Quick and Easy Filipino Recipes

Updated on May 4, 2016
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Roselyn has been a freelancer for 40 years. She had been a street vendor, a baker, and a cook—until she found her niche: writing. :)

A Stylish Restaurant at Home! Special Menu: Grilled Chicken on Baby Green Salad and Cheese (Flickr)
A Stylish Restaurant at Home! Special Menu: Grilled Chicken on Baby Green Salad and Cheese (Flickr)

Cost-Cutting Recipes: Healthy for the Pocket and for the Body, Too!

When we stretch our money to meet all our needs, we tend to cut down on our food expenses. This is all right—as long as we do not cut down on nutrients and taste. With just a little creativity, the frugal meal that we cook can turn into nutritious and delicious gourmet food. And with a little effort in shopping, we can still save more from our food budget.

1. Fish and Shrimp Weekend Special

Rich in Vitamin A. Serves 6.

You'll Need:

  • 200 grams medium shrimps, shelled
  • 1 can tomato sauce (200 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 200 grams fresh fish fillet (salmon or tuna chunks)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon Chinese black beans, coarsely mashed
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 50 grams Chinese green beans, cut into 1-inch length
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into long strips

Instructions:

  1. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and sugar on shrimps. Drizzle tomato sauce on top. Marinate for 10 minutes, then remove shrimps. Reserve marinade.
  2. Rub salt on fish fillets. Fry on hot oil until light brown. Remove from oil and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté garlic in butter until golden. Add onion, ginger, and shrimps. Stir in carrots, black beans, mushroom, and marinade. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Add water and let boil for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add green beans, bell pepper, and fish. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Tips:

  1. Fresh fish fillets do not have brown edges. The color must be uniform all over.
  2. To remove fishy smell from your hands, rub a slice of lemon on palm and fingers before washing with soap and water.
  3. Wash vegetables while whole and unpeeled to save the precious nutrients within.

2. Chicken Meat Rolls

Rich in Vitamin A. Serves 6.

You'll Need:

  • 1/4 kilogram ground chicken meat
  • 150 grams sausage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 whole egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 2 slices loaf bread, shredded
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. Put together all ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and ground pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Measure 1 cup of chicken mixture. Shape into a long roll and wrap in aluminum foil sheet.
  3. Steam for 1 hour. Cool completely and chill. Slice and serve with chili-sweet ketchup.

Tips:

  1. Cut the crusts from sliced bread to use as filling for this recipe.
  2. Substitute ground pork for ground chicken.
  3. Cook a large number of chicken rolls over the weekend and store in freezer. Just pop in the microwave oven to thaw before dinner. Serve with hot soup.

3. Hotdog Casserole

Rich in Vitamin A. Serves 6.

You'll Need:

  • 1/4 kilogram hot dogs, cut in diagonal slices
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can tomato sauce (200 grams)
  • 1/2 cup whole corn kernels
  • 100 grams green beans, sliced

Instructions:

  1. Sauté onion and hotdog in small amount of vegetable oil.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce. Sprinkle salt, pepper and sugar to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup water. Stir in corn and green beans. Simmer until vegetables are tender.

Tips:

  1. Do not overcook green beans, to retain their sweet taste and crunchiness.
  2. Substitute sausages or meatballs for hotdogs.
  3. Serve hot over cooked spaghetti or macaroni pasta.

4. Tofu and Mushroom Delight

Rich in Vitamin C. Serves 5.

You'll Need:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can spaghetti meat sauce (365 grams)
  • 1 block firm tofu, cubed and fried
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cubed

Ingredients:

  1. Sauté garlic, onion and mushroom in small amount of vegetable oil. Add spaghetti meat sauce. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  2. Add 1/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, and sugar to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tofu and bell pepper cubes. Simmer for another 3 minutes. Serve as toppings on hot rice.

Tips:

  1. For a tastier dish, replace round mushrooms with a wild variety of mushroom.
  2. Marinate tofu in a mixture of oyster sauce and sugar before frying.
  3. Replace tofu with salmon or tuna chunks. Marinate fish chunks in salt and pepper before frying.

