The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Banana boats

I left this recipe in a comment on my friend Sherri’s cooking blog Everything in Moderation (that’s a terrific cooking blog by the way…if you don’t visit her you should!) and then decided this morning that I should share it with y’all too 🙂 You can bake these in the oven, cook them on the grill or even cook them over a campfire. The kids will love them!

What you’ll need:

1 whole banana, in the skin, per person

for each banana:

1 tsp butter
a small handful miniature marshmallows or large marshmallows cut into small pieces
a small handful chocolate chips
foil

I wash the outside of my bananas but I’m a germ freak and you don’t have to do this. You won’t be eating the skin. Slice each banana longways (like you do for a banana split), slicing through the skin but only on one side. Do not cut the banana completely in half. You want it open like a baked potato. Place open side up on a piece of foil large enough to completely wrap the banana. Fill the inside of the banana with butter, then marshmallow, then chocolate chips, pressing down to ‘mush’ the ingredients into the banana. Wrap it up tight and either place in a 350 degree oven or on the grill or fire. Let them cook about 10 minutes or until the insides are melted. Serve immediately but be careful because they’re HOT!

Cost:
bananas – $2.15
butter – $1.75/pound
marshmallows- $1.09
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $3.92 for 4 banana boats/ $0.98 each

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March 25, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -fruit dishes, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , | 1 Comment

Easy doughnut holes

We made these last night. I would have pictures for you but they were scarfing them down as fast as I made them. These are definitely a kid’s favorite!

What you’ll need:

Canned biscuits (how many depends on how many you’d like to make. One can makes about 30 to 40 doughnut holes depending on how big or small you cut them)
Powdered sugar
Granulated sugar
Cinnamon
Cocoa

For doughnut holes:

Remove biscuits from can and roll each individual biscuit in your hand to make it a long oval shape (just like making snakes out of play dough =) don’t make them too skinny though). Slice each “snake” into 4 to 5 pieces and roll those in your hand to make the ball shape. Set on a plate, not touching each other, until all the biscuit balls are made. Drop carefully into hot oil (375 degrees) and flip if necessary (they usually flip on their own which is pretty neat but if they don’t then you need to flip them). Cook until browned, usually about 1 minute. Don’t overcrowd your pan. You just want about 5 doughnut holes cooking at a time. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Glaze or cover while they’re still warm.

For “toppings”:

Glaze:

Mix together about ¼ cup of powdered sugar and a small amount of water. Heat in the microwave 30 seconds. Mix again. It should be pretty thin; if it’s not, add a little more water. You want it thicker than water but thinner than frosting. Using a spoon, roll doughnut holes in glaze and place on a plate that is NOT lined with paper towels.

Chocolate:

Mix together 2 Tbl cocoa with ¼ cup powdered sugar. Stir well. Roll doughnut holes in mixture.

Cinnamon:

Mix together 3 Tbl cinnamon with ¼ c granulated sugar. Roll doughnut holes in mixture.

Cost:
canned biscuits – $1.09/4 pack
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
powdered sugar – $1.69
cocoa – $1.69
cinnamon – $1.85
Total – $1.06 using one can of biscuits

March 18, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -doughnuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | 1 Comment

Stuffed crust pepperoni pizza

This is the BEST pizza!! It was supper last night 🙂

What you’ll need:

3 cups biscuit mix
2/3 cup very hot water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 smoked string cheese pieces. cut lengthwise in half (you can use regular string cheese if you prefer)
¼ cup Italian-style tomato paste
1 small onion, cut lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise into thin slices
1/2 medium bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 can (4 oz) mushroom pieces and stems, drained
½ package (3.5-oz size) sliced pepperoni
1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained, if desired
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

In large bowl, stir biscuit mix, water and oil until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 20 strokes. Let stand 8 minutes. Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Grease 12-inch pizza pan with shortening or cooking spray. Press dough on bottom and 1 inch over side of pizza pan. Place string cheese along edge of dough. Fold 1 inch edge of dough over and around cheese; press to seal. Bake 7 minutes. Spread tomato paste over crust. Top with onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni and olives. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Slice into 8 pieces. Serve with parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
string cheese – $2.59/pkg
tomato paste – $0.49/can
onion – $1.12
bell pepper – $0.90
mushrooms – $1.25
pepperoni – $1.69
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
Total – $9.19

March 12, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, -pizza, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dirt cups

I got to thinking about Valentine’s Day and celebrations that we had when my kids were little. My kids have always liked the odder things lol I guess they’re just like me. Dirt cups were always one of their very favorite treats and they’re super easy to make. If you have any creepy crawlers fans these will be a big hit with them I promise!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg chocolate pudding mix (I use instant but you can use the cooked type just make sure you let the pudding cool completely before putting the cups together)
Milk to make the pudding
10 – 15 Oreo or other chocolate sandwich cookies
1 pkg gummy worms

Prepare pudding according to directions. Place cookies in a zipper close baggie and then in between two thick towels. Beat them with a hammer or a rolling pin until they are crushed. That’s fun =) Fill a plastic cup about ¾ of the way full with pudding. Top with dirt: crushed cookies. Stick a worm (or several worms if your kids are like mine) into the dirt. Makes 4 dirt cups.

These are also cute made in miniature plastic flower pots! Just make sure they’re cleaned first.

Cost:
pudding – $0.49/ box
milk – $3.99/gallon
chocolate sandwich cookies – $2.29
gummy worms – $1.99
Total – $4.37/$1.09 per cup

February 9, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | 10 Comments

Valentine’s Rice Krispie treats

I found this recipe on the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies website. I just had to share it with you. I love Rice Krispie treats and these are just darling for Valentine’s Day.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes • Total Time: 35 minutes • Servings: 12

What you’ll need:

* 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
* 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
* – OR –
* 4 cups miniature marshmallows
* 6 cups Rice Krispies®
* Canned frosting or decorating gel
* Assorted candies

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan lined with foil and coated with cooking spray. Cool.

4. Remove from pan. Remove foil. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. To serve cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 thru 4 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

Notes:

  • For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
  • Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
  • Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
marshmallows- $1.09
breakfast cereal – $2.50/box
frosting – $1.29
candy coated chocolates – $1.50
Total – $4.51

February 3, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , | 1 Comment