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

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

Holiday nut cake

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This is a great cake to take along to a holiday party this year.

What you’ll need:

1 lb. cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 lb. sugar
1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 wine glass of white wine
1 1/2 lbs. raisins
6 eggs, separated*
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 qt. (4 cups) pecan pieces
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan (tube pan) and set aside. Cream the butter and the sugar until the sugar is dissolved (this takes about 20 minutes of mixing and the mixture is no longer white). Sift flour and baking powder together. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, alternating with flour/baking powder mixture. Add wine. Fold in pecan pieces and raisins. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and then gently fold them into the batter using a rubber spatula. Pour into prepared pan and bake 4 hours. Remove from pan when completely cooled. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

*Allow the egg whites to come to room temperature to get better results.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking powder – $2.38
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
butter – $1.79/lb
wine – $3.50/bottle
raisins – $1.12/box
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
pecans – $3.00
Total – $8.36

November 18, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -contains alcohol, -party ideas, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Apple empanadas

I told you yesterday I would post another empanada recipe today. These are fried and taste just like little apple pies! So yummy!

What you’ll need:

For the pastry:

2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 c shortening
6 – 7 Tbl water
1 egg, beaten

For the filling:

2 large apples, peeled and diced
½ c apple cider
½ c sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbl cornstarch
1/8 c raisins (optional)

For topping:

¼ c sugar
½ tsp cinnamon

In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Stir in water until completely moistened. Divide pastry into 2 equal portions. Roll out each to about ¼” thickness. Cut into circles with a 3-½” biscuit or cookie cutter (or a glass if you don‘t have cookie/biscuit cutters). In a medium saucepan, mix together apples, cider, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins if you are using them. Cook over low heat until apples are soft. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with enough water to form a thin consistency; stir into apple mixture and cook until it thickens, usually about 5 minutes. Brush pastry circles with beaten egg. Place a small spoonful of apple mixture in center of each circle. Fold pastry over filling to form a half circle. Press edges together with a fork to seal. Place several empanadas in hot oil at a time, cooking until the first side is golden brown. Turn over and cook second side until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle tops of empanadas with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Makes 12 – 15 empanadas.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
apples – $2.25/bag
apple cider – $2.85
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
cinnamon – $1.85
cornstarch – $1.29
raisins – $1.12/box
Total – $3.18

February 2, 2009 Posted by | -fruit dishes, -kids favorites, -party ideas, -pies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bread Pudding

My mother used to make this for us all the time growing up. I just love bread pudding!

What you’ll need:

2 c milk
¼ c butter
2/3 c sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
3 c bread, torn into small pieces
½ c raisins (optional)

Heat milk over medium heat just until a film forms over the top of it. Remove from heat and stir in butter until it’s completely melted and combined. Let cool. In a large bowl combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add cooled milk mixture. Put bread in a lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with raisins if you’re using them. Pour the milk/sugar batter over the top of that. Bake @ 350 degrees for 45 – 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
milk – $3.99/gallon
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cinnamon – $1.85
vanilla – $2.25
sandwich bread – $1.09
raisins – $1.12/box
Total – $2.40

January 14, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment