Caesar Chicken

Caesar Chicken
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This sounds really good. For where I live, Caesar dressing is not stocked in town, only in the city, but Italian dressing is stocked and can be made into Caesar dressing, win win. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Caesar Chicken
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This sounds really good. For where I live, Caesar dressing is not stocked in town, only in the city, but Italian dressing is stocked and can be made into Caesar dressing, win win. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Optional, for a thicker crust
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C, lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. Sprinkle the meat on both sides with black pepper and some of the Parmesan cheese, do not use any salt. Place the chicken in the baking dish.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of salad dressing over each piece, then sprinkle remaining Parmesan on each one. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until juices run clear.
  4. Change the oven to broil and continue to cook the chicken for 2-4 minutes or until the chicken is nice and golden colored. Remove from the oven and cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice, and a vegetable.
Optional, for a thicker crust
  1. Mix the sour cream into the dressing, and just follow the steps above as stated.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the chicken, and 150 Baht for the Parmesan. For 4 servings, this is about $1.62 per serving.

Shortcuts: Caesar Salad Dressing, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the sour cream, you can substitute Greek yogurt but omit the lemon juice. You can also make make the sour cream using labneh, shortcut for that is in the Recipe Notes section below.
  2. For the salt, you can make the dressing with the salt included but the salad will need to be consumed just after making or within just a few hours as the salt will cause the cucumbers to weep. An alternative is to salt the cucumber slices in a sieve and let them set for an hour, gently squeeze out remaining moisture, then proceed as directed, which will result in crispy cucumbers for 2-3 days with the dressing. This photo is of the cucumbers salted and draining.
  3. Using a small bowl, add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt), lemon juice only if using sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix and refrigerate until needed. Best results if you mix the dressing into the vegetables just before serving. If using the salted cucumber method, omit the salt in the dressing mixture.
  4. Place the cucumber and onion in a bowl, add the dressing and mix and serve then or within 2-3 hours, keeping the salad refrigerated until use.
  5. If using the salted cucumbers, mix in the dressing and refrigerate until use, store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. I used salted cucumbers so everything is mixed and goes into the fridge to chill. I also added the julienned carrot for a bit of color.
  6. Serve as a side as is or on a bed of lettuce for a nice presentation and a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Inspired by the recipe Creamy Cucumber Salad from Natasha's Kitchen.

Hash Brown & Pork Chop Casserole

Hash Brown & Pork Chop Casserole
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Hash Brown & Pork Chop Casserole
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Sounds delicious, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and saute until browned. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towel.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the soup, milk, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in potatoes, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 cup onions. Mix together and spread mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange pork chops over potato mixture.
  3. Cover dish and bake for about 40 minutes, or until internal temperature of pork has reached 71 C. Remove cover, top with remaining cheese and onions and bake uncovered for 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve with a steamed vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Tops has pork loin steaks for 83 Baht for 2, 4 loin steaks would be 166 Baht. The cheese will cost about 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.88 per serving.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream, Hash Browns, French Fried Onions.

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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad
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Sounds great as I really like broccoli. On my to cook list. Not a cheap salad based on some of the ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Broccoli Salad
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Sounds great as I really like broccoli. On my to cook list. Not a cheap salad based on some of the ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the broccoli into bite size pieces, including the stems. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 minute. Place broccoli in an ice bath or rinse with cold water to stop cooking, drain well.
  2. While the broccoli is draining, in a medium bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl, add the broccoli and the remaining Salad ingredients. Pour the Dressing over the top and gently toss to coat all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Chill the salad for several hours or overnight before serving.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 40 Baht/head for the broccoli. Going with 4 heads, as they are normally small, about 160 Baht. Figure 90 Baht for the cheese (about half a 250 gram block). Figure about 150 Baht/250 grams bacon. For 6 servings, this is about $1.96 per serving, not a cheap salad but it does sound good tasting.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole
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Sounds delicious. Easy ingredients, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Chicken Noodle Casserole
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Sounds delicious. Easy ingredients, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Crunchy Topping, optional
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C. Grease an 8 inch or 7x11 baking dish with butter.
  2. To the casserole dish, add the egg noodles, chicken, peas and carrots, soup, sour cream, and milk. Mix together.
  3. If you like your casserole with a crunchy topping, mix together the breadcrumbs, melted butter, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Bake the casserole for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is bubbling and the breadcrumbs (if using) are toasted. Serve.
Recipe Notes

For the chicken, use any parts you like, bake or boiled is fine. If you boil, reserve the broth for use in another recipe. Maybe 40 to 50 Baht worth of chicken in this recipe. For 4 servings, this is about 37 cents per serving.

Variant: Double the recipe and use a 9x13 baking dish.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, Sour Cream, Italian Bread Crumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beet Salad II

Beet Salad II
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I really like beets so I am looking forward to this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Beet Salad II
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I really like beets so I am looking forward to this dish. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil the beets in a pot of water until fork tender, 30 to 40 minutes. When tender, drain and let cool. Cut off the stem end and remove the skin under running water.
  2. Slice the beets in half then slice each half into 1/4 inch thick slices. Toss the beets with the sugar, salt, and vinegar. Then stir in the sour cream. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving, garnish servings with fresh dill.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: Add a chopped red onion. Add pickled herring. Add cubed cheese.

Shortcuts: Sour Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Potato Casserole II

Potato Casserole II
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I love a good potato side dish, this sounds really good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Potato Casserole II
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I love a good potato side dish, this sounds really good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with 1-2 inches of cold water. Bring up to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes, or until fork tender.
  2. Remove pot from heat, drain potatoes and return to empty pot. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Smash potatoes to desired consistency, season to taste with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix in cream cheese, sour cream, milk, Parmesan cheese, butter, and 1 cup Cheddar cheese, then transfer to a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle bacon and remaining cheddar cheese over the top and place in oven; bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving.
  5. This would be good with pork chops, pork steaks or fried chicken.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 130 Baht for the bacon, 120 Baht for the Cream cheese, and 180 Baht for the Cheddar cheese. For 8 servings, this is about $1.58 per serving, expensive for a side but would be great for visiting friends and family.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

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Swiss Chicken Supreme

Swiss Chicken Supreme
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Sounds good, chicken and Swiss cheese go together well. 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
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Swiss Chicken Supreme
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Sounds good, chicken and Swiss cheese go together well. 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
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. Place the chicken in the baking dish. Sprinkle with grated onion, minced garlic and season with salt and pepper as desired. Top each with a slice of cheese.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, and water, pour over the chicken. Toss the cracker crumbs and butter, sprinkle over chicken.
  4. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and crumbs are golden brown. Serve over pasta.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 75 Baht/kilo, that would be 4 to 6 pieces. For 4 servings, this is about 55 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, Sour Cream.

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Potato & Bacon Foil Packs

Potato & Bacon Foil Packs
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Sounds like a great side dish, on my to cook list for when I have a BBQ. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Potato & Bacon Foil Packs
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Sounds like a great side dish, on my to cook list for when I have a BBQ. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rub each sheet of foil with olive oil. Top each piece with equal portions of potatoes, bacon, 1 packet onion soup powder and mix together. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to each packet. Wrap securely.
  2. Grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Or you can bake it in the oven, at 180 C for about 35 minutes or till done. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve in foil placed in the center of the table, have sour cream and or cheese available if desired, and let people serve themselves.
Recipe Notes

The bacon would cost about 70 Baht, for 6 servings this is about 34 cents per serving. Using the optional cheese and or sour cream will increase the cost per serving.

Shortcuts: Dry Onion Soup Mix, Sour Cream.

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Loaded BBQ Chicken Nachos

Loaded BBQ Chicken Nachos
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Sounds really good. The tortilla chips are available in the larger cities. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Loaded BBQ Chicken Nachos
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Sounds really good. The tortilla chips are available in the larger cities. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Cook the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder for two to three minutes. Add the barbecue sauce and cook until the sauce has reduced by about half, about five minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large baking dish, spread out two large handfuls of tortilla chips. Layer with half of the barbecue chicken, followed by half of the cheese, onion, tomato, bacon, and parsley. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Drizzle the sour cream and sprinkle the avocado on top. Serve.
Recipe Notes

The chicken might cost 35 Baht, the cheese would be about 180 Baht, and the bacon about 120 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $2.46 per serving.

Shortcuts: BBQ Sauce, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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