One Week of Budget Meals: 4 People, 3 Meals a Day for P5000

It's possible! We rounded up a whole week's worth of budget recipes for you.

Cooking for a family isn't easy-you have to think about your budget, your schedule (and everyone else's!), and a good, healthy balance in the dishes that you cook. Don't sweat it: that's what we're here for!

Here is a handy guide to cooking one whole week's worth of dishes, from breakfast all the way through dinner, on a budget of P5000 for 4 people. With careful planning and smart grocery shopping, it's 100% possible! 

Every lunch dish on this list is baon-friendly, and every dinner dish has an accompanying side dish of vegetables or has a good amount of veggies in it already. We compiled everything into one grocery list with all the prices in detail. This will help you get a more or less accurate breakdown of your costs, because ingredient prices may vary among different groceries. Let's get cooking! 

MONDAY 


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Breakfast: Ham and Egg Pandesal Sandwich

Crazy Mondays will most likely need breakfast on-the-go. 


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Lunch: Picadillo

Ground pork is both affordable and easy to cook! Ask for the lean versions from your grocery butcher. 

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May 30, 2016


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Dinner: Roast Chicken with Squash

This fuss-free dish lets you cook your chicken and squash at the same time. Just place them in the oven! 

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TUESDAY

Breakfast: Champorado

Looking for a sweet way to start your morning? 

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Lunch: Pinoy Bistek

This famous Filipino favorite keeps well in your lunch box! 

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Dinner: Pork and Potato Stew and Ginisang Pechay

Pair this pork stew with lots of hot rice. 

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WEDNESDAY


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Breakfast: Beef Tapa

Don't forget the fried eggs! 

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Aug 24, 2015


Lunch: Pork and Scallion Stir-Fry

Pork tenderloin is a cheap cut that cooks beautifully. Use them for quick stir-fries! 

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Dinner: Ginataang Tanigue and Adobong Kangkong

Tanigue is delicious cooked in coconut milk! You can get fillets from the supermarket. 

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THURSDAY


Breakfast: Pepper and Tomato Omelet

Eggs, anyone? Add bell peppers and tomatoes into your basic breakfast omelet. 

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Lunch: Chicken ala King

You can pair this with either rice or pasta! 

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Dinner: Calamansi Fish Fillet and Gising-Gising with Kangkong

Fish cooks quickly and is perfect for rushed weeknight dinners. 

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FRIDAY


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Breakfast: Pork Adobo Flakes 

Use leftover adobo to make this delicious breakfast! 

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Lunch: Kielbasa Sausage Stir-Fry

This stir-fry is a mix of savory sausages and sweet peppers! 


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Dinner: Pan-Fried Chicken Thighs with Pechay

Indulge in delicious fried chicken, but don't forget your veggies! 

  • Shopping List + Cost Breakdown: 
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  • 500 g ground beef = P 205
  • 500 g lean beef = P 315.25
  • 1.2 kg ground pork = P234
  • 500 g chicken thigh fillet = P 132.5
  • 3 steaks tanigue = P 178
  • 500 g kielbasa sausage = P 211.25
  • 500 g chicken thighs, bone-in = P 161
  • 1 kg beef sirloin = P 511.25
  • 100 g thick-cut bacon = P 85.25
  • 400 g cream dory fillets = 91
  • 4 quarters chicken legs = P 226.95
  • 1 kg pork kasim = P 240
  • 400 g pork tenderloin = P108
  • 1 cup ham = P 20.50
  • 5 heads of garlic = P 36.42
  • 1 dozen onions = P 118.80
  • 1 carrot = P 16.25
  • ½ cup calamansi = P 16.26
  • 5 tomatoes = P 23.94
  • 5 tablespoons ginger = P 5
  • 1 ¼ cup scallions = P 21
  • 1 kg pechay = P 75
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro = P 33.50
  • 3 bundles kangkong = P42
  • 300 g squash = P 38
  • 5 bell peppers = P89.25
  • 2 cups potatoes = P42.30
  • 2 green finger chilies = P 14.64
  • ¾ cup button mushrooms = P 43.30
  • 6 eggs = P 41.25
  • 1 block kesong puti = P 90.5
  • 1 cup coconut milk = P 86.25
  • 1 cup coconut cream = P41.95
  • 250-ml all-purpose cream = P 95.20
  • 1 200-gram pack tomto sauce = P 28.50
  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce = P 41.25
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise = P 28.5
  • 6 pieces pandesal = P 30
  • ½ cup malagkit rice = P24.50
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  • Pantry Staples:
  • 1 liter fish sauce = P 51.25
  • 5 g bay leaf = P 71
  • 400 g cornstach = P 37
  • 20 g sesame oil = P 91
  • 1.8 liters vegetable oil = P 244.90
  • 500 g salt = P 11.5
  • 25 g ground black pepper = P 16
  • 20 g dried rosemary = P 24.50
  • 500 g all-purpose flour = P 48.95
  • 20 g garlic powder = P 22.50
  • 1 liter vinegar = P 32.25
  • 26 g cayenne = P 52.75
  • 1 stick butter = P 53
  • 9oz oyster sauce = P 90
  • 250 ml oyster sauce = P 120.25
  • 1 kg rice = P 98.50
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  • Total: P 4,979.46
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