Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
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This type of sausage originates in the northeastern area of Thailand, the Isaan region, and Laos and is very popular throughout the north as well. This is a mild sausage, good garlic and black pepper taste. You can ferment this at room temp for 2-3 days or if you are not comfortable doing that, you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Fermentation is not necessary to do, feel free to simple prepare these and grill and there is a few ways to do that as well. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
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This type of sausage originates in the northeastern area of Thailand, the Isaan region, and Laos and is very popular throughout the north as well. This is a mild sausage, good garlic and black pepper taste. You can ferment this at room temp for 2-3 days or if you are not comfortable doing that, you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Fermentation is not necessary to do, feel free to simple prepare these and grill and there is a few ways to do that as well. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the pork, you can use ground pork, but if you are grinding yourself, pork shoulder, or preferred would be pork belly minus the skin. Use the wagon plate (coarse plate) for a nice mince.
  2. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  3. Peel the garlic and mince well.
  4. Add the ground pork, minced garlic, rice, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, get in there and mix well.
  5. Using the method of your choice, stuff the sausage casings. Once stuffed, use sting tie off the sausage into 1 1/2 inch links. Do not twist the links, just use the string and tie, tightly.
  6. Once everything is tied tightly, you can either cook now, or leave to ferment for a few days. The fermentation happens with the salt and rice.
  7. To ferment, use the fridge, there is less chance of spoilage of the pork. Place the sausage in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  8. The fermenting is not really needed, you can prepare the sausage and grill the same day, no harm.
  9. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
To Cook on a Charcoal Grill
  1. After you have lit your charcoal, and get a nice bed of coals, cover the grill with foil, place the sausage on the foil and cook until cooked through and juices run clear.
To Cook in an Oven
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Steam the sausages in a steamer until nearly cooked through. Use any steaming method you prefer.
  3. Place the sausage on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until nicely browned, then turn them over and bake for another 5 minutes or until nicely browned all over.
  4. Remove to a plate and cut them apart where the strings are tied (remove the bits of string as well).
  5. Serve with fresh sliced cucumber, celery, lettuce or cabbage, and chilies. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork will cost about 85 Baht/800 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 45 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Oyster Thai Omelet
Oyster Thai Omelet
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Thai omelets are generally airy and fluffy cooked eggs, not folded over. This is quick and easy, served with rice on the side, a simple and filling meal for 3-4 people. Oyster meat, these are small oysters, the meat is 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, is mixed into the eggs before going into the pan, and is delicious. My wife made this today, 7 June 2018 for breakfast for herself, her mother, and I.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Oyster Thai Omelet
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Thai omelets are generally airy and fluffy cooked eggs, not folded over. This is quick and easy, served with rice on the side, a simple and filling meal for 3-4 people. Oyster meat, these are small oysters, the meat is 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, is mixed into the eggs before going into the pan, and is delicious. My wife made this today, 7 June 2018 for breakfast for herself, her mother, and I.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Put a wok or non stick pan on high heat and add about 1/2 cup of cooking oil. For a non stick with the rounded sides, a 10 inch pan is perfect and you want about 1/4 inch of oil on the bottom of the pan.
  2. While the pan is heating, break eggs into a bowl. Add the fish sauce to the eggs, and beat with a fork until frothy. Add the oyster meat and spring onion, and mix that in.
  3. When the oil just starts to smoke, turn the heat to low and quickly pour in the beaten eggs, it will fluff before your eyes.
  4. Using a spatula, spread the oysters out a bit, they normally collect in the center, then lift the edges to get the liquid part of the eggs onto the pan, do this several times.
  5. Keep checking the bottom and when getting nice and browned and set well (remember, from pouring into the pan to flipping takes only 45 seconds to a minute) flip the omelet over, move the loose oysters onto the omelet, 20-30 seconds later, the bottom should be browning nicely. Here the eggs are set well on the top, and ready for flipping.
  6. Flipped, and some stray oysters being moved around a bit on to the omelet.
  7. Slide from the pan onto a plate and serve with rice on the side.
  8. Place the omelet in the center of the table, give a bowl of hot rice to each person, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add a few drops of lime juice or vinegar for a even more fluffier omelette.

