Nước Chấm (Vietnamese Vegetarian Fish Sauce)
Nước Chấm (Vietnamese Vegetarian Fish Sauce)
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A vegetarian alternative to fish sauce.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Nước Chấm (Vietnamese Vegetarian Fish Sauce)
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A vegetarian alternative to fish sauce.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Add the boiling water to a bowl and dissolve the sugar then allow the water to cool to room temp.
  2. To the bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Done, and ready to use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add pickled daikon and carrot, chopped. 2. Add crushed peanuts.

Shortcut: Vietnamese Pickled Carrot & Daikon (Đồ Chua).

Inspired by Nước Chấm (Vietnamese Vegetarian Fish Sauce) from Pham Fatale.

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.

Rajma – Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
Rajma - Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a great main or side dish, I made this on 30 April 2018 was truly surprised, excellent flavor! This originates in Northern India and Nepal. This is a modified recipe and not authentic.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Rajma - Kidney Bean Curry (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a great main or side dish, I made this on 30 April 2018 was truly surprised, excellent flavor! This originates in Northern India and Nepal. This is a modified recipe and not authentic.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the kidney beans and remove and bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Cover the bowl and let that sit for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. After 6 to 8 hours, drain and rinse the beans, just leave in the strainer for now.
  3. In your pressure cooking, without using the lid, heat the oil and butter on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until fragrant, then add in the ginger, cloves, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Cook for a few minutes then add the tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the drained beans and water to just cover the beans then add 1 more cup of water. Stir in the sugar and salt to to taste.
  5. Place the lid on the pot and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing for 8 minutes and turn the heat down to low or medium low to just maintain the jiggler moving and pressure releasing.
  6. At 8 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid.
  7. Serve as a side dish or a main dish over rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. For a non-vegetarian, add in sliced sausage at Step 4 (this is what I do). 2. Add a spoon or two of lime juice and mix that in before serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.

Tomato & Onion Salad
Tomato & Onion Salad
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This is a basic salad that is Japanese in origin, and sounds like an excellent side dish. I made this on 19 Dec 2017, very good indeed!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Tomato & Onion Salad
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This is a basic salad that is Japanese in origin, and sounds like an excellent side dish. I made this on 19 Dec 2017, very good indeed!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper prepped.
  2. Mix together and add the oil, soy sauce, and rice vinegar and toss to coat everything.
  3. Sprinkle on the shiso or basil or coriander, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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.

Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Tarka
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large sized saucepan on high heat and add the water, garlic, lentils, onion, tomato, salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, place lid off center and cook for about an hour or until the mixture is thickened and the lentils are tender, stir often so no burnt spots. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the Tarka
  1. In a small pan, heat the 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil, add the sliced onions and cook, stirring until the onions are golden brown, use a bit more oil if needed.
  2. To serve, place some some curry in a serving bowl, top with some of tarka and cliantro.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

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.

Healthy Pancake & Smoothie
Healthy Pancake & Smoothie
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Provided by a good friend of mine, this is a single serving that is nutritious and healthy, perfect for after a long bike ride. For more servings, just adjust the serving size and the recipe will adjust for you.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Healthy Pancake & Smoothie
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Provided by a good friend of mine, this is a single serving that is nutritious and healthy, perfect for after a long bike ride. For more servings, just adjust the serving size and the recipe will adjust for you.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Pancake
Smoothie
Servings: serving
Instructions
Pancake
  1. Mix together soy flour, baking powder, Chaat Masala, and 1 egg in a small bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper, add water to get the desired pancake mix consistency. Add sliced okra and mix.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan with a slight splash of olive oil to medium heat. Pour in the pancake mixture, after a few minutes, watch for bubbles to appear on the top and check the bottom, when golden brown on the bottom, carefully flip the pancake.
  3. When golden brown on the bottom, place pancake on a plate.
Smoothie
  1. Add to your blender, 1/2 a fresh pineapple, raw honey, and Chia seeds, blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a large glass and serve with the pancake. A mild tomato based hot sauce pairs well with the pancake.
Recipe Notes

Healthy and nutritious. Easily under $1 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Dave Williams.
Thailand.