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.

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.

Old Fashioned Goulash II
Old Fashioned Goulash II
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Sounds great, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Old Fashioned Goulash II
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Sounds great, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in good sized pot with the onion and garlic, drain fat.
  2. Add the peas, carrots, corn, seasoning salt, pepper, cumin, and give it a quick mix. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and chopped tomatoes with their juice, another quick mix.
  3. Add the broth, bay leaves, and macaroni. Give it a quick mix and set heat to just simmer. Cover pot and simmer until the pasta is cooked and tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Top with the cheese, cover, and remove from heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Give it a stir and serve.
Recipe Notes

Beef will cost about 125 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 92 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Seasoning Salt.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup
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Sounds really good, I like a good soup. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute for about 8 minutes or so, until onion is translucent.
  3. Now add the rice, garlic, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, and salt to the pan, saute for 3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Pour the contents of the pan into your slow cooker, then add the chicken and broth, stir to mix everything together.
  5. Cover and set to Low setting and let cook for 6 to 8 hours, stirring every 2 hours.
  6. The soup is done when the chicken is cooked through, rice is fluffy and tender, and thickened a bit.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 23 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sausage Gravy Breakfast Pizza
Sausage Gravy Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds extremely good! This was shared by a friend in the US. You are going to do a little work work here but I think the results will be well liked. This is on my to cook list and soon! I will list all of the ingredients and steps here and list the individual links to the shortcuts in the Recipe Notes section. Read the shortcut for the sausage to make the optimum sausage.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch breakfast pizza 45 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch breakfast pizza 45 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Sausage Gravy Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds extremely good! This was shared by a friend in the US. You are going to do a little work work here but I think the results will be well liked. This is on my to cook list and soon! I will list all of the ingredients and steps here and list the individual links to the shortcuts in the Recipe Notes section. Read the shortcut for the sausage to make the optimum sausage.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch breakfast pizza 45 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch breakfast pizza 45 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Breakfast Sausage
For the Gravy
For the Pizza Dough
To Assemble
Servings: 12 inch breakfast pizza
Instructions
For the Breakfast Sausage
  1. First thing we need to do is make the sausage. Very easy, just mix together all the Breakfast Sausage ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the rest, best to make this and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to blend.
  2. Fry the sausage in a non stick pan, breaking it apart with your spatula until browned and cooked through. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon, leaving the fat in the pan. Drain sausage and set aside.
For the Pizza Dough
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C.
  2. Next, we need to make the pizza dough. This is my thin crust pizza dough, the pre-baking has never failed me a crust fully cooked through.
  3. Add the flour into a mixing bowl. Add the salt and dried Italian seasoning/herbs of your choice (if using) and yeast, whisk to combine.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the water. Use your fingers or a wooden spoon to combine everything together. When it comes together into a cohesive ball, turn it out onto the counter along with any extra flour in the bowl that hasn’t yet gotten worked in.
  5. Knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth/elastic to the touch, about five minutes. The dough should still feel moist and just slightly tacky. If it’s sticking to your hands and counter top like bubble gum, work in more flour one tablespoon at a time until it’s smooth and silky.
  6. I use a 13 inch non stick pizza pan, sprinkle some corn meal around on the pan, the place the ball of dough in the center. Use the heels of your hands and working from the middle gently press the dough outward until it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick or less, while rotating the pan. You can also use a mini rolling pin for this part.
  7. Bake the crust for 4 minutes, then rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for 3 more minutes. Remove pan and set aside.
Let's Make This
  1. Sausage is made, crust is made, let's make the eggs then the gravy and get this pizza baked.
  2. For the gravy, using the Gravy ingredients, Add butter to hot pan and melt together with sausage fat. Whisk together the evaporated (canned) milk and water with the flour. Add to hot fat in skillet. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until gravy starts to thicken. Add sausage back into gravy; heat until sausage is hot and gravy is thick. You want a thick gravy for this dish, after all, you are making a pizza. Set pan aside.
  3. Now prepare the eggs, crack all the eggs into another non stick pan, season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook and fold to scramble until just set, remove from heat.
  4. Take your pre-baked pizza crust and spread out the gravy evenly. Top with the scrambled eggs, then sprinkle on the shredded cheese, top that with the spring onion.
  5. Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the top is nicely melted and just starting to brown up.
  6. Slice, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the pork, another 100 Baht for the cheese. Figuring 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving. I will verify this when I make it.

Shortcuts: Breakfast Sausage, Sausage Gravy, Pizza Dough, Italian Seasoning.

Recipe and photo, provided by good friend, Nikki Reid.
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Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
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These sound really good, now I will have to look for large Portobello mushrooms to try this out. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
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These sound really good, now I will have to look for large Portobello mushrooms to try this out. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to broil, if using a counter top oven, heat the top coil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the mushroom caps on the paper with the top of the caps upwards.
  2. Mix together in a bowl, the oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Brush the mushroom caps with the oil mixture, then turn the caps over so the underside is facing upwards.
  3. Spoon on the pasta sauce, divided among the 4 mushrooms, onto the mushrooms, sprinkle on the cheese also divided between the mushrooms, then top the cheese with some cooked sausage, then some pepperoni slices.
  4. Broil for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is starting to brown.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost really but I cannot say for sure until I source the mushrooms. I will say Low cost for now but that may change once I make these.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Pasta Sauce, Sausage.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Italian Chicken Skillet
Italian Chicken Skillet
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Italian Chicken Skillet
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat, when hot, add the chicken and garlic and cook and stir often until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the wine and diced tomatoes with their juice into the pan and bring to a boil over high heat while scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula.
  3. Stir in the pasta and return to a boil and cook without covering stirring often until the pasta is cooked through but firm, about 10 to 15 minutes, add chicken stock if the pan is getting too dry or you want more sauce. spread the spinach over the top, cover and reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, either to wilt and cook fresh spinach or heat through frozen thawed spinach.
  4. Sprinkle on the cheese and simmer until the cheese is melted and the pasta is bubbly.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

For the chicken, figure about 70 Baht. For the cheese, figure about 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.17 per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Variants: 1. Precook the pasta about 3/4 done in a separate pot of salted water before adding to the skillet. 2. Add sliced mushrooms. 3. Add diced red bell pepper.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Homemade Ravioli
Homemade Ravioli
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I love ravioli, when we lived in Phuket, we bought fresh made ravioli from an Italian producer, excellent ravioli. Where I live now, no ravioli, so I decided to make some yesterday, 26 Aug 2017. No servings are given, the only items with measurements is the egg pasta dough. Feel free to use any filling you like, and any sauce you like, this here is what I prepared.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Homemade Ravioli
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I love ravioli, when we lived in Phuket, we bought fresh made ravioli from an Italian producer, excellent ravioli. Where I live now, no ravioli, so I decided to make some yesterday, 26 Aug 2017. No servings are given, the only items with measurements is the egg pasta dough. Feel free to use any filling you like, and any sauce you like, this here is what I prepared.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Egg Pasta Dough
For the Filling (this is what I used)
For the Sauce (this is what I used)
Servings:
Instructions
For the Egg Pasta Dough
  1. In a large bowl, add the flour and mix in the salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and crack in the eggs. Use your fingers to slowly mix the eggs and flour together until it forms a ball, it will come together. Knead the dough for just a few minutes, adding flour if it starts to get sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge while you prep the filling.
For the Filling
  1. Heat a skillet and crumble in the sausage and cook through, pour the meat into a strainer to thoroughly drain any fat.
  2. While the sausage is cooking, prep the mushrooms, can be any mushrooms you like, just rinse, and chop. I used two handfuls of small Shiitake mushrooms, stems and caps, chopped.
  3. After you remove the sausage from the pan, use the same pan, heat a splash of olive oil then add the mushrooms. cook until browned.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the strainer with the sausage to let that drain a bit, then add a handful or so shredded Mozzarella.
  5. Once the sausage and mushrooms are drained, pour that into a mixing bowl and stir together and let cool.
To Assemble
  1. Take your dough from fridge and cut into quarters. Using 1 piece of dough, flour a a work surface and roll out the dough with a rolling pin, get it as thin as you can.
  2. I used a dumpling press (3 inch size), you can use any method you prefer. When the dough is rolled out, cut circles just a bit larger than the press.
  3. Take a circle and flip it over and place on the press, push down in the center to fit the press, then press along the edges to make sure dough it tight on the press.
  4. Take about a teaspoon of filling and place in the center of the press. Use a brush and brush one side of the edge of the press with water.
  5. Fold the press in half and squeeze to crimp the edge, any of the dough that comes out from the press, just scrape off with a knife. Open the press and remove the ravioli and place on a lightly floured plate.
  6. Take the leftover dough, form into a ball, roll out and repeat the steps. I used 2 pieces of dough from the original ball and made 15 ravioli.
  7. For the sauce, just whisk together the paste and water. The ratio for sauce is 2 cans of water to 1 can of paste, I use the 220 gram can. Whisk in the Italian seasoning and put on stove on low heat to simmer while you cook the ravioli. I also added several large spoonfuls of filling to the sauce.
  8. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling. Add some ravioli using a slotted spoon without over crowding the pot, I cooked 15 ravioli in two batches. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  9. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork if using the shortcut is about 50 Baht/kilo. This is actually a low cost meal.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Italian Seasoning.

Dough recipe adapted from an internet recipe. The filling I just made since that combination sounded good, and I have been making pasta sauce using paste for years.

Slow Cooker Beef on Rice
Slow Cooker Beef on Rice
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This sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Minimal ingredients as well makes for an easy to put together meal. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Slow Cooker Beef on Rice
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This sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Minimal ingredients as well makes for an easy to put together meal. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
For the Beef
To Make the Gravy
To Serve
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the beef, broth, onion to your slow cooker, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Cover and cook on Low setting for 8 hours.
  2. About 15 minutes before serving, transfer the contents of the slow cooker into a large pot on your stove and bring it to a boil. Whisk together the corn starch and water, add to the pot and stir in until thickened.
  3. Serve over rice and garnish fresh chopped parsley if desired.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Seasoning.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and Creme de la Crumb and the link to this recipe is here.
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Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwich
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwich
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Sounds good to me, on my to cook list for sure. This is a twist on the classic Tomato & Mayo Sandwich.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sandwich
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Sounds good to me, on my to cook list for sure. This is a twist on the classic Tomato & Mayo Sandwich.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. Spread both slices of bread with a light layer of mayo. This is for the inside of the sandwich.
  2. Put slice of cheese on one piece of bread, add tomato slices, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cover tomato slices with other slice of cheese, then cover with other piece of bread mayo side down.
  3. Heat a skillet on medium heat with butter and garlic powder. Spread butter on the top slice of bread. Place sandwich in the skillet, buttered bread facing up.
  4. Cook until golden brown, flip and cook the other side, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.