Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
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Can never go wrong with a stir fry, and this one is excellent. I made this on 21 July 2018, absolutely perfect.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
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Can never go wrong with a stir fry, and this one is excellent. I made this on 21 July 2018, absolutely perfect.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
For the Stir Fry
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the Marinade ingredients.
  2. Mix together with your hands, let the chicken marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the onion and peppers. I only had one bell pepper so I sliced up some Shiitake mushrooms.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, light soy sauce, water, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch. Set this aside.
  5. After the chicken has marinated, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Use a spoon and mix together to coat the chicken all over.
  6. Heat a large non stick pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, on medium high heat. Add the chicken.
  7. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, then remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  8. Add the last tablespoon oil and when hot, add the onions and peppers, stir fry for a few minutes and the colors will brighten. Add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for another minute.
  9. Return the chicken to the pan, give the sauce another quick whisk then stir that into the pan. Stir fry to coat the chicken well and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  10. Serve with rice or vegetables of your choice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts cost 66 Baht/kilo, 4 breasts should be about a kilo. For 4 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use one color of bell pepper, or use a yellow bell pepper in place of a red or green pepper. 2. Add broccoli. 3. Add mushrooms, Straw, Oyster, or Shiitake would work well in this.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Cajun Pinto Beans
Cajun Pinto Beans
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This idea comes from a good friend. I love pinto beans as a side dish, in chili and burritos, and as refried beans. This is a side dish and sounds very tasty. All measurements are approximations until I make this and verify the amounts. I am going to pressure the beans but the canned amount will be stated as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Cajun Pinto Beans
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This idea comes from a good friend. I love pinto beans as a side dish, in chili and burritos, and as refried beans. This is a side dish and sounds very tasty. All measurements are approximations until I make this and verify the amounts. I am going to pressure the beans but the canned amount will be stated as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Prepare the beans either by draining and rinsing 2 cans or by cooking from dry beans. From dry, drain after cooking them.
  2. In a large non stick pan on medium high heat, when hot, add the sausage, garlic, and onion. Cook, breaking up the sausage with the spatula, until almost cooked through. Drain off most of the fat, not all, as that is flavor for the beans.
  3. Add the bell pepper, green chilies, tomatoes, and mix together.
  4. Add the beans and Cajun seasoning, mix together.
  5. Simmer until the bell pepper is tender.
  6. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Pinto Beans, Pork Sausage, Cajun Seasoning.

Inspired by and photo provided by, Mary Jackson.
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My Pasta Salad
My Pasta Salad
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Salad bars in Thailand often have hard boiled quail eggs as a choice. I used to get just a bowl of quail eggs and Bleu cheese dressing as my salad, and my daughter and I gobbled these up. So I figured I would take this a step further and make a pasta salad with quail eggs and other salad fixings along with Bleu cheese dressing. I made this on 14 July 2018, and absolutely delicious. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
My Pasta Salad
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Salad bars in Thailand often have hard boiled quail eggs as a choice. I used to get just a bowl of quail eggs and Bleu cheese dressing as my salad, and my daughter and I gobbled these up. So I figured I would take this a step further and make a pasta salad with quail eggs and other salad fixings along with Bleu cheese dressing. I made this on 14 July 2018, and absolutely delicious. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta of your choice in a pot of boiling salted water. When tender, drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process then drain well again and place in a large mixing bowl. I used a mix of spirals and elbows.
  2. Prepare the quail eggs, either using fresh eggs, which is what I do, or use canned eggs. I use 25 fresh eggs which is comparable to canned, which is 23-25 eggs. For canned, just open and drain. For fresh eggs, hard boil them and peel.
  3. Dice the peppers and onion and place in the mixing bowl with the pasta. These are on top of the pasta.
  4. Mix together the pasta, peppers, and onion.
  5. Slice the olives and add to the pasta, gently mix those in. I do this is steps so as not to break up any of the ingredients.
  6. Add the chickpeas and eggs.
  7. Gently mix those into the pasta, then add the dressing, start with 1 cup and gently mix that in, then add 1/2 cup at a time for the consistency you want, the goal is everything coated well but not dripping in dressing.
  8. Cover and place in the fridge until chilled. Serve with any main dish of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

My own creation.
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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
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This sounds like a great breakfast casserole, this use stale bread (think just cubed and toasted dry, instead of hash browns, so good, on my to cook list. Remember, breakfast dishes always make great dinner dishes as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
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This sounds like a great breakfast casserole, this use stale bread (think just cubed and toasted dry, instead of hash browns, so good, on my to cook list. Remember, breakfast dishes always make great dinner dishes as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the breakfast sausage in a non stick pan until cooked through and fat drained.
  2. Grease with butter your slow cooker insert, bottom and sides.
  3. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl, whisk until well mixed and frothy is ok. Add the milk and mustard, and season with salt and pepper as desired, whisk to combine.
  4. Place the cubed dried bread in an even layer in your slow cooker, then add the sausage, cheese, onion, and bell pepper.
  5. Pour in the eggs, push down the other ingredients as needed.
  6. Cover and set your slow cooker to Low setting for 6 to 7 hours. Check at 5 hours to be on the safe side, the dish is done when the eggs are set and the top is golden brown.
  7. Spoon into bowls and ad some nice toast and you have a meal, regardless of the time of day.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Breakfast Sausage.

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.

Olive Salad
Olive Salad
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This is a new one for me, I have never heard of this but it sounds really good. I made this on 6 April 2018, very good combination of flavors.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
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This is a new one for me, I have never heard of this but it sounds really good. I made this on 6 April 2018, very good combination of flavors.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add all the items to a large mixing bowl, toss to coat everything.
  2. I also added some crumbled Feta cheese.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill and allow the flavors to blend.
  4. Will keep for up to a week in the fridge. This is great as a side dish, a topping on burgers, etc.
Recipe Notes

One can of black olives will cost 78 Baht, 1 jar or green olives 74 Baht, and one can of mushrooms will cost 70 Baht. For 8 servings this is about 87 cents per serving.

Variant: 1. Add Feta cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe. 

Deviled Egg Salad
Deviled Egg Salad
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Sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Deviled Egg Salad
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Sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the prepared eggs, spring onion, celery, and bell pepper in a large mixing bowl and toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, mustard, Tabasco sauce, and the vinegar.
  3. Stir the dressing into the egg and veggies and season with paprika, salt, and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for several hours to chill it fully before serving.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Deviled Egg Salad is from Simply Recipes.

Sweet Pickle Relish
Sweet Pickle Relish
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Somethings in Thailand are nearly impossible to find or are overpriced for imports, so the next best thing, make from scratch. This sounds like a great sweet pickle relish and I look forward to making this, and tasting it 😉
Servings Prep Time
1 quart 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 quart 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 30 minutes
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Somethings in Thailand are nearly impossible to find or are overpriced for imports, so the next best thing, make from scratch. This sounds like a great sweet pickle relish and I look forward to making this, and tasting it 😉
Servings Prep Time
1 quart 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 quart 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Veggies
For the Brine
Servings: quart
Instructions
  1. Prep all the vegetables, how fine you dice them is your preference. Place the veggies in a strainer over a bowl, mix the veggies as you sprinkle in the salt. The purpose of the salt is to remove the water from the veggies and keep them crisp. Let the veggies sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Rinse the veggies in fresh water and kind of squeeze them dry of any water, be gentle, don't squash everything, just most of the water out of them, then spread them out on paper towels to remove any remaining water.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, add all the brine ingredients and bring to a simmer. Let the brine simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. While the brine is simmering, pack the veggies into a warmed Mason quart jar leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
  5. Remove the brine from heat and carefully pour into the quart jar, covering the veggies by an inch or so. Use a knife and poke into the veggies to release any air trapped.
  6. Set the jar aside to cool to room temp. When the jar is cooled, place the lid and ring on and place in the fridge.
  7. Chill in the fridge overnight before first use. Store in the fridge and use within 2-3 weeks.
  8. Use as a topping on burgers, hot dogs, added to potato or pasta salads, etc.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.
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