The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Greek-style chicken meatballs


This recipe came from the Johnson & Johnson Company website Right@Home. I tried it and just loved it! It feeds 4.

What you’ll need:

2 pounds ground chicken
4 scallions, chopped
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint (or 2 Tablespoons dried mint)
1 teaspoon lemon zest, from 1 lemon
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cups plain yogurt (low-fat or full-fat)
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 cups cooked white or brown rice, warmed through

step 1 In a large bowl, combine the chicken, the scallions, 2 Tablespoons of the chopped mint (or 1 Tablespoon of dried mint), the lemon zest, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Mix well.

Divide the mixture equally and store half in a Ziploc® Container in the freezer or refrigerator for another meal later. Shape the remaining half into 16 one-inch-wide balls.

Note: The mixture can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen for up to two weeks.

step 2 In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 20 minutes or until they are cooked through and browned all over. Turn off the heat and keep the meatballs warm by covering the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil.

step 3 In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt with 1/2 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon of mint (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried mint), cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Serve the meatballs over the rice, drizzled with yogurt sauce and sprinkled with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of chopped mint (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried mint).

chef’s notes

If possible, use fresh mint instead of dried, because it will yield a finished dish with a fresher flavor.

The cooked meatballs can be cooled and kept frozen in a Ziploc® Freezer Bag for up to two weeks, or refrigerated for up to two days.

Cost:
ground chicken – $2.50/lb
scallions – $2.50
lemons – $1.99/4
yogurt – $2.12
rice – $2.12
Total – $10.87

March 10, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dirty rice

This is a traditional Cajun dish.

What you’ll need:

4 slices bacon, diced
¼ lb ground pork
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
¾ tsp cayenne pepper
¾ tsp salt
¾ tsp pepper
¾ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp oregano
¾ c long grain rice
1 ½ c chicken broth
6 oz chicken livers, rinsed, patted dry and minced
1 ½ Tbl chives

Over medium heat sauté the bacon until slightly crisp (about 5 minutes). Remove bacon from pan and drain off all but 1 Tbl of the fat. Add the pork to the pan and sauté, breaking it up into small pieces, until it’s cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pork from the pan and add it to the bacon. Add the onion, celery, bell peppers, and garlic to the pan. Sauté over low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in seasonings, stirring well, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook for 5 minutes. Add the broth and the bacon/pork mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken livers and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with chives. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
ground pork – $2.50
onion – $1.12
celery – $0.99
bell pepper – $0.90
rice – $2.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
chicken livers – $1.49
Total – $9.37

January 3, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -chicken, -rice, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Black bean and corn wonton bowls


A pretty and tasty appetizer.

What you’ll need:

1 pkg wonton wraps
2/3 c salsa
¼ c cilantro
½ tsp ground cumin
½ chili powder
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
¼ sour cream
Cilantro springs (if desired)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Gently fit 1 wonton skin into each slot of a muffin pan, pressing against bottom and sides. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Mix remaining ingredients except sour cream and cilantro sprigs. Just before serving, spoon bean mixture into wonton cups. Top each with ½ tsp sour cream. Garnish with cilantro sprigs if desired. Makes about 36 cups.

Cost:
wonton wraps – $3.00
salsa – $1.59
whole kernel corn – $0.40
beans – $0.89/can
sour cream – $0.99
Total – $6.87

December 22, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment