Cheesy Bean Enchilada Casserole
Cheesy Bean Enchilada Casserole
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This is my own creation made on 21 Feb 2018, nothing special to look at but is tasty if one likes bean enchiladas. This recipes makes use of another recipe here on the site for the refried beans. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Cheesy Bean Enchilada Casserole
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This is my own creation made on 21 Feb 2018, nothing special to look at but is tasty if one likes bean enchiladas. This recipes makes use of another recipe here on the site for the refried beans. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the refried beans from the shortcut below, I don't know how many cups or cans this makes, I make mine in batches of 500 grams (1 lb) dry beans. These take 8 hours, so you can either start the beans really early or make the casserole the next day, which is what I did.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Prepare the enchilada sauce according to the package or shortcut instructions.
  3. Lay a tortilla on your work surface, spread some refried beans in the middle, top with some shredded cheese.
  4. Fold or roll up the tortilla and place seam side down in a 7x11 baking dish. Repeat with the remaining 3 tortillas.
  5. Spoon some beans into each end of the dish.
  6. Spoon the rest of the beans over the top of the enchiladas and spread out evenly. Pour on the enchilada sauce, then top with the remaining cheese.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes to warm through and brown the cheese.
  8. Let casserole rest for a few minutes, then dig in and enjoy (see, I said it was nothing special to look at).
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I get the cheese I used. For now I will say fair cost.

Shortcuts: Easy Refried Beans, Enchilada Sauce Mix.

My own creation, Lee Thayer.
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Whole Duck (Pressure Cooker)
Whole Duck (Pressure Cooker)
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Using the same idea that the pressure cooker produced an outstanding juicy and tender chicken, my wife suggested using it for duck. We sent our brother in law to a local duck farm two days ago and he brought back 2 small ducks, yesterday, 18 Feb 2018, he slaughtered the ducks, plucked them, and sort of cleaned them, and delivered the two ducks to us. I did the final cleaning and prep for the pressure cooker. And oh my, what a tender and juicy duck as well, absolutely delicious! Follow the safety precautions for you type of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Whole Duck (Pressure Cooker)
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Using the same idea that the pressure cooker produced an outstanding juicy and tender chicken, my wife suggested using it for duck. We sent our brother in law to a local duck farm two days ago and he brought back 2 small ducks, yesterday, 18 Feb 2018, he slaughtered the ducks, plucked them, and sort of cleaned them, and delivered the two ducks to us. I did the final cleaning and prep for the pressure cooker. And oh my, what a tender and juicy duck as well, absolutely delicious! Follow the safety precautions for you type of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For those in Asia, any fowl will have feet and head still attached.
  2. Prep the duck by cutting off the feet, head, and neck. Clean the inside and out with running water, clean the inside well. Make sure the heart and liver are removed as well, and clean the gizzard as well if that is not done.
  3. Beat the lemongrass with a pestle or meat tenderizer, make two bundles and tie each into an overhand knot, place a bundle in each duck, then place a handful of lime leaves in each duck.
  4. If using the feet, use a cleaver and chop off the toes, and if using the head, chop off bill, yes, I know that sounds weird. Wash the feet, heads, necks, and gizzards. These will go in the pressure cooker. For the hearts and livers, set those aside, those do not go in the pressure cooker. (I boiled the hearts and livers for a snack while cooking the ducks.)
  5. Place the ducks in the pressure cooker along with the heads, necks, feet, and gizzards. Toss in the chopped onion. Add water as need, it does not need to cover the ducks, but keep the pot 2/3 or less full.
  6. Add the lid and lock in place, place weight (jiggler) on the top and turn on heat to high. Once the jiggler starts venting pressure and moving, start your time for 25 minutes.
  7. At 25 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pot to an unused burner and allow to release pressure naturally.
  8. One duck ready to serve. This was enjoyed with just a simple chili sauce for dipping and rice on the side. Figure 4 servings from one small duck.
Recipe Notes

Each small duck cost me 100 Baht, so 200 for both. for 8 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving, outstanding value for a very good meal!

Adapted from using pressure cooker times on the internet.

Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Think of boiling a whole chicken, very common in Asia, I am going to use my pressure cooker and will add some items to make broth for use in another recipe. The chicken can be thawed or frozen, just add more time if frozen. The time is based on a 2 kilo (4 lb) chicken, if your chicken is larger, increase the time slightly, if your chicken is smaller, decrease the time slightly. Follow your pressure cooker safety requirements.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Whole Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Think of boiling a whole chicken, very common in Asia, I am going to use my pressure cooker and will add some items to make broth for use in another recipe. The chicken can be thawed or frozen, just add more time if frozen. The time is based on a 2 kilo (4 lb) chicken, if your chicken is larger, increase the time slightly, if your chicken is smaller, decrease the time slightly. Follow your pressure cooker safety requirements.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the giblets from the cavity, for those in Asia (for a local fresh chicken, remove the head and feet if you like but not required) and rinse the chicken inside and out, place in your slow cooker. (This chicken I used is 2.2 kilos, head and feet attached, feet are tucked into the cavity, I also use a 9 1/2 quart pressure cooker.)
  2. Add the water, onions, carrots, celery, and peppercorns.
  3. For variant and to add a western taste to this chicken, we also added about 5 or 6 stalks of lemongrass. For those that are unfamiliar with using lemongrass in cooking, the texture ranks right up there very coarse wood shavings, this is not an item that remains in a dish, so the best way to add this when a dish is cooked, is to beat the stalks flat (this releases the fragrant oils in it) and tie into an overhand knot (this prevents the stalks from separating). When you are done cooking, just spoon out the knotted bundle.
  4. Cover and lock the lid. Heat on high heat until the jiggler releases pressure and starts moving, reduce heat to low to keep the jiggler moving. Now start timing.
  5. For a FROZEN chicken, time for 30 minutes. (The chicken I used here was frozen and 2.2 kilos so I timed for 32 minutes.). When the time is complete, remove the cooker from heat and set on an unused burner to do a natural release, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. For a THAWED chicken, time for 20 minutes. When the time is complete, remove the cooker from heat and set on an unused burner to do a natural release, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. After the natural pressure release, open lid on the cooker. Check out that clear broth, perfect!
  8. Very carefully lift the chicken out, I used two large wide spoons to do this, one wing disintegrated into the broth, the legs fell off after I set on a plate.
  9. Serve with a dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

The chicken I used was 2.2 kilo and we paid 143 Baht. For 4 servings, this is $1.08 per serving. The bonus is you get 2 quarts of broth to use in other recipes.

Variants: 1. Add lemongrass, ginger, or vegetables as you desire.

Adapted from using pressure cooker times on the internet.

Carrots (Pressure Cooker)
Carrots (Pressure Cooker)
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Since buying my stove top (old school) pressure cooker, I am using it often for flavorful mains and side dishes. A pressure cooker keeps the flavor in the foods you are cooking and does it in less time as well. This was a spur of the moment side dish I put together to use up some carrots in the fridge and to make a healthy side dish as well. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Carrots (Pressure Cooker)
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Since buying my stove top (old school) pressure cooker, I am using it often for flavorful mains and side dishes. A pressure cooker keeps the flavor in the foods you are cooking and does it in less time as well. This was a spur of the moment side dish I put together to use up some carrots in the fridge and to make a healthy side dish as well. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken stock to the pressure cooker.
  2. Wash and slice the carrots about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, you can peel them first if you like. Place in the pressure cooker. Sprinkle some black pepper in as desired.
  3. Cover and lock lid, turn heat to high to bring the pressure up to lock the lid and the jiggler starts moving and pressure is escaping, then turn the heat down to maintain movement on the jiggler. Start your time for 2 minutes.
  4. When 2 minutes have passed, turn off heat and move the cooker to an unused burner for a natural release of pressure, about 5-10 minutes. then open the lid when the pressure has released.
  5. Serve as a side with any dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from using pressure cooker times on the internet.

