Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup

Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Sounds good. I like a good broccoli and cheese soup, the potatoes sound like a good addition.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Sounds good. I like a good broccoli and cheese soup, the potatoes sound like a good addition.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the broth, carrots, potatoes, and onion powder. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. While that is cooking, prep the broccoli, at 10 minutes, add that and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. While the soup is cooking, heat a medium pot and melt the butter, whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or two, always whisking, until the mixture is golden brown. Then whisk in the milk and whisk and cook for about 5 minutes until thickened.
  4. Add the cheese and stir until mixed in and melted, add the salt and garlic pepper. Pour the cheese sauce into the soup, stir while doing this. Mix well.
  5. Ass more milk to thin for a thinner soup. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  6. Serve bowls topped with the bacon.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Turkey or Chicken Noodle Soup

Turkey or Chicken Noodle Soup
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This is a from a good friend and it sounds wonderful, I really like the addition of the potatoes. This recipe as listed is for using leftover turkey or chicken, which is perfect, especially with a leftover turkey. If you wish to make this with fresh chicken, or even turkey legs or wings, use the fresh meat to make the broth with trinity (carrot, onion, celery) first, then proceed as this is written. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Turkey or Chicken Noodle Soup
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This is a from a good friend and it sounds wonderful, I really like the addition of the potatoes. This recipe as listed is for using leftover turkey or chicken, which is perfect, especially with a leftover turkey. If you wish to make this with fresh chicken, or even turkey legs or wings, use the fresh meat to make the broth with trinity (carrot, onion, celery) first, then proceed as this is written. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. I boiled 5 chicken quarters, separated, and made the broth for this soup. Here is the chopped leg and thigh meat, fork tender and juicy.
  2. Add the broth and water to a large pot and the salt, note the differences between sea salt and table salt as well. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. For the carrots, if using large Thai carrots, only need two, go ahead and dice those, if using the slender carrots like in the US, slice those into rings and add them to the pot once the water is boiling. Add the bay leaves as well. Add the broken pasta to the pot.
  4. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and add the olive oil, when hot, add the celery and onion, saute until golden and soft then add to the soup pot with the soup.
  5. Add the chicken or turkey meat to the pot, also add the Mrs. Dash seasoning and black pepper. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your desired liking.
  6. Simmer the soup until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
  7. Ladle into bowls and serve.
Recipe Notes

For a leftover dish, this is low cost as the turkey or chicken is already paid for in another recipe. If using fresh chicken to make a chicken soup, still low cost for 10 servings.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

This recipe for Turkey Noodle Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Chicken Olivye (Chicken Potato Salad)

Chicken Olivye (Chicken Potato Salad)
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This is a potato salad that is very popular in Russia and Eastern Europe. This is a two for one recipe, you can make chicken broth you can save and use in another recipe. I made this on 26 Oct 2017, absolutely brilliant salad, highly recommended. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings as a side 30 minutes, lot of dicing
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings as a side 30 minutes, lot of dicing
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Chicken Olivye (Chicken Potato Salad)
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This is a potato salad that is very popular in Russia and Eastern Europe. This is a two for one recipe, you can make chicken broth you can save and use in another recipe. I made this on 26 Oct 2017, absolutely brilliant salad, highly recommended. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings as a side 30 minutes, lot of dicing
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings as a side 30 minutes, lot of dicing
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Chicken can be prepared two ways:
  2. First way: In a medium pot, add the chicken, fill with water and a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked through, remove chicken and allow to cool and handle, then dice that and add to a large mixing bowl. Strain the broth and save (refrigerate) for use in another recipe.
  3. Second way: In a medium pot, add the chicken, fill with water and a teaspoon of salt, add trinity (1 carrot large pieces, 1 onion quartered, 1 stalk celery large pieces), and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove the pot from heat and let sit until room temp with the chicken in the broth, this makes for juicier chicken. Remove the chicken and dice and add to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Strain the broth and save (refrigerate) for use in another recipe.
  6. Dice the potatoes and carrots to the same size and place in a medium sized pot (same pot used for the chicken would be ideal). add enough water to cover the vegetables by an inch, stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil uncovered and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process, drain well to remove any water. Add to the mixing bowl with the chicken.
  7. Add the peas, eggs pickles, onion, and dill to the mixing bowl, give it a quick stir to mix everything, then add the mayo, salt, and black pepper and mix that in. (I used 3 chicken eggs and a handful of quail eggs, plus I used diced celery in place of peas.)
  8. For the mayo start out with less than a cup and add as needed to fully coat everything.
  9. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. Serve as a side dish, or in my case, this is a light main dish for me. I can see this being a main dish with a fresh cooked cob of corn on the side.
Recipe Notes

The chicken breasts will cost about 35 Baht/500 grams. For 8 servings (as a side), this is about 13 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Refrigerator Pickles.

Variants: 1. Substitute cooked diced ham or kielbasa for the chicken. 2. Add sliced red radish or diced daikon. 3. Use a combination of chicken and quail eggs. 4. Substitute diced celery for the peas.

This recipe for Chicken Olivye (Chicken Potato Salad) is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Mushroom Soup II

Mushroom Soup II
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This makes a lot of soup and uses fresh mushrooms, 1 kilo (2 pounds) of mushrooms. This can be made with just the clear broth or with cream. I made this on 9 Sep 2017 and served it both ways, clear broth and creamy, family actually prefers the clear broth version.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Mushroom Soup II
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This makes a lot of soup and uses fresh mushrooms, 1 kilo (2 pounds) of mushrooms. This can be made with just the clear broth or with cream. I made this on 9 Sep 2017 and served it both ways, clear broth and creamy, family actually prefers the clear broth version.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the water, the mushroom stock cube or cubes. and the potatoes. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are near cooked through.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, prep the onion, carrot, and mushrooms. When the mushrooms are sliced add them to the soup pot.
  3. The mushrooms are just rinsed and cut in half lengthwise. This is just the start, 1 kilo of Straw mushrooms is a lot!
  4. Mushrooms added to the soup pot.
  5. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add a splash of olive oil. Saute the onion and carrot until soft and starting to brown, then add those to the soup pot. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste, stir in the parsley. Continue to simmer.
  6. At this point you can serve for those who do not want any dairy in the soup.
  7. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, add the milk, cream and flour and whisk until smooth, stir that into the soup.
  8. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Mushroom Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Crockpot Sausage & Pepper Dinner

Crockpot Sausage & Pepper Dinner
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This sounds really good, and healthy. This is truly a dump and go meal. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Crockpot Sausage & Pepper Dinner
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This sounds really good, and healthy. This is truly a dump and go meal. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add all the veggies and sausage to the slow cooker and give it a stir to just mix everything together. Pour the stock over the top.
  2. Cover and cook on Low setting for 5 to 7 hours, do not open the cover until the 5 hour mark, if the potatoes are fork tender, it is ready to be served or just set to Warm setting until ready. Salt and pepper to taste just before serving.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some smoked sausage, I will say fair cost for now.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Russian Mushroom & Potato Soup

Russian Mushroom & Potato Soup
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This is delicious either as the creamy or non-creamy version depending on your preference. I made this on 7 Sep 2017, both versions tested and family approved.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Russian Mushroom & Potato Soup
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This is delicious either as the creamy or non-creamy version depending on your preference. I made this on 7 Sep 2017, both versions tested and family approved.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
To make the Creamy Version, you need this
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot on medium heat, melt the butter then add the spring onion and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Then add the broth, salt, pepper, dill, and bay leaf. Add the potatoes and cover the pot and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Potatoes should be tender but still firm.
  3. In a large non stick skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the mushrooms. (I used Shiitake Mushrooms.)
  4. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes to brown them up, then add the mushrooms to the soup pot.
  5. At this point you can serve for the non-creamy version, or continue on for the creamy version.
For the Creamy Version
  1. In a small bowl, mix the milk, whipping cream, and flour until good and smooth.
  2. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the soup and increase heat to a gentle boil and the soup will thicken. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)

Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)
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Sounds good, and is good! This is Russian soup with a light broth. I used 3 Pangasius fillets (Shark Catfish) and small White shrimp. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Fish & Shrimp Soup (Ukha)
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Sounds good, and is good! This is Russian soup with a light broth. I used 3 Pangasius fillets (Shark Catfish) and small White shrimp. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the water, stock, and salt to a large pot and put on high heat and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce to a high simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the carrots and reduce to a simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes and carrots are cooking, heat a large pan with a splash of olive oil and saute the onion and celery until softened and starting to brown, then add this to the pot.
  3. Add the shrimp to the pot. I used small White shrimp from a local farm, you can use any type of shrimp or prawn you like. I measured the weight after the head, shell, and tails were removed.
  4. Add the fish to the pot. I used 3 Pangasius (Shark Catfish) fillets, you can use any whitefish you like, Tilapia and Sea Perch (Barramundi) would also work well, keep in mind, boneless and skinless.
  5. Add the bay leaves, Mrs. Dash seasoning, parsley, pepper, and if using the optional Straw mushrooms, just slice those in half lengthwise and add those to the pot as well.
  6. Cook on a high simmer for about 10-15 minutes to cook the mushrooms, important, skim off any foam on the surface to give a clear broth. Taste and season with additional salt if needed, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the whitefish (Pangasius) and about 150 Baht for the shrimp. Even though the celery is import, only 2 or 3 stalks are used so that is low cost. For 8 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

Inspired by the recipe Fish and Shrimp Soup (Ukha) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Mom’s Meatball Soup

Mom's Meatball Soup
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Not my Mom, Natasha's Mom. This is absolutely delicious! I made this on 26 July 2017, and as I predicted, big hit with the Thai family. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Mom's Meatball Soup
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Not my Mom, Natasha's Mom. This is absolutely delicious! I made this on 26 July 2017, and as I predicted, big hit with the Thai family. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Soup
For the Meatballs
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the water, potatoes, and salt listed for the soup to a large pot on high heat and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes to soften the potatoes.
  2. Reduce the temp to maintain a medium simmer on the pot, add the carrots and the spaghetti pieces to the pot.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients listed For the Meatballs. Once mixed well, use your hands to roll small meatballs, no need for perfection here, as you make them, add them to the soup. They will cook in the hot water and make the broth for the soup. (I chopped up 3 spring onions and added those as well after the meatballs were added.)
  4. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add the 3 tablespoons of cooking oil, your choice of oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and celery, cook until softened then add this to the soup.
  5. Soup is simmering after the onion and celery were added.
  6. While stirring the soup, pour in the lightly beaten egg. Season with the dill, black pepper and Mrs. Dash Seasoning. (I also added the chopped tops of the celery.)
  7. Serve with fresh bread.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork at Tesco will cost about 100 Baht/kilo, another option is to grind your own pork with the medium plate on your grinder, use pork shoulder for this as fat is needed. Pork shoulder is also about 100 Baht/kilo. For 12 servings, this is about 25 cents per serving, very reasonable.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

This recipe for Mom's Meatball Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

One Pot Smoked Sausage Dinner

One Pot Smoked Sausage Dinner
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Sounds like a great meal, in Thailand, Makro has some excellent smoked sausage at times. All slow cookers are different so the first time you make this, you may need to adjust the liquid needed. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-7 hours
One Pot Smoked Sausage Dinner
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Sounds like a great meal, in Thailand, Makro has some excellent smoked sausage at times. All slow cookers are different so the first time you make this, you may need to adjust the liquid needed. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-7 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Oil or butter your slow cooker crock. Wash and prep the veggies as indicated.
  2. Place in the slow cooker, first potatoes, then carrots, then cabbage, then sausage. Pour in the stock. Cover and cook on High setting for 4-7 hours.
  3. When the potatoes and carrots are fork tender, the meal is ready.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I make it, I need to go up to Makro for sausage and I can get accurate pricing information then. I will say Fair value for right now and will update this.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Hamburger Potato Casserole

Hamburger Potato Casserole
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Sounds great, cannot go wrong with a casserole. On my to cook list. This is a very adaptable recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Hamburger Potato Casserole
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Sounds great, cannot go wrong with a casserole. On my to cook list. This is a very adaptable recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the kidney beans, you can use a can or if making from dry, you will need to cook those first, once cooked use 1 1/2 cups of beans in place of a can. BUT, the kidney beans can be substituted with any type of beans you prefer, or any vegetable you prefer.
  2. For the condensed cream of mushroom soup, first, making the shortcut is highly recommended and very easy. If you want to use cream of celery, add celery in place of the beans, that would be delicious! Shortcut for that soup is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the soup and the stock, amount of stock needed is dependent on how much sauce you would like. Set this aside.
  4. Layer in this order into your slow cooker, first the browned and drained beef, then onions, then carrots, then beans or a vegetable of your choice, then the potatoes on the top.
  5. Pour the soup mixture over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting for up to 10 hours. You are looking for tender potatoes, can check at 8 hours.
  6. About 10 to 20 minutes before you are ready to serve, sprinkle on the cheese, cover, and let it melt. Cheese is optional, if you do not want to use cheese, just omit that.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200 Baht/kilo. The cheese, about 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $2.13 per serving. If you can get local sourced beef from a village market, you can reduce the cost per serving.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Condensed Cream of Celery Soup.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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