The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cheese puffs

This recipe calls for pot cheese which is basically cottage cheese that has been drained longer and therefore has a slightly drier texture. If pot cheese is not available where you live, use cottage cheese but let it drain in a sieve for approximately half an hour before you use it. Also, this is a very time consuming recipe so don’t start it until you have plenty of time!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb Feta cheese
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg pot cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 c parsley or dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb real butter OR 1/4 lb real butter + 1/4 lb margarine
  • 1 lb Phylo pastry sheets

Crumble Feta into small pieces into a large bowl. Add pot cheese and blend well. Add the eggs and beat thoroughly. Mix in the herbs. Set aside. Carefully cut the Phylo pastry into three equal portions. Put two of the portions (covered) into the refrigerator until ready to use. Place a damp towel over the portion you are working with. Phylo dough dries out very quickly and you don’t want it dry. You are going to work with one sheet at a time.

Remove one sheet of dough, place on a flat surface and butter well using a pastry brush. Fold the long side towards the middle making a strip about 2″ wide. Butter again. Place 1 Tbl of the cheese mixture on the bottom right hand corner of the strip and fold over into a triangle shape. Keep folding and making triangles until you get to the end of the strip. Lightly butter the finished triangle and place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Continue this process until all the dough/cheese has been used. This should make 75 pieces.

Bake @ 425 degrees for 20 minutes, turning once. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cost:
Feta cheese – $4.79/lb
cottage cheese – $2.86
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
herbs – $1.20 in store/free from herb garden
butter – $2.38
Phylo dough – $3.89
Total – $14.28/$0.19 per piece

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January 17, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Jalapeno bean dip

Another great party recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c onion, minced
  • 1 Tbl butter
  • 2 c (two  8 oz cans) refried beans
  • 1/2 lb Monterrey jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 (4 oz) can (1/2 c) green chilies, drained & chopped or approximately 8 jalapenos, chopped

Saute onion in the butter until translucent. Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through. Serve with tortilla chips. Serves 12.

Cost:
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
tub butter – $2.38
refried beans – $1.00
Monterrey jack – $1.69
chilies – $1.19/can
Total – $5.20

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January 15, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

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

“Diet” mac and cheese

I know sometimes some of the recipes I post aren’t weight friendly. I have always been blessed with the ability to eat and eat and not gain weight (please don’t hate me) but I’ve had many family members and friends that did have to watch what they ate. Because of that I tried this recipe when I came across it (I think it was in a cookbook but I can’t remember which one) and it is delicious! It’s creamy and decadent and doesn’t taste like a “diet” food at all!

What you’ll need:

1 cup uncooked jumbo elbow macaroni (3 oz)
1/3 cup frozen sweet peas
2/3 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), cut into small pieces, softened
2 slices process American cheese
2 tablespoons crushed fat-free herb-seasoned croutons

Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package, omitting salt and adding peas for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, heat milk, cream cheese and American cheese over medium-low heat, stirring carefully with wire whisk, until cheese is melted. Add cooked macaroni and peas to cheese sauce; stir to coat. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve topped with croutons. Serves 4.

Cost:
elbow macaroni – $1.75
frozen peas – $1.68
milk – $3.99/gallon
cream cheese – $2.06
sliced cheese – $3.12
Total – $5.33

April 2, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, SIDE DISHES | , , , | 3 Comments