Tortilla Pizzas
Tortilla Pizzas
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This is a cheater recipe when you want a fast and simple pizza. This is a vase recipe for 1 tortilla pizza, adjust the amounts for how ever many pizzas you wish to make.
Servings Prep Time
1 tortilla pizza 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 tortilla pizza 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Tortilla Pizzas
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This is a cheater recipe when you want a fast and simple pizza. This is a vase recipe for 1 tortilla pizza, adjust the amounts for how ever many pizzas you wish to make.
Servings Prep Time
1 tortilla pizza 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 tortilla pizza 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: tortilla pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C (425 F).
  2. Place a tortilla on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spread the sauce evenly on the tortilla, keeping 1/2 inch from the edge.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese and toppings of your choice.
  4. Bake until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly and the edge of the tortilla is lightly browned, about 10 to 14 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing (last thing you want in your mouth is hot bubbly cheese).
  6. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Fries
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Fries
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This sounds good for a family get together, watching a sports game with friends, or even as a main dish served over rice or pasta with a salad on the side.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Fries
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This sounds good for a family get together, watching a sports game with friends, or even as a main dish served over rice or pasta with a salad on the side.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat the oil then add the chicken, cook for about 4-5 minutes each side, remove from pan.
  2. Add the bacon and cook until just crisp, then add the garlic and jalapenos and fry until just fragrant. While the bacon is cooking, dice the chicken.
  3. Stir in the cream, salt, and pepper and let it simmer on low heat.
  4. Then stir in the cheese, then the chicken. Simmer for a few minutes to melt the cheese into the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce over a large tray of hot french fries, hand everyone a fork, and dig in.
Recipe Notes

For the number of servings, this is low cost, only thing costly would be the cheese at about 180 Baht, but 10 servings, low cost overall.

Variant: 1. Make this a main dish served over rice or pasta and a salad on the side.

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

“I Don’t Care” Casserole
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
"I Don't Care" Casserole
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Have you ever been willing to cook for your family and asked what would you like? Normally if the response is "I don't care" then I cook something for myself and let the rest fend for themselves. This recipe seems like a good alternative and sounds tasty as well. Original recipe listed Velvetta cheese, which is basically plastic, I changed this up to use real cheese. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F), get out a baking dish (I will verify the size when I make this).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, pour into your baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is starting to brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes, serve to your ungrateful family 😉
  5. Maybe next time when you ask, they will be more specific. Now if you ask what would you like for dinner and the family says "Kobe beef, Maine lobsters, and King crab" then fix this casserole, they will learn 😉
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get ham again, right now I will say high cost and will calculate this after I gather the supplies.

Shortcut: Condensed Cheese Soup.

Variants: 1. Substitute ham for cooked and cubed chicken or turkey. 2. Omit the meat and just make a vegetable casserole.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Microwave Baked Potatoes
Microwave Baked Potatoes
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I have not done this yet, but will soon. When I was growing up, we had a wood stove we cooked on, and it had an oven, I used to make the baked potatoes but inserted a large nail (very clean) into the potato, theory is that when the nail heats up it cooks the inside of the potato faster, seemed to work. This is on my to make list and soon. This is based on one potato per serving as a side.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
11 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
11 minutes
Microwave Baked Potatoes
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I have not done this yet, but will soon. When I was growing up, we had a wood stove we cooked on, and it had an oven, I used to make the baked potatoes but inserted a large nail (very clean) into the potato, theory is that when the nail heats up it cooks the inside of the potato faster, seemed to work. This is on my to make list and soon. This is based on one potato per serving as a side.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
11 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving as a side 2 minutes
Cook Time
11 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving as a side
Instructions
  1. Wash potato well to remove any dirt and grit, prick with a fork several times and place on a plate.
  2. Place in the microwave and 'nuke' the potato for 5 minutes on High power. Turn potato over and 'nuke' for another 5 minutes.
  3. Remove potato, cut nearly in half and spread apart, season with salt and pepper to your liking, mash just a bit with a fork, add the butter and 2 tablespoons of the cheese.
  4. Nuke again on High setting for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and top with remaining cheese and sour cream to your liking, garnish with chopped chives or spring onion if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.

Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce
Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce
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This is a quick meal to put together. One of the ingredients is Tasso Ham, which is a specialty of Cajun/Creole cooking of the southern US. If you do not have access to this type of ham, you can easily use Andouille sausage or thick cut smoked bacon and just add a bit of Cajun seasoning to taste. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce
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This is a quick meal to put together. One of the ingredients is Tasso Ham, which is a specialty of Cajun/Creole cooking of the southern US. If you do not have access to this type of ham, you can easily use Andouille sausage or thick cut smoked bacon and just add a bit of Cajun seasoning to taste. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Grits
For the Rest
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Follow the package instructions to prepare the grits but for what ever amount of water it calls for, cut that in half and use milk for the other half.
  2. Get your grits going, season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir often to make nice and creamy grits. When the grits are done, add in Cheddar to your liking and stir in, set aside but keep warm.
  3. Get everything else prepped, measured, and set out and ready to go, this will come together quickly.
  4. In a large non stick pan on medium high heat, heat the oil and butter. When hot, add the ham and saute until crispy. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute until the onion is translucent then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the shrimp and saute for 1 to 2 minutes or until all the shrimp are pink. Pink shrimp are tender, over cooked shrimp are tough. Remove the shrimp when pink and set aside.
  6. Stir in the white wine and let it reduce. When it has reduced, slowly stir in the cream, season with salt and pepper, and if you used sausage or bacon, season to taste with Cajun seasoning. Let sauce reduce to thicken.
  7. Divide the grits between two plates, divide the shrimp onto the grits, pour sauce equally over each plate, top each plate with chopped spring onion greens. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will say low cost for now but will price this when I get the shrimp again, I will be using large shrimp for this.

This recipe for Shrimp & Grits with Tasso Cream Sauce is from Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom.

Pears & Mayo
Pears & Mayo
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I heard about this from an old time advertisement for mayonnaise, never heard of anyone actually making this until now. This is a side dish salad. Next time I go to Phuket, I will have to look for a can of pears to test this out with.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Pears & Mayo
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I heard about this from an old time advertisement for mayonnaise, never heard of anyone actually making this until now. This is a side dish salad. Next time I go to Phuket, I will have to look for a can of pears to test this out with.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make a bed of lettuce leaves on two plates, place two drained pear halves on each plate. Add a generous spoon of mayo into the center of each pear. Top with some shredded cheese.
  2. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. In place of pears, use pineapple rings (fresh would be perfect), or canned peach halves.

Provided courtesy of good friends, Wayne Studdard Jr., Millette Hampton, Wanda Gauthreaux.
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Mexican Style Eggs in a Nest
Mexican Style Eggs in a Nest
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Sounds very good, on my to cook list. Two shortcuts to make as well. 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
Mexican Style Eggs in a Nest
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Sounds very good, on my to cook list. Two shortcuts to make as well. 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. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F). Light grease with butter four 10 ounce ramekins or four 10 ounce Pyrex dishes.
  2. In a mixing bowl and the hash browns and cheese and mix to combine, sprinkle on the taco seasoning and toss to mix that in. Divide the mixture into the 4 ramekins, press down on the bottom and sides making a depression in the center, place the dishes on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and crack an egg into each dish, season with salt and pepper to your liking. Bake for another 10-20 minutes until the whites are fully set and the yolk is starting to firm up but not hard.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 4 servings, this is about 66 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Hash Browns, Taco Seasoning Mix.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Baked Eggs & Spinach
Baked Eggs & Spinach
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Sounds very good and only 4 ingredients, and one of those you can make from a shortcut. Link to the shortcut is 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
Baked Eggs & Spinach
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Sounds very good and only 4 ingredients, and one of those you can make from a shortcut. Link to the shortcut is 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. Preheat your oven to 160 C (325 F). Grease with butter four 6 ounce ramekins or four 6 ounce Pyrex dishes. I have both 6 and 10 ounce Pyrex dishes so I will try both sizes to verify what is a better size to use.
  2. Divide the spinach into the ramekins then press an indention in the center with the back of a spoon, about 2 inches in diameter. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
  3. Crack and egg into each depression, top evenly with salsa then cheese.
  4. Bake until whites are completely set and yolks are firming up but not yet hard, about 20 to 25 minutes depending on the temp of your oven.
  5. Serve with toast for breakfast, lunch or light dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Adapted from an internet recipe.