Hash Brown Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole
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Sounds excellent. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Hash Brown Casserole
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Sounds excellent. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. If using homemade hash browns, go ahead and blanch them for about 3 minutes in a pot of boiling water, drain and squeeze dry.
  2. If using frozen hash browns, thaw and drain those.
  3. Heat your oven to 190 C. Get out a 9x13 baking dish,
  4. Saute the onion, bacon, and bell pepper in a large non stick skillet until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes, stir occasionally. Remove to a bowl.
  5. In the baking dish, add the hash browns, soup, sour cream, and 1 cup of cheese, mix lightly. Add the bacon and onion mixture and stir that in. Spread out evenly. Top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, uncovered, or until heated through.
  7. Serve with some fried eggs and toast. Perfect for a breakfast or dinner, I always love breakfast for dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Hash Browns, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Classic Green Bean Casserole

Classic Green Bean Casserole
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Been a long time since I have enjoyed this side dish. I remember this dish from when I was just a wee boy growing up and was a common side dish. On my to cook list. This is a low cost dish as long beans are very inexpensive, and you can use shortcuts to make the soup and french fried onions. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Classic Green Bean Casserole
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Been a long time since I have enjoyed this side dish. I remember this dish from when I was just a wee boy growing up and was a common side dish. On my to cook list. This is a low cost dish as long beans are very inexpensive, and you can use shortcuts to make the soup and french fried onions. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Cut the long beans into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces, steam until cooked but crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes, drain.
  3. In a 8x8 inch glass baking dish, mix together the soup, milk, and cooked long beans. Place in the oven and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, then sprinkle the french fried onion over the top and continue baking for another 5 minutes.
  4. Serve as a side with any main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, French Fried Onions.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pea Salad II

Pea Salad II
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Sounds good, I will be getting some frozen peas next time I go up to the city. On my to prepare list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
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Sounds good, I will be getting some frozen peas next time I go up to the city. On my to prepare list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix everything together except the peas. When mixed, add the peas and stir to coat them.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or more before serving. Leftovers can be kept covered in the fridge for several days.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Seasoned Salt.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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English Muffins (Bread Machine)

English Muffins (Bread Machine)
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This is a recipe to prepare the dough in the bread machine, then remove, cut, and cook the muffins in a pan on the stove top.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 English muffins 1-2 hours
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 English muffins 1-2 hours
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
English Muffins (Bread Machine)
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This is a recipe to prepare the dough in the bread machine, then remove, cut, and cook the muffins in a pan on the stove top.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 English muffins 1-2 hours
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 English muffins 1-2 hours
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Ingredients
For Bread Machine
Needed for Work Surface
Servings: English muffins
Instructions
  1. Add the For Bread Machine ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed, start the Dough cycle on the machine.
  2. When the cycle is finished, spread some cornmeal on your work surface, turn out dough onto the work surface. Pat the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness, a little less is ok.
  3. Turn the dough over so both sides get coated with cornmeal. Using a cutter, cut into rounds (a cutter the size of a tuna can would be good.
  4. Sprinkle some cornmeal on a baking sheet and place the rounds on that, cover with a towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Heat a dry cast iron pan on low heat, when hot, cook the muffins for about 5 to minutes on each side, they should be golden brown on the bottom when you turn them.
  6. Remove from the pan and split part way through with a fork. Can be used right away served warm, toasted, or even frozen for later use and reheated in a microwave or toaster.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cucumber Salad II

Cucumber Salad II
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This is another version of a cucumber salad, and it really good. Use of a mandolin is recommended to give you very thin slices. Made this on 28 Oct 2017, wonderful salad!
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Cucumber Salad II
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This is another version of a cucumber salad, and it really good. Use of a mandolin is recommended to give you very thin slices. Made this on 28 Oct 2017, wonderful salad!
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a measuring cup, add the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and pepper, and mix together (see, instead of using another bowl to mix everything, you just saved yourself from washing another item). Pour the mixture into a small container. I used a plastic box.
  2. I used my mandolin placed right on the box with the liquid. I used 4 small cucumbers as shown. Or you can just slice with a knife and add the cucumber slices to the liquid and mix.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours to chill and blend the flavors.
  4. When ready to serve, drain the cucumbers, sprinkle on some chopped dill and mix in, serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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African Spinach Stew with Chicken & Shrimp

African Spinach Stew with Chicken & Shrimp
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This sounds really good, chicken and shrimp go together well. The spinach is the frozen type, just thaw, squeeze out the water and chop.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
African Spinach Stew with Chicken & Shrimp
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This sounds really good, chicken and shrimp go together well. The spinach is the frozen type, just thaw, squeeze out the water and chop.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the spinach, if you can get chopped, perfect, it just leaf and frozen in balls, you can still use, thaw them out and grab a Chef's knife and chop them, problem solved. Squeeze out the water, and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the shrimp, season with a pinch of salt and half the white pepper, mix to coat all the shrimp. Set aside.
  3. In another mixing bowl, add the chicken, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining white pepper, mix into the chicken to coat all the pieces. Set aside.
  4. Heat some oil in a large pot, add the shrimp and cook, turning them after about two minutes and cook for another 2 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, do not overcook them as that makes for tough shrimp. Remove when cooked through.
  5. Same pot, now add the chicken, also just cooking for about 4 minutes, turning them at about 2 minutes, until cooked through, remove the chicken from the pot.
  6. Same pot, heat more oil if needed, add the onion and saute until is translucent then stir in the tomatoes and cook on high heat, covered, for 10 minutes, stir occasionally, after 10 minutes covered, leave pot uncovered and cook for 5 more minutes, also stirring occasionally.
  7. Lower heat to a simmer, add in salt to taste, the chicken stock powder, and spinach and mix well, then add in the shrimp and chicken mix to combine, Allow to heat for just a few minutes to warm the chicken and shrimp through. Remove from heat.
  8. Serve warm with rice, or even pasta.
Recipe Notes

Figure 35 Baht for the chicken and maybe 100 Baht for the shrimp. For 10 servings, this is about 40 cents per serving.

This recipe for African Spinach Stew with Chicken & Shrimp is from Precious Core.

Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice, African Style

Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice, African Style
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This sounds absolutely delicious! On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice, African Style
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This sounds absolutely delicious! On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Use a rice cooker to cook the rice, to the cooker add the rinsed rice, 1 teaspoon of salt, bay leaves, curry powder, and the chicken stock powder, add the appropriate amount of water and set to the Cook mode. When the cooker switches to Warm, spread the rice out on a large tray to cool, discard the bay leaves.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle, pound into a paste, the garlic, ginger, parsley, and a little water, as need to form a smooth paste. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the shrimp, season with a pinch of salt, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic paste, and mix to coat all the shrimp. Set aside.
  4. In another mixing bowl, add the chicken, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic paste, and mix into the chicken to coat all the pieces. Set aside.
  5. Heat some oil in a large pot, add the shrimp and cook, turning them after about two minutes and cook for another 2 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, do not overcook them as that makes for tough shrimp. Remove when cooked through.
  6. Same pot, now add the chicken, also just cooking for about 4 minutes, turning them at about 2 minutes, until cooked through, remove the chicken from the pot.
  7. Same pot, heat more oil if needed, add the onion and spring onion and saute until the onion is translucent then stir in the remaining garlic paste and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the carrot, long beans, corn, and peas and stir to mix well.
  8. Stir in the chicken and shrimp, then add the rice and stir until well mixed, let this cook for just a minute or two to heat everything through, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure 35 Baht for the chicken and maybe 100 Baht for the shrimp. For 10 servings, this is about 40 cents per serving.

This recipe for Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice - African Style is from Precious Core.

