The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Guacamole

Cayenne pepper gives this guacamole a little kick.

What you’ll need:

3 ripe avocadoes
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp salt
½ c diced onion
3 Tbl chopped cilantro
2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 pinch cayenne pepper

In a medium bowl, mash together the avocado meat, lime juice and salt until desired consistency. Mix in remaining ingredients, stirring well after each addition and adding the cayenne pepper last. Refrigerate to chill for at least one hour before serving. Makes 4 servings.

How to…

Easily get the meat out of an avocado…

Always use ripe avocados! Roll them in between your hand and the counter using firm pressure. Slice long ways around the avocado pushing the knife until it touches the pit all the way around. Twist halves of avocado opposite directions and separate them. Remove the pit. Scoop meat out with a spoon making sure to ‘clean’ the inside of the skins.

Cost:
avocado – $1.99/lb
limes – $1.99/4
onion – $1.12
tomato – $1.00
Total – $4.60

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Baked ziti

This recipe uses already prepared spaghetti sauce but you can use your own. Just use 3 cups of your sauce in place of the called for sauce.

What you’ll need:

1 lb ziti pasta, cooked to desired tenderness (remember it will cook more in the oven so don’t overcook it)
1 onion, chopped
6 oz provolone cheese, sliced
1 lb ground beef
1 ½ c sour cream
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce
6 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbl parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, brown beef and onion over medium heat. Drain and return to pan. Stir in spaghetti sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Layer in the following order: ½ the ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream, 1 jar of sauce, other ½ of ziti, mozzarella cheese, other jar of sauce, parmesan sprinkled across top. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Makes 10 servings.

Cost:
ziti noodles – $1.99
onion – $1.12
provolone cheese – $2.59/lb
ground beef – $2.00/lb
sour cream – $0.99
spaghetti sauce – $2.09/jar
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $12.71

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Quick Reuben sandwiches

You can throw this together in a matter of minutes using your microwave.

What you’ll need:

8 slices rye bread, toasted
¾ c thousand island salad dressing
1 (16 oz) can sauerkraut, drained
8 slices Swiss cheese
½ lb corned beef, sliced thin

Spread dressing on each slice of bread and top with a piece of cheese. On a microwave safe plate, make 4 piles of corned beef topped with sauerkraut. Microwave on high 1 minute or until meat is hot. Using a spatula, put one pile of meat/sauerkraut on 4 of the slices of bread. Top each with the remaining slices of bread. Makes 4 sandwiches.

Cost:
rye bread – $2.99/bag
thousand island dressing – $1.89
sauerkraut – $1.89
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
corned beef – $2.12/lb
Total – $7.36/1.84 per sandwich

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Garlic-cheese biscuits

These make me think of a certain seafood restaurant.

What you’ll need:

2 c biscuit mix
2/3 c milk
½ c shredded cheddar cheese
½ tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix all ingredients just until a soft dough forms. Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Makes 10 biscuits.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
milk – $3.99/gallon
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $3.14

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Sweet potato pie

Easy and delicious

What you’ll need:

4 oz (½ c) butter, softened
2 cups cooked sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 c sugar
1 (6 oz) can evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, beaten
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
2 pie shells, unbaked

Cream together butter, potatoes and sugar with an electric mixer. Blend in milk. Add vanilla, eggs and cinnamon and mix well. Pour into pie shells and bake @ 350 degrees for an hour or until it is set (doesn’t move when you shake it). Top individual slices with whipped topping if desired. Makes 2 pies.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sweet potatoes – $1.99/lb
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
evaporated milk – $1.50
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
pie shell – $2.00
Total – $6.87

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