The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Homemade salsa & chips

Everything tastes better to me if it’s homemade.

What you’ll need:

For chips:

1 pkg corn tortillas
Oil to fry in
Table salt to taste

For salsa:

2 cans diced tomatoes, drained well
½ c onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
¼ c cilantro, chopped
1 Tbl lime juice
½ tsp coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1 – 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped finely

Instructions:

For chips:

Stack the tortillas and using a sharp knife, cut into quarters. Heat the oil in a flat skillet until hot. Place tortilla wedges in the oil about 4 at a time. Do not overcrowd. Cook for about a minute on one side, then using tongs, turn over and cook about a minute on the other side or until crisp. Drain on paper lined towels. Salt while hot, if desired.

For salsa:

Mix all ingredients together, stirring well. Refrigerate any leftovers. Makes about 2 ½ cups of salsa.

Cost:
tortillas – $1.18
diced tomatoes – $0.89
onion – $1.12
cloves – $1.12
limes – $1.99/4
jalapeno – $1.08
Total – $6.78

December 29, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, -super snacks, -vegetables | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Super easy cheeseburger soup

Just as the name says, super easy cheeseburger soup!

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
2 cans cheese soup
1 (16 oz) jar of salsa
1 c chicken broth

Brown and drain ground beef. In a 2 quart pot, mix soup, cooked ground beef, salsa and broth. Bring to a simmer. Cook about 15 minutes or until it’s heated through. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
cream of cheddar cheese soup – $1.09
salsa – $1.59
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
Total – $5.87

December 29, 2008 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -kids favorites, MAIN DISHES | , , , | Leave a comment

Baked western omelet

This is good topped with salsa and sour cream.

What you’ll need:

4 large eggs
¼ c water
4 oz cooked ham, sliced into thin strips
1 c sliced mushrooms
½ c chopped tomato
½ c chopped scallions
¼ c chopped bell pepper
1/8 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a 10 inch glass pie pan with non stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and water with a wire whisk until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into prepared pan, making sure to scrap the sides down. Bake 20 – 30 minutes or until eggs are set and slightly puffed and browned. Serves 4.

Cost:
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
mushrooms – $3.00
tomato – $1.00
scallions – $2.50
bell pepper – $0.90
Total – $8.28

December 23, 2008 Posted by | -breakfast items, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Black bean and corn wonton bowls


A pretty and tasty appetizer.

What you’ll need:

1 pkg wonton wraps
2/3 c salsa
¼ c cilantro
½ tsp ground cumin
½ chili powder
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
¼ sour cream
Cilantro springs (if desired)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Gently fit 1 wonton skin into each slot of a muffin pan, pressing against bottom and sides. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Mix remaining ingredients except sour cream and cilantro sprigs. Just before serving, spoon bean mixture into wonton cups. Top each with ½ tsp sour cream. Garnish with cilantro sprigs if desired. Makes about 36 cups.

Cost:
wonton wraps – $3.00
salsa – $1.59
whole kernel corn – $0.40
beans – $0.89/can
sour cream – $0.99
Total – $6.87

December 22, 2008 Posted by | -party ideas | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment