I'm a huge fan of meal planning--not only does it save you a little more of those hard-earned pesos, but it puts you on track for cooking meals that nourish your body in the best way possible. This is because you know exactly what goes into your food. The amounts of salt, oil, and sugar are completely under your control, and you get to prep the exact amount of food that you want to eat for each specific meal.
The other perks? Shopping for your own groceries and learning new cooking techniques along the way! The one rule I like to stick with when it comes to meal planning and prep is that I have to choose ingredients and cook food that I would absolutely love to eat; otherwise, what's the point? Pick recipes that have your favorite veggies and proteins, and make sure that the cooking methods in the recipes match up with the tools and appliances that you have in your kitchen.
For this specific meal plan, I chose 5 recipes and shopped for 1 serving per meal. All recipes are toaster-oven or stovetop-friendly--my two favorite cooking methods because they are easy peasy! My total grocery bill amounted to only P298.00, a far cry from the usual P600 I spend on lunches every week. I had most of the seasonings (salt, pepper, soy sauce, etc.) in my pantry already, so if you need to shop for these, your total expenses will go up by a few pesos too. Why not give it a go? Remember: bring your own reusable containers and utensils and avoid single-use plastic when bringing your own baon to work!
This recipe is as easy as it gets: throw in the ingredients one-by-one and then mix until the dish comes together. It's a delicious way to eat your greens, too! Pair it with a cup of brown rice and pour the sauce over it.
Chicken has to be one of the easiest proteins to prepare. For this recipe, all you have to do it let your oven do the work. For a few days every week, I swap out my rice for orange kamote. You can bake, fry, or steam the kamote and season lightly. It goes with almost everything!