The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

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

Dirt cups

I got to thinking about Valentine’s Day and celebrations that we had when my kids were little. My kids have always liked the odder things lol I guess they’re just like me. Dirt cups were always one of their very favorite treats and they’re super easy to make. If you have any creepy crawlers fans these will be a big hit with them I promise!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg chocolate pudding mix (I use instant but you can use the cooked type just make sure you let the pudding cool completely before putting the cups together)
Milk to make the pudding
10 – 15 Oreo or other chocolate sandwich cookies
1 pkg gummy worms

Prepare pudding according to directions. Place cookies in a zipper close baggie and then in between two thick towels. Beat them with a hammer or a rolling pin until they are crushed. That’s fun =) Fill a plastic cup about ¾ of the way full with pudding. Top with dirt: crushed cookies. Stick a worm (or several worms if your kids are like mine) into the dirt. Makes 4 dirt cups.

These are also cute made in miniature plastic flower pots! Just make sure they’re cleaned first.

pudding – $0.49/ box
milk – $3.99/gallon
chocolate sandwich cookies – $2.29
gummy worms – $1.99
Total – $4.37/$1.09 per cup

February 9, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | 10 Comments

Butterscotch pudding

I just love butterscotch and I love pudding so this is the best of both worlds!

What you’ll need:

4 Tbl butter
1 c dark brown sugar
¾ tsp salt
3 Tbl cornstarch
2 ½ c milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
Whipped topping, optional

Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat. Add the sugar and salt and stir until all the sugar is moistened. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and ¼ c milk. Using a wire whisk, blend until smooth (no lumps of cornstarch). Whisk in the eggs. Gradually mix remaining milk with brown sugar mixture, then whisk in cornstarch mixture. Return the pan to heat (medium high) and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 1 minute or until the pudding thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla. Pour into serving bowls and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Top with whipped topping if desired. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Tip: If your pudding curdles after the addition of vanilla simply beat with an electric mixer set to the highest speed until it’s smooth again.

butter – $1.75/pound
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
cornstarch – $1.29
milk – $3.99/gallon
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
vanilla – $2.25
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $2.58

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -how to..., -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mammaw’s banana pudding

I’d like to share with you how I make the BEST banana pudding. This was my great grandmother’s recipe that she taught me how to make when I was 14 years old …

What you’ll need:

about 6 large ripe bananas
2 boxes of French vanilla pudding prepared according to package directions
vanilla wafers

Slice the bananas up so they are small round slices. Put a layer of vanilla wafers down then a layer of the banana slices. Cover this with one of the boxes of pudding. Make another layer of wafers, then another layer of bananas. Cover with the other box of pudding. Now make a pretty design with vanilla wafers on the top. I always make a flower. Put it in the fridge and chill overnight. I promise everyone will love it!

bananas – $2.15
pudding – $0.49/ box
vanilla wafers – $0.99
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $5.11

This recipe was originally published on Happy At Home on 11/7/2008

December 8, 2008 Posted by | -pudding, -vote for Foodista contest, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy as pie pie

How to…

Make any cream or meringue pie in three easy steps

What you’ll need:

Pie shell
Whipped topping or
4 egg whites & ½ c sugar

1. Buy the frozen already made pie shells. And the cheap ones are just as good as the name brand. I’ve done a lot of experimenting with pie shells and I’ve discovered that the cheaper ones are flakier after they’re baked. Then tend to have more shortening in them which makes a better crust to me. Bake according to package directions making sure to poke holes in it with a fork first to prevent bubbles.

2. Use instant pudding in all cases except lemon. The instant lemon just doesn’t taste the same as the cooked. Maybe it’s just me but I think there is a definite difference. And use ½ cup less milk than the recipe for pie (usually found on the side of the box) tells you to use. It just makes a thicker pie and I like that. I don’t want pudding mixed with some crust. I want pie!

3. Frozen whipped topping is good just make sure you thaw it out completely before you top your pie with it. And remember the rule about food sitting at room temperature for more than two hours. Don’t let it happen for your own safety and those that are eating your food! Thaw your topping in the refrigerator to prevent any food borne illness issues from occurring. If you want to top your pie with meringue there is usually a good recipe on the box of most puddings that are intended for meringue pie (lemon, coconut, chocolate) but here’s my meringue recipe:

What you’ll need:

4 egg whites
About ½ c sugar

Let the egg whites sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Beat them on the highest speed your mixer has. Continue beating them until they have tripled in volume. They will triple if you let them warm and beat them long enough I promise. It usually takes about 10 minutes of beating them for them to get to triple the original volume. While still beating them slowly add the sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. This means when you lift the (turned off) beaters out of the meringue the meringue that came from the bowl stays standing up. Place large ‘mounds’ of meringue around the top of your pie and then spread it out filling in any holes and sealing it on the edges. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Watch closely! Once it starts to brown it’ll brown fast! Let cool for about 10 minutes before you put your pie in the fridge.

pie shell – $2.00
pudding – $0.49/ box
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $3.48

December 7, 2008 Posted by | -how to..., -pies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment