Pastalaya
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This sounds really good, the pasta version of Jambalaya but is pasta based and not rice based. Lot of ingredients but this goes together quickly.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Pastalaya
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This sounds really good, the pasta version of Jambalaya but is pasta based and not rice based. Lot of ingredients but this goes together quickly.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot with the oil, when hot, add the sausage and cook until the sausage is good and browned, maybe 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, cook, and stir for about a minute until the garlic is fragrant, then add the bell pepper, onion, and celery and cook, stirring often until softened.
  3. Add the can of tomatoes, creole seasoning, oregano, paprika, thyme, black pepper to taste, and then the water and broth. Add the pasta, and stir everything together. Bring to boiling then reduce to low, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the pasta is tender. Stir often to keep the pasta from sticking. If the mixture seems to be too soup, leave the pot uncovered for the last few minutes of simmering.
  4. When the pasta is cooked and tender and has a consistency you like, remove from heat. Stir in the cream, parsley, and spring onion (reserving just a bit of parsley and spring onion for garnish if desired).
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get smoked sausage again from Makro, for now I will said Fair priced.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

One Pot Spaghetti
One Pot Spaghetti
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This sounds really good, and easy, and less clean up after. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
One Pot Spaghetti
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This sounds really good, and easy, and less clean up after. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot on medium heat, add a splash of olive oil and when hot, add the beef, onion, and garlic. Cook and break up the beef until the beef is cooked through. Drain the fat.
  2. Now add the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and sugar. Bring the pot to a boil and add the spaghetti. then reduce to a simmer. Stir often and simmer until the spaghetti is tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and parsley, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 94 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the rinsed and sorted beans to your pressure cooker, add the 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, the oil is to prevent the beans from foaming. Depending on your size of pressure cooker, do not fill more than halfway.
  2. Place the lid on the cooker and lock closed. Place on high heat until the pressure cooker comes to full pressure, meaning the jiggler is moving and making some noise, this is when you start timing. Turn the heat to low but maintain full pressure. Time the beans for 22 to 27 minutes depending on if like them firm or softer. (I time for 25 minutes.)
  3. While the beans are cooking, heat a non stick skillet and cook the ground beef until cooked through, drain the beef well and set aside. Photo shows the beef cooking while the pressure cooker is working on the beans.
  4. Same pan, heat a splash of oil and cook the onion until starting to turn brown, then add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes,
  5. Then add the oregano, cumin, and dried cilantro and cook for about 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  6. I added a variant, I used a handful of Shiitake mushrooms, photo shows before I removed the stems and chopped them.
  7. Saute the chopped mushrooms until starting to brown up. Set aside.
  8. After the time is up on the pressure cooker, turn off the heat and move to another unused burned. Allow the cooker to release pressure normally, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. When the pressure is fully released, open and ladle out 1 cup of liquid, set that liquid aside, drain the beans in a colander and rinse well and return the beans and the 1 cup of liquid from the beans, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes with liquid, the cooked beef, onion mixture, and mushrooms if using, to the cooker.
  10. Close and lock the pressure cooker lid and bring to high pressure and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let pressure release naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  11. When it is safe to open, remove the lid and stir in the spring onion and most, not all, of the fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Return to heat without the cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve and sprinkle the remaining cilantro on each bowl for garnish.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Saute a handful of chopped mushrooms and add to the cooker after adding the beef and onion. 2. Use mushroom stock instead of chicken stock. 3. Replace the cilantro with chopped celery tops or parsley.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew is courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen.

Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the tomatoes plus juice, sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and potatoes, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just fork tender.
  3. Stir in the fish, cover, and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley, serve.
Recipe Notes

Using Pangasius fillets, which are boneless and skinless, 1 kilo is about 128 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 95 cents per serving.

This recipe for Fish Stew with Ginger and Tomatoes is from Simply Recipes.

