The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cheese ball

These are great for parties. Serve with crackers, vegetable pieces or toasted breads.

What you’ll need:

2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 (1oz) pkg dry ranch dressing mix
2 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ c pecans, chopped

Mash the cream cheese up in a medium bowl. Stir in the dressing mix and cheddar cheese. Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts. Refrigerate covered with saran wrap for several hours before serving.

cream cheese – $2.06
ranch dressing (dry mix) – $0.99
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
pecans – $3.00
Total – $7.55


January 8, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -party ideas, -super snacks, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment

Creamy peas and pearl onions

I remember this at plenty of family dinners. This is a quick and easy version of the old classic.

What you’ll need:

½ c ranch dressing
2 Tbl mayonnaise
1 pkg frozen peas & pearl onion mix, thawed
1 can French fried onions

Combine ranch and mayonnaise. Stir in vegetables and toss to coat. Pour into a 2 quart casserole. Sprinkle French fried onions over top. Bake uncovered @ 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

ranch dressing – $1.89
mayonnaise – $2.50
frozen mixed peas & onions – $2.12
French fried onions – $1.59
Total – $4.14

December 22, 2008 Posted by | -casseroles, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cook like an Italian calzone

My kids are crazy for this!! For those of you that don’t know, a calzone is basically a pizza inside of it’s crust. There are so many different combinations I decided to give you the basic calzone recipe and then some suggestions after. Use your imagination!

Basic calzone

What you’ll need:

1 can pizza dough (you can find it with the canned biscuits)
Italian seasoning
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Small amount of olive oil
Fillings & sauces

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Lay the dough out flat on cookie sheet (the dough is square when it is unrolled). Spread desired sauce to within ½ inch of edge. Don’t spread it all the way to the edge or your calzone won’t seal. Sprinkle about ¼ tsp parmesan into center. Fill half the calzone with desired fillings. Top the filling with mozzarella cheese. Fold the unfilled half over the filled half and press down on edges to seal all the way around the calzone. GENTLY press down on the top of the calzone to flatten it a little. Spread a small amount of olive oil mixed with Italian seasoning over the top. Cut three small slits in the top to release heat. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 7 minutes or until crust is brown and cheese is melted.

Suggested fillings:

Cooked, crumbled ground beef

Cooked, crumbled Italian sausage



Shredded beef

Shredded chicken


Black olives




Suggested sauces (to dip and to fill):

Garlic butter – Mix a little garlic powder with butter. Heat to dip, cold to fill.

Marinara – Mix tomato paste, a few drops of water & Italian seasoning. Heat to dip, cold to fill.

Blue cheese dressing

Ranch dressing

Barbeque sauce

Suggested combinations:

Breakfast calzone – Use ranch dressing as the sauce inside. Use scrambled eggs and cooked, crumbled breakfast sausage.

Taco calzone – Use cooked ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, diced onions and cheddar instead of mozzarella and no sauce inside. Dip in sour cream.

Hawaiian calzone – Use sliced ham and pineapple chunks. Use garlic butter to fill and dip.

Barbeque calzone – Use shredded beef, onions and cheddar instead of mozzarella. Use barbeque sauce to fill and dip.

Bacon cheeseburger calzone – Use cooked, crumbled ground beef and bacon. Use cheddar instead of mozzarella. Use blue cheese dressing to fill and dip.

canned pizza dough – $1.89
Italian seasoning – $2.89
parmesan cheese – $1.99
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
Total – $4.98 + fillings

December 8, 2008 Posted by | ----ground beef, -bacon, -beef, -breakfast items, -chicken, -kids favorites, -pizza, -pork, -sausage, -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment