Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Italian Wedding Soup
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Ingredients
For the Beef Meatballs
For the Chicken
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is make the meatballs. Add all the Beef Meatball ingredients to a mixing and mix with your hands to combine. Shape into 1/2 to 3/4 inch meatballs, Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  2. For the chicken, place in a large pot and cover with water to an inch over the chicken. If you want to make the chicken broth, use skin on chicken breasts, add a sliced carrot, onion, celery, and some peppercorn, these are additional ingredients needed and NOT listed in the ingredients list. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a low boil and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp, this will provide you juicy chicken and a nice broth.
  3. When the chicken is cooled to room temp, remove from the pot and shred, then set the chicken aside. I using just water, discard that, if using the added ingredients, pour the broth through a strainer and set aside, discarding the contents of the strainer.
  4. Now onto the soup preparation. Melt the butter in a large pot, add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes until the veggies are softened.
  5. Add the broth you just made and additional water to make it 12 cups total, or just add 12 cups of broth you made from powder. Bring to a boil and taste, reduce heat to low, taste, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as desired. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Carefully add the meatballs and continue simmering for about 7-8 minutes, then add the pasta and cook for another 5 minutes, then add the spinach, then add the spinach.
  7. Simmer for another 30 minutes to heat the chicken through. If you simmer longer the flavors will blend more. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I make the beef meatballs. I will say fair cost for now.

Variant: 1. Add a handful or two of mushrooms, halved Straw mushrooms comes to mind, or sliced or chopped mushrooms of your choice.

This recipe is for Italian Wedding Soup is provided by Brown Eyed Baker.

Spaghetti Rockefeller
Spaghetti Rockefeller
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This is from a good friend and not only sounds good, but looks good! On my to cook list for sure! This recipe as stated is for a average casserole dish, feel free to double this then use a 9x13 baking dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Spaghetti Rockefeller
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This is from a good friend and not only sounds good, but looks good! On my to cook list for sure! This recipe as stated is for a average casserole dish, feel free to double this then use a 9x13 baking dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing, get a pot of salted water on high heat, when boiling, add the spaghetti and cook until just near tender. Drain and rinse and place in a large mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease an average size casserole dish or a 9x13 dish if you are doubling the recipe.
  3. Same pot, add more water and set on high heat, add the frozen spinach. When the water boils, remove from heat, drain well, place in the same large mixing bowl and toss together.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix to combine. If the mixture is too thick, add a little milk at a time.
  5. Pour into the prepared casserole or baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy, top each serving with some chopped cooked bacon.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I locate Monterey Jack cheese. For now I will say fair value.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Add chopped ham, cooked sausage, cooked and chopped chicken.

Recipe and photo from a good friend, her recipe which is located here. Ramona Cain.
Unites States.

Baked Eggs & Spinach
Baked Eggs & Spinach
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Sounds very good and only 4 ingredients, and one of those you can make from a shortcut. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Baked Eggs & Spinach
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Sounds very good and only 4 ingredients, and one of those you can make from a shortcut. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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. Preheat your oven to 160 C (325 F). Grease with butter four 6 ounce ramekins or four 6 ounce Pyrex dishes. I have both 6 and 10 ounce Pyrex dishes so I will try both sizes to verify what is a better size to use.
  2. Divide the spinach into the ramekins then press an indention in the center with the back of a spoon, about 2 inches in diameter. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
  3. Crack and egg into each depression, top evenly with salsa then cheese.
  4. Bake until whites are completely set and yolks are firming up but not yet hard, about 20 to 25 minutes depending on the temp of your oven.
  5. Serve with toast for breakfast, lunch or light dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Liver Soup
Pork Liver Soup
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pork Liver Soup
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the Marinade ingredients, place the slice liver in a shallow bowl, pour the marinade in and mix together with the liver, let marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. While the liver is marinating, prep the spinach. Squeeze or any water from the spinach. If in leaf form, frozen in balls, chop those. Set aside.
  3. Also while the liver is marinating, heat a small pot of water, when boiling, add the noodles and cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes, drain, and set aside the noodles.
  4. When the liver is marinated, now heat the 4 cups of water in a medium pot, when boiling, add the ginger and remove the liver from the marinade and add to the pot as well. Boil for 30 seconds then remove cover and remove the pot from the heat and let set for 15 minutes.
  5. At the 15 minute mark, place the pot back on a burner and set to high heat, add the noodles and spinach, just before boiling, remove from heat and cover for 2 more minutes to heat the noodles and spinach through.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 40 Baht for the liver. For 2 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.
United States.

African Spinach Stew with Chicken & Shrimp
African Spinach Stew with Chicken & Shrimp
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This sounds really good, chicken and shrimp go together well. The spinach is the frozen type, just thaw, squeeze out the water and chop.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
African Spinach Stew with Chicken & Shrimp
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This sounds really good, chicken and shrimp go together well. The spinach is the frozen type, just thaw, squeeze out the water and chop.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the spinach, if you can get chopped, perfect, it just leaf and frozen in balls, you can still use, thaw them out and grab a Chef's knife and chop them, problem solved. Squeeze out the water, and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the shrimp, season with a pinch of salt and half the white pepper, mix to coat all the shrimp. Set aside.
  3. In another mixing bowl, add the chicken, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining white pepper, mix into the chicken to coat all the pieces. Set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Same pot, heat more oil if needed, add the onion and saute until is translucent then stir in the tomatoes and cook on high heat, covered, for 10 minutes, stir occasionally, after 10 minutes covered, leave pot uncovered and cook for 5 more minutes, also stirring occasionally.
  7. Lower heat to a simmer, add in salt to taste, the chicken stock powder, and spinach and mix well, then add in the shrimp and chicken mix to combine, Allow to heat for just a few minutes to warm the chicken and shrimp through. Remove from heat.
  8. Serve warm with rice, or even pasta.
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 African Spinach Stew with Chicken & Shrimp is from Precious Core.

Breakfast Casserole II
Breakfast Casserole II
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Sounds really good, would be perfect when having house guests stay over. This is basically a make with what you have on hand recipe or if you do not like a particular ingredient, swap it out for something you like. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Breakfast Casserole II
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Sounds really good, would be perfect when having house guests stay over. This is basically a make with what you have on hand recipe or if you do not like a particular ingredient, swap it out for something you like. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Lightly butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Spread out the has browns in an even layer in the baking dish, then spread out the spinach over the potatoes. Next spread out the onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper evenly in the dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk, stir in the garlic, salt and pepper as desired, then mix in the cheese. Pour mixture into the baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  4. Remove the dish from the oven, sprinkle on the diced tomato and jalapeno, place the avocado slices on the top.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

The cheese is the only costly item used here, figure 170 Baht for the cheese. For 8 servings, this is about 63 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Hash Brown Potatoes.

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

Potato Spinach Lasagna
Potato Spinach Lasagna
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Sounds great, main ingredients are spinach and potatoes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Potato Spinach Lasagna
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Sounds great, main ingredients are spinach and potatoes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Grease a large casserole dish with butter.
  2. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise, then slice each half into 1/4 inch slices.
  3. Cook the spinach in a saucepan according to package instructions. Drain and squeeze out excess water. If using leaf spinach, lightly chop the spinach after draining and squeezing it dry.
  4. In a large bowl, combine potato slices and olive oil and toss to coat. Add garlic, oregano, basil, and salt and toss to coat.
  5. In prepared casserole dish, coat bottom with 1/3 of the pasta sauce, 1/3 of the potatoes, 1/3 of the spinach, 1/3 of the Parmesan, and 1/3 of the Mozzarella. Repeat layers 2 more times.
  6. Bake uncovered 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  7. Serve, perfect sides would be a green salad and garlic toast.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I get some frozen spinach, but with the cheese, this is probably a fair cost meal. I will update this after I make it.

Shortcut: Pasta Sauce.

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

Spinach & Cheese Calzones
Spinach & Cheese Calzones
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Sounds delicious! Several shortcuts to use as well to tailor this and make it your own recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Spinach & Cheese Calzones
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Sounds delicious! Several shortcuts to use as well to tailor this and make it your own recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Cut the pizza dough into 8 pieces on a floured surface.
  3. Roll out or use your hands, one piece of dough until flat and somewhat round in shape, does not have to be perfect.
  4. Layer two tablespoons spinach, 1 tablespoon Cottage cheese, and a 1/2 slice mozzarella cheese.
  5. Fold one side of dough up and over ingredients, and seal calzone by crimping the edges together. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat for the remaining calzones.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, Parmesan, garlic, and parsley, brush each calzone with the mixture.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost but I will update when I make these.

Shortcuts: Pizza Dough, Cottage Cheese, Tomato Sauce.

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

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
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No artichoke in your area? Go with more spinach or as a good friend suggested, cooked chopped broccoli or even asparagus tips. There is two ways to prepare this. This sounds like a great recipe for sure and is on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
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No artichoke in your area? Go with more spinach or as a good friend suggested, cooked chopped broccoli or even asparagus tips. There is two ways to prepare this. This sounds like a great recipe for sure and is on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken
For the Filling
For the Cream Sauce (Optional)
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Chicken
  1. Place each chicken breast on a flat surface. Season both sides of each breast with the Italian seasoning and paprika. With your hand supporting each piece, cut a slit or pocket about 3/4 quarter of the way through, being careful not to cut all the way.
For the Filling
  1. Squeeze any and all water out of the spinach. Discard the water released. In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, cream cheese, artichokes, Mozzarella, Parmesan, and garlic then mix well, using your hands if needed. Season to taste with salt.
  2. NOTE: In not using the artichoke, you can replace this with an additional 120 grams of spinach, or cooked and chopped broccoli, or even cooked and chopped asparagus.
  3. Fill chicken pockets with 1-2 tablespoons of the filling, spreading evenly with the back of the spoon or use your fingers to press it down. Reserve the leftover dip for the optional cream sauce, you should have exactly half left over.
  4. NOTE: If not making the optional cream sauce, you can use the left over filling as a dip, or just cut the filling ingredients in half so there is no filling left over.
  5. Seal with two or three toothpicks near the opening to keep the filling inside while cooking.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown, carefully turn the chicken over and cook the other side until golden, covering pan with a lid, until cooked through, about 6 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a warm plate to make the optional cream sauce. Or serve right away with pasta or rice if not making the optional sauce.
For the Cream Sauce (Optional)
  1. Pour the milk into the same pan and bring to a simmer. Add in the remaining filling, you should have about half remaining, and stir until sauce is combined and thickened. Add the chicken back into the pan and serve over pasta or rice.
Recipe Notes

The 4 chicken breasts would be about 1 kilo or about 75 Baht. The cheese are minimal as well as the spinach. I cannot price the artichoke as I never really looked for that before. For 4 servings, this is about 55 cents per serving. When I can price what artichoke costs I will revise the cost per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Ken Ritter.
Japan.