Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
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This is German in origin, and is probably the reason fried cabbage is prevalent in the US, migrants bring their common dishes with them, then prepare them using ingredients from the local region. This is a simple dish with only four ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
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This is German in origin, and is probably the reason fried cabbage is prevalent in the US, migrants bring their common dishes with them, then prepare them using ingredients from the local region. This is a simple dish with only four ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender, drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large non stick pan on low heat then add the cabbage and season with salt and pepper to taste, cover and cook the cabbage, turning often, until it starts to just turn brown.
  3. Add the pasta to the pan and toss with the cabbage to mix. Cook until the pasta starts to turn brown, maybe 5 minutes, turning and mixing often.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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.

Chicken Hearts & Gravy
Chicken Hearts & Gravy
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I like chicken hearts, and this is a simple and easy meal to put together. I made this on 12 Dec 2017 as a way to use up some chicken hearts I had in the freezer, and this gives me an idea for a base recipe for leftovers as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken Hearts & Gravy
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I like chicken hearts, and this is a simple and easy meal to put together. I made this on 12 Dec 2017 as a way to use up some chicken hearts I had in the freezer, and this gives me an idea for a base recipe for leftovers as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat the oil and add the chicken hearts and saute for a few minutes, they release a lot of fat was well (additional flavor), add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion is translucent and hearts cooked through. Drain the hearts.
  2. While the hearts are cooking. In a small sauce pan prepare the chicken gravy according to the packet instructions, this is normally 2 packets to make 2 cups. Once the gravy is made, add the drained hearts and stir in, season with the sage, celery seed, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In another small sauce pan, cook the pasta in boiling water until tender, then drain.
  4. Place some noodles on a plate and ladle on the gravy, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the chicken hearts. For 2 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Gravy Mix.

I just winged this and it turned out great, Lee Thayer.
Thailand.

Creamy Skillet Chicken
Creamy Skillet Chicken
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe comes together fast so you will want all your ingredients ready.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Creamy Skillet Chicken
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. This recipe comes together fast so you will want all your ingredients ready.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the egg noodles in a pot of salted water until tender, drain, keep warm. Toss occasionally to prevent them from sticking.
  2. Add the flour to a shallow dish, season with salt and pepper as desired. Coat each piece of chicken with the flour on both sides, shake off the excess and set aside.
  3. In a large heavy bottomed non stick pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil, when hot, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Just let them cook, no need to fiddle with them. Turn them over and cook the other side until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan and add the mushrooms and cook stirring once in a while until they just start to brown and release their liquid, about 5 minutes then add the garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Now add the Cream cheese and stir until melted, then stir in the cream and milk and season with salt and pepper as desired. Add the chicken back to the pan, cover and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over and simmer for another 7 to 10 minutes or until juices run clear. Place the warm egg noodles, heat them again if needed, on a serving tray or in a baking dish. Place the chicken on top of the noodles.
  6. Add the spinach to the same pan, cover until wilted, about 5-6 minutes, stir and mix into the sauce and season with salt and pepper as desired. Pour the sauce over the chicken and noodles, serve with a vegetable on the side.
Recipe Notes

Figure 70 Baht for 4 chicken breasts, and about 75 Baht for the Cream cheese. For 4 servings, this is about $1.07 per serving.

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

Tuna Casserole III
Tuna Casserole III
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I really like tuna casserole, and this version sounds really good. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
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I really like tuna casserole, and this version sounds really good. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. In a large (I may use a medium size pot for this) non stick pan melt the 1/4 cup of butter then add the onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic for about 3 minutes, then sprinkle in the flour and mix and cook for another minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Slowly stir in the milk, then return to heat and stir until thickened and the mixture comes to a boil, season with salt and pepper to your liking, stir, then stir in the mushrooms, Cheddar cheese, and tuna, when mixed, add in the egg noodles and mix to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and smooth out, sprinkle on the breadcrumbs then Parmesan cheese, drizzle with the melted butter.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, remove and let rest 5 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

The Cheddar cheese is the most expensive part here, for 2 cups, think about 180 Baht. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Tuna, Breadcrumbs.

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

Chicken Noodle Casserole
Chicken Noodle Casserole
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Sounds delicious. Easy ingredients, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Chicken Noodle Casserole
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Sounds delicious. Easy ingredients, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Crunchy Topping, optional
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C. Grease an 8 inch or 7x11 baking dish with butter.
  2. To the casserole dish, add the egg noodles, chicken, peas and carrots, soup, sour cream, and milk. Mix together.
  3. If you like your casserole with a crunchy topping, mix together the breadcrumbs, melted butter, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Bake the casserole for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is bubbling and the breadcrumbs (if using) are toasted. Serve.
Recipe Notes

For the chicken, use any parts you like, bake or boiled is fine. If you boil, reserve the broth for use in another recipe. Maybe 40 to 50 Baht worth of chicken in this recipe. For 4 servings, this is about 37 cents per serving.

Variant: Double the recipe and use a 9x13 baking dish.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, Sour Cream, Italian Bread Crumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Khow Suey (ခေါက်ဆွဲ)
Khow Suey (ခေါက်ဆွဲ)
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This is a Burmese dish consisting of curried chicken with coconut milk served over Chinese egg noodles as a soup. I made this on 17 Aug 2017, delicious to say the least.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Khow Suey (ခေါက်ဆွဲ)
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This is a Burmese dish consisting of curried chicken with coconut milk served over Chinese egg noodles as a soup. I made this on 17 Aug 2017, delicious to say the least.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the oil to a large deep skillet, heat then add the onion and cook until translucent, then add the garlic and ginger. Cook for a few more minutes, then mix in the cinnamon and add the bay leaves.
  2. Add the chicken to the pan and cook 8-10 minutes or until it changes color, then add the turmeric, coriander, soy sauce, cumin, chili powder, chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the corn starch to half a cup of water, and stir that into the pan and reduce heat to a simmer and cook until thickened. Then add the coconut milk. and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. While the pan is simmering, boil some water in a pot and cook the egg noodles until tender, and drain.
  5. To serve, add some egg noodles to a bowl, spoon some curry over the top and top with condiments of your choice, such as a hard boiled egg, Bird's Eye chilies, chopped onion, etc.
Recipe Notes

The chicken would cost about 50 Baht/600 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 37 cents per servings.

Variant: In place of the chicken, you can use prawns, fish, pork, or beef.

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

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff
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This very good, certainly not restaurant quality but it is good. I can source local raised beef here in the village, and there is a shortcut to make for the soup. This is a straightforward recipe that has been modified with my findings. I made this on 20 May 2017. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff
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This very good, certainly not restaurant quality but it is good. I can source local raised beef here in the village, and there is a shortcut to make for the soup. This is a straightforward recipe that has been modified with my findings. I made this on 20 May 2017. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In your slow cooker, stir in all the ingredients together except the beef, water, and cream cheese.
  2. Once combined add the meat and stir that in. Mixture should be thick and covering the beef, add 1/4 cup of water to thin the mixture slightly if needed. Photo shows 500 grams so far of beef roughly cubed.
  3. Cook on Low setting for 8 hours, no need to lift the lid, just let it cook and the slow cooker will tenderize that beef.
  4. About an hour before the beef is ready, cut up the cream cheese into small cubes and let it soften.
  5. When the beef is cooked, and tender, if not tender at 8 hours, continue cooking for another hour or so. About 10 minutes before serving, set the slow cooker on high setting and stir in the cream cheese and stir to mix that into the beef mixture until combined, cover for a few minutes.
  6. Boil the noodles in a pot of water until tender, drain. Now at this point you can mix into the meat mixture or serve with noodles topped with the meat mixture.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 200 Baht/kilo for the beef. Think local raised, anything you buy in a store will cost much more. For 6 servings this is about 98 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Tuna Casserole II
Tuna Casserole II
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Another variant to classic Tuna Casserole, sounds really good. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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Another variant to classic Tuna Casserole, sounds really good. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Add tuna, soup, salt, and milk in a medium bowl and stir until combined. Fold in chopped eggs and egg noodles. Lightly grease a casserole dish with butter and pour the mixture into the dish.
  3. Toss the cubed bread with melted butter and garlic salt, add to the top of the casserole dish. Bake at 180 C for 30-40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Tuna is about 120 Baht, for 6 servings, this is about 59 cents per serving.

Variants: Add cooked frozen or canned peas. Add cooked sliced mushrooms.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Tuna.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Creamy Beef Stroganoff
Creamy Beef Stroganoff
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This sounds really good, an easy skillet dinner that is on my to cook list. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Creamy Beef Stroganoff
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This sounds really good, an easy skillet dinner that is on my to cook list. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of water and when boiling, cook the noodles until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet and brown the ground beef and season with salt and pepper to your liking, just before beef is done, add in the onion and bell pepper and cook until tender. Stir in the soup and milk and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the sour cream then add the noodles or pasta, mix well and serve.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200-250 Baht/kilo. Figuring 200 Baht, for 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving, less for 6 servings. Using minced pork at about 80/kilo, this is about 60 cents per serving, less for 6 servings. Good value overall.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.