Filipinos are known for being creative and resourceful when it comes to food preparation. This is especially true among mothers who manage the budget for the family very well.
The good news is, we don’t really need to spend too much to set up delightfully delicious home cooked meals on our table.
Here is a list of budget-friendly dishes and snacks you can try at home. I often do this and it’s always a sure hit for my loved ones.
7 Good Food For Less
Having a limited budget means having to spend money wisely. Needs and wants should be planned accordingly. If we are in a tight budget, these suggested meals can help without sacrificing nutritional value.
1. Veggie Spring Rolls
An all-time favorite dish or snack that is filled with monggo sprouts and veggies. Its flavor and the vinegar dip complement each other leaving a very tasteful delight.
2. Lumpiang Shanghai
This spring roll is filled with pork or beef as the main ingredient, together with carrot and celery. It is good for all occasions and for daily consumption. It can also be stored in the fridge for long.
3. Stir-fried Eggplant With Tofu
This stir-fried eggplant and tofu dish is cooked with oyster sauce. Serve it with rice, and it will surely make everyone at home ask for more because of its flavorful taste.
4. Sizzling Tofu
A very tasty dish without the guilt of consuming fats. Unlike pork sisig, this tofu sisig is considered to be healthier because of its main ingredient which is made from condensed soy milk.
5. Pork Or Eggplant Omelette
This recipe is a sure hit for the family because of its simple yet distinct flavor. Its main ingredients are pork or eggplant combined with an egg mixture.
6. Monggo Soup With Smoked Fish Or Chicharon
Sauteed monggo beans with ampalaya or malunggay leaves, topped with smoked fish or chicharon. A very healthy soup that’s best partnered with fried fish.
7. Steamed Pudding
Leftover bread can turn into a delightful snack. Just add eggs and condensed milk then put it in the steamer. After a few minutes, you already have a soft, great-tasting pudding on your plate.
In times like this when most of our basic needs are affected by price hikes, we should learn to make plans or do lists to write down our future expenses and eventually figure out how to deal with them. We should also avoid too much spending on our wants.
Instead, we should prioritize how we can save more especially on managing meal preparation that will be based on our budget. A week plan of what to cook is a great way to lessen bigger food expenses.
Cook, Sell and Save
If you wish to add money to your budget, then you can also try to sell these dishes. Nowadays, it’s more productive to invest even with a small amount of capital because this will soon double your money on hand.
Keeping up with the changing world means you need to learn to be wise about spending. Try more new recipes that will fit your budget without taking away the good taste and nutrition for your family’s needs.