The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cheesy chicken & vegetables

Simple and delicious way to use your leftover chicken.

What you’ll need:

1 c cooked pasta, any variety
3 c mixed vegetables, frozen, canned or leftover
1 can cheese sauce (I use the store brand but this is like Cheese Whiz)
1 c chopped chicken (either use leftover chicken or 1 can chunk chicken cut up)
1 c shredded cheddar cheese

In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together vegetables and cheese sauce. Cook and stir until cheese sauce is smooth and vegetables are tender. Stir in chicken and shredded cheese. Cook and stir until cheese is melted. Fold in pasta and serve. Makes 4 servings.


seashell pasta – $1.89
mixed vegetables, canned – $1.09
cheese sauce – $2.49
canned chicken chunks – $2.50
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $8.52

January 7, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, -vegetables, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate covered cherries

You won’t believe how easy this is and your friends will be so impressed!

What you’ll need:

1 jar maraschino cherries with stems
1 Tbl butter, softened
1 Tbl corn syrup
2/3 c powdered sugar
5 oz chocolate confectioners coating

Drain the cherries and set on paper towels to dry. Reserve the juice if desired for other recipes (like Shirley Temple’s). In a medium bowl, combine butter and corn syrup until smooth. Stir in sugar and using your hands, knead to form a ball. If it’s too soft, refrigerate for about 10 minutes to stiffen it. Wrap each cherry in about 1 teaspoon dough and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. When all the cherries are covered in dough, refrigerate until firm, usually about 20 minutes. When the cherries are firm, melt the chocolate according to package directions. Dip each cherry by it’s stem and place back on the cookie sheet. When all the cherries have been dipped, return to refrigerator until completely set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be kept up to a year (like they’ll make it that long!) if refrigerated properly and are actually better after about 2 weeks of sitting. Makes about 20 cherries.

cherries – $1.12
butter – $1.75/pound
corn syrup – $1.29
powdered sugar – $1.69
candy coating – $2.69
Total – $4.26

January 7, 2009 Posted by | -candy, -chocolate, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , | Leave a comment

Shirley Temple’s

This is a simple drink that the kids will love. Put them in a fancy glass for a special treat.

What you’ll need:

1 (2 liter) bottle of 7-up
1 jar maraschino cherry juice
Cherries and orange slices for garnish

In a punch bowl, mix together 7-up and cherry juice. Mix to combine. Fill glasses with ice and then drink mix. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice. Makes about 6 drinks.

7-Up – $0.99
cherries – $1.12
oranges – $2.25/bag
Total – $2.33

January 7, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, -party ideas, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , | Leave a comment

Granola bars

With all the products on the shelves I know most people just buy it and go on but I really like making things myself. I know what’s in them. I know how old they are. It’s just so good.

What you’ll need:

2 ½ c old fashioned oatmeal
1 c shredded coconut
½ c raw sunflower seeds without the shells
¼ c sesame seeds
½ c wheat germ
½ c slivered almonds
4 Tbl butter
¼ c dark brown sugar
½ c honey
1 c raisins
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a cookie sheet, mix together the oatmeal, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and almonds and spread out evenly on the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the butter, sugar and honey over low heat, stirring often. Leave to simmer while the oat mixture finishes baking. When the oats are done, remove from oven and mix in the raisins. Do not turn oven off. Remove honey mixture from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix until all the ingredients are coated in the honey mixture. Using buttered hands, press the mixture into a heavily buttered 8 x 8 pan. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Invert the pan to remove the granola. Slice into squares. Makes about 16 bars.

oatmeal – $1.59
shredded coconut – $2.25/bag
sunflower seeds – $1.00/bag
wheat germ – $1.99/jar
sesame seeds – $1.29
almonds- $2.00
butter – $1.75/pound
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
honey – $1.12
raisins – $1.12/box
vanilla – $2.25
Total – $7.99/approximately $0.50 per bar

January 7, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Creamy potato soup

This soup always makes me think of my mom. She loves potato soup!

What you’ll need:

3 c chicken broth
1 can evaporated milk
About 6 large potatoes
1 c onion, chopped
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ c diced ham
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 pint whipping cream
Shredded cheddar cheese & chopped green onion for garnish

Sauté the onions and garlic in about a tablespoon of butter over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Scrape them into a large pot making sure to get all the good stuff off the bottom of the pan. Add chicken broth and milk and cook over medium heat about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except for garnishes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Mash several of the potatoes against the side of the pot and stir to thicken the soup. The more you mash the thicker it will be. Add salt and pepper to taste and continue simmering over low heat for about 10 minutes or until soup is heated through and at the desired consistency. Sprinkle cheese and chopped green onion on top of individual bowls when serving. Makes about 10 bowls.

bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
evaporated milk – $1.50
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
onion – $1.12
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
whipping cream – $1.49
garnish – $1.25
Total – $7.06

January 7, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, -bacon, -pork, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment