Lemon & Thyme Chicken
Lemon & Thyme Chicken
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This sounds good, but when I make this, I will use limes.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Lemon & Thyme Chicken
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This sounds good, but when I make this, I will use limes.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Grease a baking dish, say a 7x11 dish, with butter or olive oil using a oil mister.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, add the garlic and stir for 1 minute until fragrant. Do not burn the garlic, no one likes burnt garlic.
  3. To the pan, add the broth, lemon zest and juice, oregano, and the thyme leaves, stir then pour this into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Season each side of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper as desired, then place into the dish along with the lemon wedges and sprigs of thyme. If not using fresh sprigs, sprinkle some dried thyme over the chicken.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, spooning the liquid over the chicken 2 to 3 times. Cook until the juices run clear from the chicken and it is cooked through.
  6. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes, serve and spoon the juices from the baking dish over the chicken.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get chicken breasts again at Tesco, for now, I will say this is easily Low cost per serving.

This recipe for Lemon and Thyme Chicken Breasts is from For the Love of Cooking.

Spaghetti with Leeks
Spaghetti with Leeks
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Sounds very good, and the beauty of this is, it is a one pot dish, always a bonus when it comes to clean up. I think this would be a very nice side dish or a light meal with a salad on the side.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Spaghetti with Leeks
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Sounds very good, and the beauty of this is, it is a one pot dish, always a bonus when it comes to clean up. I think this would be a very nice side dish or a light meal with a salad on the side.
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. In a large pot, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the garlic, spring onion, leeks, and shallot and cook stirring often until the leeks are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the anchovy fillet(s) and mash that up, then add the red pepper, stock, cream, spaghetti, and salt as desired and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the spaghetti is tender and a sauce forms, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chives and cheese, season with salt as desired.
  4. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese on the side as a topping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cherry Tomato Pasta
Cherry Tomato Pasta
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Sounds like a tasty and quick to put together dish with minimal ingredients. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Cherry Tomato Pasta
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Sounds like a tasty and quick to put together dish with minimal ingredients. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta. The type of pasta is your choice, long like spaghetti, or shorter types.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large non stick pan with 2 tablespoons of the butter, when melted and hot, add the smashed garlic. Saute until garlic is softened, smash the garlic as it cooks as well.
  3. Add the cherry tomatoes into the pan, season with a pinch of salt. Saute to soften the tomatoes.
  4. When the pasta is almost tender, take a cup of pasta water and add to the pan along with the remaining butter. Stir to melt the butter into the water and mixed into the garlic and tomatoes, crushing some of the tomatoes as you stir. This will make a silky butter sauce.
  5. Transfer the pasta to the pan using tongs or a pasta fork, or just a large slotted spoon.
  6. Mix the pasta with the sauce, season with salt and red pepper flakes as desired. Mix in some Parmesan cheese to your liking.
  7. Optionally, you can add a handful or two of bread crumbs to the pasta and mix that in.
  8. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese for garnish if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Bread Crumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
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Feel free to make this with a range of ground meats, such as pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. This sounds really good, and I made this on 17 May 2018, delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
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Feel free to make this with a range of ground meats, such as pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. This sounds really good, and I made this on 17 May 2018, delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground meat, 1/2 the onion, 1/2 the oregano, egg, garlic, carrot, and rice. Then get in there with your clean hands and mix this together. (I used 750 grams of pork (1 1/2 lbs) so I used 2 eggs.)
  2. Shape the mixture into 10 balls and place each in your slow cooker. (I used 750 grams of pork (1 1/2 lbs) so I made 12 good sized meatballs.)
  3. Wipe out the mixing bowl, then add the soup, Worcestershire sauce, remaining oregano, remaining onion, and the can of water or 1 1/4 cups of water if you made the shortcut. Mix well. (Big change here I used 3 cups of condensed soup.)
  4. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Set the slow cooker to High setting and cook for 4 hours then switch to Low setting got 1 more hour. (Big change here I used 3 cups of condensed soup.)
  5. When ready, use a large spoon to scoop out the meatballs, this photo is with 3 meatballs and 2 scoops of gravy removed already.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice.
Recipe Notes

Thinking just ground pork or chicken, this is low cost per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Tomato Soup.

