Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
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Excellent dish that goes together quickly. Perfect use for oyster meat, and you can use any fresh mushrooms you prefer.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
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Excellent dish that goes together quickly. Perfect use for oyster meat, and you can use any fresh mushrooms you prefer.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the rice flour, corn starch and water to make a slurry. Set aside.
  2. Place the well drained oyster meat in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and mix together well.
  3. Mushrooms, coriander, and garlic all prepped. I used 75 grams of Shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced, and coriander in place of the spring onion.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan then add the garlic and fry until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. To the pan, add the mushrooms and oysters and stir in the flour slurry, stir to remove any lumps.
  6. When the mixture is lump free, add the soy sauce, sugar, white pepper, and spring onions, cook, stirring often, for about 30 seconds to a minute. Remove from heat.
  7. Serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I buy oysters from local fishermen for 50 Baht/pint. This is low cost. If sourcing from Tesco, you might be over $1 per serving. I will verify the Tesco cost.

This recipe for Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Kung Pao Mushroom
Kung Pao Mushroom
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This sounds really good and is from a good friend in China. This is Szechuan in nature, and the sauce can be used to make many variants, such as with tofu, fish, sweet potato, or shrimp. King Oyster mushrooms are used in this dish.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
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This sounds really good and is from a good friend in China. This is Szechuan in nature, and the sauce can be used to make many variants, such as with tofu, fish, sweet potato, or shrimp. King Oyster mushrooms are used in this dish.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Stir Fry Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Trim off the root ends of the mushrooms and give them a rinse. Dice the mushrooms into say, 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Mix together the Sauce in a bowl, set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan or wok on low heat, when hot, add the chilies, garlic, spring onion, and peppercorns, saute until fragrant.
  4. Add the mushroom and cook until they are soft and tender.
  5. Stir in the Sauce and continue to cook until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute,
  6. Add the toasted peanuts, give a big stir and mix everything together, transfer to a serving dish.
  7. Serve over steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Kung Pao Mushroom is from China Sichuan Food.

Fried Oyster Mushrooms
Fried Oyster Mushrooms
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This comes from a good friend, and this recipe is Chinese in origin, and my friend is Chinese as well, so I will take her word on this, and it not only sounds very good, it is delicious! Using Oyster mushrooms as the base and adding to this, this is wide open to adapt to your liking. Lot of photos here as I used 3 types and want to show how to prep these if you have not used these before. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Fried Oyster Mushrooms
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This comes from a good friend, and this recipe is Chinese in origin, and my friend is Chinese as well, so I will take her word on this, and it not only sounds very good, it is delicious! Using Oyster mushrooms as the base and adding to this, this is wide open to adapt to your liking. Lot of photos here as I used 3 types and want to show how to prep these if you have not used these before. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the root end of the mushrooms, rinse the mushrooms and squeeze dry. Using your hands, pull apart the mushrooms into 2 or 3 pieces and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. I misjudged the amount of Oyster mushrooms I had so I used two more types of mushrooms, first I used a package of white Shimeji mushrooms, 150 grams (5-6 oz). These are in clumps in the package. This photo is I just took them out of the package.
  3. To prep these, cut off about 1 inch of the root ends of the clumps as shown, rinse, squeeze dry, add to the bowl with the Oyster mushrooms.
  4. Next mushroom used was a package of Enoki mushrooms, 200 grams (7 oz), in the states, these are also known as Golden mushrooms, and can be found canned as well in the Asian markets there. This photo is the mushrooms taken out of the package, these grow in a large clump and are long slender stems.
  5. To prep these, cut off about 1 1/2 to two inches from the root end, and cut the mushrooms in half as shown, rinse, squeeze dry and to the bowl with the other mushrooms.
  6. Use your hands and toss the mushrooms together. This photo really shows how slender the Enoki mushrooms are.
  7. Sprinkle the corn starch onto the mushrooms and gently mix together to coat the mushrooms.
  8. Then add the egg, salt and pepper to taste, heavy handed with the pepper works well, and mix together to coat the mushrooms fully.
  9. Heat the lard or oil in a large non stick pan, when hot but not smoking, carefully slide or place (using tongs) the mushroom in the oil.
  10. Fry until golden brown, turning them often as you fry them.
  11. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  12. Place on a serving tray or large plate, serve with additional salt and pepper as desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Rendering Lard.

Variant: 1. Reduce the amount of Oyster mushrooms and add in other types of mushrooms.

This recipe for Fried Oyster Mushrooms is from China Sichuan Food.

Salmon Loaf
Salmon Loaf
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To me, this sounds good. This is a a steamed dish and there is also a sauce listed for this as well. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
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To me, this sounds good. This is a a steamed dish and there is also a sauce listed for this as well. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For the Salmon Loaf
For the Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
Prepare the Salmon Loaf
  1. If using canned salmon, drain the liquid into a small bowl and set the bowl aside. If using fresh cooked, after you remove the salmon from the steamer, just set the steamer aside, some liquid in the pot may be used in the sauce.
  2. Heat your steamer, either a pot with water and a trivet or as I am going to use, a rice cooker with a steamer tray. Butter the heat proof dish you are going to use. (Make sure your dish fits the steamer method you are going to use.)
  3. Chop fine either the fresh cooked or canned salmon. Mix the butter into the fish.
  4. Mix together eggs, breadcrumbs, parsley, and salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Mix the egg mixture into the fish, then add the mixture to your dish and when the steamer is hot, place the dish in the steamer for 1 hour. During this time, make sure you keep sufficient water in the steamer.
Prepare the Sauce
  1. Prepare the sauce about 10 minutes before the loaf is done steaming.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat the milk to a boil. While the milk is heating, mix together the butter and corn starch in a small bowl. When the milk is at a boil, whisk in the butter mixture. Then whisk in a 1-2 tablespoons of the liquid from the salmon can or 1-2 tablespoons of liquid the fresh salmon was steamed on.
  3. Whisk in the beaten egg, sprinkle in a pinch of black pepper. Remove from heat.
  4. When the loaf is done, remove the dish from the steamer, pour off any water from a corner of the dish, then cover the dish with a plate and carefully invert the plate and dish together and lift off the dish leaving the loaf on the plate.
  5. Slice the loaf and pour the sauce over the slices, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get salmon and determine how many fillets I need to make 2 cups cooked salmon. I will say High cost per serving for now.

Shortcuts: Steamed Salmon, Breadcrumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
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I grew up on Hamburger Helper, and many times the hamburger (hamburger meat for all my friends in the deep south of the US) was substituted with ground venison. My early years in the Navy, my wife and I made Hamburger Helper to stretch those dollars between paydays. This is basically hamburger, pasta (maybe potatoes), spices, milk, and water, and a load of preservatives. So I did a bit of research on the internet and found a site that replicated all of the dishes available. The basic instruction is brown the ground beef and drain, then add in the ingredients for each version you wish then simmer. Enjoy. Links to the shortcut are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
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I grew up on Hamburger Helper, and many times the hamburger (hamburger meat for all my friends in the deep south of the US) was substituted with ground venison. My early years in the Navy, my wife and I made Hamburger Helper to stretch those dollars between paydays. This is basically hamburger, pasta (maybe potatoes), spices, milk, and water, and a load of preservatives. So I did a bit of research on the internet and found a site that replicated all of the dishes available. The basic instruction is brown the ground beef and drain, then add in the ingredients for each version you wish then simmer. Enjoy. Links to the shortcut are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
Chili Mac
Lasagna
Cheesy Beef Taco
Beef Stroganoff
Potato Stroganoff
Salisbury
Cheesy Italian Shells
Cheesy Jambalaya
Servings: servings
Instructions
Chili Mac
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the macaroni is tender.
  3. Stir in the cheese and when it is melted in, serve and enjoy.
Lasagna
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the two cheeses. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles or lasagna noodles are tender.
  3. Stir in the Mozzarella cheese and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on the top. Cover for 5 minutes to let the Mozzarella melt in, serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Beef Taco
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese and Fritos. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the rice is tender.
  3. Stir in 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese, sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top then the Fritos, Cover and let sit for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Beef Stroganoff
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Potato Stroganoff
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the potatoes are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Salisbury
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Italian Shells
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the pasta shells are tender.
  3. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and cook for another 5 minutes or so to let the cheese melt in, serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Jambalaya
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the rice is tender.
  3. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and cover for another 5 minutes or so to let the cheese melt in, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Sour Cream.

Notes: 1. If using true Thai chili powder, cut the amount back by 1/3 to 1/2 as it is quite hotter than chili powder in the US. 2. The salt and sugar are OPTIONAL! I have made several of these and you can certainly leave out the sugar. Salt is used in the boxed version of this much the way McDonald's uses salt, sugar is used in the box version much the way cereals in the US are made, to get you to not like the meal, but love the meal, and buy more. When I make these, I do not add sugar, but I do add salt, a touch less than what is stated.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
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These sound delicious and I just picked up several packages of spring roll sheets last week. These are Spring Rolls or Lumpia that have a very thin pastry, not Egg Rolls which have a thicker pastry. And these are outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
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These sound delicious and I just picked up several packages of spring roll sheets last week. These are Spring Rolls or Lumpia that have a very thin pastry, not Egg Rolls which have a thicker pastry. And these are outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Filling
For the Spring Rolls
Servings: spring rolls
Instructions
For the Filling
  1. In a pot of boiling water, add the vermicelli cook for 2-4 minutes or until soft, drain, lightly chop, you want about 1 1/2 cups, an 80 gram packet is fine. It is ok if they are a bit underdone as the rolls get fried later. Set aside.
  2. A lot of the prep time is the shredding and chopping. Use a box shredder for the cabbage and carrots, Chop the mushrooms on a board. I doubled the recipe that is why there is so much.
  3. Fresh ground pork (I used pork loin for this which is lean, the mushrooms add the juiciness). I also had some shrimp we added, the shrimp were cleaned, deveined, and chopped. The shrimp is NOT cooked with the pork, add the shrimp at the very end if using.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large non stick pan (big pot if doubling the recipe), when hot, add the garlic and saute for a minute until fragrant then add the pork and break up the pork as it cooks until it just turns white, as it will get cooked again.
  5. To the pork, add the carrot, cabbage, and mushrooms and saute for several minutes until the veggies are good and wilted. Now mix in the cornstarch, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Saute for about a minute or until the liquid is steamed off. You want the filling sticky, not watery. Taste and season with oyster sauce as needed.
  6. Add the cooked noodles and remove the pan or pot from the heat.
  7. Mix in the noodles and cool the filling, a hot filling means your spring rolls may burst (no one likes a sloppy spring roll). So just let the pan or pot cool, or spread the filling on a baking sheet and let cool, or even place in the fridge for 5 minutes.
To Assemble the Spring Rolls
  1. First thing is to make the 'glue' so in a small bowl or cup, mix together the cornstarch and water, set this aside but keep it handy, this is used to seal the rolls.
  2. Open the package of spring roll sheets. Carefully pull off one sheet and place smooth side down on a clean counter with one corner of the sheet facing you. Very important, place a damp towel on the unused sheets, if the sheets dry out they are hard to pull apart and will tear.
  3. Place a tablespoon or so of filling near the corner closest to you.
  4. Fold the bottom up over the filling
  5. Tightly roll, the filling will spread some, that is fine. When the roll is in the widest part of the pastry (left and right corners will be on the sides of the roll) fold each side towards the center. The roll should be about 5 inches long , and should look like an envelope.
  6. Continue to roll, and when there is just a pointy section at the end away from you, use your finger and apply some of the cornstarch slurry you made just a few minutes ago to the edges of the pointy section (just like sealing and envelope), continue to roll and seal the edge, and just pat that seam down with your fingers. There, you just made a spring roll.
  7. Repeat until you have either used all the filling or all the pastry sheets. 13 more to go.
  8. To fry these, heat about 1 inch of oil in a pot. When hot, add 4-5 spring rolls at a time and fry, turn often, until golden brown, These cook fast so keep an eye on them. Remove to paper towels to drain and fry the remaining rolls. Perfect color.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes then serve hot as is or serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. My Sweet & Sour Sauce is listed as a shortcut in the Recipe Notes section.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the pork. I will wing about 3 servings from this (I like spring rolls), for 3 servings this is about 50 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce.

