Meals on a Budget

Hey O Shoppers! Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you have to settle to bland dishes.

Today, we’re sharing simple yet satisfyingly delicious dishes that you can pull off even on a tight budget.

Air-Fried Lumpiang Shanghai

Fried delight made healthier!

You’ll need:
1 1/2 cup ground pork
2 large eggs, beaten
1 large carrot, grated
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
lumpia wrappers
1 tsp. vegetable oil

Let’s cook!
1. To make the filling, mix pork, eggs, carrot, and green onion together in a bowl. Add in sugar, salt, and black pepper. Stir until well combined.
2. Put a tablespoon of the filling onto the lower part of a lumpia wrapper, forming it into a small log. Roll up tightly, then fold in both side edges. Repeat with the remaining filling and lumpia wrappers.
3. Brush each roll lightly with vegetable oil. Fry using the ilo Mini Air Fryer set at 190°C for 3 minutes. Serve hot with ketchup or spiced vinegar on the side.

O Tip! Air frying your favorite fried dishes saves you the greasiness of the usual deep frying. It gives you the same crunchiness without the excess fat!

Ginisang Monggo

Who said you can’t have this Friday staple any day of the week?

You’ll need:
1 cup raw mung beans
2 cups water
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves, minced
1/2 cup boneless pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 large tomato, diced
3 cups pork broth
3/4 cup ampalaya leaves
vegetable oil for sauteing

Let’s cook!
1. Boil mung beans in water until soft. Mash beans lightly and set aside.
2. Heat oil in the 24cm. casserole of the Masflex 3-Piece Black Marble Cookware Set. Saute onion and garlic until soft.
3. Add pork, then season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes.
4. Add in the tomato. Continue cooking until the tomato softens.
5. Set the heat to low then pour in pork broth. Simmer for 5 minutes more.
6. Mix in the beans and cook for another 5 minutes.
7. Turn off heat. Add ampalaya leaves and mix them in until wilted. Serve warm.

O Tip! To make this dish tastier, you may add or replace pork altogether with shredded smoked fish or tinapa. Want a little bit of crisp? Add crushed chicharon before serving!

Sinigang na Bangus

A lighter take on the hot and sour delight!

You’ll need:
4 cups water
2 red onions, chopped into quarters
2 large tomatoes, chopped into quarters
1/2 kg. milkfish or bangus, cut into portions
2 eggplants, cut into 1/8-inch pieces
2 cups green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 white radishes or labanos, sliced
3 green chili peppers
1 cup watercress or kangkong leaves and stems
1 cup tamarind water
5 pieces okra, sliced
1 tsp fish sauce

Let’s cook!
1. Boil onions and tomatoes in water in the 24cm. casserole of the Chef’s Gallery Ceramic Cookware Set.
2. Add milkfish, radish, okra, green chili peppers, and beans. Boil for another 5 minutes.
3. Add watercress stems and tamarind water. Reduce heat and add fish sauce. Keep cooking until the fish is fully cooked.
4. Turn off heat and add watercress leaves. Stir and cover. Serve hot.

Pork Adobo

A classic Filipino favorite that’s easy to make but packs a lot of flavor!

You’ll need:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup soy sauce
3 bay leaves or dahon ng laurel
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 kg. lean pork, cut into 1-inch cubes

Let’s cook!
1. Mix white vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves, garlic and black pepper together in the 22cm mixing bowl of Masflex Deep Fryer Set. Marinate pork in the mixture for 2 to 3 hours, best if overnight.
2. Save the marinade and set aside. Fry pork in the 22cm deep fryer until slightly golden brown.
3. Pour the marinade and simmer until pork is tender. Serve warm.

O Tip! For a leaner, protein-packed version, you can substitute pork with chicken.

Highlighted Items:


ilo Mini Air Fryer
₱ 1,995.00

Masflex 3-Piece Black Marble Cookware Set
was ₱ 1,495.00; now only ₱ 1,345.50 (til Jan. 24 only!)

Masflex 22cm Stainless Steel Deep Fryer Set
was ₱ 1,295.00; now only ₱1,165.50 (til Jan. 24 only!)

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