The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Seven layer taco dip

Another great party recipe. This recipe makes enough to feed about 10.

What you’ll need:

1 pkg taco seasoning
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 (16 oz) container of sour cream
1 (16 oz) jar salsa (any variety you prefer)
1 large tomato, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 (6 oz) can black olives, drained
2 c shredded cheddar cheese

In a medium bowl, mix together the taco seasoning and refried beans until well blended. Spread the mixture into a deep glass bowl (so you can see how pretty the layers are) or onto a large serving platter. In a different bowl (or the same bowl cleaned out), mix together the cream cheese and sour cream. Spread over the bean mixture. Spread the salsa over the top of that, then make a layer of tomato, then bell pepper, then onions, then lettuce, then cheese and last olives. Make sure to spread each layer evenly over the layer before it but not to mix them together. Serve with tortilla chips, Fritos, or crackers.

Cost:
taco seasoning – $0.50
refried beans – $1.08
cream cheese – $2.06
sour cream – $0.99
salsa – $1.59
tomato – $1.00
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
lettuce – $0.89/head
olives – $2.25
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
tortilla chips – $1.18
Total – $13.81/ around $1.38 per person

January 20, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

4-H Corn Special

My son participated in 4-H and I think I enjoyed it as much as he did. This is a recipe that has been made at many 4-H dinners.

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 ½ c cooked rice
2 c seeded, chopped tomatoes
2 c corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
1 c crushed saltine crackers
¼ c butter, melted
Salt & pepper to taste

In a large skillet, brown beef and onion; drain and return to pan. Stir in rice, tomatoes, corn, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce. Mix until well combined. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish. Combine cracker crumbs and butter; sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
onion – $1.12
rice – $2.12
tomato – $1.00
whole kernel corn – $0.40
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
saltine crackers – $1.29
butter – $1.75/pound
Total – $7.98

January 12, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -casseroles, -kids favorites, -party ideas, -vegetables, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gumbo

So good on a cold day. This recipe feeds 10 but it freezes well. It can be kept in the refrigerator up to 4 days and in the freezer up to 6 months.

What you’ll need:

1 lb okra, washed and sliced
2 bell peppers, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 c celery, chopped
3 Tbl butter
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp garlic salt
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp thyme
1 can corn, with juice
1 can whole tomatoes, with juice
2 c water
1 lb 30/40 shrimp, peeled with tails removed
¼ tsp celery salt (optional)

Sauté onions, peppers and celery in the butter. In a large pot, put sautéed vegetables and remaining ingredients except shrimp (add it about halfway through cooking). Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced and thickened. Serve with crackers.

Cost:
okra – $3.99/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
celery – $0.99
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
whole kernel corn – $0.40
canned whole tomatoes – $1.19
½ lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
Total – $13.86

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -shrimp, -vegetables, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poppy seed baked chicken

Another great casserole.

What you’ll need:

2 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite sized pieces
1 (8 oz) sour cream
1 (10 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 c butter, melted
72 (2 sleeves) Townhouse crackers, crushed
2 Tbl poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix chicken, sour cream and soup together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl mix butter, crackers and poppy seeds. Put ½ the crumb mixture in bottom of 8 x 8 pan. Top with chicken mixture. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Cover and bake 1 hour. Serves 4.

Cost:
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
sour cream – $0.99
cream of mushroom soup – $0.89
butter – $1.75/pound
crackers – $1.59
poppy seeds – $1.69
Total – $7.15

December 17, 2008 Posted by | -casseroles, -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment