The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Texas caviar

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This is a very simple cold “dip”. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.

What you’ll need:

1 (14 oz) can black eyed peas, drained
1 (15 oz) can white hominy or sweet corn, drained
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1/2 c. (1 small to medium) yellow or purple onion, chopped (the purple is sweeter)
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
1 c. picante sauce

Combine all in a large bowl and mix lightly. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Cost:
black eyed peas – $0.89
hominy – $0.54
tomato – $1.00
small onions – $1.50/bunch
garlic cloves – $1.12
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
salsa – $1.59
Total – $8.54

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November 19, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -vegetables, -vote for Foodista contest, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Melon mint salad

This fruit salad is so easy you just mix it together and let it chill! This is great for breakfast too!

What you’ll need:

4 cups honeydew melon, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 Tbl fresh lime juice
3 Tbl chopped cilantro leaves and stems
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Sugar to taste

Mix all ingredients together well and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Feeds 8 – 10.

Cost:
melon – $2.25
limes – $1.99/4
herbs – $1.00
Total – $3.69

March 11, 2009 Posted by | -breakfast items, -fruit dishes, -party ideas | , , , | 4 Comments

Tex-Mex Penne

First, I love penne pasta. It holds flavor better than any other pasta to me. Second, this is a quick and easy dinner to throw together at the last minute. I think you’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

½ bag (8 oz) penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb Italian sausage, out of the casing
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cans corn, drained or 2 c frozen corn
1 c salsa
2 cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
¾ tsp oregano
1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
½ c fresh cilantro, chopped (optional but it does make a difference in taste to leave it out)

Cook penne according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, stirring frequently to break up into pieces. Drain and return to pan. Add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, salsa, tomatoes and oregano and stir well. Bring to a boil and then cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in 1 c shredded cheese, pasta and all but 2 Tbl cilantro. Mix well and pour into serving bowl. Top with ½ c cheese and 2 Tbl cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
penne noodles – $1.89
Italian sausage – $2.12/lb
onion – $1.12
zucchini – $1.10/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
whole kernel corn – $0.40
salsa – $1.59
diced tomatoes – $0.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $9.97

January 24, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, -sausage, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guacamole

Cayenne pepper gives this guacamole a little kick.

What you’ll need:

3 ripe avocadoes
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp salt
½ c diced onion
3 Tbl chopped cilantro
2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 pinch cayenne pepper

In a medium bowl, mash together the avocado meat, lime juice and salt until desired consistency. Mix in remaining ingredients, stirring well after each addition and adding the cayenne pepper last. Refrigerate to chill for at least one hour before serving. Makes 4 servings.

How to…

Easily get the meat out of an avocado…

Always use ripe avocados! Roll them in between your hand and the counter using firm pressure. Slice long ways around the avocado pushing the knife until it touches the pit all the way around. Twist halves of avocado opposite directions and separate them. Remove the pit. Scoop meat out with a spoon making sure to ‘clean’ the inside of the skins.

Cost:
avocado – $1.99/lb
limes – $1.99/4
onion – $1.12
tomato – $1.00
Total – $4.60

January 4, 2009 Posted by | -how to..., -party ideas, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, -super snacks, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuna snacker

This is great by itself or served on crackers as an appetizer.

What you’ll need:

1 (6oz) pkg tuna
1 c red onion, chopped
1 c tomato, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbl chopped cilantro
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Refrigerate to chill. Makes about 3 cups.

Cost:
tuna – $0.89
onion – $1.12
tomato – $1.00
jalapeno – $1.08
limes – $1.99/4
Total – $4.58

January 3, 2009 Posted by | ----tuna, -party ideas, -super snacks, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , | Leave a comment