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7 Delicious and Well-Balanced Meals Under 200 Pesos!

November 8, 2023 7:00 am

Looking for well-balanced affordable meal plan? You’ve come to the right place Ka-Cookmunity because these dishes under 200 pesos are what you need! Keeping your meal plans on a budget is always a challenge especially when you want your meals to be both nutritious and delicious. Good thing Cookmunity® by Ajinomoto Philippines curated a list of 7 well-balanced healthy dishes with all three food groups—Go, Grow, and Glow—to keep you full of important nutrients seven days a week.

Chicken Tenders with Dip & Sauteed Vegetables

Total Recipe Cost: PHP 193.70

Try this nutritious recipe to level up your usual fried chicken made crispier & more delicious by Crispy Fry® Breading Mix!

In a saucepan, combine ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and water. Mix and let it simmer until thickened. Set aside.

Next, coat chicken with Crispy Fry® evenly. Heat oil in a pan then fry the chicken tenders until golden brown, do not over-fry the chicken to avoid dry texture. Drain excess oil using a colander.

For the vegetables side dish, heat oil in a pan then sauté onion and garlic until fragrant. Add sweet potato, carrot, Baguio beans, cabbage, and water, sauté for few minutes until cooked then season with AJI-GINISA® and pepper, mix well. With AJI-GINISA®, gulay dishes at home are now made more veggie-licous and enjoyable for mealtimes.

Lastly, assemble chicken tenders together with barbeque dip in a plate, add veggies and rice. Serve and enjoy!

Tofu & Eggplant Bistek

Total Recipe Cost: PHP 97.59

Try this affordable version of Bistek at home! This version of bistek transforms your usual beef ulam favorite into a delicious and budget-friendly version with Tofu and Eggplant.

First, heat oil in a pan then fry tofu and eggplant until cooked. Drain excess oil using a colander then set aside. Aside from being the more affordable alternative to meat, Tofu is also nutritious because it is rich in Calcium which makes our teeth and bones stronger.

Remove excess oil in a pan and leave at least 1 tablespoon. Saute onion until translucent and set aside, then add garlic and sauté until fragrant.

Next, add water, soy sauce, SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce, calamansi, sugar, and pepper, let it simmer. Add fried tofu, eggplant, and sauteed onions then let it simmer for few minutes. SARSAYA® will give the prefect balance of sweet & savory flavor to this dish.

Transfer Tofu & Eggplant Bistek onto a serving plate then serve with rice. Happy eating!

Twice Cooked Egg with Sauce & Steamed Bokchoy

Total Recipe Cost: PHP 193.05

Tired of eating the same fried and boiled egg every day? Be adventurous and try this unique way of cooking your eggs at home!

In a pan, heat oil then fry your boiled eggs until golden brown. Drain excess oil using a colander and set aside. If you want to make soft boiled egg, boil the eggs for 6 minutes then place it immediately in an ice bath.

To make the sauce, in a saucepan, add water, AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, fish sauce, sugar, tamarind paste, and hot sauce then mix well. Let it simmer until sauce has thickened. For just 3 pesos, AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning will make this dish umamilicious!

Next, in a pot, add water and let it boil. Add bokchoy and cook until soft. Drain in a colander to remove excess water.

Finally, in a plate put your cooked eggs and drizzle with sauce all over. Optional to sprinkle chili flakes on top. Serve with boiled bokchoy and rice and enjoy!

Chicken Salpicao & Stir-fried Vegetables

Total Recipe Cost: PHP 160.69

Another way to cook your chicken aside from the usual Adobo and Tinola is to make this affordable and easy to cook Chiken Salpicao and Stir-Fried Vegetables recipe.

In a bowl add chicken, Worcestershire sauce, and AJI-SHIO® Pepper, and soy sauce, mix well and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

This recipe is very nutritious because it has chicken which is a great source of Vitamin B6 that supports stronger immune system and normal brain function, and it has vegetables which is rich in fiber for healthier gut.

Next, heat oil in pan. Fry garlic until toasted and golden brown, set aside, then add margarine to the pan. Mix-in mushrooms, Baguio beans, and carrots then sauté for a few minutes then set aside.

Using the same pan, fry marinated chicken until cooked. You may sear chicken until a bit toasted on the edges to have better flavor.

At last, it’s time to eat! Place ½ cup chicken, ½ cup vegetables, and 1 cup rice on a plate. Sprinkle toasted garlic on the chicken then serve.

Sinigang na Bangus

Total Recipe Cost: PHP 192.50

A Filipino weekly meal plan will never be complete without the classic Sinigang na Bangus.

In a pot, combine water, onion, and tomato, let boil. Crush the tomatoes once it is soft then add bangus and chili, let it boil until fish is cooked. Bangus is a good source of lean protein and Omega-3 fatty acids for heart health.

Next, season with AJI-NO-MOTO®, fish sauce and calamansi juice.  AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning brings out the natural deliciousness of the ingredients making the soup savory deliciousness.

Add radish and sitaw then let it boil until soft. Add camote tops and let it boil for 1 minute.

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve with rice, optional to add any seasonal fruit. Serve & enjoy!

Tilapia with Buttered Vegetables

Total Recipe Cost: PHP 184.07

Upgrade the usual fried Tilapia with this colorful and high in fiber recipe in 5 easy steps!

First, season tilapia with AJI-GINISA® then set aside for 5-10 minutes. Next, heat oil in a pan then fry tilapia until golden brown and crispy. Drain excess oil and set aside.

Did you know that Tilapia is rich in Selenium that protects the body cells against damage and infections?

On a separate pan, heat butter and add carrot, corn, and Baguio beans, sauté for 3-5 minutes. Season with AJI-GINISA® and salt and mix well.

Finally, in a plate assemble tilapia and vegetables then serve with rice, enjoy!


Total Recipe Cost: PHP 189.58

After a tiring and productive week, this Almondigas recipe is the perfect warm hug in a bowl to cap it off!

To prepare meatball, combine ground pork, carrots, onion, garlic, egg, bread, salt, pepper, and PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, mix well. Take 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture and form into a ball, then in a pan, heat oil. Fry the meat balls until golden brown. Drain excess oil using a strainer or colander, set aside. You may freeze the meatballs for few minutes to hold its shape when frying.

For the soup, in a pot, heat oil, sauté onion and garlic until fragrant. Add water and patola then bring to a boil until cooked. Season with ground black pepper and PORKSAVOR® All-In-One Seasoning Mix.

Enjoy the meaty taste of this dish with the help of PORKSAVOR® All-In-One Seasoning Mix which is made from real pork extract with the right blend of spices and seasonings.

Next, add the misua and fried meat balls then boil for 1 minute. Transfer into a serving bowl and serve with rice, optional to add a serving of fruit.

Planning your meals for the week can still be healthy and delicious even on a budget.

As your kitchen partner, Ajinomoto provides practical ways to serve nutritious meals.  With Ajinomoto’s affordable products and recipes, eating well and living well does not have to be expensive.

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