Tuna Loaf
Tuna Loaf
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Sounds good to me. Use fresh cooked tuna or canned in brine, either one is fine. This recipes screams of variants that you can use to make it different each time it is prepared. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Tuna Loaf
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Sounds good to me. Use fresh cooked tuna or canned in brine, either one is fine. This recipes screams of variants that you can use to make it different each time it is prepared. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Note about the tuna. For canned, use 2 1/2 to 3 cans, drained well. For fresh cooked, go with 425 grams (15 oz).
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease with butter or olive oil with an oil sprayer a loaf pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper as desired, as well as Tobasco sauce. Use your hands and mix well.
  4. Pack mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with sides of your choice and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost, even more so if using fresh cooked tuna.

Shortcuts: Fresh Tuna, Bread Crumbs.

Variants: 1. Use red bell pepper in place of green. 2. Saute the bell pepper and onion prior to mixing in with the tuna. 3. Add chopped hard boiled eggs. 4. Add sliced green olives. 5. Add chopped fresh parsley or cilantro.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
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Feel free to make this with a range of ground meats, such as pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. This sounds really good, and I made this on 17 May 2018, delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Porcupine Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
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Feel free to make this with a range of ground meats, such as pork, beef, chicken, or turkey. This sounds really good, and I made this on 17 May 2018, delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground meat, 1/2 the onion, 1/2 the oregano, egg, garlic, carrot, and rice. Then get in there with your clean hands and mix this together. (I used 750 grams of pork (1 1/2 lbs) so I used 2 eggs.)
  2. Shape the mixture into 10 balls and place each in your slow cooker. (I used 750 grams of pork (1 1/2 lbs) so I made 12 good sized meatballs.)
  3. Wipe out the mixing bowl, then add the soup, Worcestershire sauce, remaining oregano, remaining onion, and the can of water or 1 1/4 cups of water if you made the shortcut. Mix well. (Big change here I used 3 cups of condensed soup.)
  4. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Set the slow cooker to High setting and cook for 4 hours then switch to Low setting got 1 more hour. (Big change here I used 3 cups of condensed soup.)
  5. When ready, use a large spoon to scoop out the meatballs, this photo is with 3 meatballs and 2 scoops of gravy removed already.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice.
Recipe Notes

Thinking just ground pork or chicken, this is low cost per serving.

Shortcut: Condensed Tomato Soup.

Variant: 1. If you go heavy on the meat, say, 750 grams (1 1/2 lbs) like I did, add another egg, touch more seasoning, and 3 cups of soup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crab Cakes II
Crab Cakes II
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Sounds, recipe calls for 2 pounds of flaked crab meat, I am going to try this with imitation crab as well and will post my findings using this.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Crab Cakes II
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Sounds, recipe calls for 2 pounds of flaked crab meat, I am going to try this with imitation crab as well and will post my findings using this.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add everything, and time to get your hands dirty, reach in there and mix everything together well.
  2. Form into 4 oz (115 gram) patties. (shape into balls then flatten).
  3. Heat a non stick pan with about 1/2 to 1 inch of cooking oil in it. When hot, flip each patty in flour to coat, and place in the hot pan, cook, flipping once, until golden brown on each side, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will have to price imitation and fresh crab for this recipe, for now I will say Fair value.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Crab Rangoon Ravioli
Crab Rangoon Ravioli
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No, this is not a crab and cream cheese wonton in a ravioli, how odd would that be? Think of Crab Rangoon filling in a ravioli, how awesome does that sound?
Servings Prep Time
20-22 ravioli 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20-22 ravioli 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Crab Rangoon Ravioli
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No, this is not a crab and cream cheese wonton in a ravioli, how odd would that be? Think of Crab Rangoon filling in a ravioli, how awesome does that sound?
Servings Prep Time
20-22 ravioli 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20-22 ravioli 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Filling
For the Egg Pasta Dough
Servings: ravioli
Instructions
For the Egg Pasta Dough
  1. In a large bowl, add the flour and mix in the salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and crack in the eggs. Use your fingers to slowly mix the eggs and flour together until it forms a ball, it will come together. Knead the dough for just a few minutes, adding flour if it starts to get sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge while you prep the filling.
For the Filling
  1. For the crab, you can use canned (drained), fresh picked, or even imitation. If using imitation, just cut each crab stick into 1/4 inch pieces and use your hands to break them apart, very easy and will be the first way I prepare this.
  2. Mix up the filling in a bowl, room temp, you want the filling to be good and soft as you are going fill some raviolis with this. Cover and set the filling aside.
To Assemble the Ravioli
  1. Feel free to make your ravioli in squares, rounds, or half moons, your preference. For this recipe, I will use a 3 inch dumpling press.
  2. Take your dough from fridge and cut into quarters. Using 1 piece of dough, flour a a work surface and roll out the dough with a rolling pin, get it as thin as you can.
  3. When the dough is rolled out, cut circles just a bit larger than the press.
  4. Take a circle and flip it over and place on the press, push down in the center to fit the press, then press along the edges to make sure dough it tight on the press.
  5. Take about a teaspoon of filling and place in the center of the press. Use a brush and brush one side of the edge of the press with water.
  6. Fold the press in half and squeeze to crimp the edge, any of the dough that comes out from the press, just scrape off with a knife. Open the press and remove the ravioli and place on a lightly floured plate.
  7. Take the leftover dough, form into a ball, roll out and repeat the steps. I used 2 pieces of dough from the original ball and made 15 ravioli.
To Cook and Serve
  1. Use any sauce you like, prepare your sauce or used jarred, your preference. A tomato pasta sauce, or an Alfredo sauce.
  2. When your sauce is simmering, go ahead and cook the ravioli.
  3. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling. Add some ravioli using a slotted spoon without over crowding the pot, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  4. Ladle on your sauce, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht/125 grams. The imitation crab will cost about 50 Baht/140 grams. (When I buy fresh crab, I will price this once I pick 140 grams.) Figure 3 servings, this is about $1.08 per serving.

Inspired by a conversation with Spend With Pennies and the link to the Crab Rangoon recipe is here.
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Crab Rangoon Grilled Sandwich
Crab Rangoon Grilled Sandwich
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No, this is not a sandwich with the crab and cream cheese wontons grilled between bread, think of the filling grilled between bread 😉 These are delicious!
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
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No, this is not a sandwich with the crab and cream cheese wontons grilled between bread, think of the filling grilled between bread 😉 These are delicious!
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the crab, you can use canned (drained), fresh picked, or even imitation. If using imitation, just cut each crab stick into 1/4 inch pieces and use your hands to break them apart, very easy and will be the first way I prepare this.
  2. Mix up the filling in a bowl, room temp, you want the filling to be good and soft as you are going to spread this after the first slice of bread is in the pan. Heat a non stick pan on medium low or low heat.
  3. Spread some mayo on two slices of bread, place one slice, mayo side down on parchment paper, spread some filling on that slice, be generous, then top with the second slice of bread, mayo side up. Place in the hot pan.
  4. When the bottom is golden brown, flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
  5. Remove from pan, cut in half from corner to corner, or best you can with homemade bread, serve.
  6. Repeat for additional sandwiches.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht/125 grams. The imitation crab will cost about 50 Baht/140 grams. (When I buy fresh crab, I will price this once I pick 140 grams.) Figure 3 servings, this is about $1.08 per serving.

Inspired by a conversation with Spend With Pennies and the link to the Crab Rangoon recipe is here.
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Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Crab Rangoon
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To clear things up, this is not Chinese in origin, this is American, but does sound really good, as I love Cream cheese and crab, but I will use imitation crab for starters, easier to get and lower cost.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 wontons 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. For the crab, you can use canned (drained), fresh picked, or even imitation. If using imitation, just cut each crab stick into 1/4 inch pieces and use your hands to break them apart, very easy and will be the first way I prepare this.
  2. In a small bowl, add the Cream cheese, crab, spring onion, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until combined.
  3. Lay out a wonton wrapper, place about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Base this on the size of your wontons. The wrappers I use are about 3 inches on each side.
  4. Wet your finger in a small bowl of water and run it across the 4 edges, need to dip your finger in water a few times doing this.
  5. Now, pull up two opposite corners and press them together to seal the top,
  6. Now bring up the other two corners and seal them at the top and press together the 4 seams to seal them as well. Place the wonton on a sheet of parchment.
  7. Repeat for the remaining wontons.
To Deep Fry
  1. Heat about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil in a large deep pan or a heavy pot. You want the oil hot but not smoking. Your preference on the oil, rice bran oil would be a good choice.
  2. Carefully place the wontons in the hot oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, do not overload the pan, until nice and golden brown. Remove wontons to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining wontons. My wife is cooking the wontons on the left, I am cooking some fish on the right.
To Bake
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F)
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. and arrange wontons in an orderly fashion. Spray with cooking oil, a oil mister would be perfect for this, for folks in the US, feel free to use a cooking spray of your choice.
  3. Another option is to lightly, and I mean lightly, brush each wonton with oil. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Keep in mind baked will not be as crispy as the deep fried, but just as good in flavor.
  4. Serve with dipping sauces of your choice.
  5. I served these as a side with some fish and long beans I cooked.
Recipe Notes

The Cream cheese will cost about 60 Baht/125 grams. The imitation crab will cost about 50 Baht/140 grams. (When I buy fresh crab, I will price this once I pick 140 grams.) Figure 6 servings (3 each 6 people for appetizers), this is about 54 cents per serving.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Old Fashioned Goulash II
Old Fashioned Goulash II
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Sounds great, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Old Fashioned Goulash II
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Sounds great, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in good sized pot with the onion and garlic, drain fat.
  2. Add the peas, carrots, corn, seasoning salt, pepper, cumin, and give it a quick mix. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and chopped tomatoes with their juice, another quick mix.
  3. Add the broth, bay leaves, and macaroni. Give it a quick mix and set heat to just simmer. Cover pot and simmer until the pasta is cooked and tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Top with the cheese, cover, and remove from heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Give it a stir and serve.
Recipe Notes

Beef will cost about 125 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 92 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Seasoning Salt.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
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These sound excellent! On my to cook list. I will verify prep and cook times when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
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These sound excellent! On my to cook list. I will verify prep and cook times when I prepare this.
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. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, brown the ground beef until almost cooked through, chopping it up with the spatula as it cooks. Drain off the fat.
  2. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic and cook until the onions and pepper is softened.
  3. Add the Worcestershire, beef broth, and sprinkle in the flour and stir. Cook to thicken the mixture.
  4. When thickened, stir in your favorite cheese.
  5. Serve on toasted rolls or bread of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 250 Baht for the beef. When I get some Provolone again I will be able to price this per serving. For now I will say fair cost.

Recipe provided by good friend, Rose Marie, and the original recipe is here.
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Mayo Variations
Mayo Variations
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Making mayo is not something I have done, nor is it covered here in this, these are just variations you can add to mayo you bought or mayo you have made, enjoy.
Mayo Variations
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Making mayo is not something I have done, nor is it covered here in this, these are just variations you can add to mayo you bought or mayo you have made, enjoy.
Ingredients
Fresh Herb Mayo
Caper Dijon Mayo
Horseradish Mayo
Chili Lime Mayo
Bacon Chive Mayo
  • 3 1/2 cups mayo
  • 3 slices bacon cooked crispy and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chives chopped
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Instructions
  1. For each variation, just stir in the ingredients, cover and store in the fridge until use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Basic Salisbury Steak
Basic Salisbury Steak
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I state basic for this as it uses store bought gravy packets or you can make the 'store bought' packets yourself, but you will dress these up with some with other ingredients. Thai brand Lobo makes an excellent Beef Gravy packet and they are very inexpensive. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Basic Salisbury Steak
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I state basic for this as it uses store bought gravy packets or you can make the 'store bought' packets yourself, but you will dress these up with some with other ingredients. Thai brand Lobo makes an excellent Beef Gravy packet and they are very inexpensive. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Salisbury steaks by mixing together the beef, , egg, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Shape into 4 round or oval patties.
  2. Heat the butter in a large non stick pan, add the patties and cook for 4 to 5 minutes each side until well browned. Remove from the pan and set them aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan, prepare the gravy packets per the package instructions.
  4. Using the pan you cooked the patties in, add the onion, mushrooms, and thyme. Saute until the onion is translucent and soft, and the mushroom well wilted and starting to brown. Reduce heat to a low simmer and pour in the gravy from the sauce pan and stir in the soy sauce.
  5. Add the patties to the gravy, cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once, until cooked through.
  6. Season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper as desired, serve with mashed potatoes.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Shortcuts: Bread Crumbs, Beef Gravy.

Adapted from an internet recipe.