3 Ingredient Meat Loaf

3 Ingredient Meat Loaf
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Three ingredients, and you can make one from a shortcut for savings. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
3 Ingredient Meat Loaf
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Three ingredients, and you can make one from a shortcut for savings. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Add the beef, the contents of the box of stuffing mix (the bread and spice mix), or the dry mixture if made from a shortcut, and the milk, in a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine everything.
  3. Form into a loaf in a large baking dish or pack into two loaf pans. Cover with foil.
  4. Bake for 1 hour.
  5. Remove from oven, let rest 2 minutes, slice and serve. Mashed potatoes and gravy and a vegetable on the side would be perfect.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 300 Baht for 1 kilo ground beef. For 6 servings, this is about $1.48 per serving. Make this out of ground pork for about half the cost.

Shortcut: Stove Top Stuffing.

Variants: 1. Use ground pork in place of ground beef. 2. Use loaf pans or a casserole and pour a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup over the top. 3. Shape into meatballs and place in a baking dish, then pour a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup over the top.

Provided by The Project Pile and theĀ link to this recipe is here.
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Ham & Potato Corn Chowder

Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
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Sounds really, lots of ways you can change this up to make it different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
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Sounds really, lots of ways you can change this up to make it different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the onion and celery, saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and flour, saute until the flour is lightly browned. about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in the broth then add the milk, then the potatoes and carrots. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally.
  4. Add the corn (if using fresh corn, boil that first then cut from the cob), and the ham. Simmer until everything is heated through and piping hot. Taste and season with salt an pepper as desired.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Cook 4 strips of bacon and use the bacon fat to cook the onion and celery, garnish with the bacon chopped. 2. Reduce the potatoes and add some chopped cauliflower. 3. Saute the cubed ham before adding to the chowder. 4. Add sauteed mushrooms.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
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Sounds really good, and easy with minimal ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 sandwich cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 sandwich cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
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Sounds really good, and easy with minimal ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 sandwich cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 sandwich cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cookies
For the Filling
Servings: sandwich cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the sugar and egg and mix until creamy using an electric mixer. Add the peanut butter and mix together well.
  3. Form 1 inch balls of dough, a small ice cream scoop would be ideal, or just use two spoons. Place on the parchment paper, goal is 12 balls.
  4. Slightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork, then again at a 90 degree angle to make the crisscross pattern.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, remove and let cool for 1-2 minutes on the sheet.
  6. Make the filling by adding the butter and peanut butter to a mixing bowl and beat with a electric mixer until smooth, slowly add in the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Mix in the milk 1 tablespoon at a time to achieve the desired consistency.
  7. Spread a tablespoon of filling on the bottom side of a cookie, top with another cookie, bottom side on the filling. Repeat for the remaining cookies, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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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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Meatballs & Gravy II

Meatballs & Gravy II
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Sounds very nice, and tasty. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Meatballs & Gravy II
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Sounds very nice, and tasty. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the 11 ingredients, mix well. Shape into 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Place meatballs in a container, cover, and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. When ready to cook, heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the meatballs, work in batches if needed, brown the meatballs all over, turning gently until they are firmed up.
  3. Once browned, add the stock, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally.
  4. When cooked through, remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon to a platter. Mix the cornstarch and water, slowly whisk into to the pan and cook and whisk until thickened to make a gravy.
  5. Serve meatballs with pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice, with the gravy spooned over the top.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef and 30 Baht for the pork. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Bread Crumbs.

Variants: 1. Make the gravy from a package, Lobo Brand is very good. 2. Add chopped fresh mushrooms to the gravy.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Pork & Stuffing Casserole

Pork & Stuffing Casserole
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Sounds perfect, and two of the major ingredients can be made from shortcuts for cost savings, and in my opinion, better taste. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Pork & Stuffing Casserole
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Sounds perfect, and two of the major ingredients can be made from shortcuts for cost savings, and in my opinion, better taste. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Oil or butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Heat a splash of cooking oil in large non stick pan, season chops with salt and pepper as desired, browns chops on both sides, remove from pan and place in the baking dish.
  3. Prepare the boxed stuffing according to package or make from the shortcut. Spoon the stuffing over the chops.
  4. Mix together the milk and soup, pour over the top of the chops.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 1 hour. You can bake longer for increased tenderness if desired, the chops will remain moist.
  6. Remove the foil for the last 15 to 20 minutes of baking to nicely brown the top of the casserole.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get 4 pork chops again, for now I will say Low cost.

Shortcuts: Stove Top Stuffing, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Classic Green Bean Casserole

Classic Green Bean Casserole
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Been a long time since I have enjoyed this side dish. I remember this dish from when I was just a wee boy growing up and was a common side dish. On my to cook list. This is a low cost dish as long beans are very inexpensive, and you can use shortcuts to make the soup and french fried onions. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Classic Green Bean Casserole
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Been a long time since I have enjoyed this side dish. I remember this dish from when I was just a wee boy growing up and was a common side dish. On my to cook list. This is a low cost dish as long beans are very inexpensive, and you can use shortcuts to make the soup and french fried onions. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Cut the long beans into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces, steam until cooked but crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes, drain.
  3. In a 8x8 inch glass baking dish, mix together the soup, milk, and cooked long beans. Place in the oven and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, then sprinkle the french fried onion over the top and continue baking for another 5 minutes.
  4. Serve as a side with any main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, French Fried Onions.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

White Wine Garlic Shrimp

White Wine Garlic Shrimp
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Sounds really good and pretty straight forward recipe as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
White Wine Garlic Shrimp
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Sounds really good and pretty straight forward recipe as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pan on medium heat, melt the butter and add the garlic and saute for a minute or so, then add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for about 2 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set them aside.
  2. Same pan, add the wine and tomatoes and cook for several minutes, then stir in the milk and cream and cook for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and stir until wilted, Taste and season as needed with salt and pepper, then stir in the Parmesan. Simmer until the cheese is melted and the sauce thickened.
  4. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir them in to fully coat the shrimp, cook for another minute or two to warm the shrimp through.
  5. Serve over pasta or rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht/500 grams of large white shrimp from Tesco, you may find them cheaper from local fishermen or farms. For 2 servings, this is about $2.20 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Graham Crackers

Graham Crackers
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This sounds interesting. In the province where I live, these crackers are not available here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Graham Crackers
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This sounds interesting. In the province where I live, these crackers are not available here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Ingredients
Topping, Optional
Servings: 2 inch squares
Instructions
  1. Add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl, and mix together. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or large sturdy fork, until the mixture is the consistency of coarse meal.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla extract, then add to the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together into a sticky and very soft ball.
  3. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and dust with flour, turn out the dough onto the plastic wrap and pat into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap in the plastic then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight is fine.
  4. When you are ready to roll out the crackers, make the Topping by just mixing those two ingredients in a small bowl, set aside.
  5. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper. If you have two racks in your oven, position one to lower and one to higher and use two sheets. If only one rack, then just use the center rack.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, cut in half and and return one half to the fridge. Lightly flour your work surface and unwrap and place the dough on the floured surface.
  7. Lightly flour the top, roll out to 1/8 inch thick, by rolling out to a larger rectangle or square. Cut into 2 inch squares with a pastry cutter wheel.
  8. Place the squares on a baking sheet, sprinkle with topping if desired, refrigerate for about 30 to 45 minutes to firm up the crackers. Repeat the rolling and chilling with the other half of dough.
  9. Make some holes in the crackers for decoration just prior to baking, about 9 even spaced holes using the flat end of a wood skewer.
  10. If using two racks and two sheets, place both sheets in the oven and bake for 15-25 minutes, swapping the top and bottom sheets half way through cooking if using two sheets, until browned and slightly firm to the touch.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, now you have graham crackers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

English Muffins (Bread Machine)

English Muffins (Bread Machine)
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This is a recipe to prepare the dough in the bread machine, then remove, cut, and cook the muffins in a pan on the stove top.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 English muffins 1-2 hours
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 English muffins 1-2 hours
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
English Muffins (Bread Machine)
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This is a recipe to prepare the dough in the bread machine, then remove, cut, and cook the muffins in a pan on the stove top.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 English muffins 1-2 hours
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 English muffins 1-2 hours
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Ingredients
For Bread Machine
Needed for Work Surface
Servings: English muffins
Instructions
  1. Add the For Bread Machine ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed, start the Dough cycle on the machine.
  2. When the cycle is finished, spread some cornmeal on your work surface, turn out dough onto the work surface. Pat the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness, a little less is ok.
  3. Turn the dough over so both sides get coated with cornmeal. Using a cutter, cut into rounds (a cutter the size of a tuna can would be good.
  4. Sprinkle some cornmeal on a baking sheet and place the rounds on that, cover with a towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Heat a dry cast iron pan on low heat, when hot, cook the muffins for about 5 to minutes on each side, they should be golden brown on the bottom when you turn them.
  6. Remove from the pan and split part way through with a fork. Can be used right away served warm, toasted, or even frozen for later use and reheated in a microwave or toaster.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.