Noche Buena Meal Plan For Under P1,000: Cook 2 Dishes + Order Dessert

No need to make dessert with this meal plan!

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Let's get real: The holidays are especially taxing for anyone. The stress of putting an impressive feast on the table that is delicious as well as affordable can be a daunting task for many homemakers. This is where your Christmas meal planning is going to be important. 

However, not all of us can pull it off, and honestly, not everyone expects you to. When you do manage to pull it off, you are the star of the night but you might be exhausted. The good news is that you do not have to tire yourself out to do it all! 

With this meal plan, you are going to only cook two main dishes and order dessert. The best news is that it's all going to be under P1,000. Here are four Christmas meals that serve at least 4 people that you can make plus a dessert you can order that are all within your budget: 

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1 Pork Steak + Pinoy Cheesy Spaghetti + Lemon Pound Loaf Cake = P885

A pork steak may not sound festive but if you're on a budget, this is a great option that you can be sure will be delicious and affordable. Plus, you don't have to worry that you'll overcook it and ruin your Noche Buena dinner. This recipe for pork steak only serves two but you can definitely cook more pork steaks to serve with the tangy spicy gravy!

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Pair with some rice or a hearty Pinoy spaghetti that's loaded with cheese. It's always a winner on any party table! If all that creaminess from the pasta is making you rethink having a rich dessert, you'll be delighted to know that a citrusy cake is waiting to cleanse your palate! This pound cake from Baked By Adelle has real lemons and is made with organic eggs. You won't regret shifting your choice for this lemon cake! 

Lemon Pound Loaf Cake, P300, Baked By Adelle 

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Embutido + Mashed Potatoes + Sans Rival = P902

Did you know that the embutido is the Pinoy version of a classic American meal: the meatloaf. While the meatloaf is a Sunday dinner kind of dish, the embutido is a classic Christmas dish. It is just natural that it should be on your menu this holiday season. This time, however, why not pair this super meaty dish with the classic meatloaf pairing instead of rice: mashed potatoes. Make it chunky so you know it's made from real potatoes or amp up the amount of butter and milk to make it extremely smooth and silky like the French prefer it. You can even add some toasted garlic to really make it super tasty! 

Either way, this pairing will be super appetizing, especially when you see that you'll get a piece of another classic Christmas food for dessert: the sans rival from Betty's

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Sans Rival Quarter, P318, Betty's Sans Rival Pasig

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3 Chicken Cordon Bleu + Creamy Bacon Mac and Cheese + Strawberry Shortcake = P854

A chicken relleno is a star on any dining table but it's a hassle to make. Even with the chicken already deboned, the stuffing and sewing of the chicken is a task that many might be too intimidated to do. Keep the holiday menu planning with no stress and make a proper cordon bleu instead with a gravy that's sensational and tasty.

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Pair it with a creamy macaroni pasta that takes its meatiness from the chunks of bacon in this carbonara-style baked macaroni recipe. For dessert, you'll be tasting the season's most popular flavor: strawberries! This strawberry shortcake is the perfectly-sized dessert of strawberries, cake, and cream that hits the spot without going overboard. 

Strawberry Shortcake, P250, Kookay's Kookies Etc. 

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4 Garlic Butter Roast Chicken + Pinoy Carbonara + Triple Chocolate Roll = P920

How can you resist when there is a whole chicken on the table that's smelling incredibly garlicky and buttery? We know you won't be able to so this roast chicken is the perfect centerpiece for any celebration table. It's a great meaty pairing for the creamy carbonara made with cream. 

For dessert, slice up a roll that's loaded with chocolate, more chocolate, and even more chocolate. It's a cake roll from Red Ribbon that's not lacking in chocolate-the perfect dessert for any chocoholic! 

The Triple Chocolate Roll, P345, Red Ribbon Bakeshop 

If you don't like the cake dessert choices we made for you or are looking for something else to satisfy your sweet tooth, here are more handpicked desserts to choose from that are still affordable and delicious: 

• Mocha Crunch Cuatros Leches Cake, P350, Jeng Bakes 

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• Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Regular Tray, P350, Bites By Crumble 

• Ube Cream Cake, P390, Baked By Ching 

• Dalgona Coffee Frozen Cake, P425, The Pajama Baker

Here are more great lists including more desserts you can order so you don't have to worry about finding the perfect food to place on your Noche Buena table: 

* Total amounts are according to retail prices as of press time. 

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