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake
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This was a new cake for me, and it is delicious. I used the shortcuts for the cake mix, buttermilk, and frosting. I made this on 14 Feb 2018, and it is delicious. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Red Velvet Cake
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This was a new cake for me, and it is delicious. I used the shortcuts for the cake mix, buttermilk, and frosting. I made this on 14 Feb 2018, and it is delicious. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease and flour two 8 inch rounds spring form pans.
  2. Add the cake mix to mixing bowl, add the butter and work that into the flour. Crack the eggs into another bowl and whisk then pour the eggs into the flour and mix to combine. Slowly add the milk and mix just until the cake batter comes together, do not over work the batter or the result will not be a light and fluffy cake.
  3. Now add the cocoa powder and mix that in.
  4. Then mix in the bottle of red food coloring.
  5. Pour the batter equally into the two pans.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place the pans on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the outer spring form and let the cakes completely cool.
  7. When the cakes are completely cool, use your favorite frosting to frost them or do as I did and use the buttercream shortcut.
  8. Slice and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Yellow Cake Mix, Buttermilk, Buttercream Frosting.

Adapted from many internet recipes.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
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This is a basic buttercream frosting mix from none other than Betty Crocker, this recipe has been used by millions of people over many many years. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
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This is a basic buttercream frosting mix from none other than Betty Crocker, this recipe has been used by millions of people over many many years. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar, use a heavy spoon or an electric mixer on low speed.
  2. Add the vanilla and just 1 tablespoon of milk. Beat well, and just add additional milk, a few drops at a time, to make a nice and smooth, and spreadable frosting. If frosting is too thick, add milk a few drops at a time, if too thin, add powdered sugar a teaspoon at a time. (This photo is the chocolate variant.)
  3. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use chocolate flavoring instead of vanilla. 2. Use coconut flavoring instead of vanilla.

Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Red Velvet Cake, Made it, GO-TO recipe.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

BBQ Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
BBQ Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds like a very good recipe, I will be making this soon. This applies to a stove top pressure cooker, follow all your pressure cooker safety instructions. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
BBQ Chicken (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds like a very good recipe, I will be making this soon. This applies to a stove top pressure cooker, follow all your pressure cooker safety instructions. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your pressure cooker on medium heat with a splash of cooking oil, no lid for this. When hot, brown the chicken pieces for a few minutes on each side, season as you desire with salt, pepper, and paprika and brown the pieces, you are browning not trying to cook the chicken through, that comes later, work in batches as needed. Return all the browned chicken to the pressure cooker and remove the cooker from the heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce, water, onion, and vinegar. Pour sauce over the chicken. (I used the variant and went with Sriracha sauce.)
  3. Place the cooker back on the heat and secure the lid to the cooker. Turn heat to high to lock up the cooker and get the jiggler moving and releasing pressure. Start timing for 12 minutes and reduce the heat to maintain the jiggler movement and pressure release.
  4. At 12 minutes, turn off the heat and move the cooker to an unused burner to do a natural release of pressure, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Open pressure cooker carefully, plate with a side or two, serve. (Now out of fear of loosing a hand or arm during the feeding frenzy, no photos this time of a plated dish. This photo also shows 3 thighs have been removed.)
  6. This photo was leftovers on the day after and just nuked to reheat 🙂
Recipe Notes

Quarters (leg and thighs attached, just separate yourself in a few seconds), is about 55 Baht. Considering 6 servings, this is about 30 cents per meal, excluding sides.

