The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Christmas breakfast casserole

Hey guys! I hope y’all had a great Christmas! Ours was wonderful! 😀 We went to my husband’s son & his wife’s home for breakfast and she made a delicious casserole for us. I thought it was so good (and simple!) that I’d share the recipe with you.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1/8 c milk
  • 2 Tbl butter, divided
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 bag frozen, shredded hash browns

Beat the eggs and milk together and scramble in 1 Tbl butter. Put half the scrambled eggs in the bottom of a casserole dish and set the other half aside. Brown the sausage, crumbling it as it cooks. Drain. Put into a large bowl and set aside. Brown the hash browns in 1 Tbl butter. Mix together the cooked hash browns, cooked sausage and 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Spread on top of eggs in casserole dish. Top with remaining eggs and then the remaining cheese and bake @ 350 degrees until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Feeds 4.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
milk – $1.78/gallon
pork sausage – $1.89
shredded cheddar – $1.98
frozen shredded hash browns – $2.29
Total – $7.30

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December 26, 2009 Posted by | -breakfast items, -casseroles, -sausage, -vote for Foodista contest, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Melon mint salad

This fruit salad is so easy you just mix it together and let it chill! This is great for breakfast too!

What you’ll need:

4 cups honeydew melon, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 Tbl fresh lime juice
3 Tbl chopped cilantro leaves and stems
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Sugar to taste

Mix all ingredients together well and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Feeds 8 – 10.

Cost:
melon – $2.25
limes – $1.99/4
herbs – $1.00
Total – $3.69

March 11, 2009 Posted by | -breakfast items, -fruit dishes, -party ideas | , , , | 4 Comments

Beignets


Another of my New Orleans favorites!

What you’ll need:

1 cup lukewarm water
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg, room temperature & beaten
2 tablespoons butter, softened
½ cup evaporated milk
4 cups flour
3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
Vegetable oil for frying
Powdered sugar for dusting

Using a mixer with a dough hook, place water, sugar, salt, egg, butter, evaporated milk, flour, and yeast in the bowl. Beat until smooth. If using a bread machine, select dough setting and press Start. When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. If mixing by hand, mix ingredients until a dough forms, turn out onto a floured surface and knead around 200 times. Form dough into an oval, place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled (3 to 4 hours) or overnight.

To prepare dough, remove from refrigerator and roll out on a lightly floured board to ½ inch thickness. Cut into approximately 3-inch squares.

In a deep fryer or large pot, heat just enough vegetable oil to completely cover beignets to 360 degrees. Fry the beignets (2 or 3 at a time) 2 to 3 minutes or until they are puffed and golden brown on both sides, turning them in the oil with tongs once or twice to get them evenly brown; beignets will rise to the surface of the oil as soon as they begin to puff. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels, then sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar. Serve hot. Makes 18 beignets.

Cost:
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
butter – $1.75/pound
evaporated milk – $1.50
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
yeast – $2.12/jar
powdered sugar – $1.69
Total – $3.25

January 26, 2009 Posted by | -breakfast items, -kids favorites, -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , | 2 Comments

Cinnamon rolls

I made these for breakfast this morning. They’re so easy to make and so delicious to eat! I frost mine with cream cheese frosting (that recipe can be found with my coconut cupcake recipe) but you can use the glaze recipe below if you prefer them less sweet.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl sugar
1 – 2 Tbl cinnamon

2 ½ c biscuit mix
2/3 c milk
2 Tbl sugar
2 Tbl butter, softened
¼ c raisins, optional (sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t. I didn’t today.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan. In a small bowl mix together 2 Tbl sugar and cinnamon and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir biscuit mix, milk and 2 Tbl sugar until dough forms. If it’s too sticky, stir in additional biscuit mix (up to ¼ c) to make it easier to handle. Turn dough onto a biscuit mix covered flat surface. Roll dough in biscuit mix to coat.

Shape into ball and knead 10 times.

Roll into a 15 x 9 inch rectangle.

Spread with butter.

Sprinkle evenly with sugar mixture and raisins if desired.

Roll up tightly beginning with 15 inch side.

Seal well by pinching edge of dough into a roll.

Cut into 1 ¼ inch slices.

Place cut side down on greased pan.

Bake 23 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan. Frost while warm. Makes about 20 rolls.


For simple glaze:

What you’ll need:

1 1/3 c powdered sugar
2 Tbl milk

Mix until smooth.

Tip: Use already made canned vanilla or cream cheese frosting for a quick, no work frosting. If it’s cold, let it warm to room temperature while the rolls are baking.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
milk – $3.99/gallon
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
cinnamon – $1.85
raisins – $1.12/box
Total – $2.18

January 1, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -breakfast items, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, MAIN DISHES, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My favorite breakfast sandwich

I could eat any version of this sandwich that you want to make but this is my favorite recipe.

What you’ll need:

2 eggs
1 Tbl milk
2 – 4 slices deli ham
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 slices American cheese
2 slices sourdough bread
Butter

Butter one side of each piece of bread and place butter side down in a skillet over medium heat. Cook about 1 minute or until bread is lightly browned and crisp to the touch. Place bread on a plate. Put 2 slices Swiss cheese on one slice of bread and 2 slices American cheese on the other covering all the bread. In the same skillet, lay ham flat and brown on each side, about 30 seconds. Place on top of cheese on one side of bread. Beat eggs and milk together and scramble in a small amount of butter until done. Place eggs on top of ham. Close and enjoy! This is also good on hamburger buns.

Cost:
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
sliced cheese – $3.12
sourdough bread – $2.50/bag
Total – $2.28

December 29, 2008 Posted by | -breakfast items, -pork, -sandwiches, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment