This Week's Meal Plan: 5 Easy Dishes You Can Make with Ground Meat

Meatballs, burgers, and stir-fries are your best budget-friendly bets.

IMAGE Dairy Darilag

Purchasing meat at the grocery can get pricey if you’re working on a budget. Thankfully, we have the option of ground meat for chicken, beef, and pork. The prices are significantly lower than the prices of their respective full cuts, so you’ll be able to whip up a protein-rich meal while keeping tabs on your spending. Opt for the leaner grounds instead of the regular grounds—you’ll be purchasing ground meat with less fat in it.


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This meal plan will get you through the work week without being too repetitive on the dishes—we included meatloaf, meatballs, burgers, and minced meat dishes in the plan. Believe it or not, you’ll be spending around only P50 per serving! Also, you can prep all of these dishes on a Sunday, and keep them in your refrigerator or freezer until you need to cook or serve them.


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1 Chinese Meatballs

These pork meatballs are, in essence, siomai without the wrapper. Serve them with a dipping sauce.

Cost per serving: P19.95


These pork meatballs are, in essence,siomai without the wrapper. Yum!



2 Beef Burgers

You can make these ahead and keep them in your freezer.

Cost per serving: P33.75


This make-ahead dish is helpful for busy weekdays!



3 Pork Meatloaf

Next time you have ground meat, try making a meatloaf instead of meatballs. It’s easy! 

Cost per serving: P36.50


Weeknight cooking is much easier with this quick pork meatloaf recipe!



4 Picadillo

This Filipino dish is made of ground beef with diced carrots, potatoes, salt and pepper to taste. 

Cost per serving: P37.75


One of the easiest Pinoy dishes you can whip up!



5 Pork Giniling

If you have leftover pork giniling, you can use your leftovers to stuff an omelet for breakfast.

Cost per serving: P29.80


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