Tuna & Rice
Tuna & Rice
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To me this sounds good, I will have to give this a try. Simple ingredients. 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
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Tuna & Rice
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To me this sounds good, I will have to give this a try. Simple ingredients. 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
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan, when hot, add the onion and cook until softened, stirring often. When the onion is soft and translucent, add the rice and stir to coat with the oil and cook until the rice grains have a glassy look.
  2. Add the stock, stir then cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the peas and corn, cover and cook another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and leave the pot covered to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Open and drain the canned tuna and place in a small bowl and flake with a fork. If using fresh cooked tuna, you will need 1 to 1/2 cups.
  5. Gently stir the parsley into the rice, then the tuna, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Fresh Tuna.

Variant: 1. Use a mix of peas and corn, peas, corn, and carrots, or go all out and a mix of peas, carrots, corn, and green beans.

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.
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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.

Forget the Rice Cooker Rice
Forget the Rice Cooker Rice
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes this often. This has a twist to it, flavored with star anise and cardamom. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Forget the Rice Cooker Rice
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes this often. This has a twist to it, flavored with star anise and cardamom. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the cardamom pods, you can use fresh, dried, or even ground. Fresh would be preferred, If using dry, soak the, for at least an hour before use. For ground cardamom, use 1/8 teaspoon. You can also use 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon in place of cardamom.
  2. Place everything in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Fluff with a fork and serve as a side with any Asian dishes.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
Thailand.

Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)
Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds wonderful, and a rice cooker is used so you can concentrate on preparing the main dish, even better.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Garlic Butter Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds wonderful, and a rice cooker is used so you can concentrate on preparing the main dish, even better.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the first 5 ingredients in your rice cooker and mix evenly. Add the water. Set the cooker to the Cook setting.
  2. When the cooker switches to warm, fluff the rice with a spoon and taste, season with just a pinch of salt if needed. Serve as a side with any main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice, African Style
Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice, African Style
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This sounds absolutely delicious! On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice, African Style
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This sounds absolutely delicious! On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Use a rice cooker to cook the rice, to the cooker add the rinsed rice, 1 teaspoon of salt, bay leaves, curry powder, and the chicken stock powder, add the appropriate amount of water and set to the Cook mode. When the cooker switches to Warm, spread the rice out on a large tray to cool, discard the bay leaves.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle, pound into a paste, the garlic, ginger, parsley, and a little water, as need to form a smooth paste. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the shrimp, season with a pinch of salt, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic paste, and mix to coat all the shrimp. Set aside.
  4. In another mixing bowl, add the chicken, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic paste, and mix into the chicken to coat all the pieces. Set aside.
  5. Heat some oil in a large pot, add the shrimp and cook, turning them after about two minutes and cook for another 2 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, do not overcook them as that makes for tough shrimp. Remove when cooked through.
  6. Same pot, now add the chicken, also just cooking for about 4 minutes, turning them at about 2 minutes, until cooked through, remove the chicken from the pot.
  7. Same pot, heat more oil if needed, add the onion and spring onion and saute until the onion is translucent then stir in the remaining garlic paste and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the carrot, long beans, corn, and peas and stir to mix well.
  8. Stir in the chicken and shrimp, then add the rice and stir until well mixed, let this cook for just a minute or two to heat everything through, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure 35 Baht for the chicken and maybe 100 Baht for the shrimp. For 10 servings, this is about 40 cents per serving.

This recipe for Chicken & Shrimp Fried Rice - African Style is from Precious Core.

Red Wine Risotto
Red Wine Risotto
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Sounds good, I have never eaten risotto so I must try this. This recipe is written as I found it. I have advice from a good friend to reverse the stock and wine, using the wine first and finishing with the stock. When I try this, I will make as listed first then will try the other approach. Sounds like a great side dish for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Red Wine Risotto
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Sounds good, I have never eaten risotto so I must try this. This recipe is written as I found it. I have advice from a good friend to reverse the stock and wine, using the wine first and finishing with the stock. When I try this, I will make as listed first then will try the other approach. Sounds like a great side dish for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Heat the stock in a saucepan and keep it warm at the side of the stove. Melt half the butter in a shallow saucepan, add the onion and season with salt and pepper to your liking, cook for 5-7 minutes until soft, but not browned. Stir in the rice, stirring constantly, until it absorbs the butter, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in about half the wine with a little salt and pepper and simmer, stirring, until the rice starts to dry, 5-7 minutes. Add a couple of ladlefuls of hot stock and continue simmering, stirring gently but constantly. When the rice dries again and needs more liquid, add the remaining wine.
  3. Continue cooking, stirring all the time and adding more stock in batches. At the end of cooking, the rice should be tender, still slightly al dente (chewy) and creamy from the starch that has begun to leach from the grains. This will take 25 to 35 minutes and don't hesitate to use plenty of stock.
  4. Take the risotto off the heat, add the remaining butter in pieces, and stir it into the rice as it melts. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve immediately as a side dish topped with a bit of Parmesan cheese if desired. Served with fish cooked with cherry tomatoes on a bed of this risotto.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by good friend, Darhl Thomason.
United States.

Yellow Rice III (Rice Cooker)
Yellow Rice III (Rice Cooker)
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Another variant to yellow rice, this is also turmeric based not saffron, and is a straightforward base recipe.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Yellow Rice III (Rice Cooker)
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Another variant to yellow rice, this is also turmeric based not saffron, and is a straightforward base recipe.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add rice to your rice cooker, then add the turmeric, salt, and oil, stir until the rice is lightly coated with the oil and is yellow.
  2. Add the water, cover, press Cook and when it switches to Warm, fluff with a fork, serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Replace the water with chicken stock.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Persian Dill Rice (Rice Cooker)
Persian Dill Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds like a great alternative to plain white rice, I will have to make this.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
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Sounds like a great alternative to plain white rice, I will have to make this.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add everything except the water to your rice cooker, mix together to coat the rice with oil and everything is mixed in well.
  2. Stir in the water, cover, and press Cook. When the cooker switches to Warm, open, fluff with a fork and serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add 1/2 teaspoon of chicken stock powder to the first items added to the cooker.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker)
Chicken Rice
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This is another recipe made from a Lobo brand seasoning packet, but is also includes the soup and dipping sauce. Keep in mind, this is a low cost and no frills meal, this is normally sold at street stalls for 30 Baht/serving. This is not gourmet or anything special to look at.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Chicken Rice
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This is another recipe made from a Lobo brand seasoning packet, but is also includes the soup and dipping sauce. Keep in mind, this is a low cost and no frills meal, this is normally sold at street stalls for 30 Baht/serving. This is not gourmet or anything special to look at.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Rice & Chicken
For the Soup
For the Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the chicken breast (skin on) or thighs, 1 breast or about 2 thighs, bone in, skin on is perfect.
  2. Rinse the rice and place into your rice cooker pot. Add the correct amount of water you use, then add the seasoning pouch from the Chicken Rice Set packet, mix well, then place the chicken on top.
  3. Turn on the rice cooker to Cook and let cook through until it switches to warm.
  4. About 15 minutes into cooking for the rice and chicken, prepare the soup. Mix the soup pouch with 1 3/4 cups hot water.
  5. Once the rice cooker switches to Warm, let it stay on warm for 15 minutes, then open the Dipping Sauce pouch and pour into two small serving dishes.
  6. Spoon rice onto two dishes, slice the chicken breasts on a cutting board, then pick up the slices at one time and place on or next to the rice, or if using thighs, just place two thighs on or next to the rice, serve with the soup and dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

The seasoning packet set costs 28 Baht. 300 grams of chicken, we'll use breasts, this is about 30 Baht. For 2 servings, this is about 90 cents per serving, good value and you have everything mixed and ready for you.

From a recipe on a spice packet.

Easy Pilaf (Rice Cooker)
Easy Pilaf (Rice Cooker)
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This comes from a good friend and a great cook. The rice cooker I have is off limits to me as that is my wife's territory, after I told her this recipe, now I can use the rice cooker. I will be making this for sure. This is a base, very easy to change this to your taste and make if different each time.
Easy Pilaf (Rice Cooker)
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This comes from a good friend and a great cook. The rice cooker I have is off limits to me as that is my wife's territory, after I told her this recipe, now I can use the rice cooker. I will be making this for sure. This is a base, very easy to change this to your taste and make if different each time.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. The method my wife uses, and it works well for her, wash and rinse your rice, amount is up to you based on the number of people or servings desired, and add to the rice cooker. Add stock or broth of your choice until the liquid is about 1 inch above the rice.
  2. Then add in the butter, garlic, onion, herbs, salt and pepper, and what ever else you would like in a pilaf.
  3. Start the rice cooker and give it a good stir about halfway through the cooking, then it will switch to warm when it is done. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Edward Coleman.
Philippines.