Thrifty Dishes For This Quarantine Period
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Are you looking for dishes that you can cook using limited supplies because of this quarantine period? Well, check out the recipes here.

We are not locked down in our houses, we are actually safe in our homes. Staying at home is the best that we can do in order to stop this pandemic.

Since our times outside should be limited to important things only, our supplies are limited. We should be innovative enough to make our food last longer than what we are used to.

So, I compiled some of the recipes here that can help to make the stocks last longer.

Ampalaya Con Carne


Ampalaya is cheap and with proper handling, can be stored for many days. Also, a medium one can already feed up to 4 people. This ampalaya con carne recipe will show you a technique on how to slice the vegetable super-thinly, thus, it won’t become too bitter when cooked.


Adobo Mashed Potato Parmesan Cheese

Adobo is one of the best and definitely, the most delicious ways to preserve foods. Plus, the longer you keep it, the more the meat sips the sauce.

What I also like about cooking this dish is that can you dump all the ingredients at once and be back when it forms the sauce. Though not so applicable to bored family members, you can cook lots of it and then keep it in the fridge.

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Making your own chicken nuggets will save you time, money, and you can even make it healthier by adding grated vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, turnips, and many many more.

Now that’s one cool way to nourish kids in this quarantine period.

Banana Fritters

Banana Fritters

Cardava banana is one fruit that has a long shelf life. Buy the green ones and leave for a couple of days when you are in the mood to cook. For easy snack food, you can try this maruya recipe — it’s fun, easy, and of course, delicious.

Ginisang Monggo

Ginisang Monggo

Monggo or Mungbeans are cheap, easy-to-store, and flexible. You can use it for desserts and for savory dishes like Ginisang Monggo.

Though this recipe requires patience, it’s inexpensive and super appetizing. Best paired with fried fish, hot rice and spicy fish sauce.

Vermicelli and Meatballs Soup

Chinese Vermicelli and Meat Balls Soup

Sotanghon or vermicelli noodles are also cheap, easy-to-stock, won’t easily spoil, and when cooked, they will double in size. Meatballs, on the other hand, are delicious and one of the best on-the-go meals.

The two can be a lethal combination. With them, you can cook vermicelli and meatballs soup.

Crab and Corn Soup

Crab and Corn

Just in case you are able to purchase a crab, don’t throw the stock after boiling it. You can keep it and then later use it to add flavors to dishes. You can also make Crab and Corn soup out of it.

The recipe is better because it uses fresh crab and corn flavor. You can also make it unlimited.

Cordon Bleu

Cordon Bleu

Making cordon bleu is never easy. However, you can make a batch and pile pieces in the freezer and fry them whenever you want.

This cordon bleu recipe doesn’t involve a flattened chicken breast. It’s grounded and therefore, more flexible. You can also add vegetables such as onions, garlic, bell pepper, and many more to make it more flexible.

Make Homemade Burger Steak

Burger Steak Recipe

Make kids feel that they are enjoying a fast food meal with this burger steak recipe. You can also make it healthier by adding natural ingredients like onions, garlic, onion spring, carrots, potatoes, and apples.

Tuyo Soup


Tuyo or salted dried fish is a favorite of the Filipinos. It is also considered as the poor man’s fish because it’s cheap and can be bought everywhere.

For this tuyo soup recipe, you need to make crunchy tuyo flakes that will be added at the latter part of the cooking process.

Stay Intact, Stay Safe

Cooking meals for your family, especially this pandemic season is paramount. It doesn’t have to be extravagant because of our limited supply. However, we can make it delicious and worthy.

Remember we can keep our bored children, teens, parents, and other members of the family by providing delicious meals.

Written by Ringo

I am a home base guy who loves food, writing, books, and dogs... Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

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