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.


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


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.


Chicken Pesto Cannelloni

It is something I made up. I just gathered things in the pantry and what is available in the fridge. It turned out tasting really good. The seasoning for the chicken is really good. in a different day, I made a grilled chicken with the same seasoning, I just added smoke paprika. And try to make more of the pesto cream sauce. When I made this, I didn’t make enough sauce so I just added chicken stock to cover the pasta so it will cook. If you make this, let me know what you think. Im open to suggestions and/or comments. 😀 Hope you enjoy!


For the Chicken

1 tsp onion powder

2 tsp italian seasoning

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

pepper to taste

3 chicken breast, cut in halves

For the Filling

Pan fried chicken, cut into cubes

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 white onion, chopped

mushrooms, chopped

smoked paprika

2 tbsp Ghee

2 tbsp flour

2 c milk

grated parmesan cheese

salt and pepper

For the Pesto Cream Sauce

2 tbsp ghee

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 white onions, chopped


2 c oat milk and more

1/4 c of homemade pesto (Basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper)

grated parmesan cheese

For the Cannelloni


the filling

the pesto cream sauce

mixed shredded cheese


parmesan cheese

chicken broth


Preheat oven to 350 deg F or 180 deg C.

Mix all the spices together and season the chicken.

Pan fry it on an iron skillet over medium high.

Set aside covered, while preparing for your sauce. And then cut it into cubes, and set aside.

On the same skillet, add Ghee and saute garlic, onions and mushrooms. cook for about 3 mins.

Sprinkle some smoked paprika and the flour. Add the milk slowly.

Add the chicken and then sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.

Let it cool.

For the Pesto cream sauce, melt ghee in a deep dish pan.

Saute garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Sprinkle the flour.

Slowly add the milk until you reach your desired thickness.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. season with salt and pepper.

Using a piping bag, stuff the cannelloni with cooled filling. Arrange it in the baking dish you want to use.

Pour the sauce over the cannelloni, if you think the sauce is not enough or covering the pasta, add chicken broth.

Sprinkle cheese, and add a dollop of pesto or more. adjust it to your liking.

Put it in the oven and cook it for 30 mins.