Greek Salad & Dressing

Greek Salad & Dressing
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Sounds really good, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Greek Salad & Dressing
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Sounds really good, on my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar, juice, and oregano. When combined, slowly whisk in the olive. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. To the large mixing bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and red onion and toss to coat well.
  3. Fold in the Feta cheese, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. All of the Salad ingredient to a large bowl and toss together. Feel free to use a lettuce of your choice.
  2. In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. You can use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder in place of the clove of garlic.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat everything. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pasta with Tuna, Lemon & Dill

Pasta with Tuna, Lemon & Dill
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Sounds easy and tasty. On my to cook list. Feel free to use canned or fresh tuna you have cooked. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Pasta with Tuna, Lemon & Dill
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Sounds easy and tasty. On my to cook list. Feel free to use canned or fresh tuna you have cooked. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, cook the pasta until tender.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix the remaining ingredients together in a large serving bowl, season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. When the pasta is tender, drain and add to the mixture in the serving bowl, toss to combine, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Tuna.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pea Salad II

Pea Salad II
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Sounds good, I will be getting some frozen peas next time I go up to the city. On my to prepare list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Pea Salad II
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Sounds good, I will be getting some frozen peas next time I go up to the city. On my to prepare list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix everything together except the peas. When mixed, add the peas and stir to coat them.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or more before serving. Leftovers can be kept covered in the fridge for several days.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Seasoned Salt.

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

Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry

Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin as they are the masters of stir frying. This sounds good, and uses my favorite mushroom, the Straw mushrooms. For those in the States, you can use a can of Straw mushrooms, canned whole and cut in half, for those in Asia, go with fresh and halved. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin as they are the masters of stir frying. This sounds good, and uses my favorite mushroom, the Straw mushrooms. For those in the States, you can use a can of Straw mushrooms, canned whole and cut in half, for those in Asia, go with fresh and halved. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Begin by slicing the chicken into thin strips, then mix in the 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and the corn flour. Let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the mushrooms.
  2. Prepare the mushroom, Straw mushrooms are unique in shape, cut them in half lengthwise only or they will just fall apart.
  3. Heat a wok or non stick wok-pan (what I will use) with the cooking oil. Add the chicken and stir fry and sear the chicken until no longer pink, do not over cook, as it will get cooked more later on. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the onion and ginger. Stir fry until fragrant then add the mushrooms and stir fry for 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan, season with the black pepper, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, and the oyster sauce. Cook on high heat and stir fry.
  5. Stir in the water and stir until well mixed. Let the water reduce to thicken it.
  6. Season with salt to taste, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sriracha Meatloaf Sandwiches

Sriracha Meatloaf Sandwiches
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Sounds good as a sandwich or even as a meatloaf. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Sriracha Meatloaf Sandwiches
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Sounds good as a sandwich or even as a meatloaf. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For Serving
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together the Sriracha and ketchup in a small bowl, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground meats, shredded onion, carrot, parsley, garlic, parsley, panko, egg, and salt and pepper as desired, mix together with a large spoon until just combined. Add 1/2 cup of the ketchup mixture and mix that in, use your hands for this.
  3. Divide the meat mixture into 4 portions, place each portion onto the parchment paper and shape 1 inch high in either a square or circle. Spread 1 tablespoon of ketchup mixture on each patty and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Toast the sandwich rolls or one side of each slice of bread if using that. Assemble the sandwiches as, spread mayo on each slice of bread or roll, then lettuce leaves, meatloaf burger, another spoon of ketchup sauce, then onion and tomato, top with remaining bread or roll, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht/500 grams for beef and 60 Baht/500 grams for pork. For 4 servings, this is about $1.18 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chinese Tomato Fish

Chinese Tomato Fish
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This sounds really good. This tailored version of a popular Sichuan water boiled fish soup dish and this is the non spicy version. Now unless you can get your hands on a 1 kilo Grass Carp (you have to clean yourself), go with any 750 grams of boneless and skinless whitefish fillets, which is my plan. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chinese Tomato Fish
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This sounds really good. This tailored version of a popular Sichuan water boiled fish soup dish and this is the non spicy version. Now unless you can get your hands on a 1 kilo Grass Carp (you have to clean yourself), go with any 750 grams of boneless and skinless whitefish fillets, which is my plan. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Fish & Marinade
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, whisk together the corn starch, cooking wine, spring onion, ginger, salt and pepper, and egg white. Add the fish slices and marinate for 1 hour.
  2. When the fish is ready, peel the tomatoes and dice. In a large pot on medium heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add the spring onion and garlic until aromatic, add the diced tomatoes and reduce the heat to low and cook for about 7 to 10 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and lots of juice is released. Add 8 cups of hot water and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the celery, red onion, and mushrooms and cook for another 10 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Turn up the heat to medium and add the fish slices and marinade and stir, cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the fish slices turn white, remove from heat and carefully pour into a large serving bowl.
  5. Optional, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a small pan or wok until slightly smoking and pour into the soup.
  6. Sprinkle coriander and and spring onion on the top and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: For a spicy version, add 2-4 chopped red Thai Bird's Eye Chilies, stems removed, to the oil in Step 5, then mix into the soup after pouring on top.

This recipe for Chinese Tomato Fish is from China Sichuan Food.

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.

BBQ Chicken Sliders

BBQ Chicken Sliders
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Sliders are essentially small burgers/sandwiches, often made using dinner rolls. Tesco has the 12 pack of rolls. This slider recipe sounds great. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
BBQ Chicken Sliders
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Sliders are essentially small burgers/sandwiches, often made using dinner rolls. Tesco has the 12 pack of rolls. This slider recipe sounds great. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For those in Thailand, the big cities may have Pepper Jack cheese, for those not in the big cities (such as myself), use a mix of shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella and add a pinch of red pepper flakes, aka, Thai Chili Powder, which a is crushed type, not a powder.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Slice the rolls in half lengthwise, slice the entire package at one time, not individually. Place the bottom half in a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Spread the chicken on the layer of rolls, then spread the BBQ sauce, then the onion, cheese, and parsley.
  4. Place the top layer of the rolls on the top, brush with melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Slice into individual sliders, serve, and watch your fingers!
Recipe Notes

The rolls at Tesco are 40 Baht, the chicken, maybe 50 Baht. Cheese I will estimate at 50 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.03 per serving.

Shortcut: BBQ Sauce.

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

Sardine & Sliced Egg Sandwich

Sardine & Sliced Egg Sandwich
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Another great sounding sardine sandwich recipe. On my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Sardine & Sliced Egg Sandwich
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Another great sounding sardine sandwich recipe. On my to make list.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. Drizzle the toast with the olive oil, top one slice with some lettuce, top with sardines, sliced egg, onion, and lemon juice, top with the other slice.
  2. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost if using homemade sardines. I make sardines using small mackerel which is sold per fish anywhere from 10 to 25 Baht each, so about 29 to 74 cents per sandwich. (I cut each fish into 3 pieces when making sardines.)

If using tinned sardines, figure 1 tin per sandwich at 59 Baht, this is about $1.74 per sandwich.

Shortcut: Sardines in Olive Oil.

Adapted from an internet recipe.