The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Yogurt dip

Try this dip with different varieties of crackers. Whole wheat crackers are my favorite.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 or 3 whole walnuts, shelled
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash of vinegar
  • 1/2 c diced cucumber

Using a muddler, mash the garlic and walnuts in the olive oil. If you don’t have a muddler you can quickly mash them in a food processor using the pulse for 2 – 3 seconds. You don’t want them to be complete mush; you want some pieces of garlic and walnut but not large pieces. Blend the mixture into the yogurt. Stir in remaining ingredients and chill for at least one hour before serving. Makes approximately 1 cup of dip.

Cost:
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
walnuts – $2.00
yogurt – $2.12
vinegar (small) – $0.92
cucumber – $1.00
Total – $4.92

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January 16, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jalapeno bean dip

Another great party recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c onion, minced
  • 1 Tbl butter
  • 2 c (two  8 oz cans) refried beans
  • 1/2 lb Monterrey jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 (4 oz) can (1/2 c) green chilies, drained & chopped or approximately 8 jalapenos, chopped

Saute onion in the butter until translucent. Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through. Serve with tortilla chips. Serves 12.

Cost:
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
tub butter – $2.38
refried beans – $1.00
Monterrey jack – $1.69
chilies – $1.19/can
Total – $5.20

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January 15, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Chili cheese balls

With less than a month before the Superbowl, I thought I’d start posting some good party recipes. These are excellent. This recipe feeds 6 but it can be doubled or tripled depending on your party size.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c margarine, softened
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (4oz) can green chilies, drained and chopped

Mix all ingredients together well. Form into 3/4″ balls. Place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake @ 375 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes turning over once halfway through baking.

Cost:
cheddar cheese block – $3.98
tub butter – $2.38
all purpose flour – $1.25
chilies – $1.19/can
Total – $3.25

January 13, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , | 2 Comments

Broccoli crunch

This is also very good with sunflower seeds instead of peanuts or almonds. Use 2 cups of sunflower seeds if you decide to try it that way instead. Also it’s important to use Miracle Whip and not regular mayonnaise. There are seasonings in Miracle Whip that give this dish a little “zing”.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 c diced broccoli (about one bunch)
  • 1 c roasted peanuts or almonds
  • 1 c raisins
  • 1/2 c cooked crisp, crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 c diced green onions
  • 1 c Miracle Whip
  • 2 Tbl sugar
  • 2 Tbl vinegar

In a large bowl, mix together broccoli, nuts, raisins, bacon and onions. In a small bowl, mix together Miracle Whip, sugar and vinegar. Combine and lightly toss both mixtures together. Serve immediately. Feeds 4 – 6.

Cost:
broccoli – $1.89
dry roasted peanuts – $2.38
raisins – $1.58
bacon – $2.98
small onions – $1.50/bunch
miracle whip – $2.12
sugar – $2.42
vinegar (small) – $0.92
Total – $7.46

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January 5, 2010 Posted by | --nuts, -bacon, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Quick & Easy Hopping John

This is a traditional New Year’s Day “good luck” meal. Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c dry black eyed peas or 1 pkg frozen black eyed peas
  • 1 strip of bacon, cooked til crisp and crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 c hot, cooked rice
  • 1 Tbl red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbl chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbl parsley, chopped

Cook the beans, drain but reserve 1/4 c of the liquid, set aside. Add onion to same pan and saute over medium heat 1 minute in one Tbl of the reserved liquid. Add garlic clove and cook 3 minutes more.  Add peas, rice, vinegar and enough of the reserved liquid to make the mixture moist. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in salt & pepper. Put into 4 serving bowls. Top each with a portion of the bacon, chives and parsley. Serve immediately. Feeds 4.

Cost:
dry peas – $1.00
bacon – $2.98/lb
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
rice – $1.32
vinegar (small) – $0.92
herbs – $0.50
Total – $2.18

December 31, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -vegetarian (*or almost*), HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments