Cooking For Two: 5 Budget Dinners You Can Make Using a Frying Pan

Are dinner dates out getting too pricey? These dishes cost as little as P54 per serving!

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Meal planning and home-cooked dinners can save you lots of pesos if you plot out your meals carefully. We did the work for you and did just that—including an estimated cost breakdown for your grocery shopping and ingredients!


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These easy recipes will help you cook on a budget, too.


These dinner recipes are super simple—all you need is a frying pan to prepare all your meal viands, or ulam. It’ll take you less than an hour (from start to finish) to prepare all of these dishes, too! If anything needs to be marinated, simply prepare the meat and marinades the day before. They’ll be ready for cooking by the time you come home from work.


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Fried Calamansi Pork Chops

Welcome the week with this super easy 4-ingredient pork chop recipe. You’ll be getting that shut-eye sooner than you think!

Cost for two servings: P76.25


A splash of calamansi gives these pork chops a surprising tartness.





Beef Burger Patties

Ground meat will always come out cheaper than whole cuts of meat in the grocery. Plus, they are super easy to work with!

Cost for two servings: P53.50


Use this recipe to make other delicious dishes. Simply add herbs and spices for sandwiches, wraps, and rice meals.




Garlic Fried Chicken

This pan-fried chicken recipe only needs a quick marinade made of patis and calamansi juice. Fry the chicken with the garlic for a big boost of flavor.

Cost for two servings: P84.50 


Everyone loves fried chicken. This version is extra garlicky!





Pan-Fried Sole Fillets

Take a break from your meaty dinners with light but filling pan-fried fish fillets.

Cost for two servings: P95.00


Serve this 15-minute fish recipe over steamed brown rice or al dente noodles.




Pork Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Sauce

You made it through the week! Celebrate the start of the weekend with flavorful meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce.

Cost for two servings: P71.75


Need an easy weekday dish? You can prep the meatballs ahead of time and use for this recipe!


Pantry Staples:

Salt (500 g) = P11.50

Ground black pepper (16 g) = P16.00

Cooking oil (620 ml) = P56.00

Butter (225 g) = P85.75

All-purpose flour (500 g) = P49.00


Total Estimated Costs: P599.25



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Some dishes cost under P20 per serving!

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