Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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This sounds really good, you can prepare all of this in your pressure cooker with the starting steps keeping the lid off. Your pressure cooker is essentially a heavy duty pot, use it as such and make your life a little easier. I will use my 9 1/2 quart stove top pressure cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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This sounds really good, you can prepare all of this in your pressure cooker with the starting steps keeping the lid off. Your pressure cooker is essentially a heavy duty pot, use it as such and make your life a little easier. I will use my 9 1/2 quart stove top pressure cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8 minutes 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the flour in a zip lock bag, working in batches, coat the beef with flour and shake off excess.
  2. Without using the lid, heat the oil in pressure cooker on medium heat, when hot add the onion and beef, season with salt and pepper to your liking. Brown the beef, and when the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes or so, remove the beef from the cooker.
  3. Now add the beef stock, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, and basil, stir to mix.
  4. Place the steamer rack if your cooker has one (it is not required), then layer the potatoes, carrots, and finally the beef, season again with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the lid on the cooker and lock in place, add the weight on top and bring the heat up to high. Once the weight (jiggler) is moving and venting pressure, you are at full pressure, reduce the heat to low or medium low to maintain pressure venting and the jiggler moving. Start your timer for 8 minutes.
  6. When 8 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and place the cooker on an unused burner to release pressure naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  7. When safe to open the cooker, remove the meat and vegetables to a serving bowl and pour the liquid from the pot over the meat and vegetables.
  8. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some more beef. For now I will say fair cost as it depends where you source the beef from.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Italian Wedding Soup
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Ingredients
For the Beef Meatballs
For the Chicken
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is make the meatballs. Add all the Beef Meatball ingredients to a mixing and mix with your hands to combine. Shape into 1/2 to 3/4 inch meatballs, Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  2. For the chicken, place in a large pot and cover with water to an inch over the chicken. If you want to make the chicken broth, use skin on chicken breasts, add a sliced carrot, onion, celery, and some peppercorn, these are additional ingredients needed and NOT listed in the ingredients list. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a low boil and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp, this will provide you juicy chicken and a nice broth.
  3. When the chicken is cooled to room temp, remove from the pot and shred, then set the chicken aside. I using just water, discard that, if using the added ingredients, pour the broth through a strainer and set aside, discarding the contents of the strainer.
  4. Now onto the soup preparation. Melt the butter in a large pot, add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes until the veggies are softened.
  5. Add the broth you just made and additional water to make it 12 cups total, or just add 12 cups of broth you made from powder. Bring to a boil and taste, reduce heat to low, taste, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as desired. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Carefully add the meatballs and continue simmering for about 7-8 minutes, then add the pasta and cook for another 5 minutes, then add the spinach, then add the spinach.
  7. Simmer for another 30 minutes to heat the chicken through. If you simmer longer the flavors will blend more. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I make the beef meatballs. I will say fair cost for now.

Variant: 1. Add a handful or two of mushrooms, halved Straw mushrooms comes to mind, or sliced or chopped mushrooms of your choice.

This recipe is for Italian Wedding Soup is provided by Brown Eyed Baker.

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.
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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.

Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
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This is a make the day before you serve salad, or at a minimum, prepare in the morning for serving with the evening meal, the flavors need time to blend. I made this on 26 Dec 2017, tasted 6 hours later for dinner, outstanding, very well liked by my Thai wife as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
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This is a make the day before you serve salad, or at a minimum, prepare in the morning for serving with the evening meal, the flavors need time to blend. I made this on 26 Dec 2017, tasted 6 hours later for dinner, outstanding, very well liked by my Thai wife as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender, drain well.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the Dressing ingredients in a good sized mixing bowl.
  3. After the pasta is well drained and cooled a bit, add it to the dressing along with the rest of the Salad ingredients except the cheese. Toss well to coat everything.
  4. Now add the cheese and fold that, then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve as a side, or in my opinion, as a main dish as that is what I will probably do.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price pepperoni at this time, I used a 150 gram pack of smoked ham for 90 Baht. For the Feta, that is 150 Baht for 275 grams, use half the package (75 Baht), cut the block in half and crumble that for right about a cup. Based on the Feta and smoked ham, for 4 servings, this is about $1.22 per serving.

