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
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
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.

Easy Pasta Sauce
Easy Pasta Sauce
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Very easy for a base sauce but feel free to tailor this at will, like adding meatballs. Only 4 ingredients and 45 minutes of your time. On my to cook list to verify this. Now I am in Thailand, our can sizes are not that of the states for some items, and canned tomatoes fall into the category. I will clarify this in the procedures. If you are in Thailand or Southeast Asia (or the US), please read the step completely. There is a lot of variants to this as you will read in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Easy Pasta Sauce
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Very easy for a base sauce but feel free to tailor this at will, like adding meatballs. Only 4 ingredients and 45 minutes of your time. On my to cook list to verify this. Now I am in Thailand, our can sizes are not that of the states for some items, and canned tomatoes fall into the category. I will clarify this in the procedures. If you are in Thailand or Southeast Asia (or the US), please read the step completely. There is a lot of variants to this as you will read in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the US, use a 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes with juice. For Asia, the average can I have seen is 565 grams or about 20 oz, for Asia, use 2 cans, you make more sauce for use in other recipes but keep to the onion, butter, and salt measurements.
  2. Open tomatoes and pour the tomatoes and juice, into a medium size pot.
  3. For the onion, trim both ends, peel, and cut in half, add that to the pot.
  4. Add the butter to the pot along with a pinch or two of salt as you desire.
  5. Bring the pot up to a simmer and break up the tomatoes with a spoon as they cook. Stir often just don't let the tomatoes or juice burn.
  6. Cook the sauce for 45 minutes, add seasoning of your choice (Italian seasoning comes to mind).
  7. Remove and discard the onion. Add to pasta and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Obvious is to use fresh, peeled tomatoes but you will need to add tomato juice as well. 2. Add some crushed garlic cloves while this is simmering. 3. Feel free to add cooked meatballs. Feel free to add ground meat of your choosing, cooked of course, at the end of the cooking. 4. Feel free to use a seasoning during cooking, remember, make this your own sauce, my Italian seasoning is listed as a shortcut.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Jalapenos en Escabeche
Jalapenos en Escabeche
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Spanish for pickled jalapenos 🙂 Heavy on the garlic, these sound really good. This is a fridge version, no need for canning these. On my to make list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. Sterilize two quart jars, you wont be canning these but you need them clean.
  2. Slice off the stem and pointy ends of the peppers, slice peppers into rings and place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a sauce pan, add the water, sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and vinegar and bring brine to a boil.
  4. While the brine is heating, toss the carrot, garlic, onion, and olive oil with the jalapenos, then place mixture into 2 quart jars.
  5. Once the brine is boiling, remove the bay leaves and place one into each jar. Pour the hot brine into the quart jars.
  6. Leave jars on the counter, with no lids to cool to room temperature, then add the lids and place in the fridge for at least 1 week, 2 weeks is better to allow the flavors to really blend.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Leave the peppers whole after cutting off the stem and point end, can make two rows in a quart jar.

Adopted from a internet recipe.

Minced Chicken Oven Dish
Minced Chicken Oven Dish
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This is a basic Indonesian dish and it sounds really good, and easy to prepare. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Minced Chicken Oven Dish
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This is a basic Indonesian dish and it sounds really good, and easy to prepare. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Lightly grease a 8x8 baking dish with butter.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the chicken, onion, celery, garlic, pepper, salt, nutmeg, and broth. Mix together with a large spoon, no need to get your hands involved with this.
  3. Fold the potatoes into the mixture.
  4. Add the chicken mixture to the baking dish and spread out evenly. Pour the beaten egg onto the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top then add a few chunks of butter.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, check the doneness of the chicken and if not done bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice for a simple and enjoyable meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Breadcrumbs.

This recipe for Minced Chicken in Oven Dish is from Pisang Susu.
Netherlands.

Chicken & Rice Casserole
Chicken & Rice Casserole
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This sounds really good. I understand the word casserole puts off many people, but casseroles are great for quick preparation, and can many times be complete meals. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Chicken & Rice Casserole
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This sounds really good. I understand the word casserole puts off many people, but casseroles are great for quick preparation, and can many times be complete meals. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 C) and grease with butter a 9x13 baking dish, if you have an olive oil mister, you can certainly use that instead.
  2. Add the rice, onion, broth, and soup to the baking dish, stir to mix together, season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  3. Place the chicken on/in the rice mixture skin side up, brush chicken with melted butter and sprinkle with thyme and garlic and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake 1 hour. Remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes to brown up the chicken and ensure the rice is fully cooked.
  5. Sprinkle the top with chopped parsley and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Variant: 1. Add fresh mushrooms, sliced, to the soup and rice mixture before adding the chicken.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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
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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.

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.

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.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Pressure Cooker)
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Pressure Cooker)
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In keeping with my theme of making things from scratch, plenty of shortcuts here if you wish to use those for cost savings.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Pressure Cooker)
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In keeping with my theme of making things from scratch, plenty of shortcuts here if you wish to use those for cost savings.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. For tender and juicy pork, use of a pressure cooker is highly recommended. You can cook the pork anyway you prefer. There is a link in Recipe Notes for how I prepare pork shoulder/butt in a pressure cooker. Amount of pork is up to you, when I make this I use 1 1/2 kilos (3 lbs).
  2. After the pork is cooked, place on a cutting board and use two forks to shred it, then place the pork in your slow cooker and set to Low setting.
  3. Add BBQ sauce as needed to coat all the shredded pork. Leave the pork on Low for about 30 minutes to heat everything through.
  4. When the pulled pork is good and hot, lay out a slice of rye bread, then add a slice of onion, as thick as you like it, add some pickle slices.
  5. Scoop on some hot BBQ pulled pork.
  6. Top that with sliced Provolone, as many slices as you like.
  7. Top with another slice of rye and enjoy. (Great photo except for the fly on the sandwich, oh well, it happens.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost, well under $1 per sandwich.

Shortcuts: Pork Shoulder/Butt (Pressure Cooker), Light Rye Bread, Fridge Pickles, BBQ Sauce.

Variants. 1. Use a cheese of your choice. 2. Use lettuce in place of the onion or in addition to the onion. 3. Leave out the pickles or replace with hot peppers. 4. Use sandwich rolls in place of rye bread, or use any bread you like.

Common type of sandwich.

American Goulash II
American Goulash II
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This is another variant to American Goulash, there is hundreds of ways to make goulash, and many countries have their own variants, all are good and ingredients are based on locality. You will need to use your stove top and a slow cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
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This is another variant to American Goulash, there is hundreds of ways to make goulash, and many countries have their own variants, all are good and ingredients are based on locality. You will need to use your stove top and a slow cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a non stick pan, add the ground beef, onion, red pepper flakes, paprika, and salt and pepper as desired, brown the beef until just no longer pink, no need to over do this, just lightly brown the beef.
  2. Add the beef to your slow cooker, then pour in the soup and tomatoes, stir. Cook on Low setting for 2 hours.
  3. Add the dry pasta, stir into the mixture, top with the cheese and cook for another 1-2 hours.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Tomato Soup.

Variants: 1. Add some mixed vegetables. 2. Add some sliced or minced mushrooms.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.