The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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

Sugar coated pecans

One of my favorites. This is great for a party snack too.

What you’ll need:

1 egg white
1 Tbl water
1 lb pecan halves
1 c sugar
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside. In a large bowl, whip together the egg white and water until it’s frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add pecans to egg white mixture and stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts using a slotted spoon and add them to the sugar mixture bowl. Toss well to coat in sugar. Spread them onto the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Cost:
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
pecans – $3.00
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
cinnamon – $1.85
Total – $3.47

January 22, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -candy, -kids favorites, -party ideas, -super snacks, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , | Leave a comment

Cajun boiled peanuts

My hubby is a Georgia man. He told me about boiled peanuts. I had no clue they even existed. After eating them….yum is all I have to say! This recipe makes A LOT of peanuts (5 pounds)…just warning you.

What you’ll need:

5 lbs raw peanuts, in shell
¾ c salt
1 ¼ c dill pickle slices, with brine (juice)
5 small jalapenos, sliced
5 Tbl dry crab boil (like Zatarain’s)

Place all ingredients in a large pot. Pour in enough water to cover the peanuts and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook until soft (at least 4 hours), adding water as needed. You want to keep the peanuts covered with water. Use a slotted spoon to remove peanuts from pot. Serve hot.

Cost:
peanuts – in shell – $2.29/lb
pickles – $2.12/jar
jalapeno – $1.08
crab boil – $2.18
Total – $14.63/$2.93 per pound

January 22, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks | , , , | 1 Comment

Homemade peanut butter


With all the news about peanut butter and salmonella lately, I thought I would post a recipe for homemade peanut butter. Since the salmonella poisoning happened sometime after processing (it occurred at the peanut plant and not in the peanuts themselves) this is a great (and simple) way to have peanut butter and not have the worries. By the way, this recipe can be made with any nut.

What you’ll need:

1 ½ lbs roasted unsalted peanuts in the shell
2 ½ Tbl cooking oil (any variety you prefer. I use vegetable oil) or margarine
Salt to taste

Shell the peanuts. Grind in food processor or blender until almost smooth (you can leave some lumps if you want crunchy peanut butter). Add oil or margarine and mix in “bursts” until it’s smooth. Remove from food processor or blender. Add salt and stir just enough to mix. Makes about 1 pound of peanut butter.

Cost:
peanuts – in shell – $2.29/lb
vegetable oil – $2.89
Total – $3.72

January 18, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks | , | 1 Comment

Cheese ball


These are great for parties. Serve with crackers, vegetable pieces or toasted breads.

What you’ll need:

2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 (1oz) pkg dry ranch dressing mix
2 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ c pecans, chopped

Mash the cream cheese up in a medium bowl. Stir in the dressing mix and cheddar cheese. Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts. Refrigerate covered with saran wrap for several hours before serving.

Cost:
cream cheese – $2.06
ranch dressing (dry mix) – $0.99
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
pecans – $3.00
Total – $7.55

January 8, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -party ideas, -super snacks, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment