Taco Soup
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook the ground beef, when browned and just cooked through, drain most of the fat off, not all, that is flavor.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, simmer for at least 30 minutes, but for a great soup, simmer about an hour with the lid at a slight angle.
  3. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost if making the shortcuts. Spend some time and make the shortcuts, the result is a dish you made, not simply heated from canned items.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn, Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Chili Beans, Tomato Sauce.

Variants: These can be anything, think about how you make a taco, make it your own. 1. Use fried corn in place of canned corn. 2. Use Chili Beans in place of kidney beans. 3. Use roasted, seeded, and diced chilies in place of Rotel.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
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Beef & Bean Casserole
Beef & Bean Casserole
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This sounds like a really good casserole, quick and easy to make. And as a bonus, a cornbread topping. On my to cook list. The time for prep or cook does not include the time to cook the pinto beans. This is a 3 step process, 1. cook beans, 2. prepare other items on stove top in a pot, 3. bake in the oven. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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This sounds like a really good casserole, quick and easy to make. And as a bonus, a cornbread topping. On my to cook list. The time for prep or cook does not include the time to cook the pinto beans. This is a 3 step process, 1. cook beans, 2. prepare other items on stove top in a pot, 3. bake in the oven. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First order of business, need to get those pinto beans cooked, use what ever method you prefer, stove top, slow cooker, or my preferred way is the pressure cooker. Drain and set the beans aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F).
  3. In a large pot, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic, break up the beef as you cook, when browned and cooked through, drain the fat then add the cooked beans, jalapeno, tomato and tomato sauce, and mix together.
  4. Pour mixture into a heat proof baking dish and spread out evenly. I will guess a 7x11 or 9x13, and I will clarify this when I make it.
  5. Mix together the Jiffy mix, egg, and milk, pour over the meat and bean mixture.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cornbread is lightly browned.
  7. Serve. I would serve this with mashed potatoes or a nice green salad.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Pressure Cooked Pinto Beans, Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Roti John (Singapore Omelette Sandwich)
Roti John (Singapore Omelette Sandwich)
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This is street food popular in Singapore and Malaysia, and it sounds very good. For this you can use baguettes or hot dog buns. When I make this, I may make the hot dog buns as well, I like a good challenge.
Servings Prep Time
10 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 minutes, each
Servings Prep Time
10 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 minutes, each
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This is street food popular in Singapore and Malaysia, and it sounds very good. For this you can use baguettes or hot dog buns. When I make this, I may make the hot dog buns as well, I like a good challenge.
Servings Prep Time
10 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 minutes, each
Servings Prep Time
10 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 minutes, each
Ingredients
For Toppings & Sauce
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef and mix in the eggs, then mix in the shallots, chili, salt, and pepper.
  2. Butterfly or split open the baguettes or hot dog buns, keeping them intact on on side.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large non stick pan, when the pan is hot, spread some egg mixture on the cut sides of the baguettes and place cut side down in the pan, cook for about 2-3 minutes to set the egg and brown the beef (it is a this layer so it cooks quickly), then flip over and cook the other side for about 1 minute.
  4. Serve with toppings and sauces as desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Use 2-3 cans sardines in olive oil, mashed in place of ground beef.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

One Pot Spaghetti
One Pot Spaghetti
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This sounds really good, and easy, and less clean up after. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
One Pot Spaghetti
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This sounds really good, and easy, and less clean up after. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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 on medium heat, add a splash of olive oil and when hot, add the beef, onion, and garlic. Cook and break up the beef until the beef is cooked through. Drain the fat.
  2. Now add the water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and sugar. Bring the pot to a boil and add the spaghetti. then reduce to a simmer. Stir often and simmer until the spaghetti is tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and parsley, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 94 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Tomato Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beef Taquitos
Beef Taquitos
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Beef Taquitos
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These sound really good, I have not had taquitos in 30 years. On my to make list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 taquitos 20 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
To Serve, as desired
Servings: taquitos
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, cook the ground beef and break up with a spatula as you cook, when no longer pink, drain the fat then add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft.
  2. Add the cumin, chilies, and tomato sauce to the pan and mix in, simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large, flat pan, cast iron would be perfect, heat a little oil and warm each tortilla for a minute or two on each side, this makes them very soft so you can roll them.
  4. Lay a tortilla on your work surface and add some beef filling at about the point mid way between the edge and the center, make a line of filling across the tortilla.
  5. Roll the tortilla tightly, goal is a nice cigar sized taquito. Repeat this for each tortilla.
  6. Heat about 1/3 inch of oil in pan, when the oil is hot, quickly fry the taquitos to brown them, light golden color is the goal, about 1 minute each.
  7. Serve with dipping sauces as you desire, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole would be great choices.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Tomato Sauce, Salsa, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
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Chicken Parmesan Sliders
Chicken Parmesan 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
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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. 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.
  2. Spread the chicken evenly on the rolls, followed by the tomato sauce, Mozzarella, and basil. Place the top layer of the rolls on the top,
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic, parsley, and Parmesan. Brush the top of the rolls with the butter mixture. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Slice into individual sliders, serve, and watch your fingers!
Recipe Notes

The rolls at Tesco are 40 Baht, Mozzarella cheese I will estimate at 100 Baht for 6 slices. For 4 servings, this is about $1.03 per serving.

Shortcut: Pasta Sauce.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Pizza Grilled Cheese
Pizza Grilled Cheese
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Sounds good to me! On my to cook list. This is a Leftover recipe as well from making pizzas, using toppings as you would on a pizza, but keep in mind, you will have to flip this so use only 2-3 toppings.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
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Sounds good to me! On my to cook list. This is a Leftover recipe as well from making pizzas, using toppings as you would on a pizza, but keep in mind, you will have to flip this so use only 2-3 toppings.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. Butter the bread like you would to make a normal grilled cheese.
  2. Put a piece of cheese on the butter side down piece of bread. Spread some pasta sauce on the piece of cheese. Add the pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives, or use what ever pizza toppings you like but keep it to 2-3 items. Add another piece of cheese on top of the toppings. Butter the other piece of bread and put it butter side up on top.
  3. Cook in a hot skillet until golden brown on each side. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spinach & Cheese Calzones
Spinach & Cheese Calzones
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Sounds delicious! Several shortcuts to use as well to tailor this and make it your own recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Spinach & Cheese Calzones
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Sounds delicious! Several shortcuts to use as well to tailor this and make it your own recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Cut the pizza dough into 8 pieces on a floured surface.
  3. Roll out or use your hands, one piece of dough until flat and somewhat round in shape, does not have to be perfect.
  4. Layer two tablespoons spinach, 1 tablespoon Cottage cheese, and a 1/2 slice mozzarella cheese.
  5. Fold one side of dough up and over ingredients, and seal calzone by crimping the edges together. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat for the remaining calzones.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, Parmesan, garlic, and parsley, brush each calzone with the mixture.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost but I will update when I make these.

Shortcuts: Pizza Dough, Cottage Cheese, Tomato Sauce.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Hawaiian Calzones
Hawaiian Calzones
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Sounds delicious! Several shortcuts to use as well to tailor this and make it your own recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
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Sounds delicious! Several shortcuts to use as well to tailor this and make it your own recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Cut the pizza dough into 8 pieces on a floured surface.
  3. Roll out or use your hands, one piece of dough until flat and somewhat round in shape, does not have to be perfect.
  4. Layer ham, Swiss cheese, pineapple, 1 tablespoon cottage cheese, and 1/2 tablespoon spring onion.
  5. Fold one side of dough up and over ingredients, and seal calzone by crimping the edges together. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat for the remaining calzones.
  6. Mix together the egg and water to make egg wash, brush each calzone with the egg wash and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost but I will update when I make these.

Shortcuts: Pizza Dough, Tomato Sauce, Cottage Cheese.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Meatball Parmesan Calzones
Meatball Parmesan Calzones
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
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Sounds delicious! Several shortcuts to use as well to tailor this and make it your own recipe. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Cut the pizza dough into 8 pieces on a floured surface.
  3. Roll out or use your hands, one piece of dough until flat and somewhat round in shape, does not have to be perfect.
  4. Spread 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce on the flattened dough. Wrap up two meatballs in a slice of Mozzarella and place them in the center of the dough. Sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and some fresh basil.
  5. Fold one side of dough up and over ingredients, and seal calzone by crimping the edges together. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat for the remaining calzones.
  6. Mix together the egg and water to make egg wash, brush each calzone with the egg wash and sprinkle with black pepper to your liking.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost but I will update when I make these.

Shortcuts: Pizza Dough, Tomato Sauce, Party Meatballs.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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