Bubble & Squeak

Bubble & Squeak
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This is a British term and is intended to use leftover cabbage and other vegetables, and meat from a Sunday Roast, pan fried and mixed into the leftover mashed potatoes. A good friend of mine in the US told me what his wife did with the leftover cabbage and pasta from a meatloaf dinner they enjoyed, she took the leftover cabbage and pasta, added some chopped veggies, some chicken broth and potatoes, and the first thing that popped into my mind was Bubble & Squeak. You can make patties out of this and fry on each side or just cook everything in a pan to get a crispy crust as you mix and cook it, like a hash. Can be a breakfast side, lunch, or dinner. There is no servings or times listed, nor quantities for ingredients, this is a true make with what leftovers you have, can be a side dish or a main.
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This is a British term and is intended to use leftover cabbage and other vegetables, and meat from a Sunday Roast, pan fried and mixed into the leftover mashed potatoes. A good friend of mine in the US told me what his wife did with the leftover cabbage and pasta from a meatloaf dinner they enjoyed, she took the leftover cabbage and pasta, added some chopped veggies, some chicken broth and potatoes, and the first thing that popped into my mind was Bubble & Squeak. You can make patties out of this and fry on each side or just cook everything in a pan to get a crispy crust as you mix and cook it, like a hash. Can be a breakfast side, lunch, or dinner. There is no servings or times listed, nor quantities for ingredients, this is a true make with what leftovers you have, can be a side dish or a main.
Ingredients
Leftover Veggies and Meat you can use
Servings:
Instructions
For a Whole Pan
  1. Heat a large heavy pan on medium heat and add some vegetable oil.
  2. Mix the leftover veggies into the mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes, add to the heated pan and spread out to an even layer. Allow to cook until crispy on the bottom, then flip or just mix it up with a spatula to get more crispy parts to it.
  3. Serve as a side or a main, depending on how much you have. Main with a fried egg or two on top sounds very good.
For Patties
  1. Heat a large heavy pan on medium heat and add some vegetable oil.
  2. Mix the leftover veggies into the mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes and shape into patties, fry on both sides to crisp them up golden brown.
  3. I would serve these as a side at breakfast or with pasta for a dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost since you are using leftovers.

Inspired by Hans Schmidt.
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Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The recipe calls for canned clams, chopped, with juice, not baby clams. If you have the chopped clams available in your location, very good. What I am going to do is use the small oyster meat available at Tesco here first. This is the oyster meat available at Tesco. These containers will be on ice with the fresh fish. Pour the oysters and liquid (no need to chop them as they will shrink when cooked) in a measuring cup, the amount of liquid is between 3/4 and 1 cup, I poured the liquid out to make is just 3/4 cup, and I used 3 containers for 2 1/4 cups of oysters and liquid.
  2. Heat a large pot on medium heat and add the bacon, cook until crispy, remove the bacon to a plate with paper towels to drain, set aside. Pour out the fat but leave 3 tablespoons in the the pot.
  3. Same pot, add the carrot, onion, and celery and cook on medium heat until the vegetables are starting to brown and soften, stir often. Mix in the flour and stir continuously for 1 minute, then add the broth, clams and their juice, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, thyme, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  4. Prep the potatoes now, diced, skin on or off is up to you. Add the potatoes to the soup and stir in the milk and cream, once boiling, reduce to a light simmer and cover, simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes or so.
  5. Once the potatoes are tender, taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking, serve with bacon and cilantro sprinkled on top of each bowl.
Recipe Notes

I used 3 containers of oyster meat with liquid, 45 Baht per container, so 135 Baht for oysters. For 8 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use oyster meat in place of chopped clams for the chowder base. 2. Add peeled and deveined shrimp, crab, imitation crab, whitefish, or mushrooms.

This recipe for Clam Chowder is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Sipo Egg II

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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is a creamy version of this side dish, and certainly sounds good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is a creamy version of this side dish, and certainly sounds good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, add the oil and butter, when hot, the shrimp, cook the shrimp about a minute on each side, remove the shrimp and set aside.
  2. Same pan, add a splash of oil if the pan is dry and cook the onion and garlic until the onion is soft, then add the carrots and peas and stir often and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, hold that for 1 minute then reduce to medium heat. Add the shrimp and quail eggs and stir in.
  4. Add the soup and cream, stir to mix well, add the cashews, season with salt and pepper. Simmer for a minute or two to heat everything through and thicken a bit.
  5. Serve as a side with any dish.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 20 Baht for the quail eggs, and about 75 Baht for the shrimp, both locally obtained in local markets. For 6 servings, this is about 44 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Provided by Panlasang Pinoy and the link to this recipe is here.
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