The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Salmon fromage

When I think of canned salmon, I always think of salmon patties. This is a delicious alternative to the “same old thing”.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cans salmon
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 2 Tbl finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 c flour
  • dash of Tabasco
  • 1 1/2 c cottage cheese
  • hot biscuits
  • parsley & pimento strips for garnish, optional

Drain the salmon but do not discard the liquid. Mix liquid and milk together and set aside. Break salmon into pieces using a fork, set aside. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add onion and cook until transparent. Whisk in flour. Add milk/salmon liquid all at once and cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture begins to thicken. Add Tabasco. Fold in the cottage cheese and stir gently until it is heated back through. Add salmon and stir gently until heated through again. Serve over hot, split biscuits. Feeds 6.

canned salmon – $2.12
milk – $1.78/gallon
tub butter – $2.38
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
all-purpose flour – $1.25
Tabasco sauce – $1.59
cottage cheese – $2.12
canned biscuits – $2.28/4 pack
Total – $7.08

January 4, 2010 Posted by | -salmon, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy doughnut holes

We made these last night. I would have pictures for you but they were scarfing them down as fast as I made them. These are definitely a kid’s favorite!

What you’ll need:

Canned biscuits (how many depends on how many you’d like to make. One can makes about 30 to 40 doughnut holes depending on how big or small you cut them)
Powdered sugar
Granulated sugar

For doughnut holes:

Remove biscuits from can and roll each individual biscuit in your hand to make it a long oval shape (just like making snakes out of play dough =) don’t make them too skinny though). Slice each “snake” into 4 to 5 pieces and roll those in your hand to make the ball shape. Set on a plate, not touching each other, until all the biscuit balls are made. Drop carefully into hot oil (375 degrees) and flip if necessary (they usually flip on their own which is pretty neat but if they don’t then you need to flip them). Cook until browned, usually about 1 minute. Don’t overcrowd your pan. You just want about 5 doughnut holes cooking at a time. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Glaze or cover while they’re still warm.

For “toppings”:


Mix together about ¼ cup of powdered sugar and a small amount of water. Heat in the microwave 30 seconds. Mix again. It should be pretty thin; if it’s not, add a little more water. You want it thicker than water but thinner than frosting. Using a spoon, roll doughnut holes in glaze and place on a plate that is NOT lined with paper towels.


Mix together 2 Tbl cocoa with ¼ cup powdered sugar. Stir well. Roll doughnut holes in mixture.


Mix together 3 Tbl cinnamon with ¼ c granulated sugar. Roll doughnut holes in mixture.

canned biscuits – $1.09/4 pack
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
powdered sugar – $1.69
cocoa – $1.69
cinnamon – $1.85
Total – $1.06 using one can of biscuits

March 18, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -doughnuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | 1 Comment

Easy beef empanadas

I just love empanadas and these are super simple. Canned biscuits make it so easy although I do like making my own dough too. Maybe tomorrow I’ll post a different type of empanada with the homemade dough. =)

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1 garlic clove
1 tsp salt
1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
½ c chopped onion
8 oz (1 c) grated cheddar cheese
1 c salsa, any variety you prefer
2 cans of refrigerated biscuits

Brown the ground beef in a frying pan adding the salt and pepper just before done. Drain and allow to cool. In a large bowl mix the corn, onions, cheese, and salsa, then add the cooled beef mixing carefully so not to break up all the cheese. Roll the biscuits out flat to about 2 ½ times their original size. Spoon about ¼ cup of the mixture onto the center of each circle being careful not the cover the edges. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges closed. Make sure the edges are sealed well or your filling will ooze out while it’s baking! Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake @ 375 degrees until lightly browned, usually about 6 minutes but times may vary. Just watch them closely and when they are browned remove from oven. Serve warm. Makes 12 – 16 empanadas depending on how much filling you use on each one.

ground beef – $2.00/lb
garlic cloves – $1.12
whole kernel corn – $0.40
onion – $1.12
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
salsa – $1.59
canned biscuits – $1.09/4 pack
Total – $6.11

February 1, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -party ideas, -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Garlic-cheese biscuits

These make me think of a certain seafood restaurant.

What you’ll need:

2 c biscuit mix
2/3 c milk
½ c shredded cheddar cheese
½ tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix all ingredients just until a soft dough forms. Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or until golden. Serve warm. Makes 10 biscuits.

biscuit mix – $3.00
milk – $3.99/gallon
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $3.14

January 4, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -vote for Foodista contest, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pigs in a blanket

I always made these for my kids as an after school snack but they are also great for parties.

What you’ll need:

Canned biscuits
1 pkg Lil Smokies
Sliced cheese

Smash each biscuit flat and place ¼ slice of cheese and one sausage on each biscuit. Pull two sides up over the top of the sausage and pinch closed making sure to seal. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes each. They will be puffed up and light brown when they are ready.

Use sliced hot dogs instead of sausages. One hot dog makes 3 pigs in a blanket.
Use diced jalapeno in place of the cheese.
Use cooked fruit instead of the meat and cheese.
Use sliced ham instead of the sausages.

canned biscuits – $1.09/4 pack
lil smokies – $1.99
sliced cheese – $3.12
Total – $4.79

December 12, 2008 Posted by | -kids favorites, -party ideas, -pork, -super snacks | , , , , , | Leave a comment