5. Saucy Pork Chops

Rich in Lysine. Serves 6.

You'll Need:

  • 600 grams pork chops (6 slices)
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can spaghetti sauce (250 grams)
  • 1/3 cup cream of corn
  • 3/4 cup pea pods

Marinade:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 teaspoon cayenne powder, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients for marinade and rub on all sides of pork chops. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat butter in non-stick pan. Fry pork chops over medium-low heat. Cook until light brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, sauté onion in small amount of vegetable oil. Add spaghetti sauce, corn and 1/4 cup water. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in pork chops. Cover saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in pea pods. Simmer for 1 minute. Serve hot with bread roll or steamed rice.

Tips:

  1. Substitute chicken breast fillet for pork chops.
  2. Substitute green beans, green or red bell pepper, baby potatoes and carrots, and blanched cabbage for pea pods.
  3. For tastier meat, marinate pork chops overnight inside the refrigerator.

For tastier pork chops, marinate overnight before cooking. (Photo courtesy of boomette from Flickr)
For tastier pork chops, marinate overnight before cooking. (Photo courtesy of boomette from Flickr)

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        Norma Tubania 

        22 months ago

        Great recipes. Please your snack recipes on student budget.Thank you.

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        Absolute Painting 

        4 years ago

        Thanks for the great recipe you share with us,love it!

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        Mary Wickison 

        4 years ago from Brazil

        It seems there are many special dishes from the Philippines. Lovely photos.

      • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

        Roselyn Mendoza 

        4 years ago from Philippines

        Thanks, vibesites!

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        vibesites 

        4 years ago from United States

        These dishes really look yummy and mouthwatering! It looks like they're not very hard to prepare. Thanks for sharing :)

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        saphire23 

        6 years ago

        hi cleo, i just want to know if you have any budget meals foe the week menu, thanks :-)

      • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

        Roselyn Mendoza 

        7 years ago from Philippines

        Thanks again, DjBryle :D I try to fatten up my readers lol

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        DjBryle 

        7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

        You never fail to make my stomach rumble! This is one hell of a very tasteful, very budget friendly and totally useful hub! Voted up! Thanks for sharing! =)

      • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

        Roselyn Mendoza 

        9 years ago from Philippines

        Thank you for dropping by, midnightbliss. We're on the same boat, I and my family love pork in tamarind soup, too :)

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        Haydee Anderson 

        9 years ago from Hermosa Beach

        great budget recipes, they all look yummy but my all time favorite is the pork in tamarind soup.

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        neie matienzo 

        9 years ago

        all recipes are very delicious, i'll try to cook all the recipe...more power

      • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

        Roselyn Mendoza 

        9 years ago from Philippines

        thanks again, Lgali. i must recommend the grilled chicken and pork 'coz they're my family's favorites :)

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        Lgali 

        9 years ago

        These look very yummy I'll have to try them

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        Roselyn Mendoza 

        9 years ago from Philippines

        thank you for dropping by, JamaGenee :)

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        Joanna McKenna 

        9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

        These look very tasty! I'll have to try them! Thanks!

      • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

        Roselyn Mendoza 

        9 years ago from Philippines

        Hi, Sheri! Thank you for dropping by and leaving a nice comment. :)

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        Sheri Fresonke Harper 

        9 years ago

        Looks really tasty, nice :) Sheri

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        Roselyn Mendoza 

        9 years ago from Philippines

        Hello, lolita! Thank you for reading and leaving a nice comment. Yes, you're right. These are delicious. Try some and your family will love eating even the vegetables. :)

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        lolita sinday 

        9 years ago

        its yummy. very delicious food. thanks for the recipes.

      • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

        Roselyn Mendoza 

        10 years ago from Philippines

        Thank you for reading, vickiecarlson! These dishes are all delicious to look at and more delicious to eat:)

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        vickiecarlson 

        10 years ago from Ohio, US

        Very nice hub, and the dishes all look yummy! Great work :)

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