Minestrone Soup (Pressure Cooker)
Minestrone Soup (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds very tasty, and will be since the beans are cooked in the pressure cooker, meaning more flavor. On my to cook list. I will be using my 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes on pressure
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes on pressure
Minestrone Soup (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds very tasty, and will be since the beans are cooked in the pressure cooker, meaning more flavor. On my to cook list. I will be using my 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes on pressure
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes on pressure
Ingredients
For USE AFTER Pressure Cooking
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in your pressure cooker with the lid off, then add the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook to just soften them. Add the rosemary, sage, and bay leaf. Cook for about 1 minute.
  2. Add the soaked and drained chickpeas and water. Place the top on the cooker and lock the lid, place the weight (jiggler) on top. Turn the heat up to high until the jigglar starts moving and venting pressure, start timing for 13 minutes. (For those using electric pressure cookers, set your time for 18 minutes on high pressure.)
  3. When the time is up, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow the pressure to release naturally, about 10 minutes. (For those with electric models, turn off the keep warm setting or unplug the cooker, pressure should be released in about 20-30 minutes.)
  4. When indications show you the pressure is released, open the pressure cooker. Remove the stems of the herbs if using fresh, and remove the bay leaf. Pour in the 3 cups of water, salt, and pepper as desired.
  5. Bring the cooker to a boil, without the lid, then add the pasta, and cook, without the lid, until the pasta is tender.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Pressure Cooked Minestrone Soup is inspired by Hip Pressure Cooking.

Basic Shrimp Stock
Basic Shrimp Stock
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Taking only a few minutes on the stove, this is a great stock to use in recipes calling for clam juice or to and more depth of flavor to seafood soups and stews. The amount of stock is based on how many shrimp heads, shells, and tail you have on hand.
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Basic Shrimp Stock
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Taking only a few minutes on the stove, this is a great stock to use in recipes calling for clam juice or to and more depth of flavor to seafood soups and stews. The amount of stock is based on how many shrimp heads, shells, and tail you have on hand.
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place everything in a pot and add water to just cover the shrimp parts.
  2. Simmer for about 15 minutes, you are looking for a light orange color.
  3. Pour the stock through a fine mesh strainer and it is ready to use, or you can freeze for later use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Toast the shells in the oven prior to putting in the pot of water. 2. Lobster and crab shells also make a nice stock, with or without the shrimp shells.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

How to Roast Green Chilies
How to Roast Green Chilies
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I have a friend in New Mexico, and lives and breaths green chilies, in particular, the Hatch variety. Now here in Thailand, we don't have the hatch varieties, but we can take advantage of the green chilies and peppers that are plentiful here. I actually had to look up how to roast chilies (you can tell I am not from Texas or New Mexico). This is a roast and freeze recipe for use in recipes that call for these, just thaw them out and ready to use.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
6-10 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
6-10 minutes
How to Roast Green Chilies
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I have a friend in New Mexico, and lives and breaths green chilies, in particular, the Hatch variety. Now here in Thailand, we don't have the hatch varieties, but we can take advantage of the green chilies and peppers that are plentiful here. I actually had to look up how to roast chilies (you can tell I am not from Texas or New Mexico). This is a roast and freeze recipe for use in recipes that call for these, just thaw them out and ready to use.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
6-10 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
6-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In Tesco-Lotus, these are named simply "Green Peppers" and they are delicious as well, but they have a skin that needs to be removed, and the roasting makes that easy and gives a great flavor the the peppers/chilies.
  2. In Tesco-Lotus, these are named simply "Long Green Peppers" and they are also delicious. These are the two types I am going prepare by roasting. There is also a red version of this aptly named "Large Red Pepper."
  3. Preheat your broiler to 200 C (400 F), for those with counter top ovens, use the top coil only. Position the rack 4 to 6 inches from the heating coil/burner. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  4. Wash the chilies and dry with paper towels. Place the chilies on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the broiler or oven and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, you are looking for about 75% charred and blistered skins on the chilies.
  6. Using tongs, turn each chili over and cook again for 3-5 minutes, also looking for 75% charred and blistered skins.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and quickly place the chilies in a food safe zip lock bag, then seal the bag and let them sit for 15 minutes. This steams the chilies which will help in peeling them.
  8. Trim of the stem end of the chilies and pull the skin off. Slice in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and inner membranes with a spoon.
  9. Slice in piece in half lengthwise, then chop or dice.
  10. Allow to cool to room temperature, then place in small freezer bags or in small freezer containers, or in an average size ice cube tray, and when they are frozen, transfer the 'cubes' to a freezer bag.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. You can roast the chilies over an open flame on your stove, using tongs to hold the chilies.

Adapted from an internet recipe. Photos courtesy of Tesco-Lotus Thailand.

Pasta with Tomatoes & Mozzarella
Pasta with Tomatoes & Mozzarella
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Sounds like another delicious pasta recipe to test out. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pasta with Tomatoes & Mozzarella
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Sounds like another delicious pasta recipe to test out. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the first 5 ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Toss together to coat everything with the oil. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Set aside to let the flavors combine.
  2. While the tomato mixture is set aside, cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water until tender. Drain well.
  3. Toss the pasta with the tomato mixture to combine.
  4. Serve as a light dinner with garlic bread if desired.
Recipe Notes

The cheese would be the only big expense here. About 140 Baht for 200 grams, just going with the 200 instead of 250 grams, for 6 servings, this is about 73 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pasta with Tomatoes & Anchovy Butter
Pasta with Tomatoes & Anchovy Butter
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Great sounding dish. I am looking forward to making this, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Pasta with Tomatoes & Anchovy Butter
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Great sounding dish. I am looking forward to making this, on my to cook list for sure.
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. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Reserve 1/2 cups of the pasta water then drain the pasta.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the anchovies and garlic. Cook and stir often, mashing up the anchovies, they dissolve into the butter, until the garlic is tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper as desired, stir occasionally and cook down the tomatoes until they are falling apart, about 10 minutes or so.
  4. Add the pasta to the pan plus the reserved pasta water and toss with the tomatoes. Cook until the all the pasta is coated with the butter sauce and the pasta is heated through.
  5. Sprinkle in the herbs and mix together.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan
Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan
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Sounds like an easy and quick dish for breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list and I will sort out the fresh to frozen spinach as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan
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Sounds like an easy and quick dish for breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list and I will sort out the fresh to frozen spinach as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into a small, season with salt and black pepper as desired, whisk and set aside.
  2. In a non stick pan, heat the oil, then add the spinach and cook until wilted, mixing often. about 1 minutes.
  3. Pour in the whisked eggs and stir to mix in, cook for a bout 1 minute, stir occasionally until the eggs are just set.
  4. Stir in the cheese, and when mixed, transfer to a plate and sprinkle with red pepper flakes as desired.
  5. Enjoy with some toast on the side if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Oyster Mushroom Pasta
Oyster Mushroom Pasta
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Sounds like a delicious use oyster mushrooms. Common ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Oyster Mushroom Pasta
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Sounds like a delicious use oyster mushrooms. Common ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prep the mushrooms by cutting off the root ends, give a quick rinse and squeeze out the excess water. Just use your fingers and pull the mushrooms into 2 to 3 pieces, and for any large pieces, go ahead and cut those in half.
  2. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water. Cook until just tender. Drain.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large non stick pan on medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms. Cook and stir often until the mushrooms are good and wilted and starting to brown.
  4. Mix in the parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook to wilt the parsley, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the cream and bring to a boil, stirring until the sauce thickens.
  6. Pour the mushroom sauce into the pasta, and toss to mix together.
  7. Add the spring onion and cheese and mix together.
  8. Serve as a side dish with any meal. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use any long or short pasta you desire. 2. Use any type of mushrooms you desire.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Creamy Mushroom Pasta
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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This is a simple and basic dish, made with what you have, how much of what you would like to use. Easily tailored to make this your own creation, or to change it each time you prepare it.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Creamy Mushroom Pasta
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This is a simple and basic dish, made with what you have, how much of what you would like to use. Easily tailored to make this your own creation, or to change it each time you prepare it.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large non stick pan, about 2-4 tablespoons would be nice. When melted, add the sliced mushrooms and saute them until nicely browned.
  2. While the mushrooms are cooking, cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water. Cook until the pasta is just tender, then drain.
  3. When the mushrooms are browned, add the pasta and mix that in. Then add a big generous amount of Parmesan and mix that in.
  4. Plate, top with additional Parmesan as desired and some fresh chopped chives for garnish. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Tuna Casserole IV
Tuna Casserole IV
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This comes from a good friend in Thailand. I like the use of the cheese pasta sauce. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Tuna Casserole IV
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This comes from a good friend in Thailand. I like the use of the cheese pasta sauce. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Spray a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain and add pasta to the baking dish.
  3. Add the tuna, corn, cheese pasta sauce and mix together well. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  4. Spread the mixture out evenly and sprinkle the shredded cheese on the top, use as much cheese as you like.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the cheese on top is starting to brown.
  6. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I order the 3 cheese sauce, I will say low cost for now.

Shortcut: Fresh Tuna.

Provided by friend, Kurt Hammerschmidt.
Thailand.

Chicken Salad with Green Olives
Chicken Salad with Green Olives
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This sounds tasty with chicken, green olives, celery, and spring onions with a mustard mayo dressing. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings as a side 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings as a side 20 minutes
Chicken Salad with Green Olives
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This sounds tasty with chicken, green olives, celery, and spring onions with a mustard mayo dressing. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings as a side 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings as a side 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add the shredded chicken (bite size pieces) to a large mixing bowl, add the celery and spring onion. Toss to mix together.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the mayo, mustard, olive juice, lemon or lime juice, and the celery seed. Taste and season with black pepper as desired.
  3. Add some dressing to the mixing bowl and gently mix to coat everything, add dressing as needed until everything is coated well but not dripping in dressing.
  4. Now gently fold in the olives and mix until they are distributed and lightly coated with dressing.
  5. Cover and place in the fridge for several hours before serving. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.