Baon on a Budget: One Week of Recipes + a Shopping List

Some dishes cost under P13 per serving!

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When it comes to baon, or packed lunches, many things come into play: the meal should be affordable, easy to pack, easy to eat, and should be able to last a few hours tucked away into a brown bag instead of, like a regular meal, eaten freshly cooked. Baon should also be nutritious and be appealing to eat (especially when it comes to kids!). 

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We checked prices of ingredients across several groceries and broke down the costs of some of our favorite baon- and budget-friendly recipes. Some cost under 20 pesos per serving to prepare! We also prepared a shopping list for your next trip to the grocery store. 

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1 Pinoy Bistek

Pinoy-style beef steak, or bistek, is a baon go-to because it keeps well for hours. This is because it’s cooked in soy sauce, an ingredient also known for its preservative qualities. Use thinly-sliced beef to make this dish!

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

Recipe cost breakdown:

Total cost P175 

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P44

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2 Fusilli with Chicken and Broccoli

This pasta has a good mix of carbs, protein, and vegetables. It’s easy to prep, too! All you have to do is toss everything in a pan until it comes together.

If you find this oil-based pasta dish a little dry, try adding a spoonful or two of bottled pesto.

Recipe cost breakdown:

Total cost P149

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P20

3 Barbecue Chicken Fried Rice

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Use leftover rice to prep your packed lunches! A barbecue sauce can put everything together—it’s an ingredient that also keeps well for hours.

For baon-worthy fried rice, mix in your fave barbecue chicken!

Recipe cost breakdown:

Total cost P76

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P19


4 Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich

This sandwich is a baon classic. One hack we love to use? Instead of making roast chicken from scratch, buy already-cooked roast or rotisserie chicken from your nearest grocery. You can also save the leftovers from your last weekend roast!

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For more flavor, toss leftover roast chicken skin into the mix.

Recipe cost breakdown:

Total cost P315

Recipe yield 4

Cost per serving P79 

5 Pinwheel Bites

Kids will love these for baon! It’s a creative way to serve the regular ham and cheese sandwich. Don’t forget to use whole wheat or whole grain bread!

Make snacking fun for your little ones!

Recipe cost breakdown:

Total cost P25.98

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Recipe yield 2

Cost per serving P13

Shopping list:

Beef, thinly sliced

Roast chicken

Chicken breast

Calamansi

White onions

Bell pepper

Lemons

Lettuce

Chicken

Broccoli

Mayonnaise

Sliced ham

Sliced cheese

Fusilli pasta

Whole wheat bread

White bread

Pantry staples:

Salt

Ground black pepper

Oil, for frying

Olive oil, for sautéing

Garlic

Soy sauce

Garlic powder

Fish sauce (patis)

Barbecue marinade

Rice

Additional research by Cess Yu  

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