Cajun Chicken
Cajun Chicken
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This sounds good. Chicken and sausage, what is not to love about this? This is a make with what you have, no quantities of ingredients given here. This is a truly make it your recipe. 4 servings is just stated as a starting point, test this out with a 8x8 baking dish and go from there. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
1 hour
Cajun Chicken
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This sounds good. Chicken and sausage, what is not to love about this? This is a make with what you have, no quantities of ingredients given here. This is a truly make it your recipe. 4 servings is just stated as a starting point, test this out with a 8x8 baking dish and go from there. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Get out a casserole dish or a baking dish.
  2. Place everything in a pot on the stove, even a good shaking of Cajun seasoning, except the chicken. Heat to just about a simmer for about 5 minutes then remove from heat.
  3. While the pot is heating, place the thighs in the baking dish. Sprinkle some Cajun seasoning to your desired taste on the thighs. Pour the sauce contents from the pot over the chicken.
  4. Bake for about an hour or until the chicken is chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

Going with 4 chicken thighs for 4 servings, this probably less than 70 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Cajun Seasoning, BBQ Sauce.

Provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and theĀ link to this recipe is here.
Scotland.

Sausage & Bean Casserole
Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large oven proof pot, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes then the celery and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Then add the sausages and cook for 5 minutes then stir in the garlic, paprika, cumin, and thyme.
  3. Add the wine, about a quarter bottle, tomatoes and beans. Stir, then cover and place in the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I buy sausage again. I will base the price on pork sausage only and not chorizo. I will say fair value for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and theĀ link to this recipe is here.
Scotland.

Asian Beef Burgers
Asian Beef Burgers
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Sounds like a really good alternative to a standard burger, I am looking forward to making this.
Servings Prep Time
4 burgers 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 burgers 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Asian Beef Burgers
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Sounds like a really good alternative to a standard burger, I am looking forward to making this.
Servings Prep Time
4 burgers 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 burgers 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Burgers
For the Tomato Garlic Jam
Servings: burgers
Instructions
  1. Peel tomatoes by slicing a small X in the base of each tomato. Place tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 30 to 45 seconds or until skin loosens. Remove tomatoes with a slotted spoon and slip skins off when cool enough to handle. Chop tomatoes.
  2. To make tomato garlic jam, combine sugar and lime juice in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add chopped tomatoes, red bell pepper, garlic, and chili. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until mixture has reduced by about half. Stir in fish sauce (if using) and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, gently mix together ground beef, shiitake mushrooms, cilantro, scallions, soy sauce, Chinese 5 spice, and ginger. Form into 4 equal-size patties.
  4. Add a splash of olive oil to a non stick skillet over medium heat. Place patties in the pan. Cover and cook 4 minutes. Then flip and cook 3 to 4 more minutes. Serve burgers on buns topped with tomato garlic jam and shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix.
Recipe Notes

The beef would cost about 100 Baht/500 grams, for 4 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Hamburger Buns.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Easy Pilaf (Rice Cooker)
Easy Pilaf (Rice Cooker)
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This comes from a good friend and a great cook. The rice cooker I have is off limits to me as that is my wife's territory, after I told her this recipe, now I can use the rice cooker. I will be making this for sure. This is a base, very easy to change this to your taste and make if different each time.
Easy Pilaf (Rice Cooker)
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This comes from a good friend and a great cook. The rice cooker I have is off limits to me as that is my wife's territory, after I told her this recipe, now I can use the rice cooker. I will be making this for sure. This is a base, very easy to change this to your taste and make if different each time.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. The method my wife uses, and it works well for her, wash and rinse your rice, amount is up to you based on the number of people or servings desired, and add to the rice cooker. Add stock or broth of your choice until the liquid is about 1 inch above the rice.
  2. Then add in the butter, garlic, onion, herbs, salt and pepper, and what ever else you would like in a pilaf.
  3. Start the rice cooker and give it a good stir about halfway through the cooking, then it will switch to warm when it is done. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Edward Coleman.
Philippines.

Perfect Polenta
Perfect Polenta
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This sounds good as a side or to have some sausage or meaty stew put over the top. I look forward to making this. In the United states, polenta would be the cooked corn meal, in Australia (where the corn meal I get is from), polenta is the name of the dish as well as the name for corn meal. So in a store, look for polenta not corn meal.
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
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This sounds good as a side or to have some sausage or meaty stew put over the top. I look forward to making this. In the United states, polenta would be the cooked corn meal, in Australia (where the corn meal I get is from), polenta is the name of the dish as well as the name for corn meal. So in a store, look for polenta not corn meal.
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring the stock or water to just boiling, using a whisk, start whisking and slowly but steadily, add the corn meal while whisking until you are sure there is no lumps, then reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue whisking until it starts to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  2. Once it starts to thicken, you can cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 5-6 minutes. The texture at 30 minutes should be creamy and the corn grains tender, so do a taste test, if not tender enough, just keep on a low simmer, covered and stir every 5-6 minutes.
  3. Once creamy and tender, turn off the heat, add 2 tablespoons of butter and mix in until it is about half melted then mix in 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and mix until melted. Take off the burner, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir again and taste for salt adding salt as needed. Pour into a serving bowl, top with a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese. Serve as a side or a base for a stew or sausage based dish.
Recipe Notes

Very low cost, I buy yellow corn meal for 100 Baht/500 grams.

You can use white corn meal to make Grits.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

From a good friend, make as listed then pour into a baking dish and bake until the polenta is set firm. Once firm, it can be cut into slabs and fried then ladle stew over for a great meal. Glenn Unflat.
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Chicken Curry I
Chicken Curry I
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This comes from a good friend of mine in the capitol city of Conakry, Guinea. This sounds delicious and is a must try for me.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Chicken Curry I
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This comes from a good friend of mine in the capitol city of Conakry, Guinea. This sounds delicious and is a must try for me.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil the chicken thighs and legs you cut from the quarters, add 1 onion and spices of choice for flavor. Once cooked, remove the chicken, strain the stock and return to the pot and reduce the stock down to 1 cup, set aside. While the stock is reducing, remove skin and bones from the chicken pieces (save as a snack for your dog) and chop the meat into bite site pieces, set the meat aside.
  2. In a large stock pot place sweet potato, eggplant, peppers, carrots, onion, and three tablespoons of olive oil. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stir often.
  3. While the stock pot is cooking, in a medium saucepan add 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stir often.
  4. Pour garlic and spice mixture into the stock pot with vegetables in it. Add the chicken pieces, garbanzo beans, ginger to taste, zucchini, raisins, the chicken stock you made, and orange juice. Simmer 20 minutes covered, or until the sweet potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice.
Recipe Notes

This is a low cost dish using 2 chicken quarters, that might cost about 40 Baht, everything else is low cost or on hand. For 8 servings, this is about 15 cents per serving, excellent value!

Provided courtesy of good friend, Mark Bowen.
Guinea.

Crock Pot Style Gyros II
Crock Pot Style Gyros II
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Ok, after the Gyros I recipe, I figured out how to say this, is it "Year O". This does sound good as well and is just a variant. This is not traditional by any means as lamb is not used, but you are free to use that if you wish. This can be pork, beef, pork and beef, chicken, chicken and beef, chicken and pork. The original recipe stated lamb and turkey, lamb and turkey is costly but feel free to use that if you wish. Beef will be costly, chicken the least costly. This makes a smaller amount than the Gyros I recipe.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Crock Pot Style Gyros II
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Ok, after the Gyros I recipe, I figured out how to say this, is it "Year O". This does sound good as well and is just a variant. This is not traditional by any means as lamb is not used, but you are free to use that if you wish. This can be pork, beef, pork and beef, chicken, chicken and beef, chicken and pork. The original recipe stated lamb and turkey, lamb and turkey is costly but feel free to use that if you wish. Beef will be costly, chicken the least costly. This makes a smaller amount than the Gyros I recipe.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Ingredients
Meat
Sauce
To serve
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the onion and the mince the garlic, place in the bottom of your slow cooker. In a bowl mix the 2 types of meat (or just chicken) with the oregano and paprika.
  2. Form the meat into a meatloaf and place on top of the onions in the slow cooker. Cook, covered, on Low setting for 3 to 4 hours or High setting for 2 hours. Use of a meat thermometer would be good to check the internal temp.
  3. While the slow cooker is started, prepare your sauce. Just mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until the meat is done.
  4. When the meat is done, carefully lift this out of the pot and place on a cutting board and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Slice thinly and serve in tortillas (or pita bread) with the sauce and the desired optional fixings. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground beef will run about 50 Baht (that is a guess since I do not have that here), minced pork would be about 30 Baht/250 grams, and chicken about 20 Baht/250 grams (another guess). The costly item is the flour tortillas, store bought is about 230 Baht for a pack of 10 (I need to learn how to make these!) Using the beef price and chicken and the tortillas, and figuring 4 servings and roughly half the tortillas, this is about $1.40 per serving, it goes down with pork, and chicken, and if using chicken only (which sounds really good) this would be under $1 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crock Pot Style Gyros I
Crock Pot Style Gyros I
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I have never figured out how to say this, is it "Hero" or "Gyro" or "Year O". Either way, this sounds good. This is not traditional by any means as lamb is not used, but you are free to use that if you wish. This can be pork, beef, pork and beef, chicken, chicken and beef, chicken and pork. The original recipe stated beef and turkey, turkey is costly but feel free to use that if you wish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-5 hours
Crock Pot Style Gyros I
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I have never figured out how to say this, is it "Hero" or "Gyro" or "Year O". Either way, this sounds good. This is not traditional by any means as lamb is not used, but you are free to use that if you wish. This can be pork, beef, pork and beef, chicken, chicken and beef, chicken and pork. The original recipe stated beef and turkey, turkey is costly but feel free to use that if you wish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-5 hours
Ingredients
Meat
Sauce
To serve
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place onion and garlic into your slow cooker. Mix together meat and Greek seasoning. Form into two small loaves and place on top of onions and garlic. Cook on Low setting for 4-5 hours or until done, use of a meat thermometer would be a bonus here.
  2. While the slow cooker is started, prepare your sauce. Just mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until the meat is done.
  3. When the meat is done, carefully lift this out of the pot and place on a cutting board and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
  4. Slice the meat thin and serve on tortillas with shredded lettuce and the sauce. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground beef will run about 100 Baht (that is a guess since I do not have that here), minced pork would be about 60 Baht/500 grams, and chicken about 40 Baht/500 grams (another guess). The costly item is the flour tortillas, store bought is about 230 Baht for a pack of 10 (I need to learn how to make these!) Using the beef price and the tortillas, and figuring 6 servings, this is about $1.60 per serving, it goes down with pork, and chicken, and if using chicken only (which sounds really good) this would be under $1 per serving.

Shortcut: Greek Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Angle’s Chicken Soup
Neal's Chicken Soup
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I received this recipe for soup from a good friend of mine in the states. Sounds good and very easy. Minimal and very common ingredients. No exact measurements are given, this is a make as you like to your taste.
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8 servings
Servings
8 servings
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I received this recipe for soup from a good friend of mine in the states. Sounds good and very easy. Minimal and very common ingredients. No exact measurements are given, this is a make as you like to your taste.
Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper the chicken, inside and out, place chicken in a large pot add water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook for about 90 minutes, or until chicken meat is falling off of the bone. Skim off any foam from time to time.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot and remove the skin and debone, return the meat back to the pot, add the squash, onion, garlic, and cumin to the pot.
  3. Now for the tomatoes, use fresh or canned tomatoes. This is the brand I use for canned tomatoes, Brook (it is in English on the other side). There is about 4 small tomatoes in the can and it is packed with tomato juice. This a 565 gram can and cost is about 35 Baht. I would recommend using 2 cans, simply open the first can and pour into the pot, there is the whole tomatoes and about 1 cup of juice. Open the next can, drain the juice into a glass, chop the tomatoes while still in the can, very easy, drain more juice into the glass. Pour chopped tomatoes into the pot. (photo credit: Tesco Lotus Thailand)
  4. Return the pot to a simmer to cook the vegetables. Drink and enjoy the tomato juice while the soup is simmering. Adjust salt, pepper, and cumin to taste as needed while the soup simmers, when the veggys are soft, serve.
Recipe Notes

A whole chicken at a market will cost about 200 Baht, 2 cans of tomatoes would cost 75 Baht. Fresh tomatoes (Sida aka Plum) costs about 50 Baht/kilo. Going with the chicken and canned tomatoes, this is right about $1 per serving, and the 8 servings is a rough estimate. Less if fresh tomatoes are used. A hard item to find would be yellow squash.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Angle Hightower.
United States.

Sausage, Bean, and Pasta Stew
Sausage, Bean, and Pasta Stew
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I was looking through recipes yesterday and this dish caught my eye, as it sounds really good. But what through me off was that nearly every ingredient was canned, even the beans! No need to slow cook canned beans, which are already cooked! So this is my version. I made this on 9 July 2016, report in the comments section, and recipe modified just slightly.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Sausage, Bean, and Pasta Stew
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I was looking through recipes yesterday and this dish caught my eye, as it sounds really good. But what through me off was that nearly every ingredient was canned, even the beans! No need to slow cook canned beans, which are already cooked! So this is my version. I made this on 9 July 2016, report in the comments section, and recipe modified just slightly.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Spread the onions over the bottom of your slow cooker and top the garlic.
  2. Then with the carrots.
  3. Then with the beans and sausage. I used Spicy Smoked Pork Sausages from Makro, yes, those 4 sausages are 500 grams.
  4. Mix the diced tomatoes and juice with the stock and pour over the sausages. (I use a can of Brooks brand whole peeled tomatoes in tomato juice, pour the juice into the stock, roughly chop the tomatoes and add them as well. This is the 565 gram can.)
  5. Cover and cook on High for 4 to 5 hours or on Low for 7 to 8 hours; the beans will be tender and begin to fall apart.
  6. Uncover the slow cooker, remove and transfer the sausage links to a cutting board. Stir the pasta into the stew and continue to cook, covered, until the pasta is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Add tomato juice as needed to keep a good stew like consistency.
  7. Cut the sausage into bite size pieces and return the stew along with the parsley.
  8. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese on the side to sprinkle on the top if desired.
Recipe Notes

Note about the sausage, this can be done several ways. Makro has thick pork sausages (bangers) as well as beef sausages. There is also a thick sausage variety that is very similar to Kielbasa, called Spicy Smoked Sausage and they also have what is called sausage scraps, these are thick sausage pieces that are left over from from cutting up and packaging the long sausages, these are also a variety pack, some is like Kielbasa, some is garlic sausage, some is chili sausage. The sausage scraps would be ideal for this stew.

An alternative to the sausage would be dark chicken meat, cubed, think thighs. Not only would chicken make this a healthier meal, you can make your stock when you boil the chicken. Substitute 500 grams of chicken thighs, skin on and bone in, boil them until done, there is your stock to use, while the stew is cooking, simply remove the skin and bone (save for the pet dog) and roughly cube the meat and refrigerate until the step to cut up the sausage and add back to the slow cooker.

Most expensive ingredient is the sausage, at the most it would cost 250 Baht, for 6 servings this is about $1.25 per meal, for 8 servings this is about 95 cents per meal.

If using chicken, thighs are about 65 Baht/kilo, no need to do the math here, well under $1.00 per serving!

Adapted from an internet recipe.