Beef & Potato Stew
Beef & Potato Stew
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Sounds really good. I also list a shortcut on tenderizing beef if you are using a tough cut of beef. And there is a Variant listed as well that sounds like a nice change.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
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Sounds really good. I also list a shortcut on tenderizing beef if you are using a tough cut of beef. And there is a Variant listed as well that sounds like a nice change.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a non stick pan. While that is heating, place the flour in a large bowl add season with salt and pepper to taste, mix in the beef to coat. When the oil is hot, add the beef to the pan in batches to brown all sides, not cooking it through just browning it a bit. Place browned beef in your slow cooker.
  2. Once all the beef is browned and in the slow cooker, pour in the stock, diced tomatoes (these can be canned or fresh), Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and stir, then add the potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, oregano, garlic, and bay leaf.
  3. Stir to mix then cover and set the slow cooker to Low setting and cook for 8 hours.
  4. Whisk together the cornstarch and water, pour into the slow cooker and stir to mix into the stew, cover the pot and set to High setting for another 30 minutes to an hour to thicken the stew.
  5. Serve with biscuits or bread.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 300 Baht for the beef. For 6 servings this is about #1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Tenderize Beef with Tomatoes.

Variant: 1. Instead of adding potatoes to the stew at the beginning, serve the stew over mashed potatoes. To do this, increase the stock used by a cup to allow a soupier stew that will go well with mashed potatoes.

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

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
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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.

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
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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.

Maryland Crab Soup
Maryland Crab Soup
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Sounds delicious to say the least! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Maryland Crab Soup
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Sounds delicious to say the least! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven, and the spring onion, garlic, corn, mixed vegetables, cherry tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons Old Bay.
  2. Cook on medium high heat until the tomatoes are soft and can be crushed with a wooden spoon. Then stir in the diced tomatoes and bring to a slow boil.
  3. Add the stock or water, parsley, crab claw meat, and remaining Old Bay. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I get to Makro to get prices on the crab meat.

Variants: Add chopped bacon, chopped zucchini, pinch of cayenne pepper.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Edward Coleman.
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Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet I
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet I
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It has been probably 5 years since I had cabbage rolls, and they were delicious! Here is a cheater recipe, no need to boil the cabbage leaves or roll anything, just make on the stove top in a large skillet. I have not tried this yet but it sounds really good and I will give my remarks after I make this. The recipe is normally made with beef but feel free to use pork or chicken. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet I
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It has been probably 5 years since I had cabbage rolls, and they were delicious! Here is a cheater recipe, no need to boil the cabbage leaves or roll anything, just make on the stove top in a large skillet. I have not tried this yet but it sounds really good and I will give my remarks after I make this. The recipe is normally made with beef but feel free to use pork or chicken. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute. Drain off any fat.
  2. Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender, add reserved tomato juice as needed. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Ground beef can be 200 Baht/kilo. For this dish, that is your most expensive item, if using minced pork, you can almost cut the cost in half. For 6 servings this would be about 98 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Tomato Sauce.

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

Chicken Chimichangas in 30 Minutes
Chicken Chimichangas in 30 Minutes
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I am a fan of Mexican food, and when I lived in San Diego for 6 years, I never had a Chimichanga, it sounds like a cross between a Enchilada and a Burrito. So I cannot vouch for the name, but it does sound tasty! Not a cheap meal. Just from reading the recipe, I would increase everything to make some "fuller" chimichangas. I will report when I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Chicken Chimichangas in 30 Minutes
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I am a fan of Mexican food, and when I lived in San Diego for 6 years, I never had a Chimichanga, it sounds like a cross between a Enchilada and a Burrito. So I cannot vouch for the name, but it does sound tasty! Not a cheap meal. Just from reading the recipe, I would increase everything to make some "fuller" chimichangas. I will report when I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Main Ingredients
Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Mix the chicken, salsa (use a shortcut to make this), cumin, oregano, cheese, and onions. Place about 1/3 cup of the mixture in the center of each tortilla.
  3. Fold opposite sides over filling. Roll up from bottom and place seam-side down on a baking sheet or in a baking dish. Brush with melted butter. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve with toppings of your choice. A side of beans and rice would be perfect here.
Recipe Notes

Chicken is the minimal part here, tortillas will be pricey, to the tune of about 280 Baht for a pack of 10. Two of these items per serving, not including cheese is about $2.75 per serving, if you make the tortillas, bonus, if you make the salsa, bonus, but over all, not an inexpensive meal, this would be a once a month or when relatives and family visits meal. Either way, it does sound really good.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Adapted from an internet recipe.