The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Christmas breakfast casserole

Hey guys! I hope y’all had a great Christmas! Ours was wonderful! 😀 We went to my husband’s son & his wife’s home for breakfast and she made a delicious casserole for us. I thought it was so good (and simple!) that I’d share the recipe with you.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1/8 c milk
  • 2 Tbl butter, divided
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 bag frozen, shredded hash browns

Beat the eggs and milk together and scramble in 1 Tbl butter. Put half the scrambled eggs in the bottom of a casserole dish and set the other half aside. Brown the sausage, crumbling it as it cooks. Drain. Put into a large bowl and set aside. Brown the hash browns in 1 Tbl butter. Mix together the cooked hash browns, cooked sausage and 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Spread on top of eggs in casserole dish. Top with remaining eggs and then the remaining cheese and bake @ 350 degrees until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Feeds 4.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
milk – $1.78/gallon
pork sausage – $1.89
shredded cheddar – $1.98
frozen shredded hash browns – $2.29
Total – $7.30

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December 26, 2009 Posted by | -breakfast items, -casseroles, -sausage, -vote for Foodista contest, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Easy hush puppies

What you’ll need:

1 c cornmeal
1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 c onion, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
2/3 c milk

Mix together egg and milk. Set aside. Mix together remaining ingredients. Mix milk mixture and cornmeal/onion mixture together well. Let stand 5 minutes. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Drop hush puppies mixture by teaspoonful into hot oil and fry 3 to 5 minutes until browned. Do not overcrowd your pan. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Makes 18 hush puppies.

Cost:
cornmeal – $3.12/5 pound bag
all purpose flour – $1.25
baking powder – $2.38
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
milk – $1.78/gallon
Total – $1.65

December 10, 2009 Posted by | SEAFOOD/FISH, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Favorite hot cocoa

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I got this recipe off the back of a can of cocoa and I have to tell you it really is my favorite hot cocoa!

What you’ll need:

1/2 c sugar
1/4 c cocoa
dash of salt
1/3 c hot water
4 c milk
3/4 tsp vanilla
marshmallows or whipped topping, if desired

Mix together sugar, cocoa and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until it boils. Boil and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until heated through but don’t let it boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into cups and top with marshmallows or whipped topping if desired. Makes 6 cups.

Cost:
sugar – $2.42
cocoa – $2.84
milk – $1.78/gallon
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
Total – $2.79/$0.47 per serving

December 9, 2009 Posted by | DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , | Leave a comment

Turkey and Cornbread Stuffing Casserole

This recipe for a great way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers came in my Bisquick newsletter from Betty Crocker this morning and it looked so good I just had to share it with you! My cost is based on using generic products but because the recipe came from Betty Crocker, I left it as they had it.

What you’ll need:

1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken or celery soup
1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers™ frozen sweet peas
1/2 cup dried cranberries
4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
2 cups cut-up cooked turkey or chicken
1 1/2 cups cornbread stuffing mix
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 55 min
Makes: 6 servings

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease bottom and side of 3-quart casserole with shortening or cooking spray.

2. In 3-quart saucepan, heat soup and 1 1/4 cups milk to boiling, stirring frequently. Stir in peas, cranberries and onions. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently; remove from heat. Stir in turkey and stuffing mix. Spoon into casserole.

3. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour over stuffing mixture.

4. Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Increase 1 1/4 cups milk to 1 1/2 cups.

Make the Most of This Recipe

Serve-With…

Serve this cozy casserole with a side of cranberry-orange relish or cranberry sauce.

Variation…

No dried cranberries on hand? You can leave them out of the recipe or use raisins instead.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving: Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 120); Total Fat 13g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 120mg; Sodium 870mg; Total Carbohydrate 43g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 13g); Protein 22g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 20%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 15%; Iron 15% Exchanges: 2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 2 Lean Meat; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Cost:
cream of chicken soup – $0.69
milk – $3.99/gallon
frozen peas – $1.68
cranberries – $2.49/lb
small onions – $1.50/bunch
leftover turkey – $0.00
stuffing mix – $1.09
biscuit mix – $3.00
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $7.29

November 27, 2009 Posted by | -turkey, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES, TIPS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Simple cheesecake

I thought I’d post a cheesecake recipe today since I posted tips on successful cheesecakes yesterday. I realized I have MOST my price list right here on my cookbook (duh Kathy…I know). Be sure to use the tips I gave yesterday to ensure this cheesecake is creamy.

What you’ll need:

1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbl. butter
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs, separated
1/2 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. lemon extract

Mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter and press into a 9″ pan (you can use a springform pan or a pie plate); set aside. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Beat the egg yolks and set them aside; allow the egg whites to come to room temperature while mixing the remaining ingredients. Beat the cream cheese well. Add the milk, beaten egg yolks, sugar, salt and extracts; mixing well after each addition. Beat the egg white until stiff and gently fold into cheese mixture. Pour into pan and bake 45 minutes. Makes 1 cheesecake.

Cost:
graham crackers – $1.09
butter – $1.79/lb
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
milk – $3.99/gallon
cream cheese – $2.06
eggs – $1.09/dozen
vanilla extract – $2.25
lemon extract – $2.25
Total – $4.13

August 27, 2009 Posted by | -cheesecake, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | 1 Comment