Yeah, there's only a few things you can do. (For this case, the metering mode won't matter. You'll still get either a sky that's blown out or foreground that is too dark.)
1st would be to get a ND Grad or Split ND filter. This will bring back the sky so you can meter on the ground to get the right exposure.
2nd would be to bracket several exposure apart and then either do HDR or exposure blending to get a more pleasing image.
A CPL will help to increase contrast in the sky (and remove glare), but it is most effective when the sun is at an angle of 90 degrees from where you are shooting.
Probably the most important thing that hasn't been mentioned yet (well looks like the post above mentioned it), is to evaluate the sky and see if it is pleasing enough to include it in your composition. If not and you don't have a way to make it look more pleasing, maybe its better off if you don't include it. Come back earlier or later in the day or another day when the sky is more pleasing.
Since your shooting outdoors in manual mode, give the Sunny 16 rule a try. If you still want to go by your camera meter, at least be familiar with Sunny 16 so you can compare what the rule says your exposure should be and what exposure your camera is metering.