One Week of Budget Meals: 4 People, 3 Meals a Day for P5000

It's possible! We rounded up a whole week's worth of budget recipes for you.

Cooking for a family isn’t easy—you have to think about your budget, your schedule (and everyone else’s!), and a good, healthy balance in the dishes that you cook. Don’t sweat it: that’s what we’re here for!

 

Here is a handy guide to cooking one whole week’s worth of dishes, from breakfast all the way through dinner, on a budget of P5000 for 4 people. With careful planning and smart grocery shopping, it’s 100% possible! 

 

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Every lunch dish on this list is baon-friendly, and every dinner dish has an accompanying side dish of vegetables or has a good amount of veggies in it already. We compiled everything into one grocery list with all the prices in detail. This will help you get a more or less accurate breakdown of your costs, because ingredient prices may vary among different groceries. Let’s get cooking! 

 

MONDAY 

 


Breakfast: Ham and Egg Pandesal Sandwich

Crazy Mondays will most likely need breakfast on-the-go. 

Pair the classic egg salad sandwich filling with salty ham.

 


Lunch: Picadillo

Ground pork is both affordable and easy to cook! Ask for the lean versions from your grocery butcher. 

One of the easiest Pinoy dishes you can whip up!

 


Dinner: Roast Chicken with Squash

This fuss-free dish lets you cook your chicken and squash at the same time. Just place them in the oven! 

You can make roast chicken and roasted vegetables at the same time and in the same pan.

 

 

TUESDAY

 

Breakfast: Champorado

Looking for a sweet way to start your morning? 

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Lunch: Pinoy Bistek

This famous Filipino favorite keeps well in your lunch box! 

Next to adobo, bistek is one of the most common baons for kids and adults because it keeps well for hours.

 


Dinner: Pork and Potato Stew and Ginisang Pechay

Pair this pork stew with lots of hot rice. 

Make this a weekday go-to!

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This delicious veggie dish is quick and easy to make!

 

WEDNESDAY

 


Breakfast: Beef Tapa

Don't forget the fried eggs! 

Not just a breakfast staple, this beef dish is an easy option for effortless meals.

 


Lunch: Pork and Scallion Stir-Fry

Pork tenderloin is a cheap cut that cooks beautifully. Use them for quick stir-fries! 

Use pork tenderloin for this quick stir-fry!

 


Dinner: Ginataang Tanigue and Adobong Kangkong

Tanigue is delicious cooked in coconut milk! You can get fillets from the supermarket. 

Use your favorite Filipino ingredients to make this easy tanigue recipe!

Cook kangkong, or water spinach, with chicken in a delicious adobo sauce.

 

THURSDAY

 


Breakfast: Pepper and Tomato Omelet

Eggs, anyone? Add bell peppers and tomatoes into your basic breakfast omelet. 

Start your day with a sunny, fluffy omelet made quick using a microwave.

 


Lunch: Chicken ala King

You can pair this with either rice or pasta! 

Pair this creamy chicken dish with rice, pasta, or bread.

 


Dinner: Calamansi Fish Fillet and Gising-Gising with Kangkong

Fish cooks quickly and is perfect for rushed weeknight dinners. 

Marinate your fish fillets in tangy calamansi juice!

This gising-gising recipe has lots of kangkong in it, making it an easy and healthy side dish for your Filipino meals.

 

FRIDAY

 


Breakfast: Pork Adobo Flakes 

Use leftover adobo to make this delicious breakfast! 

Pork adobo leftovers can be turned into crunchy adobo flakes!

 

Lunch: Kielbasa Sausage Stir-Fry

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This stir-fry is a mix of savory sausages and sweet peppers! 

This dish of kielbasa sausage and tri-color bell peppers is colorful and flavorful.

 


Dinner: Pan-Fried Chicken Thighs with Pechay

Indulge in delicious fried chicken, but don't forget your veggies! 

Pan-frying chicken is the one of the easiest ways to cook it. Start with the skin side down.

 

Shopping List + Cost Breakdown: 

 

500 g ground beef = P 205

500 g lean beef = P 315.25

1.2 kg ground pork = P234

500 g chicken thigh fillet = P 132.5

3 steaks tanigue = P 178

500 g kielbasa sausage = P 211.25

500 g chicken thighs, bone-in = P 161

1 kg beef sirloin = P 511.25

100 g thick-cut bacon = P 85.25

400 g cream dory fillets = 91

4 quarters chicken legs = P 226.95

1 kg pork kasim = P 240

400 g pork tenderloin = P108

1 cup ham = P 20.50

5 heads of garlic = P 36.42

1 dozen onions = P 118.80

1 carrot = P 16.25

½ cup calamansi = P 16.26

5 tomatoes = P 23.94

5 tablespoons ginger = P 5

1 ¼ cup scallions = P 21

1 kg pechay = P 75

2 tablespoons cilantro = P 33.50

3 bundles kangkong = P42

300 g squash = P 38

5 bell peppers = P89.25

2 cups potatoes = P42.30

2 green finger chilies = P 14.64

¾ cup button mushrooms = P 43.30

6 eggs = P 41.25

1 block kesong puti = P 90.5

1 cup coconut milk = P 86.25

1 cup coconut cream = P41.95

250-ml all-purpose cream = P 95.20

1 200-gram pack tomto sauce = P 28.50

1 cup sweet chili sauce = P 41.25

¼ cup mayonnaise = P 28.5

6 pieces pandesal = P 30

½ cup malagkit rice = P24.50

 

Pantry Staples:

1 liter fish sauce = P 51.25

5 g bay leaf = P 71

400 g cornstach = P 37

20 g sesame oil = P 91

1.8 liters vegetable oil = P 244.90

500 g salt = P 11.5

25 g ground black pepper = P 16

20 g dried rosemary = P 24.50

500 g all-purpose flour = P 48.95

20 g garlic powder = P 22.50

1 liter vinegar = P 32.25

26 g cayenne = P 52.75

1 stick butter = P 53

9oz oyster sauce = P 90

250 ml oyster sauce = P 120.25

1 kg rice = P 98.50

 

Total: P 4979.46

 

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