yeast until everything is incorporated.
Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
Serve with crackers or bread on the side.
Serves 4.

 Noche Buena
Vegan Feast

November 22, 2014

When we think of Noche Buena, we usually think of lechon, ham, and all kinds of meat-based dishes. Rarely do we think of adding fruit and veggie dishes to our Noche Buena dinner. In this workshop, we’ll teach you plant-based dishes you can add to your usual menu that’s full of flavor and will have you wanting for more!


1 cup cooked brown rice
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced into wedges
1 medium carrot, cubed
4 pcs baguio beans, sliced 2 inches diagonally
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup green peas
1 medium sweet potato, cubed
¼ cup toasted cashew nuts
½ cup tomato sauce
salt and pepper, to taste
parsley (as garnish)
lemon wedges (as garnish)
mushrooms (optional)

Turn on rice cooker until it heats up.
Saute garlic and onion in olive oil. Add rice and mix in tomato sauce.
Add rest of the vegetables to rice cooker.
Cover with lid and let it cook until rice cooker goes to warm.
Check if everything is cooked. Once it’s cooked, serve with parsley on top and lemon on the side.
If using mushroom, sauté with garlic and onion until it’s cooked.
Serves 2.

Lose the
Holiday Weight

with Green Smoothies and Juices

January 10, 2015

Let’s face it. When it’s the holidays, we fill up our schedules with reunions and parties and we forget about what we’re eating. And when the holidays are over, you start to regret all those “last bite” moments.

Green smoothies and fresh cold-pressed juices are one of the best and easiest ways you can undo what you did. Each glass of green smoothie gives you at least 1-2 servings of the needed fruits and vegetables in our recommended daily diet. And they’re so easy to make, just cut up and add to your blender or juicer. Remember to always drink your green smoothie and juice on an empty stomach so they get distributed to your body cells fast.


2 cups greens
2 frozen bananas
1 cup pineapple
2 cups water
4-5 ice

Place all ingredients in a blender, with greens in first, and blend.
Makes 1 500ml glass.

Love, Chocolate

February 7, 2015

Love is in the air! Celebrate love month with your partner (or would-be partner) with these easy to make plant-based chocolate dishes. And the best part, you can still enjoy these sweet treats by yourself (no sharing!).


Almond, soaked for 6 hours, drained and rinsed
Dates, soaked
Fresh ripe lacatan/saba, sliced
Coconut oil
Cocoa Powder
Coconut Nectar Syrup

Process almonds or dates until crushed or sticky using a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, chop the almonds and dates and mix them with your hands. Make sure you chop them into small pieces, not too chunky.
Press the crust down on a tart pan or a plastic-lined cupcake tins to form the crust.
Place sliced bananas on the crust.
Add coconut oil, cocoa powder and coconut nectar syrup in a bowl using a whisk. Whisk until everything is combined well. Add cocoa powder or syrup to taste.
Pour chocolate sauce on top of banana and place in ref for at least 1 hour to let it set.
Once the chocolate sauce thickens, you can serve the tart.
You can also sprinkle chopped almonds as garnish.
Makes 2 tarts,


Jertie’s Kitchen is a specialty home-based business operated by sisters, Jertie and Jaclyn Abergas, who want to introduce an alternative, healthier lifestyle to people who want to take care of their bodies.

We create mouth-watering gluten-free and vegan dishes and pastries to satisfy people’s palates. We also show them how to make these simple plant-based dishes through our cooking workshops.  Should they need more support, we offer health coaching to help people transition to a healthier lifestyle.

Health is a big concern for us. We have a strong family history of different medical conditions, lots of hospital visits and even our own health scares. We believe prevention is the best cure and we want to show how people how to take care of their health. We strive to make our products and services affordable because we believe healthy eating should be accessible to all and not just to a select few.


Jertie’s Kitchen is proud to work with Sugarleaf Organic Market and Café to encourage people to live healthier lives. Their all-out support and belief in our passion and what we do is extremely validating. They believe in the same principles we do, to encourage people to be more conscious of what they’re eating and to provide them with the options they need to do that.

We look forward to a long-term lasting partnership and relationship with Sugarleaf Organic Market and Café as we both work towards getting people healthier one step at a time.


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