You Can Make These Baon Recipes Ahead Of Time

Nothing is as satisfying as a rice meal for baon!

IMAGE Crunchy on the outside, tangy and tender on the inside.

There's nothing quite as satisfying as rice and ulam. In the middle of a busy day at work or school, a good rice meal with a bold-flavored dish tastes like the best stress-reliever. 

We're certain that these packed lunch recipes are sure to make your life little tastier and easier. Check out these recipes and be sure to add them to your next weekly baon meal plan.

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1 Chicken Tocino Recipe

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The classic sweet and savory flavor profile of tocino is sure to bring a smile on your face. This hearty recipe is usually made for breakfast but why not have them for lunch as well? Plus, if you're not a fan of pork, you'll be glad about this chicken option. All you have to do is get your chicken marinating and cook it quickly when you needed.

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2 Pork Tocino Recipes

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There's nothing like old-school pork tocino though. Hearty, delicious pork is always wonderful when sweetened. Properly and thoroughly marinated pork yields delicious and bold flavors and an unwavering tenderness even when it's cold in your packed lunch.

3 Pork Longganisa Recipe

There's nothing better than homemade pork longganisa. Every bite bursts with flavor. Feel free to make it even more garlicky or to add in your favorite spices. If you've ever shied away from making longganisa because of having to use pork intestines for the casing, you can make it without it as well with our "skinless" recipe.

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4 Skinless Spicy Beef Longganisa Recipe

Stray a little from the typical longganisa by using umami-packed beef and kicking up the heat. Our favorite way of eating longganisa? Pair it with some coffee!

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5 Homemade Skinless Chicken Longganisa Recipe

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If you're not fond of pork or beef, you can also go with chicken for your longganisa. If you're making baon for more than just yourself, this chicken longganisa's more neutral flavor will be everyone's type.

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6 Cheesy Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Chicken nuggets alone are already a baon favorite as is. Add in cheese and you might not have to make anything else ever again. Fair warning if you're feeding kids because they're going to demand these every day!

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7 Cashew-Coated Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Upgrade your typical chicken nuggets with cashew coating. The added nutty flavor and the crunchy is so good, you can even skip the dip for this one.

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8 Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe

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The beauty of chicken nuggets is how the basic flavor carries different kinds of sauces so well. With this basic recipe, you can have the same thing for five days straight but make quick and different sauces to go with it every day to stave off the sawa. Maybe you want to add some spice with sriracha, tanginess with pickled relish, creaminess with mayonnaise, or sweetness with honey-the sky is the limit when it comes to pairing these nuggets with sauces.

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9 Chili Con Carne Recipe

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Saucy, beefy chili con carne on top of rice is simply phenomenal. It's spicy, flavorful, and is delicious at any temperature. It's not just the flavors, too, but also the play on textures of mushy beans, rich thick sauce, and tender beef that take this dish over the top.

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10 Mapo Tofu Recipe

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The trick to getting this spicy, saucy ground pork dish is to know when to add the tofu. Add in your silk tofu only when you're about to finish the dish and serve it. This way, it won't disintegrate into the sauce! Another option is to get the freshest, silkiest tofu from the taho vendor! Just make sure to ask for the syrup to be separated!

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11 Everlasting (Marikina-style Meatloaf) Recipe

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Prep your protein way ahead with this scrumptious meatloaf recipe. Make several so you can have it any time of the month! 

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12 Cheesy Embutido Recipe

This delicious meatloaf is dotted with creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cheese. You can make it for weeks ahead and store it in the freezer. Fry it up to make it even more delicious at meal times, pack it up as a cold cut, or simply bring a packet of ketchup to pair with it when it's time for lunch.

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13 SPAM Sinigang Nuggets Recipe

This isn't like your average nugget recipe. This one is made using your favorite canned luncheon meat: SPAM. It doesn't stop there. Its crispy Panko bread crumb coating is laced with sinigang mix, making every bite a crispy, tender, tangy, and salty delight. Pair it with buttered rice, and you've got a meal that hits every mark.

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14 Korean Fried Chicken Recipes

Make ahead these crispy, tender, brined, and par-cooked chicken that's tender, juicy, and seasoned with every bite. Simply fry it once, and you can finish it off in the toaster before packing it up for lunch, or, if you're lucky, toast it in the office pantry for a hot chicken meal!

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Make any of the three delicious sauces that will amp up the flavor and make it even better with rice. For the quickest sauce, go for the cheese snow. For a rich, spicy, and sweet sauce, go for the gochujang sauce or for a simple, umami-packed chicken, choose the soy-garlic option.

When packing crispy dishes with sauces, remember to keep them separated. This will give you the best chance of still getting some crunch when it's time to eat.

Do you have other baon favorites? Tell us below!

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