Easy Taco Pie

Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease glass pie dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan and brown the beef until no longer any pink is visible. Break up the beef as it cooks with the spatula.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water and reduce heat, cook for a few minutes to reduce the liquid and makes a thick sauce.
  4. Add the beef to the prepared pie dish and spread to make an even layer.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, cream, garlic, salt, and pepper, mix together then pour over the beef.
  6. Top with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is set and the cheese starting to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve with toppings of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, or toppings of your choice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 125 Baht for the beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use ground pork in place of beef.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patty J. Fike, and the original recipe is here.
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Beef Taco Salad Pizza

Beef Taco Salad Pizza
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Sounds great. Tortillas are used as the crust. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Beef Taco Salad Pizza
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Sounds great. Tortillas are used as the crust. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 12 inch pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Oil a baking sheet with 1/2 tablespoon of olive olive oil or just lay a piece of parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  2. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add a splash of oil, when hot, add the ground beef, when cooked through, add the taco seasoning, and season with salt and pepper to taste. When cooked, drain oil.
  3. Place the tortilla on the baking sheet, sprinkle with 1/2 cut of cheese, top with beef, then top with another 1/2 cup cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. Remove and sprinkle on remaining cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. Top with avocado if desired.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.
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Meatballs & Gravy I

Meatballs & Gravy I
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This recipe is going to make use of another recipe for Italian meatballs, party size or dinner size is up to you. If you are in a pinch for time or like the convenience, go with store bought frozen meatballs. This is a Slow Cooker recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
12-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Prep Time
12-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Meatballs & Gravy I
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This recipe is going to make use of another recipe for Italian meatballs, party size or dinner size is up to you. If you are in a pinch for time or like the convenience, go with store bought frozen meatballs. This is a Slow Cooker recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
12-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Prep Time
12-24 hours
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. You need 2 to 2 1/2 kilos of cooked Italian meatballs, these can be party size (gold ball size) or larger dinner size. You have several options to do this. 1. You can use what ever meatball recipe you are familiar with. 2. Use the meatball recipe on this site, which can be made on the day you are making this recipe, or from frozen as it is a general make ahead type recipe, link is in Recipe Notes section. 3. Last resort, you can use store bought frozen meatballs. If using frozen meatballs, thaw them, if using fresh made AND cooked meatballs, they need to be cooled to room temperature.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the soup (if using homemade from the short, it needs to be room temperature), sour cream, and water. Mix, then add the meatballs and mix those in to ensure all are coated well.
  3. Refrigerate the meatballs and mixture overnight. this allows the meatballs to absorb the flavors.
  4. The next day, pour the meatballs and mixture into your slow cooker and set to Low setting until the mixture is hot and the meatballs heated through.
  5. If the meatballs did not soak overnight, heat on Low setting for a longer time, 3-5 hours so they can absorb the flavor and have a better taste to them.
  6. For party size meatballs, serve as appetizers. For dinner size meatballs, I would serve over cooked pasta along with the sauce.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 500 Baht/2 1/2 kilos of beef. Source it locally and you may get it for less. This recipe makes a lot so I will just state now Low cost until I make these and verify serving sizes.

Shortcuts: Italian Meatballs, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Caesar Chicken

Caesar Chicken
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This sounds really good. For where I live, Caesar dressing is not stocked in town, only in the city, but Italian dressing is stocked and can be made into Caesar dressing, win win. Links to the shortcuts are 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
Caesar Chicken
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This sounds really good. For where I live, Caesar dressing is not stocked in town, only in the city, but Italian dressing is stocked and can be made into Caesar dressing, win win. Links to the shortcuts are 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
Optional, for a thicker crust
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C, lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. Sprinkle the meat on both sides with black pepper and some of the Parmesan cheese, do not use any salt. Place the chicken in the baking dish.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of salad dressing over each piece, then sprinkle remaining Parmesan on each one. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until juices run clear.
  4. Change the oven to broil and continue to cook the chicken for 2-4 minutes or until the chicken is nice and golden colored. Remove from the oven and cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice, and a vegetable.
Optional, for a thicker crust
  1. Mix the sour cream into the dressing, and just follow the steps above as stated.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the chicken, and 150 Baht for the Parmesan. For 4 servings, this is about $1.62 per serving.

Shortcuts: Caesar Salad Dressing, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Broccoli & Noodles Supreme

Broccoli & Noodles Supreme
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Sounds like an excellent side dish with salmon or chicken. On my to cook list. There is several shortcuts for cost savings as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5-8 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-8 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
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Sounds like an excellent side dish with salmon or chicken. On my to cook list. There is several shortcuts for cost savings as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5-8 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-8 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions, add the broccoli to the same pot with the noodles about 5 minutes before the noodles are cooked.
  2. Drain the noodles and broccoli when the noodles are tender and the broccoli crisp. Return to the same pot. Stir in the condensed soup, sour cream, cheese, and black pepper. Heat over medium heat until hot and bubbly, stir often.
  3. Serve as a side with salmon or chicken.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant. 1. Boil up 2-3 chicken breasts, dice and add to the noodle mixture for a complete meal. 2. Change the cheese for a new dish.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the sour cream, you can substitute Greek yogurt but omit the lemon juice. You can also make make the sour cream using labneh, shortcut for that is in the Recipe Notes section below.
  2. For the salt, you can make the dressing with the salt included but the salad will need to be consumed just after making or within just a few hours as the salt will cause the cucumbers to weep. An alternative is to salt the cucumber slices in a sieve and let them set for an hour, gently squeeze out remaining moisture, then proceed as directed, which will result in crispy cucumbers for 2-3 days with the dressing. This photo is of the cucumbers salted and draining.
  3. Using a small bowl, add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt), lemon juice only if using sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix and refrigerate until needed. Best results if you mix the dressing into the vegetables just before serving. If using the salted cucumber method, omit the salt in the dressing mixture.
  4. Place the cucumber and onion in a bowl, add the dressing and mix and serve then or within 2-3 hours, keeping the salad refrigerated until use.
  5. If using the salted cucumbers, mix in the dressing and refrigerate until use, store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. I used salted cucumbers so everything is mixed and goes into the fridge to chill. I also added the julienned carrot for a bit of color.
  6. Serve as a side as is or on a bed of lettuce for a nice presentation and a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Inspired by the recipe Creamy Cucumber Salad from Natasha's Kitchen.

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos
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These sound really good, and I like the addition of the sour cream in the scrambled eggs, that sounds really good. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Breakfast Burritos
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These sound really good, and I like the addition of the sour cream in the scrambled eggs, that sounds really good. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick pan with 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and cook until near golden brown, season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the pan and set aside. You are not done with pan yet.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the eggs and 2 tablespoons of sour cream and whisk together, season with salt and pepper to your liking then stir in the ham.
  3. Using the same pan as used for the mushroom, melt 1 tablespoon of butter then add the egg mixture. Scramble the eggs until just cooked, remove from the pan and set aside. For that pan, quickly rinse it out and dry with paper towels, you will use it again.
  4. Same pan, no oil this time, on very low heat, place a tortilla in the pan and heat for about 1 minute on each side.
  5. Take that warm tortilla, spread about 1 tablespoon of sour cream along the middle from left to right or right to left, Add 1/6 of the scrambled eggs on top of the sour cream, sprinkle on some Mozzarella cheese, then top with 1/6 of the mushrooms, and 1 or 2 tablespoons of the tomato. Go easy, don't over fill or it will be hard to roll.
  6. Now take the top of the tortilla, that side farthest from you, and fold that over the filling, and roll the burrito towards you, tucking in the ends as you go. Set this aside seam side down, and repeat with the remaining tortillas, by heating them up, one at a time.
  7. When all the burritos are rolled, heat the same pan you used for the tortillas with 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat. When oil is hot, place burritos in the pan seam side down. You may need to do this in batches. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, turn and keep cooking to make the whole burrito golden brown. Adding oil as needed.
  8. Serve with hot sauce if desired. These would be perfect for not only breakfast, but for a nice lunch or dinner.
Recipe Notes

This is low cost from what I see, I will break down the costs when I make this, but overall, this is easily less than $1 per serving. If you follow the link listed below, Natasha took some great photos on how to assemble these.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

This recipe for Breakfast Burritos is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Hash Brown & Pork Chop Casserole

Hash Brown & Pork Chop Casserole
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Hash Brown & Pork Chop Casserole
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and saute until browned. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towel.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the soup, milk, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in potatoes, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 cup onions. Mix together and spread mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange pork chops over potato mixture.
  3. Cover dish and bake for about 40 minutes, or until internal temperature of pork has reached 71 C. Remove cover, top with remaining cheese and onions and bake uncovered for 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve with a steamed vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Tops has pork loin steaks for 83 Baht for 2, 4 loin steaks would be 166 Baht. The cheese will cost about 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.88 per serving.

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

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad
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Sounds great as I really like broccoli. On my to cook list. Not a cheap salad based on some of the ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Broccoli Salad
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Sounds great as I really like broccoli. On my to cook list. Not a cheap salad based on some of the ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the broccoli into bite size pieces, including the stems. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 minute. Place broccoli in an ice bath or rinse with cold water to stop cooking, drain well.
  2. While the broccoli is draining, in a medium bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, add the broccoli and the remaining Salad ingredients. Pour the Dressing over the top and gently toss to coat all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Chill the salad for several hours or overnight before serving.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 40 Baht/head for the broccoli. Going with 4 heads, as they are normally small, about 160 Baht. Figure 90 Baht for the cheese (about half a 250 gram block). Figure about 150 Baht/250 grams bacon. For 6 servings, this is about $1.96 per serving, not a cheap salad but it does sound good tasting.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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