Affordable And Delicious Ulam Recipes To Try Under P150

Your everyday meals don't need to be lavish!

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Eating dishes that are simple but flavorful can be affordable! What you have to realize is that you need to learn how to balance ingredients in the dishes you make so that it's loaded with ingredients that are all going to keep you within your budget. This means taking the time to learn the prices of ingredients that you know are budget friendly.     

Here are affordable ulam recipes plus a few tips to keep you within your budget so you can try making these dishes at home without the fear of going beyond your budget: 

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Calamansi Fish Fillet Recipe = P50

Fish fillets are misleadingly budget-friendly but if you can grab a deal in the freezer section of your supermarket, you can have a fast and easy recipe that is delicious to boot. Cream dory fillets for under P100 can be your ticket to eating better and healthier. Plus, you can make it super tasty with a few choice ingredients, including tangy calamansi.      

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Ginisang Sardinas Recipe = P64 

Sardines have a budget-friendly reputation so it's just right that you should be using this ingredient when on a budget. If you however are not a fan because it's malansa, this tip should help: use calamansi in the dish. The calamansi will help remove that fishy taste and give this dish a chance to being one you will want to try. 

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Tokwa't Tausi Recipe = P71

When you see tokwa recipes, you know it's going to be an affordable ulam recipe. Tofu or tokwa is more affordable than meat but what's great about it that it can be just as filling and tasty as meat recipes. 

To boost the flavor of this recipe, salty black beans are mashed into the sauce. This makes it perfect for placing on top of just steamed rice. 

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Champorado Recipe = P91

Your breakfast doesn't need to be a complex spread of many dishes. Instead, keep it simple and delicious with just one dish that's made with love. Serving a decadent bowl of chocolate rice porridge or champorado for breakfast may be your way of showing you care without breaking your budget. 

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Adobong Itlog at Patatas Recipe = P91

Not cooking with meat doesn't have to stop you from eating your favorite dishes! Take this super flavorful adobo recipe for example. Instead of meat, whole boiled eggs and potatoes make this adobo recipe not only super tasty but also very filling and satisfying, too. Swapping out ingredients can be easy to do, and you can do this same technique with other favorite dishes, too.     

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Monggo and Tuyo Rice Recipe = P92

Monggo is another one of those ingredients that give you a heads up that it can be affordable. However, adding pork to the dish can up the price tag of your grocery bill. To make up for that, use other tasty ingredients! 

Here, monggo is paired with tuyo or a salted dried fish and made into a creamy risotto-like rice dish. The addition of frozen vegetables keeps it looking like it's going to be a nutritious meal as well as a super tasty one!     

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Gising-Gising Recipe with Kangkong = P128 

You can eat pork on a budget! The key is knowing how much you really need to make a dish appetizing without making it feel like it's a vegetable dish. Gising-gising is a balanced mix of the two kinds of ingredients, and it's delicious enough to be one that you will want to make often. 

We used kangkong in this recipe but any greens that you find that's on sale would be a tasty pairing for the ground pork.  

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Chicken Pakam Recipe = P146

It may sound like a luxury you cannot afford but buying a whole chicken is the way to saving your budget. A whole chicken is can be more affordable than buying those pre-cut up chicken thighs, breasts, legs, and especially the wings! Instead 

If you're turning away from the whole chicken because you are not adept with a knife, always take advantage of the butcher at your supermarket. To keep it even more affordable, watch out for budget cuts such as chicken necks and tinola cuts. These are fantastic for making into tinola or this delicious recipe using those chicken parts plus lots of tomatoes.        

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