Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
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I grew up on Hamburger Helper, and many times the hamburger (hamburger meat for all my friends in the deep south of the US) was substituted with ground venison. My early years in the Navy, my wife and I made Hamburger Helper to stretch those dollars between paydays. This is basically hamburger, pasta (maybe potatoes), spices, milk, and water, and a load of preservatives. So I did a bit of research on the internet and found a site that replicated all of the dishes available. The basic instruction is brown the ground beef and drain, then add in the ingredients for each version you wish then simmer. Enjoy. Links to the shortcut are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
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4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Hamburger Helper Shortcuts
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I grew up on Hamburger Helper, and many times the hamburger (hamburger meat for all my friends in the deep south of the US) was substituted with ground venison. My early years in the Navy, my wife and I made Hamburger Helper to stretch those dollars between paydays. This is basically hamburger, pasta (maybe potatoes), spices, milk, and water, and a load of preservatives. So I did a bit of research on the internet and found a site that replicated all of the dishes available. The basic instruction is brown the ground beef and drain, then add in the ingredients for each version you wish then simmer. Enjoy. Links to the shortcut are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
Chili Mac
Lasagna
Cheesy Beef Taco
Beef Stroganoff
Potato Stroganoff
Salisbury
Cheesy Italian Shells
Cheesy Jambalaya
Servings: servings
Instructions
Chili Mac
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the macaroni is tender.
  3. Stir in the cheese and when it is melted in, serve and enjoy.
Lasagna
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the two cheeses. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles or lasagna noodles are tender.
  3. Stir in the Mozzarella cheese and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on the top. Cover for 5 minutes to let the Mozzarella melt in, serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Beef Taco
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese and Fritos. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the rice is tender.
  3. Stir in 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese, sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top then the Fritos, Cover and let sit for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Beef Stroganoff
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Potato Stroganoff
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the potatoes are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Salisbury
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the egg noodles are tender. Serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Italian Shells
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the pasta shells are tender.
  3. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and cook for another 5 minutes or so to let the cheese melt in, serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Jambalaya
  1. In a large non stick pan, brown the ground beef and drain off any fat.
  2. Add the remaining items except the cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally until the rice is tender.
  3. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and cover for another 5 minutes or so to let the cheese melt in, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Sour Cream.

Notes: 1. If using true Thai chili powder, cut the amount back by 1/3 to 1/2 as it is quite hotter than chili powder in the US. 2. The salt and sugar are OPTIONAL! I have made several of these and you can certainly leave out the sugar. Salt is used in the boxed version of this much the way McDonald's uses salt, sugar is used in the box version much the way cereals in the US are made, to get you to not like the meal, but love the meal, and buy more. When I make these, I do not add sugar, but I do add salt, a touch less than what is stated.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing II
Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing II
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes this often. Brian's words "In keeping with the spirit of simple and inexpensive recipes, here's my version of Bleu Cheese dressing." I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often, and it will be good.
Servings Prep Time
3 cups, about 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 cups, about 1-2 hours
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes this often. Brian's words "In keeping with the spirit of simple and inexpensive recipes, here's my version of Bleu Cheese dressing." I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often, and it will be good.
Servings Prep Time
3 cups, about 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 cups, about 1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cups, about
Instructions
  1. First thing with the cheese, place that in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Feel free to a bit more if you like.
  2. When you are ready to start, and the cheese is good and firm, in a mixing bowl, combine the mayo and whipping cream.
  3. Finely grate the cheese, the finer the cheese, the flavor develops more. If desired, reserve some of the cheese to crumble in to make a chunky dressing.
  4. Add the cheese to the milk and cream mixture, then mix in the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours before use. The longer is chills, the better the flavors blend together.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
Thailand.

Completely Loco Moco
Completely Loco Moco
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This is spin on the standard Hawaiian fast food Loco Moco, this is a simple recipe and uses leftover meat.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Completely Loco Moco
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This is spin on the standard Hawaiian fast food Loco Moco, this is a simple recipe and uses leftover meat.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until mixture becomes a dark brown color, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce and whisk for about 1 minute. Add beef stock and salt, and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes. OR just prepare a packet or two of gravy mix and use that.
  2. While the gravy is thickening, chop the leftover meat you have on hand, beef, pork, chicken, or any combination. Add to a hot skillet and saute to heat the meat through, add the cooked rice and mix in, saute until meat and rice are hot.
  3. Fry the eggs sunny side up in another pan.
  4. To plate, divide the rice and meat mixture between 4 plates, pour on some gravy, place a fried egg on top, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost since using left over meat.

