5 Healthy and Easy Lunchbox Recipes

If you’re one of those who have started going back to work in the office, one of the things you now have to plan for is your baon for the week. Bringing your own baon to work doesn’t only mean you get to save money, it also means that only fresh and quality ingredients are used in preparing your lunch. You can even add vegetables to ensure you’re eating healthy food even when you’re not at home!

Worried that you don’t have enough time to prepare? We’ve got you covered. Just browse through these recipes to fill your lunchbox from Monday to Friday!

Bistek Beef Tapa

Prep the night before and have your favorite breakfast ulam for lunch the next day.

Slice ½ kilo beef sirloin thinly in strips. Tenderize the beef by running the knife lightly across the grain. Set aside. Combine sliced beef with 1 tsp UFC Iodized Salt, 3 Tbsp white sugar, ½ tsp UFC Ground Pepper, and 2 Tbsp minced garlic. Blend well. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

Heat 1 Tbsp Golden Fiesta Palm Oil in a skillet. Lay down tapa strips in the pan and cook until beef changes color. Rub the tapa strips around the pan to caramelize it, moving the pan regularly to prevent tapa from burning, about 5 minutes. You’ll know the tapa is cooked when the marinade starts to coat each beef strip and it starts to brown.

Serve with Datu Puti Pinoy Spice as dipping sauce.

Chicken and Vegetables in Black Bean Sauce

Make sure to include nutrient-rich vegetables in your menu.

Marinate ¼ kilo chicken breast fillet (cut into cubes) in ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp Silver Swan Soy Sauce and 3 Tbsp cornstarch. Mix well. Pan-fry chicken pieces in 1 Tbsp Golden Fiesta Palm Oil.

In the same pan, sauté 1 onion (sliced), 1 Tbsp minced ginger, 2 cloves garlic (crushed), and 2 Tbsp Silver Swan Salted Black Beans (mashed). While stirring, add ½ piece bell pepper (cut into cubes), 2 Tbsp UFC Pieces and Stems Mushrooms, 2 Tbsp carrot strips, ¼ cup sliced cauliflower, ¼ cup UFC Young Corn Cuts, and ¼ cup sitsaro.

While cooking, dissolve 1 pack (4 g) WOW Sarap All-in-One Seasoning Granules in a mixture of 1 tsp cornstarch and 1 cup water. Add 1 tsp sugar and the marinade mixture. Pour over the sauce in the pan. Stir continuously and let it simmer until sauce thickens. Season with black pepper and finish off with a drizzling of sesame oil.

Menudo Back Ribs
Dalandan juice makes this more than just your average lunchtime ulam.

Heat up cooking oil in a pan. Stir-fry ½ kilo baby back ribs. Add Locally Dalandan. Mix in 1 to 2 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. Add UFC Ready Recipes Menudo and 2 to 3 tsp Jufran Sriracha Sauce. Simmer for 1 ½ hours until cooked.

Fried Pork Chop

Enjoy this protein-packed baon favorite with a green salad plus your choice of dipping sauce.

Marinate 1 kilo pork chops (1-inch thick slices) in 1 Tbsp Datu Puti Patis, ½ tsp UFC Ground Black Pepper, and juice from 3 pieces calamansi. Place in a pan and add ¼ cup water. Cover and simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until slightly dry.

Coat each pork chop slice using 1 pack (60 g) Golden Fiesta Big Crunch Breading Mix. Fry until golden brown and crispy. Serve with ½ cup Papa Banana Catsup or Mang Tomas All-Around Sarsa.

Adobong Puti
Don’t let a drop of the adobo sauce go to waste by packing it in the same container as your steamed rice.

Season 1 kilo pork liempo (cut into chunks) with 1 tsp UFC Iodized Salt and ½ tsp UFC Ground Pepper. Heat ¼ cup Golden Fiesta Palm Oil in a pan. Brown pork on both sides. Sauté 8 cloves garlic (crushed). Add pork liempo and 3 cups water, ½ cup Datu Puti Vinegar, 2 tsp Datu Puti Patis, 2 tsp UFC Whole Pepper, and 4 pieces bay leaves. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes or until tender. If you want crispy adobo, continue simmering until dry. Fry in its own oil until crispy.

Breeze through Monday to Friday with this five-day work week baon menu! Eliminate the hassle of thinking of what to prepare for the next day, only to find out you don’t have the ingredients you need in your pantry. So plan early, make your shopping list, and do the prep work when you can.

Create a menu for the rest of the month! Find more of these easy, yummy recipes along with practical cooking tips and tricks at Nutriasia.com.