Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin and sounds just down right tasty, and quick to prepare. On my to cook list for sure! The only item uncommon in the ingredients, unless you do a lot of Asian cooking, would be the Shaoxing Rice Wine, available in the US in Asian markets and if all else fails, on Amazon.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin and sounds just down right tasty, and quick to prepare. On my to cook list for sure! The only item uncommon in the ingredients, unless you do a lot of Asian cooking, would be the Shaoxing Rice Wine, available in the US in Asian markets and if all else fails, on Amazon.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, stir fry the beef until it starts to change color, about 2 minutes, then add the rice wine and stir fry for another minute. Remove the beef from the pan and set the beef aside.
  2. Same pan, add the other 1 tablespoon of oil, when hot, add the sliced garlic and chilies, stir fry until fragrant, about 1/2 a minute.
  3. Add the celery and season with the salt, as desired and saute for 5 minutes or until the celery is soft, then return the beef back to the pan and toss in the soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir fry for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Tasty Ground Beef & Celery from Spice the Plate.

Taco Soup
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook the ground beef, when browned and just cooked through, drain most of the fat off, not all, that is flavor.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, simmer for at least 30 minutes, but for a great soup, simmer about an hour with the lid at a slight angle.
  3. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost if making the shortcuts. Spend some time and make the shortcuts, the result is a dish you made, not simply heated from canned items.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn, Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Chili Beans, Tomato Sauce.

Variants: These can be anything, think about how you make a taco, make it your own. 1. Use fried corn in place of canned corn. 2. Use Chili Beans in place of kidney beans. 3. Use roasted, seeded, and diced chilies in place of Rotel.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
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Beef & Bean Casserole
Beef & Bean Casserole
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This sounds like a really good casserole, quick and easy to make. And as a bonus, a cornbread topping. On my to cook list. The time for prep or cook does not include the time to cook the pinto beans. This is a 3 step process, 1. cook beans, 2. prepare other items on stove top in a pot, 3. bake in the oven. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Beef & Bean Casserole
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This sounds like a really good casserole, quick and easy to make. And as a bonus, a cornbread topping. On my to cook list. The time for prep or cook does not include the time to cook the pinto beans. This is a 3 step process, 1. cook beans, 2. prepare other items on stove top in a pot, 3. bake in the oven. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First order of business, need to get those pinto beans cooked, use what ever method you prefer, stove top, slow cooker, or my preferred way is the pressure cooker. Drain and set the beans aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F).
  3. In a large pot, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic, break up the beef as you cook, when browned and cooked through, drain the fat then add the cooked beans, jalapeno, tomato and tomato sauce, and mix together.
  4. Pour mixture into a heat proof baking dish and spread out evenly. I will guess a 7x11 or 9x13, and I will clarify this when I make it.
  5. Mix together the Jiffy mix, egg, and milk, pour over the meat and bean mixture.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cornbread is lightly browned.
  7. Serve. I would serve this with mashed potatoes or a nice green salad.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Pressure Cooked Pinto Beans, Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Roti John (Singapore Omelette Sandwich)
Roti John (Singapore Omelette Sandwich)
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This is street food popular in Singapore and Malaysia, and it sounds very good. For this you can use baguettes or hot dog buns. When I make this, I may make the hot dog buns as well, I like a good challenge.
Servings Prep Time
10 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 minutes, each
Servings Prep Time
10 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 minutes, each
Roti John (Singapore Omelette Sandwich)
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This is street food popular in Singapore and Malaysia, and it sounds very good. For this you can use baguettes or hot dog buns. When I make this, I may make the hot dog buns as well, I like a good challenge.
Servings Prep Time
10 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 minutes, each
Servings Prep Time
10 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 minutes, each
Ingredients
For Toppings & Sauce
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef and mix in the eggs, then mix in the shallots, chili, salt, and pepper.
  2. Butterfly or split open the baguettes or hot dog buns, keeping them intact on on side.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large non stick pan, when the pan is hot, spread some egg mixture on the cut sides of the baguettes and place cut side down in the pan, cook for about 2-3 minutes to set the egg and brown the beef (it is a this layer so it cooks quickly), then flip over and cook the other side for about 1 minute.
  4. Serve with toppings and sauces as desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Use 2-3 cans sardines in olive oil, mashed in place of ground beef.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hamburger Noodle Supper
Hamburger Noodle Supper
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This sounds good for a quick dinner, and can be tailored endless ways, consider this just a base recipe. 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
Hamburger Noodle Supper
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This sounds good for a quick dinner, and can be tailored endless ways, consider this just a base recipe. 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. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the ground beef, breaking it up with the spatula, and cook until no longer pink then drain.
  2. While the beef is cooking, heat a sauce pan with the beef stock and when boiling, add the ramen without the seasoning pack, and cook until tender, drain and set aside.
  3. To the beef, place on low heat add the vegetables and mix in the two seasoning packs as well.
  4. When the ramen is done, drain, then add to the beef mixture. Mix and heat until everything is heated through.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use ground pork and pork flavored ramen. 2. Use egg noodles in place of ramen. 3. Use fresh cooked corn and diced carrots. 4. Add onion and garlic powder when cooking the beef or fresh diced and minced. 5. Add fresh blanched broccoli.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

One Pot Spaghetti
One Pot Spaghetti
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This sounds really good, and easy, and less clean up after. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are 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
One Pot Spaghetti
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This sounds really good, and easy, and less clean up after. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are 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. In a large pot on medium heat, add a splash of olive oil and when hot, add the beef, onion, and garlic. Cook and break up the beef until the beef is cooked through. Drain the fat.
  2. Now add the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and sugar. Bring the pot to a boil and add the spaghetti. then reduce to a simmer. Stir often and simmer until the spaghetti is tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and parsley, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 94 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

S#!t in a Bowl
S#!t in a Bowl
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Catchy name! This recipe comes from a friend and sounds like a great and filling casserole. This has lots of possibilities and I will be experimenting with this one for sure. On my to cook list.
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
S#!t in a Bowl
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Catchy name! This recipe comes from a friend and sounds like a great and filling casserole. This has lots of possibilities and I will be experimenting with this one for sure. On my to cook list.
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. Cook the ground beef in a non stick pan until cooked through season with salt and pepper to your liking, drain the fat.
  2. While the beef is cooking, make the gravy in a small sauce pan. When the gravy is prepared and the beef is drained, add gravy to the beef and mix together, cover and set aside.
  3. If using canned corn, open and drain then set aside. If using fresh corn, cook that then cut off the cob. If using frozen corn, thaw that.
  4. Now make the mashed potatoes and the mac and cheese either according to the packages or certainly make from scratch.
  5. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), spray a casserole dish with olive oil or grease lightly with butter.
  6. Add the mashed potatoes to the casserole dish and spread evenly, top with the mac and cheese, then the corn, then the beef and gravy, and top that with the shredded cheese.
  7. Bake until the cheese is melted and starting to brown, I am guessing maybe 20 to 30 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I make it, there is beef and cheeses to consider with this, I will say fair priced for now.

From good friend, Kerra Sharp, and her recipe is here.
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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
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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.

Stephen Special
Stephen Special
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This sounds really good, and is a modified recipe based on making the mac & cheese from scratch instead of boxed. This seems like a long winded recipe, just read through it, it is not that bad, the homemade part takes a bit more but the results will be much better. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Stephen Special
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This sounds really good, and is a modified recipe based on making the mac & cheese from scratch instead of boxed. This seems like a long winded recipe, just read through it, it is not that bad, the homemade part takes a bit more but the results will be much better. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Pasta
For the Remaining Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling then cook the pasta until just tender, drain and set aside.
  2. While the water is heating for the pasta and for the pasta to cook, go ahead and heat a large non stick pan then add the bell peppers, onion, and ground beef, when the beef is good and browned, drain, then mix in the taco seasoning and add the drained tuna and mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are wilted and softened. Remove from heat and mix into the drained pasta, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, warm the milk until it is simmering then set it aside.
  4. In a large heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it turns light brown in color and has a slightly toasted aroma, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the dry mustard.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat then slowly whisk the warm milk into the flour mixture. Continue whisking constantly to avoid any lumps. (The mixture will become very thick and then thin out gradually until it is smooth.)
  6. Return the pot to the stove over medium-high heat and cook the mixture while whisking constantly until it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste and reduce the heat to medium. Whisk in the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses until they are melted and the cheese sauce is smooth.
  7. Add the pasta mixture to the cheese sauce and stir to mix together and heat to warm everything through, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this after I make it, but for now will say low cost.

Shortcuts: Fresh Tuna, Taco Seasoning Mix.

Provided by Stephen Story and the original recipe is here.

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.