Easy Fish Stew

Easy Fish Stew
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Sounds very good. Any kind of boneless and skinless whitefish works in this, think Pangasius, Sea Perch (Barramundi), Snapper, Bass, etc. Clam juice may be a bit of a stretch for me to find where I live, so if no clam juice, use fish stock, or 1/2 cup chicken stock + 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoons fish sauce for each cup of clam juice needed.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Easy Fish Stew
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Sounds very good. Any kind of boneless and skinless whitefish works in this, think Pangasius, Sea Perch (Barramundi), Snapper, Bass, etc. Clam juice may be a bit of a stretch for me to find where I live, so if no clam juice, use fish stock, or 1/2 cup chicken stock + 1/2 cup water + 2 teaspoons fish sauce for each cup of clam juice needed.
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. In a large pot on medium heat, add the oil, when hot, saute the onion until translucent then add the garlic and saute for another minute until fragrant. Stir in the parsley and stir for about 2 minutes then add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook, lower heat and stir often for about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the wine and clam juice then add the fish and mix that in, simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked and easily flakes with a fork. Taste and season to your liking with salt and pepper.
  3. Ladle the stew into bowls and serve with bread.
Recipe Notes

I will use Pangasius fillets when I make this, figure about 100 Baht for 750 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Add a pinch of Old Bay Seasoning. 2. Add any or all of the following (you may need to increase the liquid amount as well) clam meat, mussel meat, small oyster meat, shrimp, or scallops. 3. Add diced potatoes. 4. Add mushrooms.

This recipe for Quick Easy Fish Stew is from Simply Recipes.

Pork Ragu

Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Chop Soup

Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. To a large pot, add the first 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, uncovered. Remove the chops and set aside to cool.
  2. Remove 3/4 cup of broth from the pot then whisk the flour into the broth you removed. Set aside. When the chops have cooled, remove and discard any bones and fat then chop the meat into bite size pieces.
  3. To the pot, add the 5 vegetables at the end of the ingredient list and add the chopped pork as well. Stir and bring to a boil and stir in the flour mixture you set aside earlier. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the bay leaf, and optionally, you can gently mash some of the potatoes to make a thicker soup. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht for pork loin (boneless chops). For 8 servings, this is about 40 cents per serving. When I price bone in chops I will update pricing here.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

One Pot Chicken & Lemon Rice

One Pot Chicken & Lemon Rice
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This sounds really good. You will sear the chicken in a pan on the stove and will bake the rice and chicken together in the oven.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
One Pot Chicken & Lemon Rice
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This sounds really good. You will sear the chicken in a pan on the stove and will bake the rice and chicken together in the oven.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken & Marinade
For the Rice
For Garnish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken and marinade ingredients to a large zip lock bag and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Leaving the chicken to marinate overnight in the fridge would result in flavor.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Remove chicken from the marinade and reserve the remaining marinade.
  3. Heat 1/2 tablespoon in a large oven safe pan, cast iron pan would be perfect. If you do not have a oven safe pan, just use a regular pan you have and I will point out when to transfer the contents of the pan to a large baking dish.
  4. When the pan is hot, add the chicken skin side down and cook until golden brown, flip and cook the other side to golden brown. You are just searing, no need to cook through. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  5. Pour out fat and wipe out with a paper towel then heat the pan again with 1 tablespoon of oil, add the onion and saute until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the rest of the rice ingredients and the marinade you reserved. Stir and let the mixture come to a boil, let it boil for 30 seconds then remove from heat.
Using an Oven Safe Pan
  1. Place the chicken on top of the rice, cover with a lid or foil and place in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes, then remove the cover or foil and bake for 10 more minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed by the rice and the rice is tender.
  2. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving, garnish with parsley and lemon zest.
Using a Baking Dish
  1. If using a glass Pyrex dish, first rule is NEVER add a hot item to a dish at room temperature, there is a chance the dish will shatter.
  2. Second rule is never heat the dish when it is empty.
  3. You need to heat the dish first, do this by adding water to the dish, about 1/2 inch, heat the dish for 10 minutes or so in the oven, remove from the oven, then pour in the rice mixture, then top with the chicken, cover with foil, then place in the oven to bake.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes, then remove the cover or foil and bake for 10 more minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed by the rice and the rice is tender.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving, garnish with parsley and lemon zest.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the chicken. If you buy quarters and cut the thighs from the legs, you will have much larger thighs, reserve the legs for another dish. For 5 servings, this is about 42 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.