Variant: 1. If you go heavy on the meat, say, 750 grams (1 1/2 lbs) like I did, add another egg, touch more seasoning, and 3 cups of soup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Honey Butter Baked Salmon
Honey Butter Baked Salmon
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This sounds incredibly good and comes from a good friend here in Thailand. Common ingredients easily available. This is written for using a half of a salmon fillet, about 1.2 kilos or about 2 1/2 pounds. You can certainly use the smaller fillets (individual portions from Tesco), just use the Serving box under the Ingredients list to change to the desired servings you would like and the ingredients will be recalculated for you.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Honey Butter Baked Salmon
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This sounds incredibly good and comes from a good friend here in Thailand. Common ingredients easily available. This is written for using a half of a salmon fillet, about 1.2 kilos or about 2 1/2 pounds. You can certainly use the smaller fillets (individual portions from Tesco), just use the Serving box under the Ingredients list to change to the desired servings you would like and the ingredients will be recalculated for you.
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 190 C (375 F), position the rack in the middle of the oven. Line a large baking sheet or baking pan (9x13) with foil large enough to fold over the fillet and seal.
  2. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, then add the honey, garlic, and lemon/lime juice and whisk to combine.
  3. Place the fillet (or the smaller individual portion fillets) on the foil in the baking dish or on the sheet, brush the fillet or fillets with the honey butter mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with a good amount of sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Fold the foil over the fillet and seal completely, raise up the edges so it does not leak.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through. Carefully open the foil, use mitts as the steam is very hot, and fold the foil back to expose the the fillet or fillets. Broil for a few minutes (counter top ovens, switch from bottom coil to the top coil) until the fillet is nicely caramelized on the top.
  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with lemon/lime slices as desired.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get 4 individual serving fillets from Tesco, for now I will say Fair cost per serving.

Provided by friend, Kurt Hammerschmidt.
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Mashed Potatoes (Pressure Cooker)
Mashed Potatoes (Pressure Cooker)
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This will use either the steamer tray or basket that came with your pressure cooker or any steamer basket or trivet that will keep the potatoes above the water. This process cooks the potatoes with pressure and heat, they cannot get waterlogged or soggy like boiled potatoes. Only takes 6 minutes on high pressure and a natural release. Follow the safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker. I made this on 17 May 2018, and this is what mashed potatoes are supposed to taste like! These are outstanding!
Servings Prep Time
2-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 10-15 minutes
Mashed Potatoes (Pressure Cooker)
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This will use either the steamer tray or basket that came with your pressure cooker or any steamer basket or trivet that will keep the potatoes above the water. This process cooks the potatoes with pressure and heat, they cannot get waterlogged or soggy like boiled potatoes. Only takes 6 minutes on high pressure and a natural release. Follow the safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker. I made this on 17 May 2018, and this is what mashed potatoes are supposed to taste like! These are outstanding!
Servings Prep Time
2-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Wash and scrub your potatoes for unpeeled, or wash and peel, totally your preference. Quarter the potatoes.
  2. Add the water to your pressure cooker, insert the steamer tray or basket, add the potatoes and garlic to the tray or basket.
  3. Place the lid on and lock, add the weight (the jiggler), turn on the heat to high. when the jiggler starts to move and vent pressure, indication full pressure, start your timer for 6 minutes and reduce the heat to low or medium low to maintain full pressure.
  4. When 6 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner to cool and release the pressure naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. When the pressure is fully released, open the lid.
  6. Transfer the potatoes to a medium sized pot (you can use a sturdy mixing bowl but I feel that a pot is much easier to work with) and using a potato masher, mash up the potatoes. Add a splash of milk and 2-4 tablespoons of butter and mash that in.
  7. Serve as side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, and an energy and time saver as a bonus.

Inspired by the recipe Mashed Potatoes from Pressure Cooker Diaries.

Pork Loin (Slow Cooker)
Pork Loin (Slow Cooker)
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This is a spin off from the 3-Ingredient Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops, which uses a packet, or homemade, Ranch Dressing. Ranch dressing has dried dill, dried parsley, dried diced onion, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper (those are the basic ingredients), so in this, I stepped it up to fresh dill, fresh garlic, fresh onion, and used pork loin instead of chops.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 min
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 min
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Pork Loin (Slow Cooker)
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This is a spin off from the 3-Ingredient Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops, which uses a packet, or homemade, Ranch Dressing. Ranch dressing has dried dill, dried parsley, dried diced onion, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper (those are the basic ingredients), so in this, I stepped it up to fresh dill, fresh garlic, fresh onion, and used pork loin instead of chops.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 min
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 min
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. I am going to use use fresh onion, garlic, and dill, and no added salt.
  2. Tesco has excellent pork loin, can get 3-4 thick slices from each piece. Here is the 6 pieces I am going to use for this recipe.
  3. Place the diced onion in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place a layer of pork loin, then sprinkle with half the pepper, parsley, garlic, and dill. Place another layer of pork loin and sprinkle the remaining pepper, parsley, garlic, and dill.
  4. Prepare your chicken gravy, I use Lobo brand (Thai product which is very good), let the gravy cool for a few minutes, then pour over the pork loin, do worry if the dill sort of floats away in places, it is all cooked together.
  5. Set the cooker to Low setting for 6 to 8 hours, cover and cook for 6 hours without removing the cover, then check the tenderness. Time is variable with thickness of the slices. for thin, less than 1 inch check at 6 hours, for 1 inch check at 7 hours, for 1 1/2 inch check at 7 and you may need to cook another hour. If not tender, cook for another hour and check again. Once tender, if not serving right away, just switch the cooker to Warm setting.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta, and spoon the gravy over everything, add a vegetable for a side and you have a complete meal. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin in Tesco will cost about 170 Baht/1 1/2 kilos, for 6 servings, this is about 90 cents per serving.

