Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin and sounds just down right tasty, and quick to prepare. On my to cook list for sure! The only item uncommon in the ingredients, unless you do a lot of Asian cooking, would be the Shaoxing Rice Wine, available in the US in Asian markets and if all else fails, on Amazon.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin and sounds just down right tasty, and quick to prepare. On my to cook list for sure! The only item uncommon in the ingredients, unless you do a lot of Asian cooking, would be the Shaoxing Rice Wine, available in the US in Asian markets and if all else fails, on Amazon.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, stir fry the beef until it starts to change color, about 2 minutes, then add the rice wine and stir fry for another minute. Remove the beef from the pan and set the beef aside.
  2. Same pan, add the other 1 tablespoon of oil, when hot, add the sliced garlic and chilies, stir fry until fragrant, about 1/2 a minute.
  3. Add the celery and season with the salt, as desired and saute for 5 minutes or until the celery is soft, then return the beef back to the pan and toss in the soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir fry for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Tasty Ground Beef & Celery from Spice the Plate.

Hamburger Noodle Supper
Hamburger Noodle Supper
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This sounds good for a quick dinner, and can be tailored endless ways, consider this just a base recipe. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Hamburger Noodle Supper
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This sounds good for a quick dinner, and can be tailored endless ways, consider this just a base recipe. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the ground beef, breaking it up with the spatula, and cook until no longer pink then drain.
  2. While the beef is cooking, heat a sauce pan with the beef stock and when boiling, add the ramen without the seasoning pack, and cook until tender, drain and set aside.
  3. To the beef, place on low heat add the vegetables and mix in the two seasoning packs as well.
  4. When the ramen is done, drain, then add to the beef mixture. Mix and heat until everything is heated through.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use ground pork and pork flavored ramen. 2. Use egg noodles in place of ramen. 3. Use fresh cooked corn and diced carrots. 4. Add onion and garlic powder when cooking the beef or fresh diced and minced. 5. Add fresh blanched broccoli.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
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I grew up on Hamburger Helper, and many times the hamburger (hamburger meat for all my friends in the deep south of the US) was substituted with ground venison. My early years in the Navy, my wife and I made Hamburger Helper to stretch those dollars between paydays. This is basically hamburger, pasta (maybe potatoes), spices, milk, and water, and a load of preservatives. So I did a bit of research on the internet and found a site that replicated all of the dishes available. The basic instruction is brown the ground beef and drain, then add in the ingredients for each version you wish then simmer. Enjoy. Links to the shortcut are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
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I grew up on Hamburger Helper, and many times the hamburger (hamburger meat for all my friends in the deep south of the US) was substituted with ground venison. My early years in the Navy, my wife and I made Hamburger Helper to stretch those dollars between paydays. This is basically hamburger, pasta (maybe potatoes), spices, milk, and water, and a load of preservatives. So I did a bit of research on the internet and found a site that replicated all of the dishes available. The basic instruction is brown the ground beef and drain, then add in the ingredients for each version you wish then simmer. Enjoy. Links to the shortcut are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
Chili Mac
Lasagna
Cheesy Beef Taco
Beef Stroganoff
Potato Stroganoff
Salisbury
Cheesy Italian Shells
Cheesy Jambalaya
Servings: servings
Instructions
Chili Mac
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the macaroni is tender.
  3. Stir in the cheese and when it is melted in, serve and enjoy.
Lasagna
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the two cheeses. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles or lasagna noodles are tender.
  3. Stir in the Mozzarella cheese and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on the top. Cover for 5 minutes to let the Mozzarella melt in, serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Beef Taco
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese and Fritos. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the rice is tender.
  3. Stir in 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese, sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top then the Fritos, Cover and let sit for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Beef Stroganoff
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Potato Stroganoff
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the potatoes are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Salisbury
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Italian Shells
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the pasta shells are tender.
  3. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and cook for another 5 minutes or so to let the cheese melt in, serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Jambalaya
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the rice is tender.
  3. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and cover for another 5 minutes or so to let the cheese melt in, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Sour Cream.

Notes: 1. If using true Thai chili powder, cut the amount back by 1/3 to 1/2 as it is quite hotter than chili powder in the US. 2. The salt and sugar are OPTIONAL! I have made several of these and you can certainly leave out the sugar. Salt is used in the boxed version of this much the way McDonald's uses salt, sugar is used in the box version much the way cereals in the US are made, to get you to not like the meal, but love the meal, and buy more. When I make these, I do not add sugar, but I do add salt, a touch less than what is stated.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Real Swiss Steak
Real Swiss Steak
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This recipe is from none other than, a Swiss person, so I think it is pretty safe to assume, this is about authentic as this gets. And it is so simple!
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes, if that
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes, if that
Real Swiss Steak
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This recipe is from none other than, a Swiss person, so I think it is pretty safe to assume, this is about authentic as this gets. And it is so simple!
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes, if that
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes, if that
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl or plate, place some flour on another plate, and some bread crumbs on another plate.
  2. When the skillet is hot, coat the steak in beaten egg, then coat with flour, back into the egg to coat it again, then into the bread crumbs, and finally into the hot skillet.
  3. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, flip the steak and cook the other side.
  4. Serve with a lemon wedge on top and sides of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Fair cost if using local beef.

Shortcut: Bread Crumbs.

Recipe provided by a friend, Othmar Vohringer.
Canada.

Beef Taquitos
Beef Taquitos
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Beef Taquitos
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
To Serve, as desired
Servings: taquitos
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, cook the ground beef and break up with a spatula as you cook, when no longer pink, drain the fat then add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft.
  2. Add the cumin, chilies, and tomato sauce to the pan and mix in, simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large, flat pan, cast iron would be perfect, heat a little oil and warm each tortilla for a minute or two on each side, this makes them very soft so you can roll them.
  4. Lay a tortilla on your work surface and add some beef filling at about the point mid way between the edge and the center, make a line of filling across the tortilla.
  5. Roll the tortilla tightly, goal is a nice cigar sized taquito. Repeat this for each tortilla.
  6. Heat about 1/3 inch of oil in pan, when the oil is hot, quickly fry the taquitos to brown them, light golden color is the goal, about 1 minute each.
  7. Serve with dipping sauces as you desire, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole would be great choices.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Tomato Sauce, Salsa, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
United States.

Old Fashioned Goulash II
Old Fashioned Goulash II
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Sounds great, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Old Fashioned Goulash II
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Sounds great, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in good sized pot with the onion and garlic, drain fat.
  2. Add the peas, carrots, corn, seasoning salt, pepper, cumin, and give it a quick mix. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and chopped tomatoes with their juice, another quick mix.
  3. Add the broth, bay leaves, and macaroni. Give it a quick mix and set heat to just simmer. Cover pot and simmer until the pasta is cooked and tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Top with the cheese, cover, and remove from heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Give it a stir and serve.
Recipe Notes

Beef will cost about 125 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 92 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Seasoning Salt.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Easy Taco Pie
Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease glass pie dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan and brown the beef until no longer any pink is visible. Break up the beef as it cooks with the spatula.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water and reduce heat, cook for a few minutes to reduce the liquid and makes a thick sauce.
  4. Add the beef to the prepared pie dish and spread to make an even layer.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, cream, garlic, salt, and pepper, mix together then pour over the beef.
  6. Top with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is set and the cheese starting to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve with toppings of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, or toppings of your choice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 125 Baht for the beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use ground pork in place of beef.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patty J. Fike, and the original recipe is here.
United States.

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
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These sound excellent! On my to cook list. I will verify prep and cook times when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
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These sound excellent! On my to cook list. I will verify prep and cook times when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, brown the ground beef until almost cooked through, chopping it up with the spatula as it cooks. Drain off the fat.
  2. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic and cook until the onions and pepper is softened.
  3. Add the Worcestershire, beef broth, and sprinkle in the flour and stir. Cook to thicken the mixture.
  4. When thickened, stir in your favorite cheese.
  5. Serve on toasted rolls or bread of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 250 Baht for the beef. When I get some Provolone again I will be able to price this per serving. For now I will say fair cost.

Recipe provided by good friend, Rose Marie, and the original recipe is here.
United States.

Hamburger Gravy
Hamburger Gravy
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This sounds absolutely delicious, and a dish I have not had in many years. I finally made this on 6 Dec 2017, as written but doubled, absolutely delicious!. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Hamburger Gravy
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This sounds absolutely delicious, and a dish I have not had in many years. I finally made this on 6 Dec 2017, as written but doubled, absolutely delicious!. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick pan (I use a pot) with a splash of olive oil, and add the onion and garlic, cook until the onion is turning translucent.
  2. then add the beef, breaking it up with a spatula as it cooks. Drain any fat. To the beef, now add the 1 1/2 cups stock, bouillon cube, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the 1/4 cup cold stock to a measuring cup and stir in the cornstarch. Cold makes it easier to mix without lumps. Pour this into hamburger mixture and simmer for about two minutes, stirring often, until thickened.
  4. Serve over mashed potatoes with your choice of sides and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the ground beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Shortcut: Seasoned Salt.

Recipe provided courtesy of good friend, Kelly Montana Hawk of Tying One On With Kelly (and apron of course) and the original recipe is here.
United States.

3 Ingredient Meat Loaf
3 Ingredient Meat Loaf
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Three ingredients, and you can make one from a shortcut for savings. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
3 Ingredient Meat Loaf
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Three ingredients, and you can make one from a shortcut for savings. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Add the beef, the contents of the box of stuffing mix (the bread and spice mix), or the dry mixture if made from a shortcut, and the milk, in a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine everything.
  3. Form into a loaf in a large baking dish or pack into two loaf pans. Cover with foil.
  4. Bake for 1 hour.
  5. Remove from oven, let rest 2 minutes, slice and serve. Mashed potatoes and gravy and a vegetable on the side would be perfect.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 300 Baht for 1 kilo ground beef. For 6 servings, this is about $1.48 per serving. Make this out of ground pork for about half the cost.

Shortcut: Stove Top Stuffing.

Variants: 1. Use ground pork in place of ground beef. 2. Use loaf pans or a casserole and pour a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup over the top. 3. Shape into meatballs and place in a baking dish, then pour a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup over the top.

Provided by The Project Pile and the link to this recipe is here.
United States.