Budget series: Meals under 250 pesos

Ginisang Baguio Beans na may giniling

Sautéed Green beans with ground beef and potatoes

I accepted a challenge of making meals for family of four on a budget. This first dish cost about less than 250 pesos here in Manila, that is about $5, that includes the rice that I cooked and served with it. This dish is more than enough for a family of four and will have enough leftover for lunch and dinner tomorrow. Unless, of course, your family liked it finished it all in one meal. The recipe is very easy to make and the ingredients are always available in the groceries. This is something my kids love to eat. To give you a background, the list of vegetable that my kids eat is short, so I make it a habit of cooking those veggies almost all the time. Here is a recipe sautéed veggies and meat. In this recipe, the veggies are cut into small pieces to mix well together and easy for the little kids to eat. For seasoning, we use Tamari. It’s a gluten free and less sugar soy sauce. You have to be careful in buying soy sauce or any condiments. If you look at the label, most soy sauce have fructose and MSG. So watch out for that specially if you would feed it to the kids. But that all up to you 😀 I’m not an expert, just sharing my recipes and what I cook for the family. Because I enjoy cooking for them and see the smile on their faces. Hope you like this recipe! Leave a comment or suggestion.

Ingredients

1 tbsp oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped finely

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1/4 kg ground beef

1/4 kg green beans, sliced diagonally thinly

2 medium potatoes, cubed

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tsp coconut sugar

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.

Saute garlic, onions, and tomatoes. cook for a few minutes.

Put in the ground meat and cook until the ground meat starting to separate and to change color.

Season with soy sauce, oyster sauce, coco sugar, salt and pepper.

Add the beans and potatoes. Mix together. Cover for about 2 minutes.

Uncover and mix. Cook until the desired tenderness of the vegetables.

Serve it with rice.

Enjoy!

Tacos pinoy style

Tacos pinoy style

This is what taco night looks like in our home.

 

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taco Beef

yellow corn tortilla shells

tomatoes

onions

cilantro

mexican blend shredded cheese

shredded cabbage

guacamole

 


 

Taco beef:

2 tbsp oil

2 lbs ground beef

3 cloves garlic

1 medium white onion

2 ripe tomatoes

2 8oz can of tomato sauce

3 tbsp homemade taco seasoning *

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp coconut sugar

 

Heat a pan on medium high with oil. Sauté Tomatoes, garlic, and onion. Mixing continuously until the tomato skins curl.  Add the meat and mix until the color change. Add the tomato sauce, soy sauce, sugar and the taco seasoning. Cook for about 20 mins. You can adjust the taste by adding salt and taco seasoning.

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*Taco seasoning

 

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1 tsp onion powder

2 tsp oregano

1.5 tbsp cumin

 

1 tbsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp black pepper

1 tbsp paprika

1 tsp celery salt

2 tsp Flavor God Everything

(you can add 1 tsp of red pepper flakes and 2 tbsp of chili powder)

Mix everything in a container.