Beef & Spinach Stew

Beef & Spinach Stew
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This is an Arabic dish and I really don't have the proper name for it, so let's just go with Beef & Spinach Stew for now. This was provided by a good friend and he is asked to prepare this often by friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Beef & Spinach Stew
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This is an Arabic dish and I really don't have the proper name for it, so let's just go with Beef & Spinach Stew for now. This was provided by a good friend and he is asked to prepare this often by friends and family.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat a splash of olive oil then add the onion and garlic, cook until the onion is translucent. Add the beef and brown that until just cooked through, breaking it up and stirring with the spatula.
  2. Add spinach and stir in, season with salt and pepper as desired, add the cumin and allspice. The spinach will wilt down. When wilted and tender, remove from heat.
  3. Serve over rice with a squeeze or splash of lemon or lime juice over the top.
Recipe Notes

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

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Beef, Potato & Tomato Casserole

Beef, Potato & Tomato Casserole
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This is an Arabic dish in origin, can be found in many cultures there including Lebanon and Syria. Sounds like a great dish for sure! On my to cook list. I am going to base this on a 8x8 baking dish for 4 servings. If you are looking to make a larger batch, think 7x11 or 9x13 dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Beef, Potato & Tomato Casserole
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This is an Arabic dish in origin, can be found in many cultures there including Lebanon and Syria. Sounds like a great dish for sure! On my to cook list. I am going to base this on a 8x8 baking dish for 4 servings. If you are looking to make a larger batch, think 7x11 or 9x13 dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Beef Seasonings, optional and up to you
For Additional Layers, optional
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper as desired, as an option, mix in cilantro, garlic, or herbs of your choice. Make 4 patties with the beef and fry them in a hot skillet, flipping once, until nearly cooked through.
  3. Place the patties in a single layer in an 8x8 baking dish. On top of the beef, place the sliced potato, then the sliced onion.
  4. If you want to add options, such as mushrooms or bell peppers, or vegetables of your choice (sliced thin), in layers on top of the onion layer. Lastly, place a layer of tomato, always the top layer, as the juices run run down through the casserole.
  5. Pour in a cup of beef stock, or just water, season with salt and pepper to your liking, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

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

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)

Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Tarka
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large sized saucepan on high heat and add the water, garlic, lentils, onion, tomato, salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, place lid off center and cook for about an hour or until the mixture is thickened and the lentils are tender, stir often so no burnt spots. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the Tarka
  1. In a small pan, heat the 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil, add the sliced onions and cook, stirring until the onions are golden brown, use a bit more oil if needed.
  2. To serve, place some some curry in a serving bowl, top with some of tarka and cliantro.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Chicken Curry II

Chicken Curry II
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This sounds very good, and will give me a chance to test out a new bottle of curry powder I recently bought. This is Indian curry powder (yellow), not Thai curry. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Chicken Curry II
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This sounds very good, and will give me a chance to test out a new bottle of curry powder I recently bought. This is Indian curry powder (yellow), not Thai curry. On my to cook list.
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. After the chicken is sliced into strips, about 1/4 inch thick or so, spread them out and sprinkle with about 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of curry powder, mix together.
  2. Using a large non stick pan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil on medium high heat, when hot but not smoking, add the chicken in a single layer and cook, stirring often to just lightly brown them, no need to cook all the way through, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat on the pan to medium and add the rest of the oil, and the onion and cook until softened and translucent, then stir in the garlic, ginger, and remaining curry powder and cook until fragrant, maybe a minute or so, stir often.
  4. Whisk the cornstarch, sugar, and a pinch of salt into the broth then add the broth to the pan, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan along with the peas and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, takes just a few minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the yogurt and cilantro, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the chicken. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: Replace the chicken with beef or large prawn.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
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Sounds good, I will have to make these.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
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Sounds good, I will have to make these.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add everything except the avocado to a medium size bowl and mix to combine. Add the avocado and mix that in.
  2. Spread on bread of your choice, top with another slice of bread, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs.

Variant: Add a pinch of curry powder.

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Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Clam Chowder
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The recipe calls for canned clams, chopped, with juice, not baby clams. If you have the chopped clams available in your location, very good. What I am going to do is use the small oyster meat available at Tesco here first. This is the oyster meat available at Tesco. These containers will be on ice with the fresh fish. Pour the oysters and liquid (no need to chop them as they will shrink when cooked) in a measuring cup, the amount of liquid is between 3/4 and 1 cup, I poured the liquid out to make is just 3/4 cup, and I used 3 containers for 2 1/4 cups of oysters and liquid.
  2. Heat a large pot on medium heat and add the bacon, cook until crispy, remove the bacon to a plate with paper towels to drain, set aside. Pour out the fat but leave 3 tablespoons in the the pot.
  3. Same pot, add the carrot, onion, and celery and cook on medium heat until the vegetables are starting to brown and soften, stir often. Mix in the flour and stir continuously for 1 minute, then add the broth, clams and their juice, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, thyme, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  4. Prep the potatoes now, diced, skin on or off is up to you. Add the potatoes to the soup and stir in the milk and cream, once boiling, reduce to a light simmer and cover, simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes or so.
  5. Once the potatoes are tender, taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking, serve with bacon and cilantro sprinkled on top of each bowl.
Recipe Notes

I used 3 containers of oyster meat with liquid, 45 Baht per container, so 135 Baht for oysters. For 8 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use oyster meat in place of chopped clams for the chowder base. 2. Add peeled and deveined shrimp, crab, imitation crab, whitefish, or mushrooms.

