Noche Buena on a Budget: This Holiday Feast Won't Cost More Than P1,500!

Shopping for and cooking Noche Buena doesn't need to be expensive.

IMAGE Patrick Martires

Christmas is almost here and it’s definitely time to start thinking about what you will serve this Christmas, and—of course—stay within a reasonable budget!


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You can make a special lunch with simple ingredients for under P700!


This meal plan uses simple ingredients and simple recipes that, when put together, can truly create a special dinner that all your guests will enjoy. You will only have to spend around P1,000, too. Happy cooking!



Appetizer: Tomato and Feta Cheese Bites

Making a party-worthy appetizer couldn't be easier! Simply place roasted tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese on top of your favorite crackers. 


This tomato and feta combination never fails!


Total Cost: P134.75


Side Dish: Chicken Macaroni Salad

This is a Christmas classic! You can save on prep time by purchasing roast chicken at the grocery then shredding for the salad. 


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Total Cost: P237.00



Side Dish: Baked Ratatouille

The reality of this fancy-looking and fancy-sounding dish is's the just chopped up veggies! Source them from your local markets to get them at cheaper prices. 


This classic French dish makes use of different kinds of vegetables.


Total Cost: P129.90 



Main Dish: Roast Pork Loin

Pork is significantly cheaper than beef, but can produce excellent and indulgent results when it comes to flavor and the overall quality of the dish. Why not go for roast pork instead of roast beef this Christmas?



This tender and juicy roast pork dish will easily be a family favorite.


Total Cost: P380.15


Dessert: Buko Pandan

Save money by making your own buko gelatin from scratch. It's super easy! From there, all you need to do is mix together a few ingredients together and you'll have a delicious dessert in no time. 

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This Filipino dessert is almost always served at parties!


Total Cost: 133.25


Overall estimated cost of dinner for at least 6 to 8 people: P1,015.05



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