Greek Salad & Dressing

Greek Salad & Dressing
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Sounds really good, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Greek Salad & Dressing
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Sounds really good, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, juice, and oregano. When combined, slowly whisk in the olive. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. To the large mixing bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and red onion and toss to coat well.
  3. Fold in the Feta cheese, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. All of the Salad ingredient to a large bowl and toss together. Feel free to use a lettuce of your choice.
  2. In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. You can use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder in place of the clove of garlic.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat everything. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad

Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
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This is a make the day before you serve salad, or at a minimum, prepare in the morning for serving with the evening meal, the flavors need time to blend. I made this on 26 Dec 2017, tasted 6 hours later for dinner, outstanding, very well liked by my Thai wife as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
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This is a make the day before you serve salad, or at a minimum, prepare in the morning for serving with the evening meal, the flavors need time to blend. I made this on 26 Dec 2017, tasted 6 hours later for dinner, outstanding, very well liked by my Thai wife as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender, drain well.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the Dressing ingredients in a good sized mixing bowl.
  3. After the pasta is well drained and cooled a bit, add it to the dressing along with the rest of the Salad ingredients except the cheese. Toss well to coat everything.
  4. Now add the cheese and fold that, then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve as a side, or in my opinion, as a main dish as that is what I will probably do.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price pepperoni at this time, I used a 150 gram pack of smoked ham for 90 Baht. For the Feta, that is 150 Baht for 275 grams, use half the package (75 Baht), cut the block in half and crumble that for right about a cup. Based on the Feta and smoked ham, for 4 servings, this is about $1.22 per serving.

Variants: 1. In place of pepperoni, use thin sliced smoked ham. 2. Use what you have, like a whole bell pepper instead of cup, or a package of pepperoni or smoked ham, like a cup or so, etc.

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.

Mediterranean Chicken & Green Beans

Mediterranean Chicken & Green Beans
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Sounds very good, I now have feta cheese on my shopping list for the city.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Mediterranean Chicken & Green Beans
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Sounds very good, I now have feta cheese on my shopping list for the city.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Lightly butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper, lemon pepper would be a bonus.
  3. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts, brown on each side then remove from pan and reduce heat to medium low.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, steam the long beans for 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add about 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, when heated, add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute until nice and fragrant then add the tomatoes and cook those until just warmed through, add in the steamed long beans, season with salt and pepper to your taste, add the oregano, mix then remove from heat. Pour the tomato and bean mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Top with the Feta cheese, reserving about 1 tablespoon. Place the chicken breasts on the top, top each piece of chicken with a lemon slice.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Remove from oven, remove the chicken breasts, divide the tomatoes and long beans between 4 plates, slice each breast into about 3-5 pieces and place those using a spatula to pick up all the pieces at one time on top of the vegetables, sprinkle with the reserved Feta, parsley, and dried oregano.
Recipe Notes

Figure about a kilo for chicken breasts at about 70 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: Place a scoop of seasoned rice on the plate prior to adding the vegetables or serve with seasoned rice on the side.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Stuffed Peppers with Polenta & Sausage

Stuffed Peppers with Polenta & Sausage
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This sounds really good, nice use of the polenta. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Stuffed Peppers with Polenta & Sausage
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This sounds really good, nice use of the polenta. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Microwave the bell peppers on High for 2 minutes to soften slightly. Cut bell peppers in half, lengthwise. Remove seeds and membranes, leave the stem intact for visual purpose.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage to skillet and cook 4 minutes, stirring to break into small pieces. Add onion to skillet, stirring occasionally, until sausage is cooked and onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Remove sausage mixture from pan.
  3. Add cornmeal to the same skillet cook 1 minute, stirring constantly then add broth, milk, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in parsley, sausage, and half of the cheese. Divide mixture evenly among bell pepper halves. Place side by side on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is browned and the peppers are tender.
  5. While the peppers are cooking, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, black pepper, and remaining salt in a medium bowl, add the tomatoes and basil, toss to coat. Serve over peppers with bread or a salad on the side for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

For the sausage, this is based on making it yourself (takes just minutes) and would only cost about 40 Baht. Figure about 60 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about 49 cents per serving.

Variant: Use 3 links of Italian sausage, hot or mild, remove the casing and break up when you cook them.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Salmon Pasta Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad
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This sounds really good, a must try for me. For those in Thailand, make use of your rice cooker and steam salmon instead of the high priced small cans of salmon.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Salmon Pasta Salad
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This sounds really good, a must try for me. For those in Thailand, make use of your rice cooker and steam salmon instead of the high priced small cans of salmon.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl add the pasta, salmon, tomatoes, cucumber and onion.
  2. To make the dressing combine the canola, rice bran, or corn oil, lemon or lime juice, dill, garlic, salt and pepper and whisk well. Pour over pasta salad. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Serve over lettuce leaves.
Recipe Notes

Figure 3 salmon fillets, you need to skin these yourself, to make the 2 cups of cooked salmon. The salmon fillets I get are 69 Baht each. For 6 servings, this is about $1.02, good value overall.

Shortcut: Steamed Salmon.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Club Salad

Club Salad
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This is a Leftover meal, no serving sizes are stated, and is low cost for the chicken and there is even a shortcut to use for even more savings. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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This is a Leftover meal, no serving sizes are stated, and is low cost for the chicken and there is even a shortcut to use for even more savings. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Toss together lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, and chicken.
  2. Whisk equal amounts of mayo and mustard with a splash of vinegar.
  3. Drizzle dressing over the salad, top with croutons and hard boiled eggs.
  4. Serve as a side or a large salad as a main for a lunch or light dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost as this is a leftover dish made with chicken from a previous recipe.

Shortcut: Croutons.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Japanese Noodles with Shimeji Mushrooms

Japanese Noodles with Shimeji Mushrooms
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The beauty of this recipe, you can use any pasta or noodles, and any mushrooms you like. I made this on 22 May 2017 and it is excellent!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Japanese Noodles with Shimeji Mushrooms
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The beauty of this recipe, you can use any pasta or noodles, and any mushrooms you like. I made this on 22 May 2017 and it is excellent!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to package instructions (I would use Fettuccine). Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over a low heat and add the garlic cloves. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Turn up the heat and add the Shimeji mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft. Lower the heat and add a ladle of cooking water from the noodles, the soy sauce, and the miso paste, if no miso paste, I would use 3-4 anchovy fillets mashed into a paste. Stir until the miso (or anchovies) is dissolved well. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and bring the sauce to simmer.
  3. Drain the noodles well and add them to the sauce. Stir well to coat every noodle and serve with chopped parsley sprinkled on top.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mediterranean Egg Salad II

Mediterranean Egg Salad II
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Easy to make a recipe your own. No za'atar, same basic ingredients, but served on rye bread with a layer of sliced cherry tomatoes, delicious! I made this on 19 May 2017.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Mediterranean Egg Salad II
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Easy to make a recipe your own. No za'atar, same basic ingredients, but served on rye bread with a layer of sliced cherry tomatoes, delicious! I made this on 19 May 2017.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the olive oil and lime juice. Toss with the eggs, olives, cilantro, and onion, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two.
  2. Place a layer of sliced tomatoes on 4 slices of rye, divide the egg salad evenly on top of the tomatoes, top with the remaining slices, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.