This recipe for Clam Chowder is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Sesame Soy Beef Meatballs

Sesame Soy Beef Meatballs
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These sound very good indeed. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Sesame Soy Beef Meatballs
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These sound very good indeed. On my to cook list.
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. Preheat your oven to 250 C. Rub a large baking dish with olive oil or use a olive oil mister.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, spring onions, egg, bread crumbs, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, season with salt and black pepper to taste, mix well to combine. Use your hands to mix and shape mixture into 12 balls.
  3. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  4. Use with recipes calling for meatballs.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 100 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Bread Crumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

Shrimp Stuffed Avocado
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Sounds yummy! Avocados are grown here and there is imports, and if you have good friends that have a tree or were lucky enough to get some avocados, you can grow your own. On my to cook list. Seems like a lot of steps but this would come together quickly.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Shrimp Stuffed Avocado
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Sounds yummy! Avocados are grown here and there is imports, and if you have good friends that have a tree or were lucky enough to get some avocados, you can grow your own. On my to cook list. Seems like a lot of steps but this would come together quickly.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Shrimp
For the Mayo Dressing
For the Lime Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the shrimp to a bowl, season with the spices listed for the shrimp, add a splash of olive oil as well, let this marinate while you make the sauces.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the Mayo Dressing, mix together the combining mayo, yogurt, juice of half a lime, orange juice, bell peppers, red onion, a dash of chili pepper, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. For the Lime Sauce, combine cilantro, garlic, juice of one lime, a splash of red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt in a blender. Or mix by hand. Set aside.
  4. Cook the shrimp in a hot pan with a splash of olive oil, once they begin to brown slightly and turn opaque, turn them and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Remove from pan and place on paper towels to drain and cool.
  5. While the shrimp is cooking, halve, pit, and scoop out the whole avocado from the skin using a large spoon. Place lettuce leaves on each plate, top with each piece of avocado.
  6. When the shrimp has cooled, roughly chop and mix into the Mayo Dressing.
  7. Fill avocados with the shrimp filling equally divided between the 4 pieces. Drizzle on the Lime Sauce, serve as an appetizer or side.
Recipe Notes

Shrimp prices can vary a lot, from farm raised to wild caught, choose wisely. Small White Shrimp from Tesco will cost about 80 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving. Keep in mind, many of these ingredients can be locally sourced.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Thai Chicken Meatball Curry with Coconut Rice

Thai Chicken Meatball Curry with Coconut Rice
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Meatballs in curry, getting hungry now. This sounds like a great dish. You need curry paste for this, not curry powder.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Thai Chicken Meatball Curry with Coconut Rice
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Meatballs in curry, getting hungry now. This sounds like a great dish. You need curry paste for this, not curry powder.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
For the Curry
For the Coconut Rice
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine the Meatball Ingredients. With wet hands (this helps to keep the chicken from sticking to your hands) form golf-ball sized meatballs. Place the meatballs on a tray lined with parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Heat a large frying pan and fry the meatballs in a neutral oil, I would use rice bran or coconut oil, until they are browned all over. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the oil, and add the carrots and curry paste to the pan, cooking until the curry is slightly toasted. Add the garlic, fry for 10 seconds then add the coconut milk and chicken stock. Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar and Thai chili and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the meatballs back into the pan and allow to simmer for 10 minutes before adding the snow peas and baby corn. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve the curry over coconut rice or in a lettuce cup. Garnish with sliced chilies, chopped cilantro, Thai basil, chopped peanuts and a lime wedge.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost about 75 Baht, if grinding yourself, go with a mixture of breasts and thighs. For 4 servings, this is about 55 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Coconut Rice.

Variants: If I was a betting man, I would say Beef or Pork Meatballs could be used as well. Now if you use curry powder instead of curry paste, you will change up the overall taste and make it more of an Indian dish.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
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Sounds good, shrimp and peppers together is a good combination. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
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Sounds good, shrimp and peppers together is a good combination. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Main Ingredients
For Serving
Optional Items as Desired
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 230 C, and prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the Main Ingredients until vegetables and shrimp are evenly coated.
  3. Evenly disperse the seasoned shrimp and vegetable mixture on the prepared sheet tray and bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn up the heat to broil, and cook for another 5 minutes or so until the shrimp is pink and firm and the vegetables begin to get a nice char.
  5. Toast the tortillas over an open flame until charred on the edges, and serve everything on the sheet tray. Serve with desired optional toppings.
Recipe Notes

Go with medium white shrimp for 1bout 150 Baht/750 grams. For 8 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Salsa, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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