The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Just a tip

Add 1/2 tsp season salt to 1 c sour cream. Stir in 1/2 tsp parsley flakes. Mix well. Use as a dip or to top baked potatoes.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | TIPS | , , , , | Leave a comment

Seven layer taco dip

Another great party recipe. This recipe makes enough to feed about 10.

What you’ll need:

1 pkg taco seasoning
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 (16 oz) container of sour cream
1 (16 oz) jar salsa (any variety you prefer)
1 large tomato, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 (6 oz) can black olives, drained
2 c shredded cheddar cheese

In a medium bowl, mix together the taco seasoning and refried beans until well blended. Spread the mixture into a deep glass bowl (so you can see how pretty the layers are) or onto a large serving platter. In a different bowl (or the same bowl cleaned out), mix together the cream cheese and sour cream. Spread over the bean mixture. Spread the salsa over the top of that, then make a layer of tomato, then bell pepper, then onions, then lettuce, then cheese and last olives. Make sure to spread each layer evenly over the layer before it but not to mix them together. Serve with tortilla chips, Fritos, or crackers.

Cost:
taco seasoning – $0.50
refried beans – $1.08
cream cheese – $2.06
sour cream – $0.99
salsa – $1.59
tomato – $1.00
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
lettuce – $0.89/head
olives – $2.25
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
tortilla chips – $1.18
Total – $13.81/ around $1.38 per person

January 20, 2009 Posted by | -party ideas, -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Baked ziti

This recipe uses already prepared spaghetti sauce but you can use your own. Just use 3 cups of your sauce in place of the called for sauce.

What you’ll need:

1 lb ziti pasta, cooked to desired tenderness (remember it will cook more in the oven so don’t overcook it)
1 onion, chopped
6 oz provolone cheese, sliced
1 lb ground beef
1 ½ c sour cream
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce
6 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbl parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, brown beef and onion over medium heat. Drain and return to pan. Stir in spaghetti sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Layer in the following order: ½ the ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream, 1 jar of sauce, other ½ of ziti, mozzarella cheese, other jar of sauce, parmesan sprinkled across top. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Makes 10 servings.

Cost:
ziti noodles – $1.99
onion – $1.12
provolone cheese – $2.59/lb
ground beef – $2.00/lb
sour cream – $0.99
spaghetti sauce – $2.09/jar
shredded cheese – mozzarella – $2.85
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $12.71

January 4, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -casseroles, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beef stroganoff

This recipe tastes best slow cooked. It allows the meat to become extremely tender and all the flavors to mix together.

What you’ll need:

1 lb round steak, cut into thin strips
½ c onion, chopped
2 tsp butter
¼ c water
½ tsp paprika
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ c sour cream
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
Rice or egg noodles

Brown the steak and onion in the butter in a large pot. Stir in remaining ingredients except rice or egg noodles. Cover. Cook over low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice or noodles. Makes 4 servings.

Tip: This is an excellent recipe to cook in the crock pot. After browning the beef and onion, mix all ingredients together in crock pot, cover and cook on low under beef is tender.

Cost:
steak – $3.50
onion – $1.12
cream of mushroom soup – $0.89
sour cream – $0.99
egg noodles – $1.89
Total – $8.39

January 2, 2009 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twice baked potatoes

Great as an appetizer or as a side dish.

What you’ll need:

6 medium potatoes
6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ c (4 oz) cheddar cheese, grated
½ c sour cream
2 green onion, chopped
Vegetable or olive oil
Salt
Additional shredded cheese for topping

Bake potatoes until they are soft when you squeeze them. Slice each baked potato in half. Scoop out insides of potatoes, within about ¼ inch of edges.

Allow potatoes to cool slightly and then lightly coat the inside and outside of potato skins with oil. Place on a rack over a roasting pan. Return to oven and bake @ 450 degrees for about 5 minutes. Turn over and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven. In a bowl, mix together potato pulp, bacon, cheese, sour cream and onion just until combined. Fill each potato skin with potato mixture. Sprinkle tops with additional shredded cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 5 – 8 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top with more sour cream if desired. Makes 12 potato halves.

Cost:
potatoes – $2.00/5 lb bag
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
sour cream – $0.99
onion – $1.12
Total – $4.91

January 1, 2009 Posted by | --potatoes, -bacon, -party ideas, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment