My one week budget-friendly ‘baon’ meal

“Prepare your own lunch” – we often hear or read this tip from how-to-save-money vlogs/blogs. Now that most of us are going back to work, let’s try to create our own lunch! Sharing to you my personal one week lunch meal. I tried to make them as healthy and as easy to prepare (because I need to be in the office by 7am) as possible.

Monday

1 pc toasted bread, 1/4 cup autéed ampalaya with egg , 2 pcs tomatoes, 1 pc cucumber, 2 pcs green eyes lettuce, 1 hard boiled egg, 1 ponkan, 1 small ripe banana.

Estimated cost: PhP 90; Prep time: 20-30 mins

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Tue

1 cup of rice, 1 slice fried bangus, 1.5 cup pinakbet mix, 2 dalandan

Estimated cost: PhP 60; Prep time: 20 mins

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Wed

1 cup rice, 1/2 cup bistek na tokwa, 1.5 cup sautéed tofu, sayote and carrot, 3 pcs boiled saba banana, 1 ponkan

Estimated cost: PhP 75; Prep time: 30mins

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Thu

1 cup rice, 1/2 cup bistek na tokwa, 1 cup chopsuey, 1 lakatan

Estimated cost: PhP 60; Prep time: 30 mins

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Fri

1 cup rice, 1 pc tomato, 1 pc cucumber, 1/2 hotdog, 1 fried chicken (leg), 2 kiat-kiat orange

Estimated cost: PhP 90; Prep time: 30 mins

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Note: I do not eat each set in one sitting; I consume the first half during breakfast and the other during lunch.

Btw, I only work mon to fri but I usually prep my family’s sat and sun meal.

Sat

Rice, Spanish sardines, tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumber

Estimated cost (good for 5 serving): PhP 250; Prep time: 40 mins

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Sun

Rice, fried fish, tomato egg omelette, banana

Estimated cost (good for 5 serving): PhP 270; Prep time: 30 mins

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Eating out could slash a big part of your salary, therefore making your own meal is practical. But not because you are saving would mean you will compromise your health.  Do some research and use your imagination on how you will transform these pieces into a healthy, budget-friendly and easy to cook meal.