Recipe provided by my wife, Rrayada Thayer.
Thailand.

Dill Thai Omelet
Dill Thai Omelet
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Thai omelets are generally airy and fluffy cooked eggs, not folded over. This is quick and easy, served with rice on the side, a simple and filling meal for 3-4 people. Fresh dill is mixed into the eggs before going into the pan, and is a brilliant flavor. I seen my wife make this a few weeks ago, and she learned this from her sister, but I did not get any photos, next time for sure.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
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Thai omelets are generally airy and fluffy cooked eggs, not folded over. This is quick and easy, served with rice on the side, a simple and filling meal for 3-4 people. Fresh dill is mixed into the eggs before going into the pan, and is a brilliant flavor. I seen my wife make this a few weeks ago, and she learned this from her sister, but I did not get any photos, next time for sure.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Put a wok or non stick pan on high heat and add about 1/2 cup of cooking oil. For a non stick with the rounded sides, a 10 inch pan is perfect and you want about 1/4 inch of oil on the bottom of the pan.
  2. While the pan is heating, break eggs into a bowl. Add the fish sauce to the eggs, and beat with a fork until frothy. Add the dill and mix that in.
  3. When the oil just starts to smoke, turn the heat to low and quickly pour in the beaten eggs, it will fluff before your eyes.
  4. Using a spatula, spread the dill out if it is clumped in the center, then lift the edges to get the liquid part of the eggs onto the pan, do this several times.
  5. Keep checking the bottom and when getting nice and browned and set well (remember, from pouring into the pan to flipping takes only 45 seconds to a minute) flip the omelet over, 20-30 seconds later, the bottom should be browning nicely.
  6. Remove from the pan to a plate and serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add a few drops of lime juice or vinegar for a even more fluffier omelette.

Recipe provided by my wife's sister.
Thailand.

Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
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Feel free to make this with a range of ground meats, such as pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. This sounds really good, and I made this on 17 May 2018, delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
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Feel free to make this with a range of ground meats, such as pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. This sounds really good, and I made this on 17 May 2018, delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground meat, 1/2 the onion, 1/2 the oregano, egg, garlic, carrot, and rice. Then get in there with your clean hands and mix this together. (I used 750 grams of pork (1 1/2 lbs) so I used 2 eggs.)
  2. Shape the mixture into 10 balls and place each in your slow cooker. (I used 750 grams of pork (1 1/2 lbs) so I made 12 good sized meatballs.)
  3. Wipe out the mixing bowl, then add the soup, Worcestershire sauce, remaining oregano, remaining onion, and the can of water or 1 1/4 cups of water if you made the shortcut. Mix well. (Big change here I used 3 cups of condensed soup.)
  4. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Set the slow cooker to High setting and cook for 4 hours then switch to Low setting got 1 more hour. (Big change here I used 3 cups of condensed soup.)
  5. When ready, use a large spoon to scoop out the meatballs, this photo is with 3 meatballs and 2 scoops of gravy removed already.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice.
Recipe Notes

Thinking just ground pork or chicken, this is low cost per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Tomato Soup.

Variant: 1. If you go heavy on the meat, say, 750 grams (1 1/2 lbs) like I did, add another egg, touch more seasoning, and 3 cups of soup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Omurice (오므라이스)
Omurice (오므라이스)
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This sounds good, and is a first for me to have Korean writing on the site as well, which is always cool to add the other languages. This is a fried rice dish inside an omelet. Originating in Japan then spread to other Asian countries. The main flavoring, ketchup 🙂
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Omurice (오므라이스)
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This sounds good, and is a first for me to have Korean writing on the site as well, which is always cool to add the other languages. This is a fried rice dish inside an omelet. Originating in Japan then spread to other Asian countries. The main flavoring, ketchup 🙂
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick skillet on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of oil, when hot, add the onion, spring onion, carrot, and pork. Stir fry until the pork is cooked through and the onion is soft, then stir in the soy sauce and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. Add the rice, stirring to break up any clumps until it is mixed well, then add the ketchup, taste, and season with salt and pepper as desired. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Same pan, heat a small amount of olive oil, while the oil is heating, break two eggs into a small bowl, whisk with a fork and add a pinch of salt and pepper if desired. Add the eggs to the hot pan and swirl them around to cover the bottom of the pan.
  4. When the bottom is set and the top of the eggs are a bit runny, turn off the heat and spoon in half of the rice mixture down the center of the eggs.
  5. Fold over both sides and and slide the omelet to the side of the pan, then flip onto a plate. Repeat the process for the second omelet.
  6. Drizzle some ketchup on the top of each and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spinach, Cheese & Rice Casserole
Spinach, Cheese & Rice Casserole
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Sounds great, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Spinach, Cheese & Rice Casserole
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Sounds great, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease with butter a 7x11 baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the rice, butter, spinach, Cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, spring onion, garlic, milk, and eggs, season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, uncovered, then optionally top with Mozzarella cheese and bake for 5 more minutes.
  5. Let casserole rest for 5 minutes (there is a lot of hot cheese in there), then serve as a light main dish or as a side dish with say, chicken or fish. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure 180 Baht for the Cheddar, 90 Baht for the Parmesan, and 90 Baht for the Mozzarella. For 6 servings, this is about $1.88 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a non stick pan, when melted and hot, add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, and jalapeno pepper (if using) and cook and stir for a few minutes, you are not trying to brown them, just heating them all through, remove from heat and pour it all, butter and all, into your slow cooker, there, you just made a mirepoix 🙂
  2. Drain and rinse the beans, add to the slow cooker, then add diced ham, sliced sausage, bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of Creole seasoning.
  3. Here I added the mirepoix after I added beans, ham, and sausage. The order in which you add it does not matter at all.
  4. Add the stock and 4 cups of water, add more water as needed to make sure everything is covered by the liquid, also take into account the beans will expand some during cooking so do not overfill the slow cooker. Stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and cook for 8 to 10 hours for the consistency of beans you prefer.
  6. Remove the bay leaves, stir in the remaining Creole seasoning, serve over cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

I will say Low cost for now based on 8 servings and using homemade sausage (which I will be doing). I did buy some ham to dice up just for this but forgot the price. I will price this when I get accurate numbers.

Shortcut: Creole Seasoning Mix.

