The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cranberry gelatin dessert

A pretty gelatin dessert filled with lots of good stuff.

What you’ll need:

1 can jellied cranberry sauce
1 can pitted dark sweet cherries, drained
1 can crushed pineapple with juice
1 pkg cherry gelatin
2 c boiling water
1 c chopped pecans

In a medium saucepan over low heat melt the cranberry sauce. Cut the cherries into pieces and add them to the melted sauce. Stir in the pineapple and it’s juice. Remove mixture from heat. In a medium bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin. Stir until all gelatin is dissolved. Add the gelatin mixture to the cranberry mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the nuts. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch pan and chill until set, usually about an hour. Makes 12 servings.

Cost:
cranberry sauce – $1.19
cherries – $1.12
crushed pineapple – $1.09
gelatin – $0.99
pecans – $3.00
Total – $7.39

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December 26, 2008 Posted by | -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pasta salad

I love pasta salad. I could eat it as the main course.

What you’ll need:

1 (8oz) pkg seashell pasta
½ c finely chopped cauliflower
½ c finely chopped broccoli
½ c diced red bell pepper
1 c cottage cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Boil pasta in salted water for 8 – 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked to desired tenderness. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool. Combine cooled pasta with remaining ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Feeds 4.

Cost:
seashell pasta – $1.89
cauliflower – $2.25
broccoli – $1.89
bell pepper – $0.90
cottage cheese – $2.12
Total – $8.68

December 26, 2008 Posted by | -pasta, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment

Homemade tartar sauce

So much better than store bought.

What you’ll need:

¼ c mayonnaise
1 ½ tsp minced parsley
1 ½ tsp dill pickle relish, drained
1 tsp chopped pimento stuffed olives
¾ tsp dried minced onion

Combine all ingredients. Cover and chill until cold before serving. Makes 2 servings.

Cost:
mayonnaise – $2.50
relish – $1.99
olives – $2.25
Total – $0.67

December 26, 2008 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beer battered fish or shrimp

Crunchy and delicious.

What you’ll need:

Oil for frying
1 lb fish fillet or 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 – 4 Tbl biscuit mix
1 c biscuit mix
½ c beer
1 egg
½ tsp salt

Pour oil 1 ½ inches deep in a heavy saucepan or deep fryer. Heat. Lightly coat fish with the 3 – 4 Tbl biscuit mix. In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients until smooth. If batter is too thick, stir in additional beer, 1 Tbl at a time, until desired consistency. Dip fish or shrimp into batter, letting excess drip into bowl. Fry fish about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel lined plate. Serve hot with tartar sauce if desired.

Cost:
fish fillets – $2.75
biscuit mix – $3.00
beer – $1.00
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $4.09

December 26, 2008 Posted by | -contains alcohol, -fish, -shrimp, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , | Leave a comment

Coral coolers

What you’ll need:

4 ½ c unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cans grapefruit soda, chilled
½ maraschino cherry juice
8 maraschino cherries
Pineapple slices, if desired

Mix juices and soda; pour into ice filled glasses. Garnish with a cherry and a pineapple slice if desired.
Makes 8 drinks.

Cost:
pineapple juice – $2.50
soda – $0.99
cherries – $1.12
Total – $4.11/$0.51 per drink

December 26, 2008 Posted by | DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , , , | Leave a comment