Variants: 1. Bake instead of fry, place on a rack on a baking sheet, spray with oil all sides, bake in a 200 C (400 F) oven until golden brown. 2. For the filling, use cooked and chopped bacon, cooked hash browns, and Cheddar mixed in. 3. Place 3 or 4 raisins in each spring roll if using the original ingredients listed.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Baked Coconut Shrimp
Baked Coconut Shrimp
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Sounds good, and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Baked Coconut Shrimp
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Sounds good, and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Sriracha Dipping Sauce
For the Shrimp
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Place is the fridge until use.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 C, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Line up three bowls, to the first one add the corn starch, onion and garlic powders and mix together. Second bowl add the egg and beat that lightly. Third bowl add the coconut and sea salt and mix those.
  4. Dredge a shrimp in the corn starch, then the egg, the the coconut mixture. Place shrimp on the parchment paper, repeat for the rest of the shrimp.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the shrimp and bake 10 more minutes.
  6. Serve with the dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some good sized shrimp, for now I will say Fair priced.

Provided by What Great Grandma Ate and the link to this recipe is here.
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Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup
Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup
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I have never seen this variety of condensed soup in Thailand, at least where I live, so here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup
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I have never seen this variety of condensed soup in Thailand, at least where I live, so here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: can
Instructions
  1. Place chopped and blanched asparagus and oil into a 2 quart microwave safe bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to whisk after 1 minute and again when finished, if not thick or to your desired consistency, microwave for another minute and whisk again, continue until thickened.
Recipe Notes

Most recipes will just call for a can of condensed soup, some recipes (or if you just want to make the soup by itself) call for plus 1 can of water. One can equals 1 1/4 cups of water. But as a healthier alternative to using water, try using whey if you recently made cottage cheese, or water used to boil potatoes. Milk can also be used in place of water to make a creamier soup.

Used in Recipes Listed on this Site:
Crab Bisque.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sipo Egg I
Sipo Egg I
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is the quick non creamy version, and it does sound good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is the quick non creamy version, and it does sound good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a measuring cup add the cold stock and mix in the corn starch, set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt the butter then cook the garlic and onion until the onion is soft, add the mixed vegetables and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock, add the cashews, shrimp, and quail eggs. Bring to a low simmer and cook, also stirring once in a while, for 3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the sesame oil and season with salt and white pepper powder, serve as a side dish with any meal.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 20 Baht for the quail eggs, and about 75 Baht for the shrimp, both locally obtained in local markets. For 6 servings, this is about 44 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Condensed Cream of Onion Soup
Condensed Cream of Onion Soup
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This is a new one for me, I never heard of it, but seems to be a popular ingredient in many recipes. Here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Onion Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Condensed Cream of Onion Soup
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This is a new one for me, I never heard of it, but seems to be a popular ingredient in many recipes. Here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Onion Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: can
Instructions
  1. Place diced onion and oil into a 2 quart microwave safe bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to whisk after 1 minute and again when finished, if not thick or to your desired consistency, microwave for another minute and whisk again, continue until thickened.
Recipe Notes

Most recipes will just call for a can of condensed soup, some recipes (or if you just want to make the soup by itself) call for plus 1 can of water. One can equals 1 1/4 cups of water. But as a healthier alternative to using water, try using whey if you recently made cottage cheese, or water used to boil potatoes. Milk can also be used in place of water to make a creamier soup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.