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

Chocolate surprise truffles

As I’ve told you before, I get some of my favorite recipes off of the backs of boxes, bags, cans and jars. I first found this recipe on the back of a cocoa container and then I found it again on the Hershey’s website. I just love these truffles. They’re rich and delicious and have a surprise center! I think you’ll love them too!

What you’ll need:

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
¼ cup whipping cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Centers: After-dinner mints, whole candied cherries, whole almonds, pecan or walnut halves
Coating: Powdered sugar, MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes or chopped nuts

Beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Stir together powdered sugar and cocoa; add to butter mixture alternately with whipping cream and vanilla, blending well. Refrigerate until firm. Shape small amount of mixture around desired center; roll into 1-inch balls. Drop into desired coating, turning until well covered. Refrigerate until firm. Makes about 3 dozen truffles.

Variation: Add ½ teaspoon rum extract, decrease vanilla to 1 teaspoon.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
powdered sugar – $1.69
cocoa – $1.69
whipping cream – $1.49
vanilla – $2.25
cherries – $1.12
Total – $3.89

January 19, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -chocolate, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

French Quarter Green Beans

Another New Orleans favorite.

What you’ll need:

3 ½ cups French style green beans
3 Tbl butter
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
¼ tsp garlic salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 (2 ½ oz) package slivered almonds
Paprika

Cook green beans according to package directions, drain and set aside. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Add soup and cream cheese. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until cream cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients except for almonds and paprika. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 1 ¾ qt. casserole. Top with almonds and sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered @ 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 4.

Cost:
green beans – $2.09
butter – $1.75/pound
cream of mushroom soup – $0.89
cream cheese – $2.06
water chestnuts – $2.06
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
almonds- $2.00
Total – $8.74

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

Granola bars

With all the products on the shelves I know most people just buy it and go on but I really like making things myself. I know what’s in them. I know how old they are. It’s just so good.

What you’ll need:

2 ½ c old fashioned oatmeal
1 c shredded coconut
½ c raw sunflower seeds without the shells
¼ c sesame seeds
½ c wheat germ
½ c slivered almonds
4 Tbl butter
¼ c dark brown sugar
½ c honey
1 c raisins
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a cookie sheet, mix together the oatmeal, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and almonds and spread out evenly on the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the butter, sugar and honey over low heat, stirring often. Leave to simmer while the oat mixture finishes baking. When the oats are done, remove from oven and mix in the raisins. Do not turn oven off. Remove honey mixture from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix until all the ingredients are coated in the honey mixture. Using buttered hands, press the mixture into a heavily buttered 8 x 8 pan. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Invert the pan to remove the granola. Slice into squares. Makes about 16 bars.

Cost:
oatmeal – $1.59
shredded coconut – $2.25/bag
sunflower seeds – $1.00/bag
wheat germ – $1.99/jar
sesame seeds – $1.29
almonds- $2.00
butter – $1.75/pound
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
honey – $1.12
raisins – $1.12/box
vanilla – $2.25
Total – $7.99/approximately $0.50 per bar

January 7, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Broccoli salad

This is an excellent cold salad with a nutty flavor.

What you’ll need:

2 heads broccoli or about 3 c broccoli florets
1 red onion
½ pound bacon, cooked, cooled and crumbled
¾ c raisins
¾ c sliced almonds
½ c sunflower seeds
1 c mayonnaise
½ c sugar
2 Tbl white wine vinegar

Chop broccoli and onion up finely and put in a large bowl. Add bacon, raisins, nuts and sunflower seeds and stir well. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Pour over broccoli mixture and mix until coated. Let chill about 1 hour. Stir before serving. Makes 9 servings.

Cost:
broccoli – $1.89
onion – $1.12
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
raisins – $1.12/box
almonds- $2.00
sunflower seeds – $1.00/bag
mayonnaise – $2.50
vinegar – $1.19
Total – $7.64

December 24, 2008 Posted by | -bacon, -party ideas, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment