Kung Pao Mushroom
Kung Pao Mushroom
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This sounds really good and is from a good friend in China. This is Szechuan in nature, and the sauce can be used to make many variants, such as with tofu, fish, sweet potato, or shrimp. King Oyster mushrooms are used in this dish.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Kung Pao Mushroom
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This sounds really good and is from a good friend in China. This is Szechuan in nature, and the sauce can be used to make many variants, such as with tofu, fish, sweet potato, or shrimp. King Oyster mushrooms are used in this dish.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Stir Fry Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Trim off the root ends of the mushrooms and give them a rinse. Dice the mushrooms into say, 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Mix together the Sauce in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan or wok on low heat, when hot, add the chilies, garlic, spring onion, and peppercorns, saute until fragrant.
  4. Add the mushroom and cook until they are soft and tender.
  5. Stir in the Sauce and continue to cook until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute,
  6. Add the toasted peanuts, give a big stir and mix everything together, transfer to a serving dish.
  7. Serve over steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Kung Pao Mushroom is from China Sichuan Food.

Easy Spring Roll Wrappers
Easy Spring Roll Wrappers
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This comes from a good friend in China to make an easy spring roll wrapper without kneading and fast. This is a non traditional way but seems to work perfect, and is vegan as well, bonus for my vegan friends. Just three ingredients, and read the steps fully as you need to have some patience here and follow the steps.
Servings Prep Time
25 spring roll wrappers 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes, total
Servings Prep Time
25 spring roll wrappers 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes, total
Easy Spring Roll Wrappers
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This comes from a good friend in China to make an easy spring roll wrapper without kneading and fast. This is a non traditional way but seems to work perfect, and is vegan as well, bonus for my vegan friends. Just three ingredients, and read the steps fully as you need to have some patience here and follow the steps.
Servings Prep Time
25 spring roll wrappers 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes, total
Servings Prep Time
25 spring roll wrappers 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes, total
Ingredients
Servings: spring roll wrappers
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt, then stir in the water, stir until well mixed.
  2. Place a strainer on another bowl, pour the mixture through the strainer to remove any lumps. Now your mixture is perfect.
  3. Now you need a non stick pan with a flat bottom, and a brush. Heat the pan on low heat, then quickly brush the flour mixture into the pan to make a round skin. Increase the heat and the skin will turn white and will lift from the pan. Cooking takes about 10 seconds.
  4. Flip the skin over and cook for another few seconds and it will lift from the pan. Turn heat to low.
  5. Place skin on a plate to cool before stacking them to prevent the skins from sticking to each other.
  6. Wipe out any crumbs in the pan, and repeat the steps until all the batter is used, about 20 wrappers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Easy Spring Roll Wrapper is from China Sichuan Food.