Variants: 1. Swap out BBQ sauce for a chili sauce, think Sriracha (chili and garlic sauce) and this will be the first way I test this recipe. 2. Increase the chicken to 1.5 kilo (3 lbs), permitting on your pressure cooker.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cornmeal Whitefish
Cornmeal Whitefish
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The only time I have eaten fish coated in cornmeal was catfish in Tennessee, and that was years ago. Time to change this I will use shark catfish but it has a whitefish flavor, not at all like catfish. This is make as much as you want recipe, no servings, times, or quantities are listed for this (read that as simple).
Cornmeal Whitefish
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The only time I have eaten fish coated in cornmeal was catfish in Tennessee, and that was years ago. Time to change this I will use shark catfish but it has a whitefish flavor, not at all like catfish. This is make as much as you want recipe, no servings, times, or quantities are listed for this (read that as simple).
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut your whitefish fillets in half if you like, easier to manage that way.
  2. Place 3 shallow bowls on the counter, place some flour in the first bowl, 2-3 eggs in the next bowl and beat them with a fork, then some cornmeal in the last bowl. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the flour and the cornmeal.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan with a good splash of cooking oil. When the oil is hot, dredge each fillet in flour and shake off excess, then in egg and shake off excess, then in cornmeal, the into the hot oil. cook until golden brown on the bottom then turn fillets over and cook until golden brown, remove to paper towels. I am cooking the fish fillets on the right, my wife is cooking wontons on the left.
  4. When all the fillets are cooked, serve with a vegetable and a salad for a nice meal.
Recipe Notes

For the fish, go with about 130 Baht/1 kilo of Pangasius fillets. For 4 servings, this is about 96 cents per serving.

Inspired by seeing cornmeal coated fish photos from a number of good friends.

Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Crab Rangoon
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. For the crab, you can use canned (drained), fresh picked, or even imitation. If using imitation, just cut each crab stick into 1/4 inch pieces and use your hands to break them apart, very easy and will be the first way I prepare this.
  2. In a small bowl, add the Cream cheese, crab, spring onion, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until combined.
  3. Lay out a wonton wrapper, place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Base this on the size of your wontons. The wrappers I use are about 3 inches on each side.
  4. Wet your finger in a small bowl of water and run it across the 4 edges, need to dip your finger in water a few times doing this.
  5. Now, pull up two opposite corners and press them together to seal the top,
  6. Now bring up the other two corners and seal them at the top and press together the 4 seams to seal them as well. Place the wonton on a sheet of parchment.
  7. Repeat for the remaining wontons.
To Deep Fry
  1. Heat about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil in a large deep pan or a heavy pot. You want the oil hot but not smoking. Your preference on the oil, rice bran oil would be a good choice.
  2. Carefully place the wontons in the hot oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, do not overload the pan, until nice and golden brown. Remove wontons to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining wontons. My wife is cooking the wontons on the left, I am cooking some fish on the right.
To Bake
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F)
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. and arrange wontons in an orderly fashion. Spray with cooking oil, a oil mister would be perfect for this, for folks in the US, feel free to use a cooking spray of your choice.
  3. Another option is to lightly, and I mean lightly, brush each wonton with oil. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Keep in mind baked will not be as crispy as the deep fried, but just as good in flavor.
  4. Serve with dipping sauces of your choice.
  5. I served these as a side with some fish and long beans I cooked.
Recipe Notes

The Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht/125 grams. The imitation crab will cost about 50 Baht/140 grams. (When I buy fresh crab, I will price this once I pick 140 grams.) Figure 6 servings (3 each 6 people for appetizers), this is about 54 cents per serving.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Basic Chili II
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. For the beans, you can use canned (drained), make from dry by soaking and simmering, or by soaking and using a pressure cooker. If using dry, use 500 grams dry.
  2. In a large pot, add the minced pork or ground beef and chop up with a spatula and brown. Drain off most, not all of the fat, the fat adds flavoring. Pork is just starting to cook at this point.
  3. Add the beans, these were right out of the pressure cooker and drained.
  4. Add the tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, water, spices and mix. Let chili simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Pork mince is about 85 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 42 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Inspired by a packaged chili mix.