The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Fried cheese balls

A super simple recipe that is surprisingly delicious. Remember to allow your egg white to come to room temperature before beating it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 c grated parmesan cheese

Beat egg white until stiff and tripled in volume. Mix together 1/3 of the beaten egg white and 1 cup of the parmesan cheese. Beat well. Alternate mixing in the remaining egg white and cheese until it is all mixed together. Drop marble sized balls off the end of a teaspoon and fry @ 365 degrees until lightly browned. Makes about 3 dozen cheese balls.

Cost:
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
parmesan cheese – $2.88
Total – $2.96

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February 17, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, SIDE DISHES | , | 2 Comments

Skillet beef & pasta

Who needs Hamburger Helper? Not me. Not you either! This meal takes about 5 minutes to throw together and then you can let it do it’s own thing.

What you’ll need:

3/4 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 can tomato soup
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
2 1/4 cups corkscrew-shaped pasta (rotini), cooked without salt and drained
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook the beef, onion and Italian seasoning in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Drain and return to pan. Stir the soup, water and corn into the skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the corn is tender. Stir in the pasta cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Top with parmesan. Feeds 6.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
onion – $1.12
Italian seasoning – $2.89
condensed tomato soup – $0.89
corn – $1.99
rotini pasta – $1.49
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $6.24

March 27, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spinach cheese balls

These are delicious and a great way to get kids to eat their spinach!

What you’ll need:

2 (10 oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 c herb stuffing mix, crushed
1 c parmesan cheese
1 c (1 stick) butter, melted
4 scallions, finely chopped
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Dash of nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. If it sticks to your hands, dampen then with water. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden. Serves 10 – 12.

Note: You can freeze the balls after they are shaped and use them on a different day. Just be sure that they are covered in some way.

Cost:
frozen spinach – $1.89
stuffing mix – $1.09
parmesan cheese – $1.99
butter – $1.75/pound
scallions – $2.50
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $5.82

January 30, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -super snacks, -vegetables | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Parmesan potato patties

Another great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. I’m making them tonight as a matter of fact.

What you’ll need:

About 3 c leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg
1/3 c parmesan cheese
1/3 c dry bread crumbs
Oil to fry in

Pat cold potatoes out on your countertop or cutting board to about ½ inch thickness. Cut six rounds from the potatoes with a 3” biscuit cutter. You may need to gather the potatoes and pat them back out as you work.

Beat the egg in a bowl large enough to place the potato rounds in. Mix the bread crumbs and parmesan in another bowl large enough for the potato rounds to fit in or on a plate.

Dip each round first in egg, then in bread crumbs, pushing the crumbs slightly into the patties.

Put them in the freezer no longer than 10 minutes (you don’t want them to freeze) or in the refrigerator if you’re preparing ahead of time like I am. Cook the patties in hot oil about 3 minutes on each side (until they are browned). Three cups of potatoes usually makes six patties.

Cost:
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
parmesan cheese – $1.99
dry bread crumbs – $0.99
Total – $0.97

January 8, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, SIDE DISHES | , , , | Leave a comment

French onion soup

The first time I ever ate this was in New Orleans. If you don’t have ovenproof serving dishes you can broil the cheese on the toast only and then place one slice on top of each bowl of soup.

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl butter
1 large onion, sliced
½ tsp sugar
1 ¼ c beef broth
1 ¼ c water
2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
4 slices French bread
½ c shredded Swiss cheese
1 Tbl grated parmesan cheese

Arrange bread on a baking sheet and cook in a 300 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes until crisp and dry. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sugar. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Add broth, water and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer 10 – 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together cheeses. Spoon soup into 4 oven proof serving dishes. Top each with 1 slice of bread and sprinkle generously with cheese mixture. Place under broiler 2 – 3 minutes to melt cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
onion – $1.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
French bread – $1.50
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $3.83

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment