The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Chili cheese balls

With less than a month before the Superbowl, I thought I’d start posting some good party recipes. These are excellent. This recipe feeds 6 but it can be doubled or tripled depending on your party size.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c margarine, softened
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (4oz) can green chilies, drained and chopped

Mix all ingredients together well. Form into 3/4″ balls. Place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake @ 375 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes turning over once halfway through baking.

Cost:
cheddar cheese block – $3.98
tub butter – $2.38
all purpose flour – $1.25
chilies – $1.19/can
Total – $3.25

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January 13, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , | 2 Comments

Christmas breakfast casserole

Hey guys! I hope y’all had a great Christmas! Ours was wonderful! 😀 We went to my husband’s son & his wife’s home for breakfast and she made a delicious casserole for us. I thought it was so good (and simple!) that I’d share the recipe with you.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1/8 c milk
  • 2 Tbl butter, divided
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 bag frozen, shredded hash browns

Beat the eggs and milk together and scramble in 1 Tbl butter. Put half the scrambled eggs in the bottom of a casserole dish and set the other half aside. Brown the sausage, crumbling it as it cooks. Drain. Put into a large bowl and set aside. Brown the hash browns in 1 Tbl butter. Mix together the cooked hash browns, cooked sausage and 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Spread on top of eggs in casserole dish. Top with remaining eggs and then the remaining cheese and bake @ 350 degrees until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Feeds 4.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
milk – $1.78/gallon
pork sausage – $1.89
shredded cheddar – $1.98
frozen shredded hash browns – $2.29
Total – $7.30

December 26, 2009 Posted by | -breakfast items, -casseroles, -sausage, -vote for Foodista contest, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Country Scalloped Potatoes



From: Campbell’s Kitchen
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 1 hour 10 minutes
Stand: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

What you’ll need:

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Celery Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Chicken Gravy
1 cup milk
5 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
1 small onion, thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
2 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

Stir the soup, gravy and milk in a small bowl. Layer half the potatoes, onion, ham and soup mixture in 3-quart shallow baking dish. Repeat the layers. Cover the baking dish.

Bake at 375°F. for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 25 minutes. Top with the cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Cost*:
cream of celery soup – $1.19
gravy – $1.49/jar
milk – $3.99/gallon
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
onion – $1.12
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $7.69

*As usual, I use generic products and the cost is based on those prices.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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.

Cost:
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