Inspired by Jerry Juliana.
United States.

Salmon Cakes
Salmon Cakes
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This not only sounds really good, it is good! I have not had salmon patties (cakes) in many years, made these on 11 Aug 2017, outstanding. This can be an appetizer, or for me, a main dish with a side vegetable.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Salmon Cakes
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This not only sounds really good, it is good! I have not had salmon patties (cakes) in many years, made these on 11 Aug 2017, outstanding. This can be an appetizer, or for me, a main dish with a side vegetable.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the salmon, you can use a 500 gram fillet, use 4-5 smaller fillets, use leftover cooked salmon, or even canned salmon, well drained and the approximate weight stated. The salmon has to be cooked and flaked, you can bake or steam the fillets, up to you. Season with garlic salt and black pepper before cooking, if baking, brush with olive oil as well. Let the salmon cool to room temperature. Then flake the salmon with two forks and remove and discard the skin and any bones, depending on the cut you use.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat a tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of butter and the onion and bell pepper. Cook until softened and starting to turn golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes then remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, and the salmon, bread crumbs, eggs, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and parsley. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the onion and bell pepper, and mix that in then form into 13-14 patties. You can use either large tablespoons of the mixture or use an ice cream scoop. Flatten the portion out and form into about 1/2 inch thick patties.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large non stick skillet over medium heat and once butter is done sizzling, add half of the salmon cakes and fry for 3 to 4 min per side or until golden brown. If salmon cakes brown too quickly, reduce heat. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Add remaining oil and butter and repeat cooking remaining salmon cakes.
  6. Serve with a tartar sauce or dipping sauces of your preference.
Recipe Notes

Four 140 gram fillets is 96 Baht each and is 560 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $2.82 per serving. High cost for Thailand, should be much less in the US or where fresh or even canned salmon is available. Great flavor and would be great for visiting friends and family.

Inspired by the recipe Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties) from Natasha's Kitchen.

Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese
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I like a good Mac & Cheese, and this seems spot on with that, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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I like a good Mac & Cheese, and this seems spot on with that, on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook the pasta to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef, breaking up meat with a spatula, and season with salt and pepper to your liking, then drain fat. Add garlic and onions and cook until softened, 2 minutes, then add brown sugar, tomatoes, Worcestershire, and chili powder, and simmer for about 10 minutes, reduce heat to low.
  3. Drain pasta one more time, and add to skillet over low heat. Stir in parsley and half the cheese, then quickly toss together to evenly coat pasta. Top with remaining mozzarella and cover with lid to melt cheese.
  4. Serve, garnish with fresh parsley if desired and have garlic bread on the side.
Recipe Notes

The beef would cost about 100 Baht/500 grams. The cheese, figure about 120 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.62 per serving.

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

Loco Moco
Loco Moco
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This is standard in Hawaiian fast food places, this is a simple recipe and it is good. (I thought this would have had SPAM in it being Hawaiian 😉
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Loco Moco
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This is standard in Hawaiian fast food places, this is a simple recipe and it is good. (I thought this would have had SPAM in it being Hawaiian 😉
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Gravy (or use a gravy packet)
For the Patties
Other Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; whisk until mixture becomes a dark brown color, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce and whisk for about 1 minute. Add beef stock and salt, and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.
  2. While the gravy is thickening, mix the ground beef, onion, salt, and pepper together. Divide the mixture into 4 balls; flatten them into patties. Fry the patties to the desired doneness.
  3. Fry the eggs sunny side up.
  4. To plate this, divide the rice between 4 plates, place a burger patty on top of the rice, pour on some gravy, place an egg on top of the burger patty, drizzle a bit of gravy over the egg, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht/500 grams of beef. For 4 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Dave Petersen.
United States.

Pork Knuckles & Sauerkraut (Kombes mit Eisbein und Kartoffelbrei)
Pork Knuckles & Sauerkraut (Kombes mit Eisbein und Kartoffelbrei)
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This is a true German dish and if you have ever had pork knuckles, this is a good way to prepare them compared to just roasting, which is also very good.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Pork Knuckles & Sauerkraut (Kombes mit Eisbein und Kartoffelbrei)
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This is a true German dish and if you have ever had pork knuckles, this is a good way to prepare them compared to just roasting, which is also very good.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the pork knuckles in your slow cooker.
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients except the mashed potatoes and pour over the knuckles. Cover and cook on Low setting for 8 hours without removing the lid.
  3. Remove the knuckles from the slow cooker. Scoop out some sauerkraut and place on one side of each plate, place a pork knuckle on top of the kraut, then place a scoop of mashed potatoes on the other side of the plate. Serve.
Recipe Notes

These are available at Makro, frozen, each is 800 grams and cost is 200 Baht each. And I recently seen them 4 in a bag, frozen in Tesco, cannot remember the price. If serving one knuckle for 2 people (easily done),  the cost would be about $2.95 per person. I will add  the cost of sauerkraut when I find that. More expensive than other meals listed here but is a great treat for yourself.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Patty Melts
Patty Melts
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Grilled sandwich with beef, onions, and Swiss cheese, I love everything about this. And easy to make. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Grilled sandwich with beef, onions, and Swiss cheese, I love everything about this. And easy to make. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium low heat. Add the sliced onions and cook slowly until the onions are golden brown and soft, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. While the onions are cooking, In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, Worcestershire and salt and pepper to your liking, form into 4 patties.
  3. I use block cheese, Swiss, from New Zealand, excellent cheese, so slice your cheese while the onions are cooking as well. You can slice as thin or as thick as you want, figure about 3 slices per side.
  4. When the onions are done, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in another skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties on both sides until totally done in the middle, 3 minutes or so each side.
  5. To assemble each sandwich, slice of bread, slices of cheese to cover bread (about 3), hamburger patty, a quarter of the cooked onions, more slices of cheese and another slice of bread.
  6. Using a griddle or a large skillet over medium heat, cast iron would be perfect, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and grill the sandwiches until golden brown on the first side in the pan. Remove the sandwiches and add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet. Return the sandwiches to the skillet, but flip them to the other side. Cook until golden brown and crisp, and until the cheese is melted. Slice in half and serve immediately!
Recipe Notes

Not a cheap meal based on cheese alone, figure about 180 Baht/block of 250 grams. For the beef, this will be about 150 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $2.43 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Easy Crab Bombs
Easy Crab Bombs
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Sounds delicious! On my to cook list. I would use fresh crab cooked yourself and picked, prep time does not reflect this step. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Easy Crab Bombs
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Sounds delicious! On my to cook list. I would use fresh crab cooked yourself and picked, prep time does not reflect this step. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Place crab meat in a mixing bowl, remove any stray shell fragments. Add crushed crackers, Old Bay seasoning, and parsley, gently toss together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, mustard, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Pour mixture over the crab meat and gently mix, careful not to break up large lumps of crab meat.
  4. Shape into golf ball sized balls and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Drizzle with melted butter and allow to cool before serving.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I make it in order to get the amount of crab needed. For now I will say fair value.

Shortcut: Old Bay Seasoning.

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

Best Ever Beef Stew
Best Ever Beef Stew
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Love a good beef stew, and this sounds pretty good. I cannot vouch for this being 'best ever' but it does sound good.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Best Ever Beef Stew
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Love a good beef stew, and this sounds pretty good. I cannot vouch for this being 'best ever' but it does sound good.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Shake the beef in a resealable plastic bag with the flour, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder until evenly coated. Heat a splash of olive oil in a skillet then add the floured beef to the pan and brown on all sides. Remove using a slotted spoon or tongs and place into the bottom of your slow cooker. Season with pepper as desired.
  2. Saute the diced onion in the same hot skillet for 2 minutes. Don't worry about cleaning it out in between, that's added flavor! Transfer the onions into the slow cooker as well.
  3. Pour the Worcestershire sauce, water, beef stock powder into the same skillet and whisk until mixed. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Add the diced potatoes, carrots, celery, bay leaves to the slow cooker. Now, pour the mixture from the skillet into the slow cooker. Cover, cook on Low setting for 8 hours. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
Recipe Notes

The beef would cost about 200 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 98 cents per serving.

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