Variants: 1. Use a ham hock in place of the diced ham. 2. Sausage can be Andouille, smoked sausage, kielbasa, or any sausage you prefer. 3. For creamier beans, tilt the lid on the slow cooker for the last 1-2 hours. 3. Use Cajun seasoning instead of Creole, they are nearly the same.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Thai Fish Curry
Thai Fish Curry
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I seen my wife make this today using imported Italian Mackerel, and local sourced ingredients. Seems like a lot of steps but this actually goes together quite fast overall. The coconut milk is made from fresh grated coconut, use canned if you like. Measurements are very approximate as no actual measurements are made, what is listed is my best guesses.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Thai Fish Curry
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I seen my wife make this today using imported Italian Mackerel, and local sourced ingredients. Seems like a lot of steps but this actually goes together quite fast overall. The coconut milk is made from fresh grated coconut, use canned if you like. Measurements are very approximate as no actual measurements are made, what is listed is my best guesses.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. With the fresh shredded coconut, you are going to make coconut milk. to do this, place the coconut in a large bowl and cover with water. Squeeze the shred and the water will become milky. Do this for about 5-10 minutes, really squeezing the clumps of shred, the grab some shred and hold it above the bowl and squeeze it dry, discard the clump, now you have a bowl of coconut milk, almost, you are not done yet.
  2. Place a strainer over a bowl and pour the milk into the strainer, tap the strainer and move the contents a bit with your fingers to get the liquid out, you are now removing any of the remaining shred from the milk. For the remaining shred, pick that up and squeeze dry as well.
  3. The end result is fresh coconut milk, this is just one bowl, we used two, goal is 3-4 cups of milk total.
  4. Now get your ingredients together. Here is one of the two bowls of coconut milk, chili paste, shrimp paste, and the lime leaves (before slicing).
  5. Fish used is Italian Mackerel. We bought these are Tesco, sold by the piece, not weight, 90 Baht for 6 fish.
  6. Clean the fish by scaling, the scales are very small and this goes quickly, then gut each and cut the tails off. (If you want to remove the heads, feel free to do so.)
  7. Add about 2/3 of the coconut milk to a pan, and add the chili paste and shrimp paste. Put on medium heat.
  8. While the milk is heating up, slice up the lime leaves. Grab the handful or so of leaves, the younger bright green ones are preferred, hold in a tight bundle, and slice. Not looking for perfection here, just get most of them thinly sliced. Set this aside.
  9. With the milk now hot, stir to mix in the chili and shrimp pastes. Let this simmer, low boil, for about 10 minutes. You just made a curry.
  10. Then add the fish in a single layer.
  11. Now pour in the remaining coconut milk and sort of mix that in, let this simmer for about 10 minutes.
  12. This is fresh tamarind, it is like a paste, the stones (seeds), and the string fibrous part is still in this. To this, add a little water, about 1/4 cup and squish this up to soften it.
  13. Remove the fish to another pan.
  14. To the pan with the curry, hold a strainer over the pan and pour in the tamarind mush into the strainer, move the mush about with your hand to get the tamarind liquid into the pan, when the all the liquid is strained out from the tamarind mush, discard the strainer contents. Stir the tamarind liquid into the curry then add the sliced lime leaves and stir that in.
  15. Pour the curry over the fish in the second pan, add a few whole lime leaves, bring this to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  16. Place a few fish in a bowl, spoon some curry over the top and ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

The fish cost 90 Baht for 6 fish. For 4 servings, this is about 68 cents per serving.

Prepared by my wife, Rrayada Thayer.
Thailand.

Pork Rib Curry
Pork Rib Curry
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My wife makes most of the Thai dishes here at the house, and certainly all the ones that use shrimp paste. My wife made this on 8 Feb 2018 for the family, served 4, twice.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Pork Rib Curry
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My wife makes most of the Thai dishes here at the house, and certainly all the ones that use shrimp paste. My wife made this on 8 Feb 2018 for the family, served 4, twice.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of water and add the shallots and peppercorns.
  2. When the water is boiling, add the pork ribs. Here is the ribs used.
  3. And into the pot.
  4. Now get your chili and shrimp paste out and ready. Shrimp paste on the left, chili paste on the right.
  5. And wash the basil and get that ready.
  6. When the meat is tender, about 30 minutes to an hour, mix in the chili and shrimp pastes. and let simmer / low boil for another 30 minutes.
  7. Then add the basil and let that wilt down, takes just a minute or so.
  8. Stir the basil into the curry and let it simmer for a few more minutes.
  9. Ready to serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

I will estimate 120 Baht for the ribs. For 6 servings, this is about 59 cents per serving.

Family recipe by my wife, Rrayada Thayer.
Thailand.

“I Don’t Care” Casserole
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), get out a baking dish (I will verify the size when I make this).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, pour into your baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is starting to brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes, serve to your ungrateful family 😉
  5. Maybe next time when you ask, they will be more specific. Now if you ask what would you like for dinner and the family says "Kobe beef, Maine lobsters, and King crab" then fix this casserole, they will learn 😉
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get ham again, right now I will say high cost and will calculate this after I gather the supplies.

Shortcut: Condensed Cheese Soup.

Variants: 1. Substitute ham for cooked and cubed chicken or turkey. 2. Omit the meat and just make a vegetable casserole.

Adapted from an internet recipe.