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.

Pastalaya
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.

Kidney Bean Salad
Kidney Bean Salad
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This sounds really good, on my to make list soon!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Kidney Bean Salad
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This sounds really good, on my to make list soon!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add all the salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, add the dressing ingredients and whisk, taste and adjust as needed.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Place in the fridge for a few hours, serve as a side dish. This can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: 1. Add halved cherry tomatoes. 2. Use black beans in place of red kidney beans.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Olive Salad
Olive Salad
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This is a new one for me, I have never heard of this but it sounds really good. I made this on 6 April 2018, very good combination of flavors.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Olive Salad
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This is a new one for me, I have never heard of this but it sounds really good. I made this on 6 April 2018, very good combination of flavors.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add all the items to a large mixing bowl, toss to coat everything.
  2. I also added some crumbled Feta cheese.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill and allow the flavors to blend.
  4. Will keep for up to a week in the fridge. This is great as a side dish, a topping on burgers, etc.
Recipe Notes

One can of black olives will cost 78 Baht, 1 jar or green olives 74 Baht, and one can of mushrooms will cost 70 Baht. For 8 servings this is about 87 cents per serving.

Variant: 1. Add Feta cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Chicken Hearts with Onions & Mushrooms
Chicken Hearts with Onions & Mushrooms
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Sounds like an excellent dish, I look forward to making this and testing it out.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chicken Hearts with Onions & Mushrooms
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Sounds like an excellent dish, I look forward to making this and testing it out.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, add the 1/2 cup oil and heat over medium heat, when hot, slowly whisk in the flour and cook for about 5-6 minutes or until the roux is light to medium brown then turn off the heat.
  2. In a large non stick pan, add the 1 tablespoon of oil, when hot, add the onion and mushrooms, saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the hearts and 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic salt, stir together and saute for 3 more minutes.
  4. Now stir in the broth, then add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt, black pepper, and oregano. Stir in the roux you made previously. Bring to a high simmer, then reduce heat to a low simmer and cover the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve over steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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.

Greek Salad & Dressing
Greek Salad & Dressing
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Sounds really good, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Greek Salad & Dressing
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Sounds really good, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, juice, and oregano. When combined, slowly whisk in the olive. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. To the large mixing bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and red onion and toss to coat well.
  3. Fold in the Feta cheese, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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.

Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Steak Seasoning
Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning
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This is a copycat recipe for a popular seasoning mix in the US.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning
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This is a copycat recipe for a popular seasoning mix in the US.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix together the first 8 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Place the last 3 ingredients (thyme, oregano, and fennel seeds) in a mortar and use a pestle to lightly crush and release the oils, do not use a food processor. Add this to the bowl and mix with the other ingredients.
  3. Use as a rub on steaks prior to grilling.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by good friend, Drew Padilla.
United States.

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.