Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan
Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan
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Sounds like an easy and quick dish for breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list and I will sort out the fresh to frozen spinach as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan
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Sounds like an easy and quick dish for breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. On my to cook list and I will sort out the fresh to frozen spinach as well.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 2 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into a small, season with salt and black pepper as desired, whisk and set aside.
  2. In a non stick pan, heat the oil, then add the spinach and cook until wilted, mixing often. about 1 minutes.
  3. Pour in the whisked eggs and stir to mix in, cook for a bout 1 minute, stir occasionally until the eggs are just set.
  4. Stir in the cheese, and when mixed, transfer to a plate and sprinkle with red pepper flakes as desired.
  5. Enjoy with some toast on the side if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
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This is a Chinese dish, and sounds very tasty, as I do love a good chicken salad. Common ingredients are used which is a bonus. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
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This is a Chinese dish, and sounds very tasty, as I do love a good chicken salad. Common ingredients are used which is a bonus. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. I use my little rice cooker to do steaming, it came with a steamer basket and works perfect for items like this. Three chicken breasts was just a bit over 500 grams, perfect, no one will complain.
  2. Steam the chicken breasts for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through, cut one in half to check doneness.
  3. When cooked, remove from the steamer and allow to cool, then shred and place in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Heat the oil in a non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir fry until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. To the pan, stir in the salt, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and cumin.
  6. Add the cilantro, reserving a small amount for garnish) to the chicken in the mixing bowl and toss to mix that in.
  7. I did use a variant and added one diced red onion.
  8. Add the garlic mixture from the pan and toss to mix well.
  9. Serve and garnish with cilantro or chill and serve with cilantro garnish.
Recipe Notes

The chicken breasts will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 2 servings, this is about 47 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Pickled Red Onion.

Variants: 1. Add diced red onion. 2. Add diced celery. 3. Add diced pickled red onion, excellent!

Inspired by the recipe Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad from Spice the Plate

Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
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Another Italian recipe, and I like the use of the kidney beans, and I will prepare those from dry beans in my pressure cooker. I will adjust the prep and cook times after I make this. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
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Another Italian recipe, and I like the use of the kidney beans, and I will prepare those from dry beans in my pressure cooker. I will adjust the prep and cook times after I make this. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the beans, you can certainly use canned beans or make from dry. I will use my pressure cooker for these.
  2. Place the fresh thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf in a a herb bag, or just use some cheesecloth tied with some kitchen twine. Set aside.
  3. In a thick walled pot, heat the oil on medium heat. When hot, add the onion, pancetta, and garlic. Saute until the onion is softened, then add the broth, beans, and herb bag. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove and discard the herb bag.
  4. Remove 1 cup of beans and let cool for about 5 minutes, then mash with a potato masher or place in a blender and puree them. Set aside. These are used to thicken the soup.
  5. Add the dry pasta to the soup and bring to a boil and place the lid on, cook for about 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Add the mashed beans back to the pot and stir in, season the soup with black pepper to taste, and red pepper flakes if desired. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with grated Parmesan for individuals to sprinkle on their own bowls. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spaghetti with Leeks
Spaghetti with Leeks
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Sounds very good, and the beauty of this is, it is a one pot dish, always a bonus when it comes to clean up. I think this would be a very nice side dish or a light meal with a salad on the side.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Spaghetti with Leeks
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Sounds very good, and the beauty of this is, it is a one pot dish, always a bonus when it comes to clean up. I think this would be a very nice side dish or a light meal with a salad on the side.
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, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the garlic, spring onion, leeks, and shallot and cook stirring often until the leeks are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the anchovy fillet(s) and mash that up, then add the red pepper, stock, cream, spaghetti, and salt as desired and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the spaghetti is tender and a sauce forms, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chives and cheese, season with salt as desired.
  4. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese on the side as a topping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Dill Pickle Cream Cheese Sandwich
Dill Pickle Cream Cheese Sandwich
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This sounds good, I make my own dill pickles, grow dill, and cream cheese is easily available, perfect. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 sandwiches 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 sandwiches 10 minutes
Dill Pickle Cream Cheese Sandwich
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This sounds good, I make my own dill pickles, grow dill, and cream cheese is easily available, perfect. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 sandwiches 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 sandwiches 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Add the cream cheese to a mixing bowl, use a potato masher and mash up the cheese to make it nice and soft, set the masher aside.
  2. Use a sturdy spoon and fold in the pickles, juice, and dill until combined, season with salt and red pepper flakes as desired.
  3. Lay out two slices of bread, spread cream cheese on each slice, top with remaining slices of bread.
  4. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Caroline Cream cheese is about 120 Baht. For two sandwiches, this is about $1.90 per sandwich.

Shortcut: Fridge Dill Pickles.

Variants: 1. Serve on toast. 2. Use bagels in place of sliced bread.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
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Cherry Tomato Pasta
Cherry Tomato Pasta
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I made this on 28 May 2018, excellent side dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Cherry Tomato Pasta
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I made this on 28 May 2018, excellent side dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta. The type of pasta is your choice, long like spaghetti, or shorter types.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large non stick pan with 2 tablespoons of the butter, when melted and hot, add the smashed garlic. Saute until garlic is softened, smash the garlic as it cooks as well.
  3. Add the cherry tomatoes into the pan, season with a pinch of salt. Saute to soften the tomatoes.
  4. When the pasta is almost tender, take a cup of pasta water and add to the pan along with the remaining butter. Stir to melt the butter into the water and mixed into the garlic and tomatoes, crushing some of the tomatoes as you stir. This will make a silky butter sauce.
  5. Transfer the pasta to the pan using tongs or a pasta fork, or just a large slotted spoon.
  6. Mix the pasta with the sauce, season with salt and red pepper flakes as desired. Mix in some Parmesan cheese to your liking.
  7. Optionally, you can add a handful or two of bread crumbs to the pasta and mix that in.
  8. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese for garnish if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Bread Crumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.
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Wonton Soup
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
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 Wontons
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Wontons
  1. Combine the Wonton ingredients, except the wrappers and water in a mixing bowl until fully mixed.
  2. For the wrappers, there is two ways to do this, the simple, and the fancy. First thing, add some water to a small dish and keep near you, this is for sealing the wontons.
  3. For the simple way, place a wrapper on your palm, one corner towards you and the opposite corner pointed away from you. Place some pork filing in the center of the wrapper, 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 tablespoon, you will get the feel for this as you make them. Now dip a finger into the water and wet the two edges that are farthest from you, then take the corner nearest you and fold over away from you to the opposite corner, to make a triangle, and use your fingers to seal the two edges. (I will have photos soon to show this). Set the wonton on a sheet of parchment paper. This completes the simple method, repeat until all the filling is used in each wrapper. OR, read the next step for the fancy method.
  4. For the fancy method, once you have the triangle shape, and the two edges sealed, take the two opposite corners and fold over each other and seal those. (I will have photos to show this soon as well). Set the wonton on parchment paper and repeat until all the filling is used in the wrappers.
For the Soup
  1. Add all of the Soup ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, lets the flavors blend. Remove the ginger and garlic.
  2. Bring back to a boil, then lower in the wontons, and cook for 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with spring onion.
  3. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sausage Gravy Breakfast Pizza
Sausage Gravy Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds extremely good! This was shared by a friend in the US. You are going to do a little work here but I think the results will be well liked. This is on my to cook list and soon! I will list all of the ingredients and steps here and list the individual links to the shortcuts in the Recipe Notes section. Read the shortcut for the sausage to make the optimum sausage.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch breakfast pizza 45 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch breakfast pizza 45 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Sausage Gravy Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds extremely good! This was shared by a friend in the US. You are going to do a little work here but I think the results will be well liked. This is on my to cook list and soon! I will list all of the ingredients and steps here and list the individual links to the shortcuts in the Recipe Notes section. Read the shortcut for the sausage to make the optimum sausage.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch breakfast pizza 45 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch breakfast pizza 45 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Breakfast Sausage
For the Gravy
For the Pizza Dough
To Assemble
Servings: 12 inch breakfast pizza
Instructions
For the Breakfast Sausage
  1. First thing we need to do is make the sausage. Very easy, just mix together all the Breakfast Sausage ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the rest, best to make this and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to blend.
  2. Fry the sausage in a non stick pan, breaking it apart with your spatula until browned and cooked through. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon, leaving the fat in the pan. Drain sausage and set aside.
For the Pizza Dough
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C.
  2. Next, we need to make the pizza dough. This is my thin crust pizza dough, the pre-baking has never failed me a crust fully cooked through.
  3. Add the flour into a mixing bowl. Add the salt and dried Italian seasoning/herbs of your choice (if using) and yeast, whisk to combine.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the water. Use your fingers or a wooden spoon to combine everything together. When it comes together into a cohesive ball, turn it out onto the counter along with any extra flour in the bowl that hasn’t yet gotten worked in.
  5. Knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth/elastic to the touch, about five minutes. The dough should still feel moist and just slightly tacky. If it’s sticking to your hands and counter top like bubble gum, work in more flour one tablespoon at a time until it’s smooth and silky.
  6. I use a 13 inch non stick pizza pan, sprinkle some corn meal around on the pan, the place the ball of dough in the center. Use the heels of your hands and working from the middle gently press the dough outward until it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick or less, while rotating the pan. You can also use a mini rolling pin for this part.
  7. Bake the crust for 4 minutes, then rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for 3 more minutes. Remove pan and set aside.
Let's Make This
  1. Sausage is made, crust is made, let's make the eggs then the gravy and get this pizza baked.
  2. For the gravy, using the Gravy ingredients, Add butter to hot pan and melt together with sausage fat. Whisk together the evaporated (canned) milk and water with the flour. Add to hot fat in skillet. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until gravy starts to thicken. Add sausage back into gravy; heat until sausage is hot and gravy is thick. You want a thick gravy for this dish, after all, you are making a pizza. Set pan aside.
  3. Now prepare the eggs, crack all the eggs into another non stick pan, season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook and fold to scramble until just set, remove from heat.
  4. Take your pre-baked pizza crust and spread out the gravy evenly. Top with the scrambled eggs, then sprinkle on the shredded cheese, top that with the spring onion.
  5. Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the top is nicely melted and just starting to brown up.
  6. Slice, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the pork, another 100 Baht for the cheese. Figuring 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving. I will verify this when I make it.

Shortcuts: Breakfast Sausage, Sausage Gravy, Pizza Dough, Italian Seasoning.

Recipe and photo, provided by good friend, Nikki Reid.
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Pasta with Sand
Pasta with Sand
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This sounds like a easy and nice light pasta dish to enjoy with a green salad. This is a base recipe. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pasta with Sand
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This sounds like a easy and nice light pasta dish to enjoy with a green salad. This is a base recipe. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water until just tender, drain well and place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Before the pasta is done, heat a non stick pan with the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add and cook the garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds, add the red pepper flakes and salt to desired preference then add the breadcrumbs and mix well ensuring the breadcrumbs are saturated with the oil, if they look a bit dry, add a tablespoon of butter at a time and mix in to get the desired consistency.
  3. Pour the breadcrumb mixture into the pasta and toss to mix together.
  4. Serve with Parmesan cheese available for topping. A green salad as a side would make this a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Breadcrumbs.

Variant: 1. Add a few anchovies when cooking the garlic.

Adapted from an internet recipe.