The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Quick & Easy Hopping John

This is a traditional New Year’s Day “good luck” meal. Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c dry black eyed peas or 1 pkg frozen black eyed peas
  • 1 strip of bacon, cooked til crisp and crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 c hot, cooked rice
  • 1 Tbl red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbl chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbl parsley, chopped

Cook the beans, drain but reserve 1/4 c of the liquid, set aside. Add onion to same pan and saute over medium heat 1 minute in one Tbl of the reserved liquid. Add garlic clove and cook 3 minutes more.  Add peas, rice, vinegar and enough of the reserved liquid to make the mixture moist. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in salt & pepper. Put into 4 serving bowls. Top each with a portion of the bacon, chives and parsley. Serve immediately. Feeds 4.

Cost:
dry peas – $1.00
bacon – $2.98/lb
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
rice – $1.32
vinegar (small) – $0.92
herbs – $0.50
Total – $2.18

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December 31, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -vegetarian (*or almost*), HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Rice pilaf

I’m a sucker for any kind of rice. This is delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl butter
1/4 c chopped onion (1 small onion)
1 c uncooked rice
2 1/2 c chicken stock
1 bay leaf

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook and stir for an additional 1 minute. Add chicken stock and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 20 – 25 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Feeds 4.

Cost:
tub butter – $2.38
yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
rice – $0.62
chicken stock – $2.09
Total – $2.05

December 2, 2009 Posted by | -rice, SIDE DISHES | , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy chicken stir-fry

This is so yummy you’ll want to eat it all yourself!

What you’ll need:

¼ c orange juice
1 ½ Tbl cornstarch
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
¾ c chicken broth
1 ½ Tbl soy sauce
2 ½ tsp vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbl minced fresh ginger OR 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 ½ c snow peas OR green beans
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (about 1 c)
¾ c sliced green onion
1 c frozen broccoli, thawed
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
2 c cooked white rice

Combine the orange juice and cornstarch in a shallow glass bowl. Add the chicken strips and stir to coat them well with the marinade. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Drain and discard remaining juice. In a small bowl, mix together the broth and soy sauce. Set aside. In a wok or skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add the chicken and cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook and stir an additional 5 minutes. Stir in broth/soy sauce and heat through. Remove from heat. Place about ¼ cup of rice on separate plates. Top with chicken mixture and serve hot. Feeds 4 – 5.

Cost:
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
cornstarch – $1.29
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
soy sauce $1.89
garlic cloves – $1.12
green beans – $1.09
bell pepper – $0.90
small onions – $1.50/bunch
fresh carrots – $1.19
frozen broccoli – $1.89
rice – $2.12
Total – $14.28

July 26, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pork and rice skillet supper

I like this best with orange but the apricot is very good too.

What you’ll need:

4 boneless pork chops, 3/4-inch thick each
3 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup apricot preserves OR orange marmalade
1 tbsp. Dijon-style mustard
2 cups uncooked INSTANT white rice

Cook the pork in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until it’s well browned on both sides. Remove from pan. Stir the stock, preserves and mustard in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the rice. Return the pork to the skillet. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the pork is cooked through and the rice is tender. Serves 4.

Cost:
pork chops/strips – $3.50
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
marmalade – $2.12
rice – $2.12
Total – $6.01

March 31, 2009 Posted by | -pork, -rice, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Citrus chicken and rice

One of the great things about the Campbell’s website is the Meal Mail they send out. There are several different Campbell products that you can choose from to receive Meal Mail from and they send recipes using those products right to your email every day. I have, of course, signed up for Meal Mail on every product LOL Today I received my Meal Mail using Swanson® products.

Citrus Chicken and Rice
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.

What you’ll need:

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 3/4 cups Swanson® Chicken Stock
3/4 cup orange juice
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
3 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Cook the chicken in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until it’s well browned on both sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

Stir the stock, orange juice, onion and rice in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Return the chicken to the skillet. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked though and the rice is tender. Stir in the parsley.

Tip: For a special touch, cook orange slices in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until they’re lightly browned. Serve over the chicken.

Serves 4.

Cost:
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
chicken stock – $2.09
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
onion – $1.12
rice – $2.12
Total – $9.31

March 23, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, -rice, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , | 1 Comment