Variants: 1. In place of pepperoni, use thin sliced smoked ham. 2. Use what you have, like a whole bell pepper instead of cup, or a package of pepperoni or smoked ham, like a cup or so, etc.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute for about 8 minutes or so, until onion is translucent.
  3. Now add the rice, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and salt to the pan, saute for 3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Pour the contents of the pan into your slow cooker, then add the chicken and broth, stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and let cook for 6 to 8 hours, stirring every 2 hours.
  6. The soup is done when the chicken is cooked through, rice is fluffy and tender, and thickened a bit.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 23 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hamburger Gravy
Hamburger Gravy
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This sounds absolutely delicious, and a dish I have not had in many years. I finally made this on 6 Dec 2017, as written but doubled, absolutely delicious!. Link to the shortcut is 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
Hamburger Gravy
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This sounds absolutely delicious, and a dish I have not had in many years. I finally made this on 6 Dec 2017, as written but doubled, absolutely delicious!. Link to the shortcut is 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. Heat a large non stick pan (I use a pot) with a splash of olive oil, and add the onion and garlic, cook until the onion is turning translucent.
  2. then add the beef, breaking it up with a spatula as it cooks. Drain any fat. To the beef, now add the 1 1/2 cups stock, bouillon cube, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the 1/4 cup cold stock to a measuring cup and stir in the cornstarch. Cold makes it easier to mix without lumps. Pour this into hamburger mixture and simmer for about two minutes, stirring often, until thickened.
  4. Serve over mashed potatoes with your choice of sides and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

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

Shortcut: Seasoned Salt.

Recipe provided courtesy of good friend, Kelly Montana Hawk of Tying One On With Kelly (and apron of course) and the original recipe is here.
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Pea Salad II
Pea Salad II
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Sounds good, I will be getting some frozen peas next time I go up to the city. On my to prepare list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Pea Salad II
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Sounds good, I will be getting some frozen peas next time I go up to the city. On my to prepare list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix everything together except the peas. When mixed, add the peas and stir to coat them.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or more before serving. Leftovers can be kept covered in the fridge for several days.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Seasoned Salt.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Simple Salmon
Simple Salmon
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This is a stove top recipe, not baked, and it sounds great! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Simple Salmon
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This is a stove top recipe, not baked, and it sounds great! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix in a small bowl, the garlic powder, basil, and salt, rub on the fish fillets.
  2. Melt the butter in a large non stick skillet, when hot, add the salmon and cook until browned and flakes with a fork, about 5 minutes per side.
  3. Serve with a lemon or lime wedge on top. A seasoned rice and steamed vegetable would be nice with this dish.
Recipe Notes

At 69 Baht for each salmon fillet, this is about $2.03 per serving. Good for a once in a while meal.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Ranch Dressing Mix II
Ranch Dressing Mix II
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This is another shortcut to make Ranch Dressing Mix, used either as the packet mix for slow cookers, casseroles, etc, or as a salad dressing, this is a no salt version.
Prep Time
2 minutes
Prep Time
2 minutes
Ranch Dressing Mix II
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This is another shortcut to make Ranch Dressing Mix, used either as the packet mix for slow cookers, casseroles, etc, or as a salad dressing, this is a no salt version.
Prep Time
2 minutes
Prep Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a a small mason jar, shake to mix, store sealed until use.
  2. To use as a dry mix in other recipes, use 1 tablespoon of mix for each packet called for in a recipe.
  3. To use as a salad dressing, mix 1 tablespoon of dry mix into 1/3 cup mayo.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
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Sounds good, on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
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Sounds good, on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain, set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the chicken and the Cajun seasoning.
  3. Heat a large non stick skillet with a splash of olive oil. Add the chicken and saute for 5-7 minutes, turning as needed to brown them up nicely.
  4. Sprinkle the spring onion over the chicken, pour over the cream, add the sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Heat to a near boil and add the pasta and mix in well.
  6. Serve, garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 35 Baht for 500 grams of chicken, for 4 servings, this is about 30 cents per serving, great value.

Shortcut: Cajun Seasoning Mix.

Adapted from an internet recipe.