The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Old fashioned macaroni and ham salad

I remember this dish mainly from country funerals when all the ladies would make something and bring it to the hall for after the ceremony. It’s very simple and delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 c. cooked macaroni noodles, cooled
1 c. diced cooked ham
1/2 c. ground pickles (sweet or dill, whichever you prefer)
1 can pimentos, chopped
1 c. mayonnaise

Mix all together well and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

Cost:
elbow macaroni – $1.75
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
pickles – $2.12/jar
pimento – $3.00
mayonnaise – $2.50
Total – $6.62

November 15, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | 1 Comment

“Diet” mac and cheese

I know sometimes some of the recipes I post aren’t weight friendly. I have always been blessed with the ability to eat and eat and not gain weight (please don’t hate me) but I’ve had many family members and friends that did have to watch what they ate. Because of that I tried this recipe when I came across it (I think it was in a cookbook but I can’t remember which one) and it is delicious! It’s creamy and decadent and doesn’t taste like a “diet” food at all!

What you’ll need:

1 cup uncooked jumbo elbow macaroni (3 oz)
1/3 cup frozen sweet peas
2/3 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), cut into small pieces, softened
2 slices process American cheese
2 tablespoons crushed fat-free herb-seasoned croutons

Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package, omitting salt and adding peas for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, heat milk, cream cheese and American cheese over medium-low heat, stirring carefully with wire whisk, until cheese is melted. Add cooked macaroni and peas to cheese sauce; stir to coat. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve topped with croutons. Serves 4.

Cost:
elbow macaroni – $1.75
frozen peas – $1.68
milk – $3.99/gallon
cream cheese – $2.06
sliced cheese – $3.12
Total – $5.33

April 2, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, SIDE DISHES | , , , | 3 Comments

Tex-Mex Penne

First, I love penne pasta. It holds flavor better than any other pasta to me. Second, this is a quick and easy dinner to throw together at the last minute. I think you’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

½ bag (8 oz) penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb Italian sausage, out of the casing
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cans corn, drained or 2 c frozen corn
1 c salsa
2 cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
¾ tsp oregano
1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
½ c fresh cilantro, chopped (optional but it does make a difference in taste to leave it out)

Cook penne according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, stirring frequently to break up into pieces. Drain and return to pan. Add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, salsa, tomatoes and oregano and stir well. Bring to a boil and then cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in 1 c shredded cheese, pasta and all but 2 Tbl cilantro. Mix well and pour into serving bowl. Top with ½ c cheese and 2 Tbl cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
penne noodles – $1.89
Italian sausage – $2.12/lb
onion – $1.12
zucchini – $1.10/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
whole kernel corn – $0.40
salsa – $1.59
diced tomatoes – $0.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $9.97

January 24, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, -sausage, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best baked mac & cheese

Cheesy and creamy. They’ll beg you to make it again!

What you’ll need:

1 egg
½ c mild cheddar cheese, shredded
½ c sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
½ c Velveeta, cut into very small cubes (less than ¼ inch)
½ c heavy whipping cream
½ tsp season salt
1 Tbl flour
1 Tbl butter, melted
16 oz elbow macaroni noodles

Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine egg, cheddar cheeses and whipping cream. Stir to combine. Add season salt and mix well. Stir in flour and butter. Fold in pasta. Pour into a buttered casserole dish and top with Velveeta, spreading it evenly across the top of casserole. Bake for 30 minutes.

Cost:
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Velveeta – $3.59
whipping cream – $1.49
elbow macaroni – $1.75
Total – $6.43

December 29, 2008 Posted by | -casseroles, -kids favorites, -pasta, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Penne supreme

Delicious and simple, simple, simple.

What you’ll need:

3 Tbl olive oil, separated
1 container cherry tomatoes, halved
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (16 oz) can peas
8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1/3 c parmesan cheese
1 pkg penne noodles
Salt & pepper to taste

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a skillet, heat 1 ½ Tbl olive oil over medium heat. Add tomato halves and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add garlic, peas and ½ c water. Cook until most of the water has evaporated, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the remaining 1 ½ Tbl oil and the cheese to the pea mixture. Add pea mixture to noodles, salt and pepper to taste and toss to mix. Makes 8 servings.

Cost:
cherry tomatoes – $2.25
cloves – $1.12
peas – $1.09
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
parmesan cheese – $1.99
penne noodles – $1.89
Total – $6.78

December 29, 2008 Posted by | -bacon, -pasta, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment