The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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.

Cost:
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

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February 15, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Chicken alfredo with mini garlic loaves

This was supper last night and it was delicious!

What you’ll need:

2 c chicken cut into pieces (this can be any chicken you’d like to use. Just make sure it’s boneless and skinless)
1 pkg dry alfredo mix & ingredients needed to mix it up (1 c milk + 3 Tbl butter)
½ pkg (1 c) penne noodles
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided into 1 c, ¾ c and ¼ c
4 mini sub rolls (these can be found in the bakery)
½ c butter
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp Italian seasoning

For the chicken alfredo:
Cook the chicken in a small amount of butter until cooked through. Cook the noodles according to package directions, drain and put in a large bowl. Cook alfredo sauce according to package directions. Add the chicken and alfredo sauce to the bowl of noodles and stir well. Stir in ¾ c of mozzarella and pour into a baking dish. Top with 1 c of mozzarella. Bake @ 400 degrees for about 10 minutes (just until the cheese melts). You don’t need any other seasonings in this dish; there are plenty in the alfredo sauce. Feeds 4.

For the mini garlic loaves:
Slice the rolls in half. Mix together butter, garlic powder & Italian seasoning. Spread on tops of each roll half. Place under the broiler for about 8 minutes or just until the tops are starting to crisp. Sprinkle ¼ c of mozzarella evenly across the rolls and return to oven. Broil an additional 3 – 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Makes 8 halves.

Cost:
canned chicken chunks – $2.50
alfredo sauce mix – $0.69
penne noodles – $1.89
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
prepared sub rolls – $2.50/bag
butter – $1.75/pound
Total – $7.31

February 10, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Italian Vegetable Soup

To make this vegetable soup a vegetarian dish just substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Also I always make my own broth using bouillon cubes but the canned broth is great too.

What you’ll need:

3 ½ c chicken broth
1 medium – large potato, peeled and cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
½ c frozen peas
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp pepper
½ c small shell pasta, cooked and drained
1 can (14-½ oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the pasta and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add the pasta and tomatoes. Cook and stir about 10 minutes or until it is heated through. Feeds 6.

Cost:
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
onion – $1.12
fresh carrots – $1.19
celery – $0.99
frozen peas – $1.68
seashell pasta – $1.89
diced tomatoes – $0.89
Total – $6.20

February 7, 2009 Posted by | -vegetarian (*or almost*), MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tex-Mex Penne

First, I love penne pasta. It holds flavor better than any other pasta to me. Second, this is a quick and easy dinner to throw together at the last minute. I think you’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

½ bag (8 oz) penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb Italian sausage, out of the casing
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cans corn, drained or 2 c frozen corn
1 c salsa
2 cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
¾ tsp oregano
1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
½ c fresh cilantro, chopped (optional but it does make a difference in taste to leave it out)

Cook penne according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, stirring frequently to break up into pieces. Drain and return to pan. Add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, salsa, tomatoes and oregano and stir well. Bring to a boil and then cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in 1 c shredded cheese, pasta and all but 2 Tbl cilantro. Mix well and pour into serving bowl. Top with ½ c cheese and 2 Tbl cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
penne noodles – $1.89
Italian sausage – $2.12/lb
onion – $1.12
zucchini – $1.10/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
whole kernel corn – $0.40
salsa – $1.59
diced tomatoes – $0.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $9.97

January 24, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, -sausage, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Cost:
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