Kidney Bean Salad
Kidney Bean Salad
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Excellent salad if you like kidney beans, after I mixed I taste tested, perfect. When chilled, it is excellent. If one does not like that much cilantro, just cut back on that. To make this vegetarian/vegan simply leave out the cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Kidney Bean Salad
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Excellent salad if you like kidney beans, after I mixed I taste tested, perfect. When chilled, it is excellent. If one does not like that much cilantro, just cut back on that. To make this vegetarian/vegan simply leave out the cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add all the salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, add the dressing ingredients and whisk, taste and adjust as needed.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Place in the fridge for a few hours, serve as a side dish. This can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. (I chose to add the Feta cheese after this is chilled, that is why you do not see it in this.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: 1. Add halved cherry tomatoes. 2. Use black beans in place of red kidney beans. 3. For vegetarian or vegan, omit the cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Basic Applesauce (Slow Cooker)
Basic Applesauce (Slow Cooker)
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I have never made applesauce before so I researched and found this, basically peeled, cored, and sliced apples and cooked with a bit of water, and if desired, sugar and salt as well. I made this on 14 Dec 2017, and wow is this better than from a jar, which is not available here. I have changed this up to a slow cooker recipe, which is perfect for the controlled heat.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Basic Applesauce (Slow Cooker)
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I have never made applesauce before so I researched and found this, basically peeled, cored, and sliced apples and cooked with a bit of water, and if desired, sugar and salt as well. I made this on 14 Dec 2017, and wow is this better than from a jar, which is not available here. I have changed this up to a slow cooker recipe, which is perfect for the controlled heat.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the water and a pinch of salt to your slow cooker and set to High setting.
  2. Peel, core, cut the apples in quarters, and slice. Put the apple slices in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook until the apples are soft. Stir about every 15 minutes, after 30 to 45 minutes, mash with a potato masher. Add sugar if desired depending on how sweet you would like this. Cook to melt the sugar in and cook down to a sauce.
  4. Cook for another 30 minutes on Low setting, and you have the best tasting applesauce ever. Serve as a dessert or use as an ingredient in baking.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, and easy.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Easiest Cookies Ever
Easiest Cookies Ever
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If nothing more, these do in fact sound interesting, and quite healthy. Just three ingredients. and just two if in a pinch.
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 2 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 2 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Easiest Cookies Ever
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If nothing more, these do in fact sound interesting, and quite healthy. Just three ingredients. and just two if in a pinch.
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 2 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cookies 2 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Peel the banana and place in a bowl, add the oats, and any dried fruit. Using your hands mix everything together.
  2. For oven baking, just drop by spoonfuls to make about 12 cookies, slightly flatten them down, back for about 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  3. For microwave cooking, shape spoonfuls into flat cookie circles and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, making sure they do not burn.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

Recovery Vegan Stew
Recovery Vegan Stew
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Original recipe from my good friend, Dave Williams, Thailand, "I call this 'Recovery Stew' because it is high in carbs with a good percentage of amino acids (protein) and a healthy mix of a lot of different minerals. There are, additionally, a lot of antioxidants in these ingredients, so it helps your body to recover from exercise by both replacing what you've used and by adding nutrients that you might not have had in your system."
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Recovery Vegan Stew
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Original recipe from my good friend, Dave Williams, Thailand, "I call this 'Recovery Stew' because it is high in carbs with a good percentage of amino acids (protein) and a healthy mix of a lot of different minerals. There are, additionally, a lot of antioxidants in these ingredients, so it helps your body to recover from exercise by both replacing what you've used and by adding nutrients that you might not have had in your system."
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add cooked rice and Garbanzo beans (with liquid from can) to a big pot and cook on low. Cover the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes or so on very low heat. Add additional water as needed to maintain a good stew consistency.
  2. Add Goji berries, bell pepper, okra, garlic, and tomato sauce. Stir and cook for another 5 - 10 minutes on low (covered pot).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir, you can cook for a minute or so, but its best not to cook the milled seeds so you can retain the maximum nutritional value from them. Remove from heat, cover the pot, and let sit for a few minutes. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Easily under $1 per person per meal.

If using dry Garbanzo beans, soak overnight. Drain water and replace with fresh, cold water for cooking. Place on stove and bring to a boil in a pot with a lid. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, tilting the lid slightly to allow steam to escape, and leave to cook for up to 90 minutes, or until tender.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Dave Williams.
Thailand.

Broccoli and Potato Soup
Broccoli and Potato Soup
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Sounds like a great soup, a must try.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Broccoli and Potato Soup
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Sounds like a great soup, a must try.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pot, boil potatoes until soft, then add chopped broccoli and cook for about 5 minutes more, there is no need to cook the broccoli until soft. Keep a lid on the pot at all times while boiling. Remove from heat and let cool for a little while.
  2. Once cooled a bit, use a slotted spoon to scoop out the potatoes and broccoli into your blender container. Add some water from the pot. Save the rest of the water in case you need to change the consistency later. The water is also rich in the water soluble vitamins. You can refrigerate the water for several days and use in any recipe that calls for water.
  3. Blend thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste, then blend some more. Add water from the pot to get the smoothness that you desire. Serve with rice crackers or any bread not made with eggs or dairy and you have a great meal.
Recipe Notes

No need to do math here, this is well under $1 per person.

Original recipe provided courtesy of good friend, Dave Williams.
Thailand.