Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad

Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
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This is a make the day before you serve salad, or at a minimum, prepare in the morning for serving with the evening meal, the flavors need time to blend. I made this on 26 Dec 2017, tasted 6 hours later for dinner, outstanding, very well liked by my Thai wife as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Make Ahead Greek Pasta Salad
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This is a make the day before you serve salad, or at a minimum, prepare in the morning for serving with the evening meal, the flavors need time to blend. I made this on 26 Dec 2017, tasted 6 hours later for dinner, outstanding, very well liked by my Thai wife as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender, drain well.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the Dressing ingredients in a good sized mixing bowl.
  3. After the pasta is well drained and cooled a bit, add it to the dressing along with the rest of the Salad ingredients except the cheese. Toss well to coat everything.
  4. Now add the cheese and fold that, then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve as a side, or in my opinion, as a main dish as that is what I will probably do.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price pepperoni at this time, I used a 150 gram pack of smoked ham for 90 Baht. For the Feta, that is 150 Baht for 275 grams, use half the package (75 Baht), cut the block in half and crumble that for right about a cup. Based on the Feta and smoked ham, for 4 servings, this is about $1.22 per serving.

Variants: 1. In place of pepperoni, use thin sliced smoked ham. 2. Use what you have, like a whole bell pepper instead of cup, or a package of pepperoni or smoked ham, like a cup or so, etc.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta

Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken Seasoning
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the Andouille sausage in half lengthwise and slice half moons 1/4 inch thick. For regular pork or beef sausage, just slice 1/4 inch thick. Set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of olive oil, when hot, add the cubed chicken and season with the Chicken Seasoning spices to taste, just a bit of each spice will do. Lightly brown the chicken, no need to cook through, over cooked chicken = tough chicken. When lightly browned, remove from the pan to a large bowl and set aside. If there is water in the pan, pour that off.
  3. Same pan, add the sausage and brown that up, remove from the pan and add to the bowl with the chicken and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the bell peppers, saute for about 5 minutes then add the garlic and shallots. Saute for about 15 minutes or until the bell peppers are just softened yet still crunchy. If using the the optional mushrooms, add those now and saute to just soften them. Remove from heat and set aside. Now follow either Method 1 or Method 2 for the final preparation.
Method 1
  1. In a large pot, add the stock, cream, chicken and sausage, bell peppers from the pan, and the pasta. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes uncovered, to reduce the liquid amount, stirring often.
  2. Stir in the spring onion and Parmesan, simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Method 2
  1. In a pot heat the stock to boiling and cook the pasta until tender. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the sausage and chicken to the pan with the bell peppers, use low heat and just heat everything through.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the pan and mix together well, then add the cream and just simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost between 30 and 60 Baht, 500 grams/1 kilo, and the sausage, going with Cumberland, 750 grams is about 267 Baht. For 6 servings, this is about $1.60 per serving.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Anthony Ramirez.
United States.

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs
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Sounds delicious! I like the use of the coconut milk and the spices. I look forward to preparing this dish.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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Sounds delicious! I like the use of the coconut milk and the spices. I look forward to preparing this dish.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, milk, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and cilantro. Whisk then set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan. When hot, add the onion, bell pepper, and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper as desired. Stir and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion and peppers are soft.
  3. Whisk the egg mixture again, then pour into the pan, season with salt and pepper as desired and cook, stirring and folding to scramble the eggs, until the eggs are to your desired consistency.
  4. Serve with toast and bacon.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by What Great Grandma Ate and the link to this recipe is here.
United States.

Hash Brown Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole
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Sounds excellent. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Hash Brown Casserole
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Sounds excellent. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. If using homemade hash browns, go ahead and blanch them for about 3 minutes in a pot of boiling water, drain and squeeze dry.
  2. If using frozen hash browns, thaw and drain those.
  3. Heat your oven to 190 C. Get out a 9x13 baking dish,
  4. Saute the onion, bacon, and bell pepper in a large non stick skillet until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes, stir occasionally. Remove to a bowl.
  5. In the baking dish, add the hash browns, soup, sour cream, and 1 cup of cheese, mix lightly. Add the bacon and onion mixture and stir that in. Spread out evenly. Top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, uncovered, or until heated through.
  7. Serve with some fried eggs and toast. Perfect for a breakfast or dinner, I always love breakfast for dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Hash Browns, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream.

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

Sausage & Bean Casserole

Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large oven proof pot, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes then the celery and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Then add the sausages and cook for 5 minutes then stir in the garlic, paprika, cumin, and thyme.
  3. Add the wine, about a quarter bottle, tomatoes and beans. Stir, then cover and place in the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I buy sausage again. I will base the price on pork sausage only and not chorizo. I will say fair value for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and the link to this recipe is here.
Scotland.

Macaroni Salad II

Macaroni Salad II
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This is an excellent macaroni salad, I made this on 11 Jan 2018. This is a very versatile recipe that you can make different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is an excellent macaroni salad, I made this on 11 Jan 2018. This is a very versatile recipe that you can make different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add and cook the macaroni until tender, drain and rinse under cold water, set aside to cool.
  2. While you are cooking the eggs and pasta, prep the vegetables.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, vinegar, and mustard until smooth.
  4. Add the garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, eggs, and parsley. Mix to coat then add the pasta and mix to coat.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours before serving as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add 100 grams or so of shredded or cubed Cheddar or Swiss cheese. 2. Use any color bell you like.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

White Trash Hash

White Trash Hash
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This sounds very good, on my to cook list. 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
White Trash Hash
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This sounds very good, on my to cook list. 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 Hash
For the Sausage Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Hash
  1. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet, when hot, add the hash browns and cook undisturbed for 5-10 minutes, then flip and cook 5 minutes more, until golden and crispy. Add onions and bell pepper and season with salt and pepper as desired and mix together. Cook until onions and bell pepper are tender, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and jalapeno and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  2. Sprinkle on the cheese and let that melt then mix in well.
  3. Use the back of a spoon and make for nests in the hash brown mixture, and crack an egg into each one and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook until the whites are set and yolk is still runny, about 8 minutes.
For the Sausage Gravy
  1. While the eggs are cooking, make the gravy. Cook the sausage in a medium size non stick skillet until browned and cooked through, sprinkle the flour on the cooked sausage, mix and cook one minute, then add the milk and bring to a boil then reduce to heat to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
To Serve
  1. Scoop up some hash with an egg and place on a plate, pour over some gravy, garnish with chopped chives if desired.
Recipe Notes

Over all, low cost.

Shortcuts: Italian Sausage, Hash Browns.

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

Sausage & Peppers Macaroni

Sausage & Peppers Macaroni
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Sounds great, Peppers and Sausage, great meal, add macaroni and cheese, even better. This recipe screams of a shortcut to make the sausage and tomato sauce, both are so easy. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Sausage & Peppers Macaroni
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Sounds great, Peppers and Sausage, great meal, add macaroni and cheese, even better. This recipe screams of a shortcut to make the sausage and tomato sauce, both are so easy. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the sausage, then add in the onion, garlic, and bell pepper until that is soft.
  2. Add in the pasta and mix until coated, then add in the pasta, pasta sauce, and chicken stock. Simmer until the pasta is just tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, then stir in the cream and Mozzarella and mix until the cheese is melted in.
  3. Garnish with the fresh chopped parsley and serve.
Recipe Notes

For the pork, and making the sausage from the shortcut, this is about 55 Baht/500 grams. The cheese will cost about 80 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.00 per serving. Cutting it close on best value, but sounds like a good dish as well.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs

Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs
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Sounds great, can use chicken in place of pork, on my to grill list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Oregano & Lemon Pork Kebabs
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Sounds great, can use chicken in place of pork, on my to grill list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Choose from 2 or 3 Vegetables
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the pork loin into 1 inch cubes, place in a zip lock bag.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add to the zip lock bag with the pork, squish everything around to coat all the meat.
  3. If your vegetables are prepped, add them to the zip lock as well, they will pick up great flavor.
  4. Soak the skewers in water while the meat (and maybe vegetables) are marinating.
  5. Remove the pork (and maybe vegetables) from the marinade and drain, place on skewers alternating between pork cub and a vegetable, pork cube and another vegetable, until all is skewered.
  6. Place on a medium hot grill over medium heat and grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning frequently until the pork is cooked through.
  7. Serve with sides of your choice, corn on the cob and coleslaw come to mind.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 70 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: Use what ever vegetables you like, it is that easy. In addition to button mushrooms, think Shiitake or even King Oyster mushrooms cut into thick slices.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Southern Fattoush

Southern Fattoush
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This is an Israeli bread salad, and sounds delicious! On my to cook list. This does call for the use of toasted pita bread, if in a pinch, regular sliced bread, toasted, should work ok. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Southern Fattoush
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This is an Israeli bread salad, and sounds delicious! On my to cook list. This does call for the use of toasted pita bread, if in a pinch, regular sliced bread, toasted, should work ok. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Dressing
For the Salad
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. To make the dressing, add the dressing ingredients except the olive oil to a medium sized bowl and whisk, gradually drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly.
  3. Toast the pita bread. Arrange the torn pita bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes in the preheated oven, stir them up at 4 minutes. Let the toasted pita cool completely and reserve 1/2 cup for garnish later.
  4. To make the salad, mix together the salad ingredients, tossing in the toasted pita and dressing last, top with the reserved toasted pita and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Pita Bread.

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