The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Homey Click Salad

I promised you one of my “notebook recipes” today and this is the one I picked. This is great as a brunch.

What you’ll need:

  • Cooked meat from a 4 lb chicken (about 2 cups) or 2 cans chunk chicken*
  • 1 c celery, cut on an angle
  • 1 c green bell pepper, minced
  • 2 tsp grated onion
  • 2/3 c mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c light cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbl vinegar

In a large bowl, mix together meat, celery, bell pepper and onion. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together mayonnaise, cream, vinegar and salt and pepper. Mix into meat mixture well. Chill for at least one hour or overnight covered with plastic wrap. Stir once before serving. Tastes great served with cranberry sauce or a tart jelly. Feeds 4 – 6.

*If using canned chicken, break up the chicken chunks with a fork before mixing with other ingredients.

Cost:
canned chicken chunks – $2.50
bell pepper – $0.90
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
mayonnaise – $3.12
cream – $1.12
vinegar (small) – $0.92
Total – $6.50

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December 28, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Texas caviar

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This is a very simple cold “dip”. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

What you’ll need:

1 (14 oz) can black eyed peas, drained
1 (15 oz) can white hominy or sweet corn, drained
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1/2 c. (1 small to medium) yellow or purple onion, chopped (the purple is sweeter)
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
1 c. picante sauce

Combine all in a large bowl and mix lightly. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Cost:
black eyed peas – $0.89
hominy – $0.54
tomato – $1.00
small onions – $1.50/bunch
garlic cloves – $1.12
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
salsa – $1.59
Total – $8.54

November 19, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -vegetables, -vote for Foodista contest, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Easy chicken stir-fry

This is so yummy you’ll want to eat it all yourself!

What you’ll need:

¼ c orange juice
1 ½ Tbl cornstarch
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
¾ c chicken broth
1 ½ Tbl soy sauce
2 ½ tsp vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbl minced fresh ginger OR 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 ½ c snow peas OR green beans
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 1 c)
¾ c sliced green onion
1 c frozen broccoli, thawed
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
2 c cooked white rice

Combine the orange juice and cornstarch in a shallow glass bowl. Add the chicken strips and stir to coat them well with the marinade. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Drain and discard remaining juice. In a small bowl, mix together the broth and soy sauce. Set aside. In a wok or skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add the chicken and cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook and stir an additional 5 minutes. Stir in broth/soy sauce and heat through. Remove from heat. Place about ¼ cup of rice on separate plates. Top with chicken mixture and serve hot. Feeds 4 – 5.

Cost:
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
cornstarch – $1.29
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
soy sauce $1.89
garlic cloves – $1.12
green beans – $1.09
bell pepper – $0.90
small onions – $1.50/bunch
fresh carrots – $1.19
frozen broccoli – $1.89
rice – $2.12
Total – $14.28

July 26, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Shrimp & Okra Gumbo

This recipe is quick and easy if you need to feed a crowd.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl bacon fat
3 c sliced okra
2 onions, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined and cut in half
½ can tomato sauce
2 red peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 bay leaf
8 c water
1 tsp salt

Cook, covered, the okra, onions and bell pepper in the bacon fat until okra is almost tender. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients except shrimp. Heat to boiling then cook an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Serve with steamed rice. Feeds 8.

Cost:
okra – $3.99/lb
onion – $1.12
small onions – $1.50/bunch
bell pepper – $0.90
tomato sauce – $0.33/can
garlic cloves – $1.12
1/2 lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
Total – $14.68/$1.84 per serving

July 25, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -shrimp, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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