Budget-Friendly Recipe

Aug 28, 2017 | Posted By: Specialist

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


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


  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 a bread roll or steamed rice.


  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.

Fish and Shrimp Weekend Special

(Photo Courtesy of boomette from Flickr)

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


  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.

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


  1. Sauté garlic, onion, and mushroom in a 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.


  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.
Recipe from: Quick and Easy Filipino Recipes