Beef & Spinach Stew

Beef & Spinach Stew
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This is an Arabic dish and I really don't have the proper name for it, so let's just go with Beef & Spinach Stew for now. This was provided by a good friend and he is asked to prepare this often by friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Beef & Spinach Stew
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This is an Arabic dish and I really don't have the proper name for it, so let's just go with Beef & Spinach Stew for now. This was provided by a good friend and he is asked to prepare this often by friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat a splash of olive oil then add the onion and garlic, cook until the onion is translucent. Add the beef and brown that until just cooked through, breaking it up and stirring with the spatula.
  2. Add spinach and stir in, season with salt and pepper as desired, add the cumin and allspice. The spinach will wilt down. When wilted and tender, remove from heat.
  3. Serve over rice with a squeeze or splash of lemon or lime juice over the top.
Recipe Notes

Figure 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings this is about $1.10 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry

Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry
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This sounds really good, I like a good curry, prawn, and quail eggs, sounds like a win win to me. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry
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This sounds really good, I like a good curry, prawn, and quail eggs, sounds like a win win to me. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat a splash of olive oil, then add the onion, garlic, and ginger, cook until onion is soft but not brown, then add the chili, fish sauce, and lemongrass, cook, stirring for a minute or two, then add the coconut milk, stock, sugar, and stir.
  2. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and reduce to medium heat, let mixture reduce by about 40%. Once reduced, stir in the prawn and Bok Choi.
  3. Stir gently until the prawn is cooked through and pink, and the Bok Choi is wilted. Maybe 2-3 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Stir in the quail eggs, allow to warm for a minute or two, then pour into a serving bowl, garnish with spring onion, with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I buy some large prawn here in the village. This is probably Fair priced.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry

Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin as they are the masters of stir frying. This sounds good, and uses my favorite mushroom, the Straw mushrooms. For those in the States, you can use a can of Straw mushrooms, canned whole and cut in half, for those in Asia, go with fresh and halved. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin as they are the masters of stir frying. This sounds good, and uses my favorite mushroom, the Straw mushrooms. For those in the States, you can use a can of Straw mushrooms, canned whole and cut in half, for those in Asia, go with fresh and halved. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Begin by slicing the chicken into thin strips, then mix in the 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and the corn flour. Let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the mushrooms.
  2. Prepare the mushroom, Straw mushrooms are unique in shape, cut them in half lengthwise only or they will just fall apart.
  3. Heat a wok or non stick wok-pan (what I will use) with the cooking oil. Add the chicken and stir fry and sear the chicken until no longer pink, do not over cook, as it will get cooked more later on. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the onion and ginger. Stir fry until fragrant then add the mushrooms and stir fry for 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan, season with the black pepper, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, and the oyster sauce. Cook on high heat and stir fry.
  5. Stir in the water and stir until well mixed. Let the water reduce to thicken it.
  6. Season with salt to taste, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Japanese Curry with Shrimp

Japanese Curry with Shrimp
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For Japanese curry, you cannot go wrong with the packaged Golden Curry brand, it is exceptional. This is the recipe from the package. If you have never used this before, when you take it out of the package, it looks like a chocolate bar. No salt is needed in this dish, there is plenty in the curry. I made this on 7 Oct 2017 and outstanding as expected.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Japanese Curry with Shrimp
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For Japanese curry, you cannot go wrong with the packaged Golden Curry brand, it is exceptional. This is the recipe from the package. If you have never used this before, when you take it out of the package, it looks like a chocolate bar. No salt is needed in this dish, there is plenty in the curry. I made this on 7 Oct 2017 and outstanding as expected.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing to do is to saute the shrimp, heat a splash of olive oil and two tablespoons of butter in a large non stick skillet and add the shrimp, I used medium size whites, these are not deveined.
  2. Stir often as the shrimp start turning pink.
  3. When all the shrimp are pink, remove the pan from the stove (this is sitting on my counter top) and remove the shrimp to a bowl or plate.
  4. Prepare the vegetables. I used one each, onion, potato, and a carrot. Good way to dice potatoes and carrots, use a french fry cutter, cut the vegetables into strips then chop with a knife to dice.
  5. Using the same pan, discard the liquid, heat another two tablespoons of butter then add the onion until softened and starting to brown, then add the rest of the vegetables and the water. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer and cover, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, then add the shrimp back to the pan and let the shrimp warm through for a few minutes. Remove the pan from heat.
  6. Stir in the curry paste block and stir until it is dissolved and mixed in. Return to heat and gently simmer for another 5 minutes. I also added hard boiled quail eggs.
  7. This is the only brand of Japanese Curry I use, Golden Curry and is what I am using here.
  8. And no kidding, it looks like a chocolate bar. This 100 grams of curry paste, it is solid not a paste you are familiar with. Golden curry comes in 100 gram and 200 gram packages.
  9. Serve with rice. For the rice I used a yellow Saffron rice. Delicious!
Recipe Notes

The Japanese curry is 80 Baht/100 grams. The shrimp is local sourced, not from Tesco, is 75 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $1.14 per serving.

Variants: 1. Serve with hot cooked pasta. 2. Top with chopped spring onions when serving. 3. Add hard boiled quail eggs when serving.

From the package, I received a package from the US, the instructions are in English and Japanese, for the import here to Thailand, the instructions are only in Japanese.

Chicken Meatballs in Cream Sauce (Tefteli)

Chicken Meatballs in Cream Sauce (Tefteli)
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These sound great and you could call them the Slavic version of Swedish Meatballs. Paired with mashed potatoes, this sounds perfect. I made these on 5 Sep 2017, and they are excellent! Highly recommended.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chicken Meatballs in Cream Sauce (Tefteli)
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These sound great and you could call them the Slavic version of Swedish Meatballs. Paired with mashed potatoes, this sounds perfect. I made these on 5 Sep 2017, and they are excellent! Highly recommended.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
For the Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, prepare the meatballs. Combine the chicken, egg, rice, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Just mix with a large spoon.
  3. Roll the meatballs into 1 to 1 1/4 inch balls, ice cream scoop would work and I will get one to do this to verify the size. Roll each ball in flour and set on a lightly floured plate or surface.
  4. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the oil. Use a regular stainless pan if you want a darker sauce or feel free to use a non stick pan which will give a lighter color sauce, this does not change the flavor of the sauce. When the pan is hot, add the meatballs and cook for 4 minutes without turning them, then flip over with tongs and cook 3 more minutes or until nice and golden brown and cooked through. Remove to a plate.
  5. To make the sauce, using the same pan on medium heat add the butter and when melted whisk in the flour and whisk until golden in color, then add the stock and whisk until it starts to thicken then whisk in the Greek yogurt (or sour cream or heavy cream) and season to taste, a good starting point would be 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and salt to taste.
  6. Bring the sauce to a simmer and whisk until the sauce thickens, remember the sauce will also thicken as it cools. When the sauce will coat a meatball, add all the meatballs to the pan and turn each one to coat with the sauce.
  7. Serve with mashed potatoes or pasta once all the meatballs have heated and sprinkle with parsley for garnish.
Recipe Notes

Chicken thighs (you would grind or mince yourself, as I have never seen ground chicken here) would cost about 40 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 28 cents per serving. Outstanding value.

This recipe for Chicken Meatballs in a Cream Sauce is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Panang Curry with Beef or Chicken

Panang Curry with Beef or Chicken
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Panang Curry is thick red curry that is popular throughout Thailand and South East Asia. This recipe is based on a store bought curry paste, and the brand of choice for me is Lobo. Lobo also exports this to the US so you should be able to find this in most Asia grocery stores.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Panang Curry with Beef or Chicken
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Panang Curry is thick red curry that is popular throughout Thailand and South East Asia. This recipe is based on a store bought curry paste, and the brand of choice for me is Lobo. Lobo also exports this to the US so you should be able to find this in most Asia grocery stores.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. This is the packet you need, widely available in the US and is at nearly every grocery store in Thailand.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the coconut milk and the contents of the packet and stir to mix together.
  3. Add the beef or chicken. Stir fry and cook until cooked through. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Add kaffir lime leaves and chilies as desired and cook until meat is tender. Taste and season with fish sauce as desired.
  5. Serve with hot cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe from a curry paste packet.