My own creation based on another recipe to use fresh ingredients and pork loin instead of costlier pork chops. Lee Thayer.
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Oyster Casserole
Oyster Casserole
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To me, this sounds good. Good side dishes with this would be fresh corn on the cob and a seasoned rice dish. On my to cook list for sure. I will verify quantities, serving size, and baking dish size after I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Oyster Casserole
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To me, this sounds good. Good side dishes with this would be fresh corn on the cob and a seasoned rice dish. On my to cook list for sure. I will verify quantities, serving size, and baking dish size after I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter. Add the oysters to the dish and spread out to an even layer. This is the container that oyster meat comes in at Tesco, I will verify the amount of containers needed when I make this.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the olive oil, garlic, parsley, and breadcrumbs, mix together.
  3. Spread the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the oysters.
  4. Top with the cheese then the spring onion.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the topping browned.
  6. Serve with fresh corn on the cob and a seasoned rice dish for a perfect meal.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get the small containers of oyster meat from Tesco or even from the local fishermen. I will say Fair cost for now.

Shortcut: Italian Breadcrumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Jalapenos en Escabeche
Jalapenos en Escabeche
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Jalapenos en Escabeche
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. Sterilize two quart jars, you wont be canning these but you need them clean.
  2. Slice off the stem and pointy ends of the peppers, slice peppers into rings and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a sauce pan, add the water, sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and vinegar and bring brine to a boil.
  4. While the brine is heating, toss the carrot, garlic, onion, and olive oil with the jalapenos, then place mixture into 2 quart jars.
  5. Once the brine is boiling, remove the bay leaves and place one into each jar. Pour the hot brine into the quart jars.
  6. Leave jars on the counter, with no lids to cool to room temperature, then add the lids and place in the fridge for at least 1 week, 2 weeks is better to allow the flavors to really blend.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Leave the peppers whole after cutting off the stem and point end, can make two rows in a quart jar.

Adopted from a internet recipe.

Homemade Smoked Bacon
Homemade Smoked Bacon
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This comes from a good friend and this recipe sounds spot on! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Homemade Smoked Bacon
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This comes from a good friend and this recipe sounds spot on! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours, or so 5-8 days
Ingredients
Special Equipment Needed
Servings: Lot of bacon
Instructions
  1. Rinse off the slab of pork belly and pat dry.
  2. Mix together the salt, sugar, and pink salt. Sprinkle generously over all sides of the pork belly, then gently shake off the excess. Place the belly into a non-reactive dish (stainless steel, ceramic, glass, or plastic) or a large zip lock bag.
  3. Blitz the jalapenos with 1-2 tablespoons of their liquid (pickling juice) in a food processor or blender.
  4. Pour the blitzed jalapenos into a small bowl and add the garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns, mix together then pour onto the pork belly, coat all sides with the mixture.
  5. Place in the fridge for 5 to 8 days. Turn the pork belly over every other day. The meat is ready once it is reasonably firm when pressed. Remove the belly and rinse off the cure with cool water. Pat dry, place on an oiled rack and return to the refrigerator to dry uncovered, overnight.
  6. Heat your smoker to 65 to 85 C (150 to 180 F) using apple and oak wood chips or any mix you prefer.
  7. Place the pork belly slab in the smoker. The bacon is ready once it reaches 65 C (150 F) internal temperature - usually in about 3 hours.
  8. Remove the bacon and allow to cool to room temp. Remove skin, slice to your preference, thick or thin, freeze in portions you commonly use.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I can get a slab of pork belly in that weight. I will say Low cost for now.

Shortcut: Jalapeños in Escabeche.

Variants: 1. Use honey and brown sugar and omit the jalapenos. 2. Add cracked black pepper to all sides before smoking.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Susie Whitman and her recipe is here.
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