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

Quick & Easy Hopping John

This is a traditional New Year’s Day “good luck” meal. Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c dry black eyed peas or 1 pkg frozen black eyed peas
  • 1 strip of bacon, cooked til crisp and crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 c hot, cooked rice
  • 1 Tbl red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbl chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbl parsley, chopped

Cook the beans, drain but reserve 1/4 c of the liquid, set aside. Add onion to same pan and saute over medium heat 1 minute in one Tbl of the reserved liquid. Add garlic clove and cook 3 minutes more.  Add peas, rice, vinegar and enough of the reserved liquid to make the mixture moist. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in salt & pepper. Put into 4 serving bowls. Top each with a portion of the bacon, chives and parsley. Serve immediately. Feeds 4.

Cost:
dry peas – $1.00
bacon – $2.98/lb
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
rice – $1.32
vinegar (small) – $0.92
herbs – $0.50
Total – $2.18

December 31, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -vegetarian (*or almost*), HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hot bacon, tomato and cheese dip

This is a great HOT dip. I mean the temperature; not the spiciness. I think you’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, cut into squares
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed tomato soup
6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ tsp oregano

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stir together the soup and squares of cream cheese. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cream cheese has melted. Stir in the bacon and oregano. Serve hot with bread, crackers and/or chips. Makes about 2 cups of dip.

Cost:
cream cheese – $2.06
condensed tomato soup – $0.89
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
Total – $3.44

January 29, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -party ideas, -vegetables | , , , | 1 Comment

Kielbasa snackers

With the Superbowl right around the corner, I thought for the next few days I’d post some great party recipes. These snackers are DELICIOUS!!

What you’ll need:
1 c sweet and sour sauce or 1 (8-ounce) jar prepared sweet and sour sauce
2 cups ketchup
1 lb bacon
2 c brown sugar, packed
2 (1 lb) pkg kielbasa

Cut sausage into 1 ¼ inch slices. Cut bacon strips in half. Wrap each sausage slice with a strip of bacon and spear closed with a toothpick. Place in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. In a bowl, stir together sweet and sour sauce, ketchup and brown sugar. Pour over the top of the snackers. Bake for an additional hour, uncovered, or until the sauce has caramelized on the meat. Makes about 30 individual snackers.

Cost:
sweet & sour sauce – $1.09
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
polska kielbasa – $1.69
Total – $6.30

January 28, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -party ideas, -sausage, -super snacks | , , , , | Leave a comment

Creamy potato soup

This soup always makes me think of my mom. She loves potato soup!

What you’ll need:

3 c chicken broth
1 can evaporated milk
About 6 large potatoes
1 c onion, chopped
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ c diced ham
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 pint whipping cream
Shredded cheddar cheese & chopped green onion for garnish

Sauté the onions and garlic in about a tablespoon of butter over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Scrape them into a large pot making sure to get all the good stuff off the bottom of the pan. Add chicken broth and milk and cook over medium heat about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except for garnishes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Mash several of the potatoes against the side of the pot and stir to thicken the soup. The more you mash the thicker it will be. Add salt and pepper to taste and continue simmering over low heat for about 10 minutes or until soup is heated through and at the desired consistency. Sprinkle cheese and chopped green onion on top of individual bowls when serving. Makes about 10 bowls.

Cost:
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
evaporated milk – $1.50
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
onion – $1.12
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
whipping cream – $1.49
garnish – $1.25
Total – $7.06

January 7, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, -bacon, -pork, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment