The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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

Jalapeno cheese bread

I got this recipe off the back of a biscuit mix box. It’s yummm 🙂

What you’ll need:

4 green onions, chopped
1/4 c red bell pepper, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
3 c biscuit mix
2 Tbl jalapeno, chopped
1 c cheddar or pepper jack cheese, shredded
3/4 c water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heavily spray an 8 x 8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Combine all ingredients and stir to combine. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Cut into 8 squares.

Cost:
small onions – $1.50/bunch
bell pepper – $0.90
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
biscuit mix – $3.00
jalapeno – $1.08
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $6.16

March 16, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cajun boiled peanuts

My hubby is a Georgia man. He told me about boiled peanuts. I had no clue they even existed. After eating them….yum is all I have to say! This recipe makes A LOT of peanuts (5 pounds)…just warning you.

What you’ll need:

5 lbs raw peanuts, in shell
¾ c salt
1 ¼ c dill pickle slices, with brine (juice)
5 small jalapenos, sliced
5 Tbl dry crab boil (like Zatarain’s)

Place all ingredients in a large pot. Pour in enough water to cover the peanuts and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook until soft (at least 4 hours), adding water as needed. You want to keep the peanuts covered with water. Use a slotted spoon to remove peanuts from pot. Serve hot.

Cost:
peanuts – in shell – $2.29/lb
pickles – $2.12/jar
jalapeno – $1.08
crab boil – $2.18
Total – $14.63/$2.93 per pound

January 22, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks | , , , | 1 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

Homemade salsa & chips

Everything tastes better to me if it’s homemade.

What you’ll need:

For chips:

1 pkg corn tortillas
Oil to fry in
Table salt to taste

For salsa:

2 cans diced tomatoes, drained well
½ c onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
¼ c cilantro, chopped
1 Tbl lime juice
½ tsp coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1 – 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped finely

Instructions:

For chips:

Stack the tortillas and using a sharp knife, cut into quarters. Heat the oil in a flat skillet until hot. Place tortilla wedges in the oil about 4 at a time. Do not overcrowd. Cook for about a minute on one side, then using tongs, turn over and cook about a minute on the other side or until crisp. Drain on paper lined towels. Salt while hot, if desired.

For salsa:

Mix all ingredients together, stirring well. Refrigerate any leftovers. Makes about 2 ½ cups of salsa.

Cost:
tortillas – $1.18
diced tomatoes – $0.89
onion – $1.12
cloves – $1.12
limes – $1.99/4
jalapeno – $1.08
Total – $6.78

December 29, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, -super snacks, -vegetables | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment