The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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

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

Italian Vegetable Soup

To make this vegetable soup a vegetarian dish just substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Also I always make my own broth using bouillon cubes but the canned broth is great too.

What you’ll need:

3 ½ c chicken broth
1 medium – large potato, peeled and cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
½ c frozen peas
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp pepper
½ c small shell pasta, cooked and drained
1 can (14-½ oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the pasta and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add the pasta and tomatoes. Cook and stir about 10 minutes or until it is heated through. Feeds 6.

Cost:
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
onion – $1.12
fresh carrots – $1.19
celery – $0.99
frozen peas – $1.68
seashell pasta – $1.89
diced tomatoes – $0.89
Total – $6.20

February 7, 2009 Posted by | -vegetarian (*or almost*), MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Easy chicken and dumplings

I usually make this recipe with the leftover chicken that we have after I bake a chicken. We usually only eat half of it as baked chicken. It’s a really delicious way to use the leftovers.

What you’ll need:

4 boneless, skinless baked chicken breasts OR ½ baked chicken, deboned and skinned OR 1 can chicken chunks
1 large can or 2 small cans cream of mushroom soup
1 large can or 2 small cans cream of chicken soup
1 small can sweet peas, drained
1 can sliced carrots, drained and chopped up
1 c milk
Pepper to taste

For dumplings:

1 c biscuit mix
1 egg
½ c milk

In a large pot over medium heat combine all of the ingredients except for the dumpling ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Do not add salt. There’s already a lot of salt in the other ingredients. Cook, stirring often, until it comes to a boil. Meanwhile mix together dumpling ingredients in a medium bowl. Mixture will be sticky. Mix just until combined. Using a large spoon, drop the dumpling mixture over the top of the chicken mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 10 – 12 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through. Feeds 5.

Cost:
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
cream of mushroom soup – $0.89
cream of chicken soup – $0.69
sweet peas – $0.99
carrots – $0.89
milk – $3.99/gallon
biscuit mix – $3.00
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $10.82/$5.82 using leftover chicken

February 6, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Carrot cake

I got this recipe off the back of a cake mix box and decided to try it one day. I was amazed at the taste. You’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg spice cake mix and ingredients needed to make it
2 c (about 3 large) shredded carrots
1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 c chopped pecans, divided
2 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
2 c powdered sugar
1 tub whipped topping, thawed

Mix cake mix according to package directions. Stir in carrots, pineapple and ¾ c pecans. Pour into two 9” square pans. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cook in pans for 10 minutes then remove from pans and cool completely. When cakes are cooled, in a large bowl mix together cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Fold in whipped topping. Stack cake layers on a plate, frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Top with remaining nuts. Store refrigerated. Makes 18 servings.

Tip: If you can’t find spice cake mix just use yellow cake mix plus 2 tsp of cinnamon.

Cost:
boxed cake mix – $1.29
carrots – $0.89
crushed pineapple – $1.09
pecans – $3.00
cream cheese – $2.06
powdered sugar – $1.69
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $9.48

January 5, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -kids favorites, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Japanese shrimp & noodles


Bet you never thought to use ramen noodles in your main course! This is an easy and very tasty recipe!

What you’ll need:

1 package ramen noodles
1 Tbl oil
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbl ginger
1 ½ c baby carrots, cut lengthwise in half
1 c green beans, cut in half
1 ¾ c chicken broth
2 Tbl soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 tsp cornstarch

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain. Heat oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Rotate skillet to coat the entire bottom. Add shrimp, garlic and ginger and cook about 3 minutes, stirring often, until shrimp are pink. Remove from skillet. Put carrots, green beans, 1 c of the broth, soy sauce and sugar in the skillet. Heat to boiling. Cover and cook over medium heat 4 – 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender. Add shrimp back to pan and stir in lemon juice. Mix cornstarch and remaining broth until smooth. Stir into shrimp mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minutes. Serve over noodles. Serves 4.

Cost:
ramen noodles – $0.29
1/2 lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
carrots – $0.89
green beans – $1.09
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
soy sauce $1.89
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
lemons – $1.99/4
Total – $7.75

December 20, 2008 Posted by | -shrimp, -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment