The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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

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

Best banana bread

What you’ll need:

1 ¼ cups sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (3 or 4 medium bananas)
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms only of 2 (8 ½”) loaf pans or 1 (9”) loaf pan. In a large bowl mix together sugar and butter. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pan(s). Bake for one hour for 8” loaves and about 15 minutes longer for the 9” loaf or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan(s). Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Cost:
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
butter – $1.75/pound
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
bananas – $2.15
buttermilk – $1.99
vanilla – $2.25
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
walnuts – $2.00
Total – $4.46

January 17, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bread Pudding

My mother used to make this for us all the time growing up. I just love bread pudding!

What you’ll need:

2 c milk
¼ c butter
2/3 c sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
3 c bread, torn into small pieces
½ c raisins (optional)

Heat milk over medium heat just until a film forms over the top of it. Remove from heat and stir in butter until it’s completely melted and combined. Let cool. In a large bowl combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add cooled milk mixture. Put bread in a lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with raisins if you’re using them. Pour the milk/sugar batter over the top of that. Bake @ 350 degrees for 45 – 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
milk – $3.99/gallon
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cinnamon – $1.85
vanilla – $2.25
sandwich bread – $1.09
raisins – $1.12/box
Total – $2.40

January 14, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

French onion soup

The first time I ever ate this was in New Orleans. If you don’t have ovenproof serving dishes you can broil the cheese on the toast only and then place one slice on top of each bowl of soup.

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl butter
1 large onion, sliced
½ tsp sugar
1 ¼ c beef broth
1 ¼ c water
2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
4 slices French bread
½ c shredded Swiss cheese
1 Tbl grated parmesan cheese

Arrange bread on a baking sheet and cook in a 300 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes until crisp and dry. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sugar. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Add broth, water and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer 10 – 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together cheeses. Spoon soup into 4 oven proof serving dishes. Top each with 1 slice of bread and sprinkle generously with cheese mixture. Place under broiler 2 – 3 minutes to melt cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
onion – $1.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
French bread – $1.50
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $3.83

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quick Reuben sandwiches

You can throw this together in a matter of minutes using your microwave.

What you’ll need:

8 slices rye bread, toasted
¾ c thousand island salad dressing
1 (16 oz) can sauerkraut, drained
8 slices Swiss cheese
½ lb corned beef, sliced thin

Spread dressing on each slice of bread and top with a piece of cheese. On a microwave safe plate, make 4 piles of corned beef topped with sauerkraut. Microwave on high 1 minute or until meat is hot. Using a spatula, put one pile of meat/sauerkraut on 4 of the slices of bread. Top each with the remaining slices of bread. Makes 4 sandwiches.

Cost:
rye bread – $2.99/bag
thousand island dressing – $1.89
sauerkraut – $1.89
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
corned beef – $2.12/lb
Total – $7.36/1.84 per sandwich

January 4, 2009 Posted by | ----corned beef, -beef, -sandwiches, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | Leave a comment