Pork Chop Soup

Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. To a large pot, add the first 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, uncovered. Remove the chops and set aside to cool.
  2. Remove 3/4 cup of broth from the pot then whisk the flour into the broth you removed. Set aside. When the chops have cooled, remove and discard any bones and fat then chop the meat into bite size pieces.
  3. To the pot, add the 5 vegetables at the end of the ingredient list and add the chopped pork as well. Stir and bring to a boil and stir in the flour mixture you set aside earlier. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the bay leaf, and optionally, you can gently mash some of the potatoes to make a thicker soup. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht for pork loin (boneless chops). For 8 servings, this is about 40 cents per serving. When I price bone in chops I will update pricing here.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cabbage, Apple & Sausage Skillet

Cabbage, Apple & Sausage Skillet
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Sounds really good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cabbage, Apple & Sausage Skillet
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Sounds really good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a non stick pan over medium heat with the bacon fat and when hot, add the sausage and stir occasionally to brown and cook the sausage through. when cooked, remove to a plate and drain off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan, add the butter and when melted, add the cabbage, onion, apple, and season with a pinch of chili powder.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes and stir in the brown sugar. Continue to cook for another 7-8 minutes or until the cabbage is wilted and everything starting to brown.
  3. Add the sausage back to the pan and mix together. Cook for a few minutes to warm the sausage through. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I source Italian sausage links. For now I will say Low cost.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. Use bulk sausage instead of links.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile
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This comes from a good friend that has prepared this and his results are outstanding, that works for me so this is on my to cook list soon.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile
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This comes from a good friend that has prepared this and his results are outstanding, that works for me so this is on my to cook list soon.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, onion, chili powder, and garlic. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. When peeling the chilies take care not to damage them. Make a slit down the length of each chili and remove the seeds. Stuff each chili with the cheese mixture.
  3. Use a toothpick to secure one end of a slice of bacon at the stem end, wrap the bacon around the chili, try not to overlap, and wrap towards the pointy end, secure with another toothpick.
  4. Place the chilies on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, then switch the oven to broil (top coil for counter top ovens) and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the bacon is golden brown.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

The cream cheese will cost 120 Baht, the bacon about 100 Baht. For 8 servings as appetizers, this is about 80 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
United States.

Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)

Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
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This is a Vietnamese dish and sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
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This is a Vietnamese dish and sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the cleaned shrimp by placing in a bowl and sprinkling on the salt and pepper, mix together and let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  2. Now for this step, annatto seed oil (provides the red/orange color and mild taste) was stated, I have never seen that here, so improvising this: heat 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan (wok preferred or a wok-pan, which is my preference) and to the oil add just a tiny pinch of turmeric and paprika, that should provide the color but not change the flavor of the dish.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the onion and stir fry until it is fragrant, then add the shrimp and stir fry 3-4 minutes, season with the fish sauce, sugar, and coconut water, stir well to combine. Cook until it reaches a boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the quail eggs and gently stir those in and continue to cook to heat those through, stir often. Watch the liquid level, if nearly dry, add just a bit more hot water, maybe a tablespoon or two. If you would like a little spiciness, add a bit of chili powder and stir that in.
  5. Continue cooking until the sauce is thick, stirring often, remove from heat.
  6. Plate with cooked rice on the side and garnish with chopped spring onion and coriander.
Recipe Notes

Go with about 75 Baht for the shrimp, the quail eggs are local bough so about 15 Baht for those, for 2 servings, this is about $1.33 per serving.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Provided by Vietnamese Food and the link to this recipe is here.
Vietnam.

Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)

Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I will use my small rice cooker for this.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I will use my small rice cooker for this.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add the stock into a small pot and place over high heat and bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. To the hot stock add the saffron, turmeric, cumin, garlic, chili, and fish sauce and mix well.
  3. Add the dry rice to the rice cooker pot then pour in the stock mixture. Stir, cover, and set to Cook mode.
  4. When the rice cooker switches to Warm, fluff the rice with a fork. Taste for saltiness, add fish sauce to adjust, and if too salty, add a squeeze or two of lemon or lime juice.
  5. Serve as a side dish with any Asian or Indian dish.
Recipe Notes

Saffron is the pricey item but just a small bit is used, this is an expensive spice regardless of your location. Overall, this is still a low cost dish.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Easy Spanish Rice (Rice Cooker)

Easy Spanish Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds good, I am always looking for good side dishes with rice, and this sounds very good. On my to cook list although I will modify this to my smaller 1 liter rice cooker.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Easy Spanish Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds good, I am always looking for good side dishes with rice, and this sounds very good. On my to cook list although I will modify this to my smaller 1 liter rice cooker.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the rinsed rice in the bottom of the rice cooker and then add the diced tomatoes, water, onion, and spices. Stir a little on the top to dissolve the spices.
  2. Set your rice cooker to Cook setting, when it switches to Warm, fluff with a fork and test for salt, add as needed.
  3. Serve as a side dish or in tortillas.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mexican Chorizo

Mexican Chorizo
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Mexican Chorizo is the wet type of sausage, that is mainly used in bulk form, commonly mixed with eggs, potatoes, chilies, tacos, etc. This will keep in the fridge for several weeks. This is a base recipe that you can use and tailor the spices to your preference.
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Mexican Chorizo
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Mexican Chorizo is the wet type of sausage, that is mainly used in bulk form, commonly mixed with eggs, potatoes, chilies, tacos, etc. This will keep in the fridge for several weeks. This is a base recipe that you can use and tailor the spices to your preference.
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: grams of Chorizo
Instructions
  1. You can use either minced pork from the store, or as I like to do, is grind my own, as you can control the fat content of meat. I will use pork shoulder when I make this. If grinding your own, use the medium plate or the coarse (wagon wheel) plate.
  2. Add the coarse ground pork to a large bowl, add all other ingredients and mix well, use your hands to ensure a good mixing. You may need to increase the amount of vinegar.
  3. Pack into a large jar or ceramic bowl, cover and store in the fridge for up to several weeks. Best to sit overnight in the fridge before the first use.
  4. To use, just scoop some out and cook with scrambled eggs, diced potatoes, etc.
Recipe Notes

Pork will cost about 75 Baht for 750 grams. This can be added to various dishes so 750 grams will last for say 6-10 dishes. Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese

Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
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I like a good Mac & Cheese, and this seems spot on with that, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
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I like a good Mac & Cheese, and this seems spot on with that, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook the pasta to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef, breaking up meat with a spatula, and season with salt and pepper to your liking, then drain fat. Add garlic and onions and cook until softened, 2 minutes, then add brown sugar, tomatoes, Worcestershire, and chili powder, and simmer for about 10 minutes, reduce heat to low.
  3. Drain pasta one more time, and add to skillet over low heat. Stir in parsley and half the cheese, then quickly toss together to evenly coat pasta. Top with remaining mozzarella and cover with lid to melt cheese.
  4. Serve, garnish with fresh parsley if desired and have garlic bread on the side.
Recipe Notes

The beef would cost about 100 Baht/500 grams. The cheese, figure about 120 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.62 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole
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Sounds like an easy casserole, on my to cook list. Use the shortcuts for savings as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
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Sounds like an easy casserole, on my to cook list. Use the shortcuts for savings as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the chicken go with 750 grams to 1 kilo, quarters, breasts, what ever you like, boil or bake to cook, let cool enough to handle and debone if needed, remove skin if needed, and chop to get the cups needed.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  3. Cook onion and bell pepper in hot oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in chicken and next 7 ingredients, remove from heat.
  4. Tear tortillas into 1 inch pieces,layer 1/3 of tortilla pieces in bottom of the baking dish, top with 1/3 of the chicken mixture, then top with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat these same layers 2 more times.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until just beginning to brown on the top.
  6. Serve with a green salad for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Going with 1 kilo of quarters, 75 Baht/kilo and the cheese would be about 180 Baht for a 250 gram block, shredded. I cannot price the corn tortillas yet so I will update this when I locate those. For 8 servings, this is about 94 cents per serving, however, the tortillas, unless you make them yourself, will put this at fair value at least.

Variant: Substitute the condensed cream of chicken soup for 1 cup of sour cream.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Mexican Casserole

Mexican Casserole
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Sounds great, easy to obtain ingredients and use the shortcuts for savings as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Mexican Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease a 7x11 inch baking dish with butter.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the beef 5-7 minutes. Drain off excess fat, add onion, garlic, and chili powder. Continue to cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add the beans to the cooked meat mixture. Combine the tomatoes with the soup in a small bowl, mixing completely.
  3. Place about 3/4 of the crushed corn chips into the bottom of the casserole dish. Spoon on half the beef mixture, then half the soup mixture. Then add half of the shredded cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with shredded cheese.
  4. Sprinkle the top of the dish with the remaining crushed corn chips. Bake 30-35 minutes until bubbling and top is lightly browned. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef and about 180 Baht for the cheese, think a 250 gram block. For 8 servings, this is about $1.21 per serving.

Variant: Use Chorizo instead of ground beef.

Shortcuts: Corn Chips, Chili Beans, Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.