Mediterranean Chicken & Green Beans

Mediterranean Chicken & Green Beans
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Sounds very good, I now have feta cheese on my shopping list for the city.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Mediterranean Chicken & Green Beans
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Sounds very good, I now have feta cheese on my shopping list for the city.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Lightly butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper, lemon pepper would be a bonus.
  3. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts, brown on each side then remove from pan and reduce heat to medium low.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, steam the long beans for 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add about 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, when heated, add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute until nice and fragrant then add the tomatoes and cook those until just warmed through, add in the steamed long beans, season with salt and pepper to your taste, add the oregano, mix then remove from heat. Pour the tomato and bean mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Top with the Feta cheese, reserving about 1 tablespoon. Place the chicken breasts on the top, top each piece of chicken with a lemon slice.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Remove from oven, remove the chicken breasts, divide the tomatoes and long beans between 4 plates, slice each breast into about 3-5 pieces and place those using a spatula to pick up all the pieces at one time on top of the vegetables, sprinkle with the reserved Feta, parsley, and dried oregano.
Recipe Notes

Figure about a kilo for chicken breasts at about 70 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: Place a scoop of seasoned rice on the plate prior to adding the vegetables or serve with seasoned rice on the side.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs

Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs
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Sounds great, can use chicken in place of pork, on my to grill list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs
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Sounds great, can use chicken in place of pork, on my to grill list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Choose from 2 or 3 Vegetables
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the pork loin into 1 inch cubes, place in a zip lock bag.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add to the zip lock bag with the pork, squish everything around to coat all the meat.
  3. If your vegetables are prepped, add them to the zip lock as well, they will pick up great flavor.
  4. Soak the skewers in water while the meat (and maybe vegetables) are marinating.
  5. Remove the pork (and maybe vegetables) from the marinade and drain, place on skewers alternating between pork cub and a vegetable, pork cube and another vegetable, until all is skewered.
  6. Place on a medium hot grill over medium heat and grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning frequently until the pork is cooked through.
  7. Serve with sides of your choice, corn on the cob and coleslaw come to mind.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 70 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: Use what ever vegetables you like, it is that easy. In addition to button mushrooms, think Shiitake or even King Oyster mushrooms cut into thick slices.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Chop Santa Fe

Pork Chop Santa Fe
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Sounds delicious, a must cook for me. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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Sounds delicious, a must cook for me. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Brown chops quickly, about 2 minutes per side. Lower heat and add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer 8 minutes, until internal temperature is 71 C / 160 F, followed by a 3 minute rest time.
  2. Serve with sides of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 125 Baht/kilo. I don't think for 4 thick slices would be a kilo, but just using that number, for 4 servings this is about 92 cents per serving. I have only seen pork chops in specialty chops and they are pricey. Going with just a loin that you cut yourself, money saver.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Pizza Mac & Cheese

Pizza Mac & Cheese
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Mac & Cheese, always a classic, and this version sounds really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pizza Mac & Cheese
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Mac & Cheese, always a classic, and this version sounds really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Bring to a boil a large pot of salted water, add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain.
  2. Add butter to the same pot and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Sprinkle with flour and cook until golden brown, about a minute more. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Let thicken then add 1 cup mozzarella, the Gouda, and Parmesan and stir until melted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the macaroni and stir until completely coated, then stir in the chopped pepperoni, 1/2 cup pizza sauce, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer to a baking dish and spoon remaining pizza sauce on top. Top with remaining mozzarella and pepperoni slices. Bake until cheese is melted and golden brown and the pepperoni crispy, about 15 minutes.
  5. Garnish with basil and Parmesan and serve.
Recipe Notes

Only thing that is expensive is the cheese. Figure about 120 Baht for the Mozzarella, 90 Baht for the Gouda, and 90 Baht for the Parmesan. For 6 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Pasta Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mexican Chorizo

Mexican Chorizo
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Mexican Chorizo is the wet type of sausage, that is mainly used in bulk form, commonly mixed with eggs, potatoes, chilies, tacos, etc. This will keep in the fridge for several weeks. This is a base recipe that you can use and tailor the spices to your preference.
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Mexican Chorizo
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Mexican Chorizo is the wet type of sausage, that is mainly used in bulk form, commonly mixed with eggs, potatoes, chilies, tacos, etc. This will keep in the fridge for several weeks. This is a base recipe that you can use and tailor the spices to your preference.
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
750 grams of Chorizo 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: grams of Chorizo
Instructions
  1. You can use either minced pork from the store, or as I like to do, is grind my own, as you can control the fat content of meat. I will use pork shoulder when I make this. If grinding your own, use the medium plate or the coarse (wagon wheel) plate.
  2. Add the coarse ground pork to a large bowl, add all other ingredients and mix well, use your hands to ensure a good mixing. You may need to increase the amount of vinegar.
  3. Pack into a large jar or ceramic bowl, cover and store in the fridge for up to several weeks. Best to sit overnight in the fridge before the first use.
  4. To use, just scoop some out and cook with scrambled eggs, diced potatoes, etc.
Recipe Notes

Pork will cost about 75 Baht for 750 grams. This can be added to various dishes so 750 grams will last for say 6-10 dishes. Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.