The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Broccoli crunch

This is also very good with sunflower seeds instead of peanuts or almonds. Use 2 cups of sunflower seeds if you decide to try it that way instead. Also it’s important to use Miracle Whip and not regular mayonnaise. There are seasonings in Miracle Whip that give this dish a little “zing”.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 c diced broccoli (about one bunch)
  • 1 c roasted peanuts or almonds
  • 1 c raisins
  • 1/2 c cooked crisp, crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 c diced green onions
  • 1 c Miracle Whip
  • 2 Tbl sugar
  • 2 Tbl vinegar

In a large bowl, mix together broccoli, nuts, raisins, bacon and onions. In a small bowl, mix together Miracle Whip, sugar and vinegar. Combine and lightly toss both mixtures together. Serve immediately. Feeds 4 – 6.

Cost:
broccoli – $1.89
dry roasted peanuts – $2.38
raisins – $1.58
bacon – $2.98
small onions – $1.50/bunch
miracle whip – $2.12
sugar – $2.42
vinegar (small) – $0.92
Total – $7.46

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January 5, 2010 Posted by | --nuts, -bacon, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Butterscotch nut fudge

What you’ll need:

1 ¾ c sugar
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow crème
¾ c evaporated milk
¼ c butter
1 ¾ c butterscotch chips
1 c chopped salted mixed nuts
1 tsp vanilla

Line 8 inch pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Combine sugar, marshmallow crème, evaporated milk and butter in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a full boil. Boil and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Gradually add butterscotch chips, stirring until chips are melted. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into pan. Cool. Refrigerate 2 – 3 hours. Remove from pan and place on cutting board. Peel off foil. Cut into squares. Store in a covered container in refrigerator. Makes about 5 dozen pieces or about 2 ¼ pounds.

Note: For best results do NOT double this recipe.

Cost:
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
marshmallow crème – $1.89
evaporated milk – $1.50
butter – $1.75/pound
chips – $2.50
mixed nuts – $3.50
vanilla – $2.25
Total – $8.48

December 22, 2008 Posted by | --nuts, -fudge, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy frosted brownies


So easy!

What you’ll need:

½ c butter
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
6 Tbl cocoa
½ c flour

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer. Blend in cocoa and flour. Add eggs and mix well. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool. Frost brownies. Makes about 20 squares.

Easy chocolate frosting

What you’ll need:

½ c butter
½ c sugar
1 Tbl cocoa

Mix together well. Refrigerate any unused frosting.

Variations: Add ½ c nuts. Top with warmed caramel ice cream topping.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
vanilla – $2.25
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cocoa – $1.69
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
Total – $3.15

December 16, 2008 Posted by | -brownies, -chocolate, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chex mix

I can’t imagine a party without Chex Mix to snack on. It’s very easy to make and is a good idea for gift baskets too.

What you’ll need:

3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite-size pretzels
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1 inch pieces
6 Tbl butter or margarine
2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ tsp seasoned salt
¾ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder

Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container. Makes 24 (½ cup) servings.

Cost:
breakfast cereal – $2.50/box
mixed nuts – $3.50
pretzels – $1.09
bagel chips – $1.99
butter – $1.75/pound
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
Total – $14.44/$0.60 per serving

December 15, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, -super snacks | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

I absolutely adore these cookies!

What you’ll need:

Base recipe:
2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

And add:
1 c oats (regular NOT instant and uncooked)
1 bag chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl beat together the butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Stir eggs into sugar mixture making sure they are mixed in well. Gradually mix flour mixture into sugar mixture stirring well. Mix in oats and chocolate chips. Using a tablespoon, place scoops of cookie dough about an inch apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 9 minutes. Every oven is different so watch closely and remove them early if they are getting too brown or leave them in a little longer if they aren’t brown enough. Just use your best judgment. Makes about 2 dozen.

Variations: Leave the oatmeal out and just have chocolate chip cookies. Stir in 1 c of nuts (any variety). Stir in 1 c of raisins. Use butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips. Use 2 c candy pieces instead of chocolate chips. This is a very versatile recipe, you can make many different cookie combinations with the base recipe.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking soda – $2.28/box
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
butter – $1.75/pound
vanilla – $2.25
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
oatmeal – $1.59
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $5.50

December 11, 2008 Posted by | -cookies, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment