The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Just a tip

1/4 cup of lime juice plus 1 minced garlic clove makes a good marinade for beef.

November 28, 2009 Posted by | TIPS | , , , | Leave a comment

Southwestern grilled chicken strip sandwiches

I got this recipe off the back of a King’s Hawaiian Snacker Rolls package and loved them! I think you will too!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg King’s Hawaiian Snacker Rolls
1 pkg chicken breast strips (8 strips total)
2 slices Jack cheese, sliced in half
1 avocado, sliced
4 lettuce leaves

for seasoned mayo:

1/4 c mayonnaise
2 tsp taco seasoning
1 tsp lime juice
2 pinches sugar

Mix together mayo ingredients and set aside. Separate rolls into 4 bottoms and 4 tops; lightly butter each cut side and set aside. Cook chicken strips according to package directions. Place bread, butter side down, on a grill pan and cook until lightly toasted. Generously cover each half of toasted buns with mayo. Top each bottom with 1/2 slice of cheese, 2 chicken strips, 1 slice of avocado and a lettuce leaf. Feeds 2 – 4.

Snacker rolls – $1.68
chicken strips – $4.85/2 lb bag
sliced cheese – $3.12
avocado – $1.99/lb
lettuce – $0.89/head
mayonnaise – $2.50
taco seasoning – $0.50
limes – $1.99/4
Total – $6.22/$1.55 per sandwich

March 28, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, -sandwiches, -super snacks, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shortcut Key lime pie

You can use already prepared pudding for this recipe (such as Kozy Shack Key Lime Pudding & Pie Filling) but I always use the instant, powdered pudding mix. It sets up fast and I’m just picky enough to want to have made it myself 🙂

What you’ll need:

1 pie shell
1 large or 2 small box(es) Key lime pudding mix and milk to prepare it
1/2 c whipped topping
lime slices, if desired

Prepare pudding as directed on package for PIE; set aside. Prepare shell and allow to cool (you can use a graham cracker or cookie crumb pie shell if desired. Skip this step if you do.) Whisk together prepared pudding and whipped topping until mixed well. Pour mixture into pie shell and spread evenly. Place in freezer for 3 hours. Let sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving. Slice and serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a lime slice if desired.

pie shell – $2.00
pudding – $0.49/ box
milk – $3.99/gallon
whipped topping – $0.99
limes – $1.99/4
Total – $4.00

March 24, 2009 Posted by | -pies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , | 4 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.

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


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.

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