Slow Cooker Beef on Rice

Slow Cooker Beef on Rice
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This sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Minimal ingredients as well makes for an easy to put together meal. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Slow Cooker Beef on Rice
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This sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Minimal ingredients as well makes for an easy to put together meal. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
For the Beef
To Make the Gravy
To Serve
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the beef, broth, onion to your slow cooker, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Cover and cook on Low setting for 8 hours.
  2. About 15 minutes before serving, transfer the contents of the slow cooker into a large pot on your stove and bring it to a boil. Whisk together the corn starch and water, add to the pot and stir in until thickened.
  3. Serve over rice and garnish fresh chopped parsley if desired.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and Creme de la Crumb and the link to this recipe is here.
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Bacon Egg & Cheese Fried Rice

Bacon Egg & Cheese Fried Rice
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Sounds good, can be changed at will to make it a different dish each time, such as two fried sunny side up eggs instead of the omelet, with and without cheese, etc.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Bacon Egg & Cheese Fried Rice
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Sounds good, can be changed at will to make it a different dish each time, such as two fried sunny side up eggs instead of the omelet, with and without cheese, etc.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon in a pan until crispy, remove from the pan leaving the fat in the pan.
  2. Same pan, add the onion and garlic and cook in the bacon fat until translucent, about 1 minute. Add the cooked white rice, bacon and chopped spring onion (reserve a tablespoon of spring onion and bacon for garnish). Mix together, then add the butter, soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Mix together, then set aside.
  3. Mix eggs and milk together in a small bowl. Heat another pan with a splash of oil. Add the egg mix to pan. Sprinkle mozzarella on top and cover with a lid until cheese is melted and the flat omelet is cooked through.
  4. Place the fried rice on a plate, and add the egg omelet on top of the rice. Garnish with the reserved spring onion and bacon. Dig in and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

With the cheese, this is about $1 per serving, without cheese, much lower cost.

Variants: Replace the omelet with two sunny side up eggs, add chopped bell pepper, use ground beef, pork, chicken, or even breakfast sausage in place of the bacon, you get the idea.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Mexican Tortilla Casserole

Mexican Tortilla Casserole
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Sounds really good and I would say it makes a lot as well. On my to cook list. Plenty of shortcuts to use here for good savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Mexican Tortilla Casserole
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Sounds really good and I would say it makes a lot as well. On my to cook list. Plenty of shortcuts to use here for good savings. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease a 8 inch spring form cake pan with butter or olive oil spray.
  2. Brown ground beef and onion, drain, then add the taco seasoning and cook according to package direction.
  3. To assemble, place 1 tortilla in the bottom of the cake pan, spread 1/3 of the refried beans on it, top with 1/3 of the meat and sprinkle on some cheese.
  4. Add the 2nd tortilla, top that with 1/2 the rice, 1/2 the salsa, 1/2 the corn and cheese.
  5. Add the 3rd tortilla, top that with 1/3 of the refried beans, 1/3 the meat, and sprinkle on some cheese.
  6. Add the 4th tortilla, top with the remaining refried beans, then the meat, then the corn, then rice, then the salsa and top with the cheese.
  7. Bake covered with foil for about 40 minutes, uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer, let sit 5 minutes before cutting. After baking top with sour cream, diced onion, and shredded lettuce if desired.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 100 Baht, the cheese about 180 Baht. The tortillas would cost about 120 Baht for 4. Make the shortcuts for savings as well. For 6 servings, this is about $1.96 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Refried Beans, Mexican Corn, Salsa, Sour Cream.

Variants: Very easy to use leftover chili in place of the refried beans, or to use cooked chopped red bell pepper, use corn tortillas in place of flour tortillas, use cottage cheese in place of the salsa, you get the idea. You could make this a different meal each time you make it.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken

Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken
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Simple and easy recipe that comes together fast. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken
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Simple and easy recipe that comes together fast. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a heavy skillet.
  2. In a large zip lock bad, add the flour, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves, and onion powder and shake mix that together, then add chicken pieces and shake the bag to coat the chicken. Place coated chicken pieces in the pan to start browning them.
  3. While the chicken is browning, mix together the honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic in a small bowl.
  4. After 5 minutes, flip chicken and brown the other side, the browning will give great flavor to the chicken. Once chicken has a nice brown on both sides, add the sauce mix and reduce heat to low. Allow to heat for about 10 minutes, flipping the chicken once.
  5. After 10 minutes, turn stove top off and allow chicken to sit for at least 5 minutes. Serve over rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds then some spring onion.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts will cost about 35 Baht/500 grams. For 3 servings, this is about 34 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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