One Week of Budget-Friendly Dinners Under P100

Each serving costs less than P100!

Homecooked dinners aren't just delicious and comforting. They can be cheap, too! If you make it a habit to cook dinner every day at home, you will realize how much money you can save. Shop in local markets and choose ingredients that aren't heavy on the wallet: proteins like chicken and fish, or lots of locally-grown vegetables like leafy greens and chili peppers. 


The cost breakdown for each recipe in this round-up was cross-checked through a couple of groceries in Metro Manila. Use these 7 dinner recipes to whip up budget-friendly dinners at home: each serving will cost you less than P100! 


1 Chicken Basil Stir-Fry


Stir-fry dishes are quick-cooking, fuss-free, and cheap. Add lots of basil for a boost of herby flavor!


This chicken stir-fry recipe is easy, fuss-free, and great for weeknight dinners.

Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P107

Recipe yield 3

Cost per serving P36



2 Calamansi Fish Fillets


Use your favorite white fish fillet and let it sit in a tangy marinade for an easy-to-make dinner.


Marinate your fish fillets in tangy calamansi juice!

Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P216

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P54



3 Baked Chicken with Ginger-Scallion Sauce


You can’t go wrong with chicken! This dish has Asian flavors that are easy to love. Chicken is also an economical choice for a hearty protein.


Serve this baked chicken dish with a flavorful sauce!


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P149

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P20



4 Menudo


The classics are hard to beat. This Filipino favorite also freezes well, so make a big batch and keep some in your freezer for weekday dinners.


This popular Filipino dish can also be cooked in a slow cooker!


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P330

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P82



5 Beef and Sausage Stew


Stews are comforting and delicious—this one has sausages that don’t need a lot of prep work and give lots of flavor to your regular beef stew.


This hearty beef and sausage stew is great with rice or pasta.


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P252

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P63



6 Fish and Vegetables with Tausi


Need a recipe for a light dinner? This one is perfect! Toss fish and vegetables together and add tausi for extra flavor.


This dish is packed with tasty fish and vegetables!


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P223

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P56



7 Shrimp Sinigang Rice


You can save yourself a lot of time by cooking your rice in sinigang broth. You’ll be washing less dishes, too!


Have you tried cooking your rice in sinigang broth?


Recipe cost breakdown:


Total cost P141

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P35




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