Rice with Cheese and Tomatoes

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: November 9, 2017
Yield:6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes or less

With rice already cooked, this is a real time-saver for a quick one-pot meal. I actually took time to cook the tomatoes in the pot with the vegetables and had the complete dish ready to serve in 20 minutes.

Rice with Cheese & Tomatoes

Rice with Cheese and Tomatoes
3 cups cooked rice (1 cup uncooked)
3 Tbsp fat or oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cups cooked tomatoes
2 cups shredded cheese
1 tsp. salt
dash pepper

Cook rice, if necessary.

In a medium saucepan, sauté onion, celery and green pepper in fat or oil.
Add cooked tomatoes, cooked rice, shredded cheese and seasonings.
Cover and simmer until cheese is melted.

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Dandelion Salad

Source:More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried:November 9, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

I made very little of this as I was quite unsure whether I would like it. I am not fond of cooked salad dressing and was a little suspicious that dandelion leaves would be quite bitter. It was better than I expected though. Perhaps bacon improves everything.

Dandelion Salad

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Pia Pia (shrimp fritters)

Source:More with Less Cookbook
Date tried:October 25, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

A delightful treat of Indonesian-style shrimp fritters. Even my daughter, who has had so many experiences of dried and/or too greasy seafood fritters that she no longer even orders them, found these delicious and highly recommends them. The suggested dipping sauce is a perfect complement! I used a cast-iron fry pan for the frying. Works well.

Pia Pia (shrimp fritters)

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Ham-Green Bean Soup

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Made: January 14, 2014
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time to make: 2 hours.

Unable to get a ham bone, I actually used a meaty smoked hock for this soup, but it is not far off a ham flavour and gives as good a stock.  There was plenty of meat for another soup later as well as some for the cats.

Ham-Green Bean Soup

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Mexican Chili Beans

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: October 6, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 2 hours + several hours pre-soaking the beans

Salt pork is one of those old standbys it has become almost impossible to find in today’s supermarkets, but is the best for flavour if you can get it. Bacon will substitute well, even the turkey “bacon” I used today. I haven’t tried vegan “bacon” so non-carnivores can experiment with that.

Using canned beans is a timesaver: no soaking, no hours of cooking. But using dried beans is just as easy, with most of the work confined to a few minutes.

Mexican Chili Beans

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