The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Skillet beef & pasta

Who needs Hamburger Helper? Not me. Not you either! This meal takes about 5 minutes to throw together and then you can let it do it’s own thing.

What you’ll need:

3/4 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 can tomato soup
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
2 1/4 cups corkscrew-shaped pasta (rotini), cooked without salt and drained
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook the beef, onion and Italian seasoning in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Drain and return to pan. Stir the soup, water and corn into the skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the corn is tender. Stir in the pasta cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Top with parmesan. Feeds 6.

ground beef – $2.00/lb
onion – $1.12
Italian seasoning – $2.89
condensed tomato soup – $0.89
corn – $1.99
rotini pasta – $1.49
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $6.24

March 27, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quick goulash

This recipe is great when you have to throw dinner together in a hurry. It can be ready to serve in 15 minutes!

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
½ medium onion, minced
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large (16 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
¾ c ketchup
2 Tbl brown sugar
8 oz (1 cup) macaroni noodles, cooked and drained

Brown grown beef with seasonings and onions. Drain grease and return to pan. Add the canned tomatoes and brown sugar. Mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in macaroni noodles and ketchup. Stir and cook until heated through. Serves 4 – 6.

ground beef – $2.00/lb
onion – $1.12
diced tomatoes – $0.89
ketchup – $1.89/big bottle
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
elbow macaroni – $1.75
Total – $5.17

February 15, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN 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.

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

Italian pie with garlic cheese bread

This was supper last night and it was delicious! I’m including both recipes together since they taste so good together but the bread is awesome with seafood and other meals as well. The cost listed is for both items though 🙂

For Italian pie:

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1 can tomato sauce
1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
½ lb penne noodles
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp garlic powder

Cook the noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside. Brown ground beef, drain and return to pan. Stir in tomato sauce, ½ c of cheddar cheese and seasonings. Cook over medium heat until mixture is heated through. Stir in penne noodles. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake @ 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Feeds 4.

For the garlic cheese bread:

What you’ll need:

2 c biscuit mix
½ c water
1/3 c butter, softened
½ tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
½ c shredded cheddar cheese

Mix the biscuit mix and the water until dough forms adding water 1 tsp at a time if necessary (if it’s too dry to form a dough). Place on a biscuit mix covered surface and knead 5 times. Press onto a cookie sheet evenly. I roll mine out a little first and then press it out to the edges of my pan. Using a fork poke holes all over the top of the dough. In a small bowl mix together butter and seasonings. Spread evenly over the top of the dough. Bake @ 425 degrees about 15 minutes or until dough has risen and is slightly browned. Sprinkle cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the bread and cook for an additional 5 – 8 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Slice into squares. Serve warm. Feeds 4.

ground beef – $2.00/lb
tomato sauce – $0.33/can
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
penne noodles – $1.89
Italian seasoning – $2.89
biscuit mix – $3.00
butter – $1.75/pound
Total – $6.02

January 13, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -breads, -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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.

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