Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
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This is a base recipe that you can tailor every time you make this so it is never the same. This is a make ahead salad, meaning you make this the day before, then chill it overnight, allowing the flavors to blend. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Italian Pasta Salad
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This is a base recipe that you can tailor every time you make this so it is never the same. This is a make ahead salad, meaning you make this the day before, then chill it overnight, allowing the flavors to blend. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Customize the Salad with:
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling, salted water, until tender. Over cooked by a minute or two is preferred. For pasta salads, just tender pasta is not desired, since the pasta is not being cooked further in a sauce, you want well cooked pasta. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Place the pasta in a large mixing bowl.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the vinegar and sugar.
  3. Add the vinegar mixture and Italian seasoning to the pasta and mix well to coat all the pasta and distribute the seasoning. Let the pasta cool.
  4. Once the pasta is cooled, mix in the onion and olives and mix well.
  5. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  6. Now the base recipe is ready. This can be served as is, or dressed up as you desire. Add any of the Customize ingredients as you desire to change this salad each time you make it.
Recipe Notes

The base recipe is low cost, depending on other added items, that will increase the per serving, but certainly not over $1 per serving 🙂

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Okra with Tomatoes
Okra with Tomatoes
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Sounds like a good alternative from fried okra. I made this on 16 July 2018 and is perfect as written, with my wife doing the final taste test. She simple added a pinch of chicken stock powder, the in was perfect, and I wrote that step in as well. This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Okra with Tomatoes
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Sounds like a good alternative from fried okra. I made this on 16 July 2018 and is perfect as written, with my wife doing the final taste test. She simple added a pinch of chicken stock powder, the in was perfect, and I wrote that step in as well. This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Garlic and okra prepped, I took the photo early before I had the onion prepped.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the garlic and stir fry until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the okra and onion and season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook stirring often until the okra is tender and bright green, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, oyster sauce, and mushroom sauce and cook until tender and nearly bursting, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in a pinch of chicken stock powder and taste, adjust with oyster or mushroom sauce.
  5. Serve as a side dish with any meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add some sliced fresh mushrooms. 2. Season with additional spices such as ground cumin or garam masala (1/4 teaspoon or so). 3. Add chopped bacon. 4. Add a slice bell pepper.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad
Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad
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This sounds really good and comes from a very good friend in the US.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Passive Time
2-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Passive Time
2-8 hours
Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad
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This sounds really good and comes from a very good friend in the US.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Passive Time
2-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Passive Time
2-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, add everything except the tomatoes, whisk until combined to make the dressing.
  2. Add tomatoes to a large mixing bowl, add the dressing and gently toss to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours before serving.
  3. Serve as a side with your favorite main dish like chicken or fish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
United States.

Cherry Tomato Pasta
Cherry Tomato Pasta
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I made this on 28 May 2018, excellent side dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Cherry Tomato Pasta
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I made this on 28 May 2018, excellent side dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta. The type of pasta is your choice, long like spaghetti, or shorter types.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large non stick pan with 2 tablespoons of the butter, when melted and hot, add the smashed garlic. Saute until garlic is softened, smash the garlic as it cooks as well.
  3. Add the cherry tomatoes into the pan, season with a pinch of salt. Saute to soften the tomatoes.
  4. When the pasta is almost tender, take a cup of pasta water and add to the pan along with the remaining butter. Stir to melt the butter into the water and mixed into the garlic and tomatoes, crushing some of the tomatoes as you stir. This will make a silky butter sauce.
  5. Transfer the pasta to the pan using tongs or a pasta fork, or just a large slotted spoon.
  6. Mix the pasta with the sauce, season with salt and red pepper flakes as desired. Mix in some Parmesan cheese to your liking.
  7. Optionally, you can add a handful or two of bread crumbs to the pasta and mix that in.
  8. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese for garnish if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Bread Crumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cheeseburger Casserole
Cheeseburger Casserole
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This sounds good, uses ground chicken as the meat instead of beef. And in keeping with the spirit of fresh, I am going to write this to use more fresh and less canned items. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
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This sounds good, uses ground chicken as the meat instead of beef. And in keeping with the spirit of fresh, I am going to write this to use more fresh and less canned items. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). If not using a 12 inch heatproof pan, lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. (I will verify the dish size when I make this.)
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until just tender, drain and set aside.
  3. While waiting on the pasta to cook, heat a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the oil. When hot, add the onion and cook until softened, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the chicken and steak seasoning, stir and cook until the chicken until browned, it cooks further in the oven. Drain any liquids from the pan.
  5. To the pan add the tomatoes, tomato paste, mustard, and dill relish. Simmer for a few minutes then turn off the heat. Stir in the pasta and stir to coat well.
  6. If using a oven proof pan, smooth out the mixture and add the shredded cheese evenly on the the top, place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture bubbles and the cheese melted in.
  7. If using a baking dish, transfer the pasta mixture to a 9x13 baking dish, spread out evenly and add the shredded cheese evenly on the top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture bubbles and the cheese melted in.
  8. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and salt and pepper as desired and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Use ground turkey in place of ground chicken.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.