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A Week's Worth Of Meals With A Budget Of P2,000 For A Family Of Four
PHOTO BY Yummy.ph
  • Two thousand pesos doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but it can provide good meals for seven days, as it turns out.

    Thanks to Roselle Miranda, the food editor of Yummy.ph, we’ve managed to do meal planning for a week. It’s designed for a family of four with a budget of P2,000* — yes, it covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday to Sunday.

    Nothing is more comforting than a homecooked meal. So SmartParenting.com.ph hope this meal plan helps when you can’t think of anything to prepare and cook. Happy eating!

    PHOTO BY Roselle Miranda

    Your ingredient list for Monday

    Breakfast: Margarine + Pandesal

    margarine
    pandesal

    Meal cost: P20.54 (4 servings)

    Lunch: Easy Pinoy Vegetable Soup

    2 tablespoons salted butter
    1 medium red onion, peeled, sliced
    1 large carrot, peeled, cubed small
    1 piece sayote, peeled, cubed small
    1 medium potato, peeled, cubed small
    1-liter water
    2 pieces chicken bouillon cubes, or any flavor as desired
    1 154-ml can evaporated milk

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    Meal cost: P88.64 (4 servings)

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    Dinner: Chicken Bulgogi

    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ginger, grated
    1 teaspoon garlic, grated
    1/4 cup apple juice
    1/2 kilogram chicken breast fillets

    Meal cost: P141.03 (4 servings)

    Click here for recipe

    PHOTO BY PATRICK MARTIRES (TOKWA TAUSI), MAJOY SIASON (ADOBONG SITAW)

    Your ingredient list for Tuesday

    Breakfast: Brown Sugar + Oatmeal

    1 cup oatmeal
    1/4 cup brown sugar

    Meal cost: P10.28 (4 servings)

    Lunch: Tokwa’t Tausi

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    2 tablespoons white onion, chopped
    1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
    1 tablespoon ginger, grated
    1 100-gram can tausi (fermented black beans), rinsed
    2 tablespoons rice wine
    1 teaspoon cornstarch
    300 grams tofu (tokwa), drained, cut into 1-inch cubes, deep-fried, and drained
    1 teaspoon soy sauce
    1 tablespoon sesame oil

    Meal cost: P69.87 (4 servings)

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    Dinner: Adobong Sitaw with Chicken

    2 tablespoons canola oil
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 medium red onion, peeled, sliced
    2 small tomatoes, chopped
    1 piece chicken breast fillet, cut into strips
    1/4 cup vinegar
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1/8 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
    1/2 piece dried bay leaf
    1 bundle string beans, trimmed, cut into 3-inch lengths

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    Meal cost: P120.46 (4 servings)

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    PHOTO BY Yummy.ph

    Your ingredient list for Wednesday

    Breakfast: Pork and Beans + Pandesal

    pork and beans
    pandesal

    Meal cost: P35 (4 servings)

    Lunch: Poqui Poqui

    4 pieces eggplant
    4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 pieces onion, roughly chopped
    3 pieces tomatoes, roughly chopped
    4 pieces egg, lightly beaten

    Meal cost: P84.31 (4 servings)

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    Dinner: Calamansi Fish

    1/4 cup calamansi juice, fresh
    1 teaspoon fish sauce (patis)
    2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish
    400 grams cream dory fillets, thawed
    1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    2 cloves garlic, smashed

    Meal cost: P120.31 (4 servings)

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    PHOTO BY YUMMY.PH, MARK JESALVA (GISING-GISING)
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    Your ingredient list for Thursday

    Breakfast: Egg, Mayo Pandesal

    1 large egg
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    pandesal

    Meal cost: P34 (4 servings)

    Lunch: Malunggay and Corn Soup

    5 cups chicken broth
    3 pieces corn, grated
    2 bunches malunggay leaves (moringa)
    1 medium onion, chopped
    salt, to taste

    Meal cost: P82.77 (4 servings)

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    Dinner: Gising-Gising with Kangkong

    200 grams pork, use ground pork
    2 bundles kangkong (water spinach) leaves, stems only, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    2 tablespoons white onion, chopped
    1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
    2 tablespoons ginger, grated
    2 tablespoons bagoong (shrimp paste)
    1/2 cup coconut milk (gata)
    1/4 cup coconut cream (kakang gata)
    1 to 2 pieces finger chilies (siling pangsigang), sliced

    Meal cost: P118.47 (4 servings)

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    PHOTO BY Majoy Siason (Tofu Satay), Roselle Miranda (Veggie Sinigang)

    Your ingredient list for Friday

    Breakfast: Oatmeal

    1 cup oatmeal
    1/4 cup sugar

    Meal cost: P4.75 (4 servings)

    Lunch: Tofu Satay

    1 500-gram pack firm tofu (tokwa), sliced
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 tablespoon mirin
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

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    Meal cost: P110 (4 servings)

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    Dinner: Veggie Sinigang

    2 tablespoons cooking oil
    1 small red onion, peeled, quartered
    1 small tomato, quartered
    1 1/2 liters water
    1 20-gram pack sinigang sa sampaloc mix
    1 small piece white radish (labanos), peeled, sliced into rounds
    5 pieces okra, sliced
    1 medium talong (eggplant), trimmed, cut into quarters
    1/2 bunch string beans (sitaw), cut into 3-inch lengths
    1/2 bunch kangkong, leaves and tender stems
    siling pangsigang, option

    Meal cost: P110.17 (4 servings)

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    PHOTO BY Majoy Siason (Chicken Pakam), Daks Angeles (Pork Giniling)

    Your ingredient list for Saturday

    Breakfast: Margarine + Pandesal

    margarine
    pandesal

    Meal cost: P20.54 (4 servings)

    Lunch: Chicken Pakam

    1 small red onion, choppped
    5 cloves garlic, chopped
    2 tablespoons ginger, chopped
    4 pieces tomatoes, chopped
    4 pieces chicken thighs
    2 tablespoons white vinegar
    2 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
    1/2 cup water
    2 tablespoons oil

    Meal cost: P143 (4 servings)

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    Dinner: Pork Giniling na Menudo

    2 tablespoons canola oil
    2 medium potatoes, peeled, cubed small
    2 medium carrots, peeled, cubed small
    1 medium red onion, peeled, sliced
    1/2 kilogram ground pork
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1/2 cup tomato sauce
    1 tablespoon pickle relish

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    Meal cost: P195.77 (4 servings)

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    PHOTO BY Miguel Nacianceno (Corn and Tuna Pasta), Patrick Martires (Chicken teriyaki)

    Your ingredient list for Sunday

    Breakfast: Leftover Chicken + Pandesal

    leftover chicken
    pandesal

    Meal cost: P13 (4 servings)

    Lunch: Corn and Tuna Pasta

    1 tablespoon butter
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    2 tablespoons white onions, chopped
    1 (184-gram) can tuna chunks in water
    1 cup canned cream-style corn
    1/2 cup all-purpose cream
    2 1/2 cups fusilli pasta, cooked

    Meal cost: P170 (4 servings)

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    Dinner: Easy Chicken Teriyaki

    1 cup store-bought barbecue marinade
    2 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon sesame oil
    1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, optional
    4 pieces chicken breast fillets, skin on

    Meal cost: P176.16 (4 servings)

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    *Costing was based on amount used and supermarket prices, which are subject to change. 

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