The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Stuffed crust pepperoni pizza

This is the BEST pizza!! It was supper last night 🙂

What you’ll need:

3 cups biscuit mix
2/3 cup very hot water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 smoked string cheese pieces. cut lengthwise in half (you can use regular string cheese if you prefer)
¼ cup Italian-style tomato paste
1 small onion, cut lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise into thin slices
1/2 medium bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 can (4 oz) mushroom pieces and stems, drained
½ package (3.5-oz size) sliced pepperoni
1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained, if desired
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

In large bowl, stir biscuit mix, water and oil until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 20 strokes. Let stand 8 minutes. Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Grease 12-inch pizza pan with shortening or cooking spray. Press dough on bottom and 1 inch over side of pizza pan. Place string cheese along edge of dough. Fold 1 inch edge of dough over and around cheese; press to seal. Bake 7 minutes. Spread tomato paste over crust. Top with onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni and olives. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Slice into 8 pieces. Serve with parmesan cheese and crushed red peppers.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
string cheese – $2.59/pkg
tomato paste – $0.49/can
onion – $1.12
bell pepper – $0.90
mushrooms – $1.25
pepperoni – $1.69
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
Total – $9.19

March 12, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, -pizza, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Louisiana-Style Shrimp Casserole

I thought this would be a perfect recipe to post for Fat Tuesday! I got this from the Bisquick version of my Betty Crocker newsletter 🙂 Good stuff! And don’t forget your King Cake!

Louisiana-Style Shrimp Casserole

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 50 min
Makes: 4 servings

What you’ll need:

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 cups frozen bell pepper and onion stir-fry (from 1-lb bag)
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons Original Bisquick® mix
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce
12 oz cooked deveined peeled medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, tail shells removed
3/4 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup milk
1 egg

1. Heat oven to 400°F. In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic, stir-fry vegetables and celery; cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are crisp-tender.

2. Stir 2 tablespoons Bisquick mix into vegetable mixture until blended. Stir in tomatoes, salt, pepper sauce and shrimp. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bubbling and thickened. Pour shrimp mixture into ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish.

3. In small bowl, stir 3/4 cup Bisquick mix, the milk and egg with fork until smooth. Pour over shrimp mixture.

4. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
garlic cloves – $1.12
frozen mixed vegetables – $2.12
celery – $0.99
biscuit mix – $3.00
diced tomatoes – $0.89
1/2 lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
milk – $3.99/gallon
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $10.67

February 24, 2009 Posted by | -casseroles, -party ideas, -shrimp, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Seven layer taco dip

Another great party recipe. This recipe makes enough to feed about 10.

What you’ll need:

1 pkg taco seasoning
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 (16 oz) container of sour cream
1 (16 oz) jar salsa (any variety you prefer)
1 large tomato, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 (6 oz) can black olives, drained
2 c shredded cheddar cheese

In a medium bowl, mix together the taco seasoning and refried beans until well blended. Spread the mixture into a deep glass bowl (so you can see how pretty the layers are) or onto a large serving platter. In a different bowl (or the same bowl cleaned out), mix together the cream cheese and sour cream. Spread over the bean mixture. Spread the salsa over the top of that, then make a layer of tomato, then bell pepper, then onions, then lettuce, then cheese and last olives. Make sure to spread each layer evenly over the layer before it but not to mix them together. Serve with tortilla chips, Fritos, or crackers.

Cost:
taco seasoning – $0.50
refried beans – $1.08
cream cheese – $2.06
sour cream – $0.99
salsa – $1.59
tomato – $1.00
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
lettuce – $0.89/head
olives – $2.25
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
tortilla chips – $1.18
Total – $13.81/ around $1.38 per person

January 20, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gumbo

So good on a cold day. This recipe feeds 10 but it freezes well. It can be kept in the refrigerator up to 4 days and in the freezer up to 6 months.

What you’ll need:

1 lb okra, washed and sliced
2 bell peppers, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 c celery, chopped
3 Tbl butter
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp garlic salt
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp thyme
1 can corn, with juice
1 can whole tomatoes, with juice
2 c water
1 lb 30/40 shrimp, peeled with tails removed
¼ tsp celery salt (optional)

Sauté onions, peppers and celery in the butter. In a large pot, put sautéed vegetables and remaining ingredients except shrimp (add it about halfway through cooking). Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced and thickened. Serve with crackers.

Cost:
okra – $3.99/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
celery – $0.99
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
whole kernel corn – $0.40
canned whole tomatoes – $1.19
½ lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
Total – $13.86

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -shrimp, -vegetables, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment