The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Jalapeno cheese bread

I got this recipe off the back of a biscuit mix box. It’s yummm 🙂

What you’ll need:

4 green onions, chopped
1/4 c red bell pepper, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
3 c biscuit mix
2 Tbl jalapeno, chopped
1 c cheddar or pepper jack cheese, shredded
3/4 c water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heavily spray an 8 x 8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Combine all ingredients and stir to combine. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Cut into 8 squares.

Cost:
small onions – $1.50/bunch
bell pepper – $0.90
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
biscuit mix – $3.00
jalapeno – $1.08
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $6.16

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March 16, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Chicken alfredo with mini garlic loaves

This was supper last night and it was delicious!

What you’ll need:

2 c chicken cut into pieces (this can be any chicken you’d like to use. Just make sure it’s boneless and skinless)
1 pkg dry alfredo mix & ingredients needed to mix it up (1 c milk + 3 Tbl butter)
½ pkg (1 c) penne noodles
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided into 1 c, ¾ c and ¼ c
4 mini sub rolls (these can be found in the bakery)
½ c butter
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp Italian seasoning

For the chicken alfredo:
Cook the chicken in a small amount of butter until cooked through. Cook the noodles according to package directions, drain and put in a large bowl. Cook alfredo sauce according to package directions. Add the chicken and alfredo sauce to the bowl of noodles and stir well. Stir in ¾ c of mozzarella and pour into a baking dish. Top with 1 c of mozzarella. Bake @ 400 degrees for about 10 minutes (just until the cheese melts). You don’t need any other seasonings in this dish; there are plenty in the alfredo sauce. Feeds 4.

For the mini garlic loaves:
Slice the rolls in half. Mix together butter, garlic powder & Italian seasoning. Spread on tops of each roll half. Place under the broiler for about 8 minutes or just until the tops are starting to crisp. Sprinkle ¼ c of mozzarella evenly across the rolls and return to oven. Broil an additional 3 – 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Makes 8 halves.

Cost:
canned chicken chunks – $2.50
alfredo sauce mix – $0.69
penne noodles – $1.89
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
prepared sub rolls – $2.50/bag
butter – $1.75/pound
Total – $7.31

February 10, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Homemade Flour Tortillas

I prefer to make things myself and I think this recipe will convince you to do the same! So much better than store bought. I usually get about 15 tortillas from this recipe but it all depends on what size you make them.

What you’ll need:

2 c flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
¾ c warm water

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl combine the warm water and oil. Add the water/oil mixture to the flour mixture, one tablespoon at a time and mix the dough with a fork until it’s completely combined. Continue this process until all the water/oil mixture has been used. The dough will be sticky. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface probably 15 -20 times. You want to knead the dough for about 5 minutes. If the dough gets too sticky to handle dust with additional flour. Place the kneaded dough back in the bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Pinch the dough off into golf ball size pieces and roll them into balls. Place balls on a flat dish but don’t let them touch each other. Cover with the damp towel and let them rest for another 10 minutes. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. A cast iron skillet works best for these tortillas because they allow the heat to distribute evenly but they can be made in any skillet or on a griddle. On a lightly floured surface, roll each tortilla into about a 6” circle. I usually do this one tortilla at a time. Place in the pan and cook on the first side about 30 seconds. Flip it over and cook an additional 30 seconds. You do NOT need any oil or butter in your pan. Just the tortilla. You’ll notice brown spots when you flip it over. That’s perfect! You can keep the cooked tortillas in a 200 degree oven while you cook the rest if you want to keep them warm.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking powder – $2.38
vegetable oil – $2.89
Total – $1.01

January 14, 2009 Posted by | -breads, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , | 1 Comment

Italian pie with garlic cheese bread

This was supper last night and it was delicious! I’m including both recipes together since they taste so good together but the bread is awesome with seafood and other meals as well. The cost listed is for both items though 🙂

For Italian pie:

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1 can tomato sauce
1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
½ lb penne noodles
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp garlic powder

Cook the noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside. Brown ground beef, drain and return to pan. Stir in tomato sauce, ½ c of cheddar cheese and seasonings. Cook over medium heat until mixture is heated through. Stir in penne noodles. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake @ 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Feeds 4.

For the garlic cheese bread:

What you’ll need:

2 c biscuit mix
½ c water
1/3 c butter, softened
½ tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
½ c shredded cheddar cheese

Mix the biscuit mix and the water until dough forms adding water 1 tsp at a time if necessary (if it’s too dry to form a dough). Place on a biscuit mix covered surface and knead 5 times. Press onto a cookie sheet evenly. I roll mine out a little first and then press it out to the edges of my pan. Using a fork poke holes all over the top of the dough. In a small bowl mix together butter and seasonings. Spread evenly over the top of the dough. Bake @ 425 degrees about 15 minutes or until dough has risen and is slightly browned. Sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the bread and cook for an additional 5 – 8 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Slice into squares. Serve warm. Feeds 4.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
tomato sauce – $0.33/can
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
penne noodles – $1.89
Italian seasoning – $2.89
biscuit mix – $3.00
butter – $1.75/pound
Total – $6.02

January 13, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -breads, -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cheesy Spoon Bread

This traditional southern side dish tastes great with pork and is good with other meats as well. I just love spoon bread!

What you’ll need:

¾ c dry milk
½ c cornmeal
2 c water
1 ¼ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
3 eggs, separated (yolks in one bowl, whites in another)
2 Tbl butter
¼ tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 1 ½ quart casserole dish. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, cornmeal and water. Stirring constantly, cook until mixture comes to a boil. Boil, continuing stirring, until mixture thickens, usually about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in ¾ cup cheese, egg yolks, butter and baking powder. Beat egg whites in small bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into corn meal mixture until well combined. Pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until top is golden and filling is set. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
dry powdered milk – $1.99
cornmeal – $3.12/5 pound bag
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
butter – $1.75/pound
baking powder – $2.38
Total – $2.67

January 12, 2009 Posted by | -breads, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment