7 Days of Pinoy Favorites You Can Make In Less Than 30 Minutes

Now you don’t have to stress over what to have for lunch or dinner.
7 Days of Pinoy Favorites You Can Make In Less Than 30 Minutes

It can be challenging to make time to plan your meal for the day, let alone for the whole week, but it also has its advantages. When you already have a list of recipes ready, you only have to make one quick trip to the grocery and you’re all set. 

That’s why we’ve come up with a recipe list of all your favorite Filipino cuisines—you can make each of these dishes in 30 minutes or less! 


Monggo with Inihaw na Liempo

Who says you can only have guisadong monggo on Fridays? Make it even tastier with grilled pork liempo on the side. 

1 cup monggo beans 

1 medium red onion, chopped 

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

2 pieces dried cooked tinapa, flaked

1/4 cup hibi (dried shrimp)

1 tablespoon oil

4 cups water, more as needed 

1 Knorr Shrimp Cube

1 cup malunggay

Fish skin optional

1 Add oil into a pan. Saute onion, garlic, tomato, tinapa, and then hibi shrimp

2 Add water and Knorr Shrimp Cube. 

3 Add monggo beans and continue to simmer until tender. Add water as needed.

4 Add malunggay.

5 Season with patis and ground pepper, to taste.

6 Serve while hot. Top with fish-skin flakes if desired.


Chicken Tinola

Try this tinola recipe—make it with your favorite chicken parts and add either malunggaysayote, or green papaya. Pair it with fish sauce and red chili for a spicy kick.

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 small piece red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 (2-inch) piece ginger, cut into strips

1/2 kilo chicken, cut into 8 pieces

1 liter water

2 pieces Knorr Chicken Cube

1 piece sayote or small green papaya, sliced

2 stalks dahon ng sili


1 Heat oil in a casserole over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and saute for two minutes or until garlic is brown and onions are translucent.

2 Add chicken and do a light sear on all sides. Add water and Knorr Chicken Broth Cubes. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is tender.

3 Add sayote or green papaya and cook for five minutes or until tender.

4 Add dahon ng sili and cook for a minute. You can also add malunggay. Serve hot.



Don’t worry about the amount of time you need to make this dish. The key is to choose your meat well and cut them into small pieces so they cook faster. You can also use a pressure cooker to cut your cooking time in half.

8 cups water

1/2 kilo beef shank, cut into serving pieces

1/2 cup onion, chopped

2 pieces Knorr Beef Cubes

1 piece sweet Japanese corn, cut into three

2-3 pieces saba, sliced diagonally into two

1 cup Baguio beans, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 head pechay Baguio, sliced

Black pepper to taste


1 Fill a pot with eight cups of water. Add beef shanks and onions. Cover. Let it boil then simmer for 30 minutes to an hour or until the beef is tender.

2 Add Knorr Beef Cubes, corn, and saba and simmer for five minutes.

3 Add Baguio beans and pechay. Simmer for a minute or until beans are crunchy but not overcooked.

4 Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.


Pork Steak

Make a savory batch of pork steak for lunch or dinner! It’s very easy to make and it only requires a few ingredients. You can also chop it up into tiny bits and add it to fried rice the next morning.

1/2 kilo pork chops

5 pieces calamansi, juiced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons canola oil

5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 piece Knorr Pork Cube

1 cup water

Black pepper to taste

1 white onion, sliced into rings


1 Combine calamansi juice and soy sauce in a bowl. Add pork chop and marinate for at least 10 minutes. 

2 Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until brown.

3 Remove pork chops from the marinade and fry for three to five minutes on each side or until brown.

4 Add the marinade, water, and Knorr Pork Cube. Let it boil for 10 minutes.

5 Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for five more minutes or until the pork chops are tender.

6 Add onion rings and cook until softened. Serve hot.



Before the week ends, treat yourself to something rich like this menudo recipe. Pair it with a steaming bowl of rice and your officemates are sure to ask for some.

1/4 cup cooking oil

2 pieces medium potatoes, cut into cubes

1 piece medium carrot, cut into cubes

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 piece onion, minced

250 grams pork kasim, cut into small cubes

250 grams pork liempo, cut into small cubes

250 grams pork liver, cut into small cubes

1 (250-gram) pack tomato sauce

2 pieces Knorr Pork Broth Cube

1-1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon sugar

Black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons raisins

1 cup cubed red and green bell pepper, seeded, cubed


1 Fry potatoes and carrots in a large pot over medium heat. Set aside.

2 In the same pan, add garlic and onions.

3 Add pork kasim and liempo and fry until slightly browned. Add the liver and cook for two minutes.

4 Add Knorr Pork Cubes, tomato sauce, water, sugar, and black pepper to taste. Mix well.

5 Add fried potatoes and carrots. Cook until sauce has thickened.

6 Add raisins and bell pepper. Cook for two minutes. Serve hot.


Chicken Afritada

If you think making menudo is easy, making afritada is even easier—perfect for a lazy day.

4 tablespoons cooking oil

1 medium red onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, peeled, minced

1 kilo chicken, cut into serving pieces

1 (250-gram) pack tomato sauce

1 cup water

1 large potato, peeled, quartered

1 large carrot, sliced

1 large bell pepper, sliced

1 cup green peas

1 teaspoon white sugar



Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until garlic is brown and onion is translucent.

2 Stir in the chicken until the color turns light brown.

3 Pour in tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

4 Add the potato and carrots then cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.

5 Put in the bell pepper and green peas. Season with salt, sugar, and ground black pepper, then cook for a few minutes. Serve hot.


Shrimp Pancit Canton

Don’t let your week pass without a platter of pancit. You can substitute pork with shrimp if you’re looking for a different twist on your usual recipe.

300 grams pancit canton

1 piece Knorr Shrimp Cube

1 tablespoon oil

2 cups water

1 cup shrimp, peeled (remove and set heads aside)

1/4 cup squid ball, cut into half 

4 pieces kikiam, cut into slices

1 cup cabbage, shredded

1 medium onion, sliced

1 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup oyster sauce 


1 Add oil to a large pan over medium heat. Saute garlic, onion, and shrimp heads.

2 Remove and discard shrimp heads.

3 Add squid balls, kikiam, shrimps, and cabbage.

4 Add oyster sauce. Stir.

5 Add water. Stir.

6 Add Knorr Shrimp Cube. Stir until dissolved.

7 Add soy sauce and season with pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.

8 Lower the heat and add canton. Cook, tossing until noodles have softened. Serve hot.

Once you get a hang of planning your meals for the entire week, you don’t have to worry about what to cook the next day. You can also control the amount of money you spend on food because you don’t have to keep coming back to the grocery.

When you plan your meals for the week, make sure you use quality ingredients and flavor enhancers like Knorr Cubes. Adding Knorr Cubes to your recipes cuts your cooking time in half because you don’t have to spend hours simmering your meals to achieve the flavor you want. 

Got meal-plan ideas of your own? Leave a comment below. For more easy cooking techniques, check out the Knorr website. Download the Knorr Flavor Friends stickers here or chat with the Knorr Recipe Pal for new recipes.

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