You Can Make 7 Dinners Using Your Pantry Staples + Printable Grocery List

You probably have what you need for these simple dinners.

You don't need to make elaborate dinners to enjoy hot, delicious, home-cooked meals. These easy dinner recipes only use the basics. From condiments that are probably already in your pantry and canned goods you’ve hoarded to hardy veggies that you always keep on hand, these are the easy recipes you might want to try. If you’re going shopping, we’ve provided a shopping list for you so you can buy all you need on your Sunday shopping run and rest your mind for the rest of the week.

Photo by Riell Santos

Monday: Tortang Talong


If you don't know how to make tortang talong, now is the time to learn it! This basic recipe makes a quick, easy, affordable, and delicious dish that you can whip up any time!

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Eggplant and eggs make for a quick, budget-friendly, and fuss-free dish!

Photo by Patrick Martires

Tuesday: Ginisang Corned Beef Recipe

It's always a good idea to have corned beef on standby in your pantry. The delicious flavor of your favorite canned corn beef truly comes out with your trusty pantry staples.


This basic recipe is one you should master for a quick breakfast.

Photo by Majoy Siason

Wednesday: Tortang Beef Giniling Recipe

We’ve used more than one torta recipe in this meal plan for a reason. Adding an egg does miracles! It gives your recipe flavor, texture, and heft. This super basic recipe is one you can toss up in a jiffy as long as you have some ground beef in your freezer.


Any torta recipe, like this one, is a fast and easy recipe that you can make in minutes.

Photo by Dairy Darilag

Thursday: Spicy Tuna Pasta Recipe

Break your rice streak with this delicious and flavorful pasta dish. Transform the humble canned tuna into something scrumptious and satisfying.

Enjoy the flavors of spicy seasoned tuna in a pasta dish.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

Friday: Pinoy Bistek Recipe


This classic recipe needs to be mastered ASAP. There’s just not a day that it isn’t good. The salty sauce, the perfectly cooked beef, the crunchy onion rings—all that goodness on top of hot steaming rice makes for a delicious meal, no matter what time of day it is. Are you drooling with us?

Next to adobo, bistek is one of the most common baons for kids and adults because it keeps well for hours.

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Saturday: Fried Pork Adobo Recipe


Homey pork adobo needs no frills to be delicious. All you need is the meat and we’re sure you’ve got the rest of the ingredients covered.

With only four main ingredients. this quick fix can be ready in only a few minutes!

Shredded chicken gives this otherwise puree a heartiness.
Photo by Dairy Darilag

Sunday: Creamy Chicken Soup Recipe

Finish the week off with this comforting bowl of creamy, chicken soup. Since this recipe is super basic, you can use it as a base recipe and add more flavors. You can add cheese, mushrooms, or any of your leftovers.


This creamy chicken soup has a touch of carrots and corn, too!

Check out this handy grocery list for this meal plan: if you take away the staples and the seasonings you probably already have, your total would amount to less than P1,500! 

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 2 eggplants, P19
  • 4 potatoes, P78
  • 3 tomatoes, P32.50
  • 3 garlic, P20
  • 2 carrots, P39
  • 2 red onion, P35
  • 3 white onion, P36.50
  • 1 250-gram pack calamansi, P20

Canned Goods

  • 1 320-gram can corned beef, P137.50
  • 1 180-gram can spicy tuna flakes, P38.75
  • 1 180-gram can tuna flakes, P37
  • 1 420-gram can whole corn kernels, P43.50

Dairy + Poultry Products

  • 6 large eggs, P50
  • 1 250-ml pack whole fresh milk, P 20.75
  • 1 100-gram butter, P27.85

Fresh Meat

  • 1/4 kilo chicken breast strips, P69.90
  • 1 kilo pork adobo cut, P260
  • 1/2 kilo lean beef strips, P250
  • 1/4 ground beef, P71.25
  • 1/2 kilo ground pork, P49.75


  • 1 2-piece pack chicken bouillon cubes, P13.65
  • 1 250-gram packet salt, P6.50
  • 1 35-gram packet ground black pepper, P23.30
  • 1 1-liter pack vinegar, P33
  • 1 385-ml packet soy sauce, P18.75
  • 1 30-gram pack garlic powder, P20.15

Other Staples

  • 1 475-ml pack vegetable oil, P45
  • 1 400-gram pack spaghetti, P50.50
  • 1 100-gram bag all-purpose flour, P16.25

Total: P1,563.35

Total without seasoning and other staples: P1,336.25

We can’t wait to start the week with these easy dinner recipes! In fact, we can probably start now.


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