The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cinnamon apples

Serve this dessert hot, topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

What you’ll need:

10 apples, cored, peeled and sliced thin
2 tsp cinnamon
1 c brown sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 dash salt
1 dash nutmeg

Gently mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour into a casserole dish sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Bake @ 375 degrees, covered, for 45 minutes (or until apples are soft and sauce has thickened) stirring every 15 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Cost:
apples – $2.25/bag
cinnamon – $1.85
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
lemons – $1.99/4
Total – $3.17

January 3, 2009 Posted by | -fruit dishes, -ice cream, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The ultimate stuffed burger

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1/3 c A1 steak sauce
½ onion, finely diced
1 bell pepper, finely diced
1 egg
Hamburger buns & desired toppings

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl. Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal portions and flatten each to ½ inch thick patties. Fry in pan over medium heat or on grill until meat is cooked through. Serve on buns with desired condiments and vegetables. You can make this recipe into 8 smaller burgers if you’re like me and don’t want to take the chance that the burgers aren’t cooked all the way through.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
A-1 – $1.89/small bottle
onion – $1.12
bell pepper – $0.90
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
hamburger buns – $0.79
Total – $5.90

January 3, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Salisbury steak

One of my favorites.

What you’ll need:

2 lbs ground beef
2 pkg brown gravy mix
2 ½ c hot water
½ c onion, minced
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder

In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, 1 pkg brown gravy mix, ½ c water, onion and seasonings. Shape into 6 – 8 patties and place in pan that is at least one inch deep. Broil until browned, turn over and broil until the other side is browned. Remove from oven. Mix together other package gravy mix with 2 c hot water (instead of 1 c that the pkg calls for). Drain grease from pan of patties and pour gravy mixture over the top of the patties. Bake @ 450 degrees until gravy boils. Cook for another 10 minutes or until the gravy has thickened and the meat is cooked through. Makes 6 – 8 servings.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
brown gravy mix – $0.29
onion – $1.12
Total – $5.70

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Tuna snacker

This is great by itself or served on crackers as an appetizer.

What you’ll need:

1 (6oz) pkg tuna
1 c red onion, chopped
1 c tomato, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbl chopped cilantro
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Refrigerate to chill. Makes about 3 cups.

Cost:
tuna – $0.89
onion – $1.12
tomato – $1.00
jalapeno – $1.08
limes – $1.99/4
Total – $4.58

January 3, 2009 Posted by | ----tuna, -party ideas, -super snacks, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dirty rice

This is a traditional Cajun dish.

What you’ll need:

4 slices bacon, diced
¼ lb ground pork
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
¾ tsp cayenne pepper
¾ tsp salt
¾ tsp pepper
¾ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp oregano
¾ c long grain rice
1 ½ c chicken broth
6 oz chicken livers, rinsed, patted dry and minced
1 ½ Tbl chives

Over medium heat sauté the bacon until slightly crisp (about 5 minutes). Remove bacon from pan and drain off all but 1 Tbl of the fat. Add the pork to the pan and sauté, breaking it up into small pieces, until it’s cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pork from the pan and add it to the bacon. Add the onion, celery, bell peppers, and garlic to the pan. Sauté over low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in seasonings, stirring well, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook for 5 minutes. Add the broth and the bacon/pork mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken livers and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with chives. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
ground pork – $2.50
onion – $1.12
celery – $0.99
bell pepper – $0.90
rice – $2.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
chicken livers – $1.49
Total – $9.37

January 3, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -chicken, -rice, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment