Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
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Can never go wrong with a stir fry, and this one is excellent. I made this on 21 July 2018, absolutely perfect.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
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Can never go wrong with a stir fry, and this one is excellent. I made this on 21 July 2018, absolutely perfect.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
For the Stir Fry
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the Marinade ingredients.
  2. Mix together with your hands, let the chicken marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the onion and peppers. I only had one bell pepper so I sliced up some Shiitake mushrooms.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, light soy sauce, water, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch. Set this aside.
  5. After the chicken has marinated, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Use a spoon and mix together to coat the chicken all over.
  6. Heat a large non stick pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, on medium high heat. Add the chicken.
  7. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, then remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  8. Add the last tablespoon oil and when hot, add the onions and peppers, stir fry for a few minutes and the colors will brighten. Add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for another minute.
  9. Return the chicken to the pan, give the sauce another quick whisk then stir that into the pan. Stir fry to coat the chicken well and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  10. Serve with rice or vegetables of your choice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts cost 66 Baht/kilo, 4 breasts should be about a kilo. For 4 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use one color of bell pepper, or use a yellow bell pepper in place of a red or green pepper. 2. Add broccoli. 3. Add mushrooms, Straw, Oyster, or Shiitake would work well in this.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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My Pasta Salad
My Pasta Salad
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Salad bars in Thailand often have hard boiled quail eggs as a choice. I used to get just a bowl of quail eggs and Bleu cheese dressing as my salad, and my daughter and I gobbled these up. So I figured I would take this a step further and make a pasta salad with quail eggs and other salad fixings along with Bleu cheese dressing. I made this on 14 July 2018, and absolutely delicious. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
My Pasta Salad
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Salad bars in Thailand often have hard boiled quail eggs as a choice. I used to get just a bowl of quail eggs and Bleu cheese dressing as my salad, and my daughter and I gobbled these up. So I figured I would take this a step further and make a pasta salad with quail eggs and other salad fixings along with Bleu cheese dressing. I made this on 14 July 2018, and absolutely delicious. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta of your choice in a pot of boiling salted water. When tender, drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process then drain well again and place in a large mixing bowl. I used a mix of spirals and elbows.
  2. Prepare the quail eggs, either using fresh eggs, which is what I do, or use canned eggs. I use 25 fresh eggs which is comparable to canned, which is 23-25 eggs. For canned, just open and drain. For fresh eggs, hard boil them and peel.
  3. Dice the peppers and onion and place in the mixing bowl with the pasta. These are on top of the pasta.
  4. Mix together the pasta, peppers, and onion.
  5. Slice the olives and add to the pasta, gently mix those in. I do this is steps so as not to break up any of the ingredients.
  6. Add the chickpeas and eggs.
  7. Gently mix those into the pasta, then add the dressing, start with 1 cup and gently mix that in, then add 1/2 cup at a time for the consistency you want, the goal is everything coated well but not dripping in dressing.
  8. Cover and place in the fridge until chilled. Serve with any main dish of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

My own creation.
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Tuna Loaf
Tuna Loaf
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Sounds good to me. Use fresh cooked tuna or canned in brine, either one is fine. This recipes screams of variants that you can use to make it different each time it is prepared. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
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Sounds good to me. Use fresh cooked tuna or canned in brine, either one is fine. This recipes screams of variants that you can use to make it different each time it is prepared. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Note about the tuna. For canned, use 2 1/2 to 3 cans, drained well. For fresh cooked, go with 425 grams (15 oz).
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease with butter or olive oil with an oil sprayer a loaf pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper as desired, as well as Tobasco sauce. Use your hands and mix well.
  4. Pack mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with sides of your choice and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, even more so if using fresh cooked tuna.

Shortcuts: Fresh Tuna, Bread Crumbs.

Variants: 1. Use red bell pepper in place of green. 2. Saute the bell pepper and onion prior to mixing in with the tuna. 3. Add chopped hard boiled eggs. 4. Add sliced green olives. 5. Add chopped fresh parsley or cilantro.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Lentils in Tomato Sauce (Pressure Cooker)
Lentils in Tomato Sauce (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds good, and this will be a first for me as I don't ever recall eating lentils. On my to cook list. This is for a stove top pressure cooker that is 6 quarts or larger. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions at all times.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Lentils in Tomato Sauce (Pressure Cooker)
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Sounds good, and this will be a first for me as I don't ever recall eating lentils. On my to cook list. This is for a stove top pressure cooker that is 6 quarts or larger. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions at all times.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your pressure cooker with a splash of oil and when hot, add the onion, celery, and bell pepper, cook until softened, stirring often.
  2. Add the tomatoes and mix well, then add the salt, pepper, and curry powder and mix together.
  3. Add the water and lentils, mix and scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen any cooked on bits.
  4. Now add the lid and lock into place, add the weight (jiggler), turn heat up to high and when the jiggler starts venting pressure and turning (hence the name jiggler, as it jiggles while doing this), start your timer for 10 minutes and reduce the heat to low or medium to maintain the venting of pressure.
  5. When 10 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and move the cooker to an unused burn and allow the pressure to vent naturally.
  6. When the cooker gives you indication that zero pressure inside the vessel, remove the weight, then open and remove the lid.
  7. This can be served as a side dish or as main, and as I understand it, a common way is served on top of polenta.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I can locate lentils. I have lentils on hand that was sent to me from the states, so I will be trying this recipe. I will say Fair price for now.

Variant: 1. Add 500 grams (1 lb) of sliced smoked sausage, like Kielbasa, cook and brown that when you cook the onion and bell pepper, then follow the rest of the instructions, the cook time on pressure does not change.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pastalaya
Pastalaya
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This sounds really good, the pasta version of Jambalaya but is pasta based and not rice based. Lot of ingredients but this goes together quickly.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Pastalaya
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This sounds really good, the pasta version of Jambalaya but is pasta based and not rice based. Lot of ingredients but this goes together quickly.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot with the oil, when hot, add the sausage and cook until the sausage is good and browned, maybe 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, cook, and stir for about a minute until the garlic is fragrant, then add the bell pepper, onion, and celery and cook, stirring often until softened.
  3. Add the can of tomatoes, creole seasoning, oregano, paprika, thyme, black pepper to taste, and then the water and broth. Add the pasta, and stir everything together. Bring to boiling then reduce to low, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the pasta is tender. Stir often to keep the pasta from sticking. If the mixture seems to be too soup, leave the pot uncovered for the last few minutes of simmering.
  4. When the pasta is cooked and tender and has a consistency you like, remove from heat. Stir in the cream, parsley, and spring onion (reserving just a bit of parsley and spring onion for garnish if desired).
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get smoked sausage again from Makro, for now I will said Fair priced.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Authentic Slow Cooker Louisiana Red Beans & Rice with Sausage
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I have been looking for a good red beans and rice recipe, I made this on 2 Mar 2018 and it is delicious! I am very impressed with this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a non stick pan, when melted and hot, add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery, and jalapeno pepper (if using) and cook and stir for a few minutes, you are not trying to brown them, just heating them all through, remove from heat and pour it all, butter and all, into your slow cooker, there, you just made a mirepoix 🙂
  2. Drain and rinse the beans, add to the slow cooker, then add diced ham, sliced sausage, bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of Creole seasoning.
  3. Here I added the mirepoix after I added beans, ham, and sausage. The order in which you add it does not matter at all.
  4. Add the stock and 4 cups of water, add more water as needed to make sure everything is covered by the liquid, also take into account the beans will expand some during cooking so do not overfill the slow cooker. Stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and cook for 8 to 10 hours for the consistency of beans you prefer.
  6. Remove the bay leaves, stir in the remaining Creole seasoning, serve over cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

I will say Low cost for now based on 8 servings and using homemade sausage (which I will be doing). I did buy some ham to dice up just for this but forgot the price. I will price this when I get accurate numbers.

Shortcut: Creole Seasoning Mix.

Variants: 1. Use a ham hock in place of the diced ham. 2. Sausage can be Andouille, smoked sausage, kielbasa, or any sausage you prefer. 3. For creamier beans, tilt the lid on the slow cooker for the last 1-2 hours. 3. Use Cajun seasoning instead of Creole, they are nearly the same.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Tomato & Onion Salad
Tomato & Onion Salad
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This is a basic salad that is Japanese in origin, and sounds like an excellent side dish. I made this on 19 Dec 2017, very good indeed!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Tomato & Onion Salad
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This is a basic salad that is Japanese in origin, and sounds like an excellent side dish. I made this on 19 Dec 2017, very good indeed!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper prepped.
  2. Mix together and add the oil, soy sauce, and rice vinegar and toss to coat everything.
  3. Sprinkle on the shiso or basil or coriander, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken Seasoning
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the Andouille sausage in half lengthwise and slice half moons 1/4 inch thick. For regular pork or beef sausage, just slice 1/4 inch thick. Set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of olive oil, when hot, add the cubed chicken and season with the Chicken Seasoning spices to taste, just a bit of each spice will do. Lightly brown the chicken, no need to cook through, over cooked chicken = tough chicken. When lightly browned, remove from the pan to a large bowl and set aside. If there is water in the pan, pour that off.
  3. Same pan, add the sausage and brown that up, remove from the pan and add to the bowl with the chicken and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the bell peppers, saute for about 5 minutes then add the garlic and shallots. Saute for about 15 minutes or until the bell peppers are just softened yet still crunchy. If using the the optional mushrooms, add those now and saute to just soften them. Remove from heat and set aside. Now follow either Method 1 or Method 2 for the final preparation.
Method 1
  1. In a large pot, add the stock, cream, chicken and sausage, bell peppers from the pan, and the pasta. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes uncovered, to reduce the liquid amount, stirring often.
  2. Stir in the spring onion and Parmesan, simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Method 2
  1. In a pot heat the stock to boiling and cook the pasta until tender. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the sausage and chicken to the pan with the bell peppers, use low heat and just heat everything through.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the pan and mix together well, then add the cream and just simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost between 30 and 60 Baht, 500 grams/1 kilo, and the sausage, going with Cumberland, 750 grams is about 267 Baht. For 6 servings, this is about $1.60 per serving.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Anthony Ramirez.
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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.
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Mushroom Brown Rice
Mushroom Brown Rice
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Sounds like a great side dish. If I was a betting man, I would think white rice would well in this as well. I believe this will work in a rice cooker as well, I will test this out.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Mushroom Brown Rice
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Sounds like a great side dish. If I was a betting man, I would think white rice would well in this as well. I believe this will work in a rice cooker as well, I will test this out.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, melt the butter then add the mushrooms and onion and stir and cook until the mushrooms are wilted and the onion softened.
  2. Add the bell pepper, black pepper, and salt to taste, and stir and cook for about a minute, then add the rice, stir and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Now add the water, stir then cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the rice cooked.
  4. Mix and serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.