Cucumber Bites
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Low cost, great sounding appetizers. This is a make what you need guide, no quantities provided.
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10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cucumber Bites
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Low cost, great sounding appetizers. This is a make what you need guide, no quantities provided.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Peel the cucumbers, feel free to get creative to make ridges, etc. Slice about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick.
  2. Slice the cheese and cut into squares that will cover, and slightly overhang a slice of cucumber.
  3. To assemble, place a slice of cucumber in a tray, add a slice of cheese, fold up a slice of deli ham into quarters and place onto the cheese, top the ham with another slice of cheese, then place another slice of cucumber on top and poke a toothpick in the center to hold it together. Repeat for as many as you would like to make.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use deli sliced turkey, chicken, Genoa salami, or pepperoni. 2. Use Swiss, Gouda, or Edam cheeses.

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Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
Chicken Enchiladas with Cream Cheese Sauce
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This is from a good friend and comes highly recommended. This takes a little bit of time to ensure you have good and juicy chicken and a nice broth to use not only in this recipe, but in other dishes as well. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
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This is from a good friend and comes highly recommended. This takes a little bit of time to ensure you have good and juicy chicken and a nice broth to use not only in this recipe, but in other dishes as well. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20-30 minutes 1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the chicken, you can use thighs, legs and thighs (quarters separated), or breasts. I would lean towards the plus side and go with 3-4 quarters or 4 breasts, no one will complain if you use more chicken. Once you make this, then just make a note as to how much chicken you used. Not only are you going to make tender and juicy chicken, you are going to make the broth you need for this recipe as well. Broth can be simply starting with water, or you can flavor that up by adding a chopped up carrot, onion, celery, and some black peppercorns, any or all work fine.
  2. In a large pot, add the chicken pieces. Add about 6 cups of water. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a medium simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 20-30 minutes. Cut into a piece to check.
  3. When the chicken is cooked, simply turn off the heat and move the pot to an unused burner AND leave the chicken in the pot! The chicken will continue to cook a bit until the broth cools off, so a nearly done piece of chicken will be tender and juicy.
  4. Once the broth is at room temperature, remove the chicken and shred that. Goal is 3 cups shredded, if you are a little over that, perfectly fine.
  5. Pour the broth through a strainer, reserve 2 cups of broth for this recipe, and store the rest in the fridge for other uses, such as making rice.
  6. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and get out a 9x13 or 7x11 baking dish. I will clarify the size when I make this.
  7. In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, chicken, 1 cup of shredded cheese, lime juice, cumin, and chili powder. Mix together until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste and as desired.
  8. Lay a tortilla on the counter, add 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture, roll and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat until all the chicken mixture is used.
  9. In a pan, melt the butter then whisk in the flour, continue whisking until the roux turns golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  10. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth the other half of the cream cheese, and the diced chilies. Continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened.
  11. Remove the sauce from the heat and pour evenly over the enchiladas.
  12. Top with the remaining Cheddar cheese and bake for 22-25 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Top with chopped cilantro.
  14. Serve with side dishes of your choice (refried beans and rice will be my choice).
Recipe Notes

Cheddar cheese will run about 270 Baht for 1 1/2 blocks. The Cream cheese is about 140 Baht. The chicken, figure 1 kilo of quarters at 52 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $3.61 per serving.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone.
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Tuna Casserole IV
Tuna Casserole IV
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This comes from a good friend in Thailand and is highly recommended. I like the use of the cheese pasta sauce. I made this on 27 June 2018, outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
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This comes from a good friend in Thailand and is highly recommended. I like the use of the cheese pasta sauce. I made this on 27 June 2018, outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Spray a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain and add pasta to the baking dish.
  3. Add the tuna, corn, cheese pasta sauce and mix together well. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  4. Spread the mixture out evenly and sprinkle the shredded cheese on the top, use as much cheese as you like.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly.
  6. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The cheese sauce, in Thailand, is available from Lazada if you reside outside of a major city, cost is 178 Baht for a jar, which is not bad, it is a very good sauce. The Cheddar cheese will use 1/2 of a 200 gram block, about 90 Baht for that. For 6 servings, this is about $1.40 per serving.

Shortcuts: Fresh Tuna, Fresh Corn (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: 1. Use peas in place of the corn. 2. Use the higher quantities of Cheddar and tuna (highly recommended). 3. Add some sauteed onions. 4. Add some sauteed diced red bell pepper.

Recipe and variants 3-4 provided by good friend, Kurt Hammerschmidt.
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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.

Breakfast Pizza
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This sounds good and uses fresh hash browns, not frozen. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
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This sounds good and uses fresh hash browns, not frozen. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Lightly coat a baking sheet or pizza pan with butter or spray with olive oil using an oil mister.
  2. Wash and scrub the potatoes. Shred, and place in water, rinse, and squeeze dry, repeat the water, rinse, and squeeze steps 3-4 times until the water that is squeezed out runs clear, there, you just rinsed out the starch and made your own has browns.
  3. Add the hash browns to a large mixing bowl, add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup cheese, and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Mix to combine.
  4. Place the hash brown mixture on the prepared baking sheet or pizza pan, use your hands and pat this down to a round pizza shape.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. While the potato crust is baking, heat a non stick pan and when hot, cook the bacon until crispy, then place the bacon on a paper towel lined plate to drain, then crumble.
  7. Remove the potato crust from the oven, top with the remaining cheese and crack the remaining eggs onto the crust, sprinkle on the crumbled bacon and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake again for about 15 minutes to set the egg whites but with runny yolks, or bake for 18 to 20 for firmer yolks.
  9. Remove from oven, sprinkle with the chives, slice, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Olive Cheese Bread
Olive Cheese Bread
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This sounds really good and comes from a very good friend in the US. On my to cook list for sure after I make some sour cream. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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This sounds really good and comes from a very good friend in the US. On my to cook list for sure after I make some sour cream. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly spray some olive oil on the paper and sides of the pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sour cream, oil, eggs, and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, stir until just combined.
  4. Fold in the cheese and olives.
  5. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Run a knife around the sides and turn out onto a rack. Slice when cooled, and better if chilled first.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
United States.

Dill Pickle Bread
Dill Pickle Bread
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This sounds really good and comes from a very good friend in the US. On my to cook list for sure after I make some sour cream. Several money saving shortcuts are listed as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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This sounds really good and comes from a very good friend in the US. On my to cook list for sure after I make some sour cream. Several money saving shortcuts are listed as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly spray some olive oil on the paper and sides of the pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sour cream, oil, eggs, and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and pickle juice, stir until just combined.
  4. Fold in the cheese, pickles, and dill.
  5. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Run a knife around the sides and turn out onto a rack. Slice when cooled, and better if chilled first.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Sour Cream, Fridge Dill Pickles.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
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Crock Pot Chicken & Rice
Crock Pot Chicken & Rice
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This sounds absolutely delicious! Common ingredients, very little prep time, perfect. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-6 hours
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This sounds absolutely delicious! Common ingredients, very little prep time, perfect. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
3-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Grease your slow cooker insert with butter, this makes the clean up a bit easier for you.
  2. Dice the chicken breasts into about 3/4 inch cubes.
  3. Add the rice, chicken, frozen vegetables into slow cooker.
  4. Mix together the soup, broth, half of the Cheddar cheese, and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Pour mixture into the slow cooker. Push down the rice so it is covered with liquid.
  6. Mix together the breadcrumbs and melted butter then mix in the remaining cheese. Spread mixture over the contents of the slow cooker.
  7. Cover the cooker and set to Low setting and cook for 5-6 hours, or High setting and cook for 3 to 4 hours. If using High setting, check the rice, it may require a bit longer to make it fully cooked.
  8. Serve and enjoy with a vegetable side of your choice for a nice meal.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts are low cost, just using the low end of the ingredients, the chicken is only 30 Baht, without doing any math, this is Low cost per serving for sure.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, Seasoned Breadcrumbs.

Variant: 1. Use fresh cooked corn and fresh diced carrot.

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Cheeseburger Casserole
Cheeseburger Casserole
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This sounds good, uses ground chicken as the meat instead of beef. And in keeping with the spirit of fresh, I am going to write this to use more fresh and less canned items. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Cheeseburger Casserole
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This sounds good, uses ground chicken as the meat instead of beef. And in keeping with the spirit of fresh, I am going to write this to use more fresh and less canned items. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). If not using a 12 inch heatproof pan, lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. (I will verify the dish size when I make this.)
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until just tender, drain and set aside.
  3. While waiting on the pasta to cook, heat a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the oil. When hot, add the onion and cook until softened, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the chicken and steak seasoning, stir and cook until the chicken until browned, it cooks further in the oven. Drain any liquids from the pan.
  5. To the pan add the tomatoes, tomato paste, mustard, and dill relish. Simmer for a few minutes then turn off the heat. Stir in the pasta and stir to coat well.
  6. If using a oven proof pan, smooth out the mixture and add the shredded cheese evenly on the the top, place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture bubbles and the cheese melted in.
  7. If using a baking dish, transfer the pasta mixture to a 9x13 baking dish, spread out evenly and add the shredded cheese evenly on the top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture bubbles and the cheese melted in.
  8. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and salt and pepper as desired and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Use ground turkey in place of ground chicken.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
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This sounds like a great breakfast casserole, this use stale bread (think just cubed and toasted dry, instead of hash browns, so good, on my to cook list. Remember, breakfast dishes always make great dinner dishes as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole II
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This sounds like a great breakfast casserole, this use stale bread (think just cubed and toasted dry, instead of hash browns, so good, on my to cook list. Remember, breakfast dishes always make great dinner dishes as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6-7 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the breakfast sausage in a non stick pan until cooked through and fat drained.
  2. Grease with butter your slow cooker insert, bottom and sides.
  3. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl, whisk until well mixed and frothy is ok. Add the milk and mustard, and season with salt and pepper as desired, whisk to combine.
  4. Place the cubed dried bread in an even layer in your slow cooker, then add the sausage, cheese, onion, and bell pepper.
  5. Pour in the eggs, push down the other ingredients as needed.
  6. Cover and set your slow cooker to Low setting for 6 to 7 hours. Check at 5 hours to be on the safe side, the dish is done when the eggs are set and the top is golden brown.
  7. Spoon into bowls and ad some nice toast and you have a meal, regardless of the time of day.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Breakfast Sausage.

Adapted from an internet recipe.