The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

French onion soup

The first time I ever ate this was in New Orleans. If you don’t have ovenproof serving dishes you can broil the cheese on the toast only and then place one slice on top of each bowl of soup.

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl butter
1 large onion, sliced
½ tsp sugar
1 ¼ c beef broth
1 ¼ c water
2 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
4 slices French bread
½ c shredded Swiss cheese
1 Tbl grated parmesan cheese

Arrange bread on a baking sheet and cook in a 300 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes until crisp and dry. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sugar. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Add broth, water and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer 10 – 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together cheeses. Spoon soup into 4 oven proof serving dishes. Top each with 1 slice of bread and sprinkle generously with cheese mixture. Place under broiler 2 – 3 minutes to melt cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
onion – $1.12
bouillon cubes – $1.89/jar of 20
Worcestershire sauce – $1.79
French bread – $1.50
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
parmesan cheese – $1.99
Total – $3.83

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January 6, 2009 Posted by | -vegetarian (*or almost*), -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Traditional chef salad

This is one of my favorite salads. It’s very simple but I thought I would write it down for you anyway.

What you’ll need:

Salad greens (whatever kind you like. I prefer good old iceberg)
Green onion, chopped fine
Celery, chopped fine
Bacon bits (fresh or canned. If you use fresh, cool slightly before mixing with salad greens)
Swiss cheese, sliced in julienne strips
Cheddar cheese, sliced in julienne strips
Ham, sliced in julienne strips
Turkey, sliced in julienne strips
Hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half
Cherry tomatoes

Wash and tear lettuce into bite sized pieces. In a large bowl, mix together salad greens, onion, celery and bacon. Top with remaining ingredients and whatever dressing you prefer.

Cost:
lettuce – $0.89/head
onion – $1.12
celery – $0.99
bacon – $2.29/ 1 pound package
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
cheddar cheese – $3.12/block
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
turkey – $2.89/lb
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cherry tomatoes – $2.25
Total – approximately $3.55 per salad

January 5, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -pork, -turkey, MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quick Reuben sandwiches

You can throw this together in a matter of minutes using your microwave.

What you’ll need:

8 slices rye bread, toasted
¾ c thousand island salad dressing
1 (16 oz) can sauerkraut, drained
8 slices Swiss cheese
½ lb corned beef, sliced thin

Spread dressing on each slice of bread and top with a piece of cheese. On a microwave safe plate, make 4 piles of corned beef topped with sauerkraut. Microwave on high 1 minute or until meat is hot. Using a spatula, put one pile of meat/sauerkraut on 4 of the slices of bread. Top each with the remaining slices of bread. Makes 4 sandwiches.

Cost:
rye bread – $2.99/bag
thousand island dressing – $1.89
sauerkraut – $1.89
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
corned beef – $2.12/lb
Total – $7.36/1.84 per sandwich

January 4, 2009 Posted by | ----corned beef, -beef, -sandwiches, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My favorite breakfast sandwich

I could eat any version of this sandwich that you want to make but this is my favorite recipe.

What you’ll need:

2 eggs
1 Tbl milk
2 – 4 slices deli ham
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 slices American cheese
2 slices sourdough bread
Butter

Butter one side of each piece of bread and place butter side down in a skillet over medium heat. Cook about 1 minute or until bread is lightly browned and crisp to the touch. Place bread on a plate. Put 2 slices Swiss cheese on one slice of bread and 2 slices American cheese on the other covering all the bread. In the same skillet, lay ham flat and brown on each side, about 30 seconds. Place on top of cheese on one side of bread. Beat eggs and milk together and scramble in a small amount of butter until done. Place eggs on top of ham. Close and enjoy! This is also good on hamburger buns.

Cost:
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
cooked ham – $2.12/lb
sliced cheese – $3.12
sourdough bread – $2.50/bag
Total – $2.28

December 29, 2008 Posted by | -breakfast items, -pork, -sandwiches, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mini mushroom & sausage quiches

A whole lot of taste in a mini. It’s your choice of what type of meat to use. I like pork.

What you’ll need:

1 (8oz) roll of desired variety of breakfast sausage, crumbled
1 tsp olive oil
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
¼ c scallions
¼ c shredded Swiss cheese
1 tsp pepper
5 eggs
3 egg whites
1 c milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a muffin tin generously with non stick cooking spray. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage until it’s golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside. Add oil to the pan. Stir in mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden 5 – 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the bowl of sausage. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir scallions, cheese and pepper into the sausage mixture. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Divide the egg mixture evenly among the prepared muffin cups. Put a heaping tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each cup. Bake about 25 minutes or until the tops are just beginning to brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Let cool. Makes 12 mini quiches.

How to…

Easily remove quiches from pan…

Place a flat pan on top of the pan of quiches and quickly flip over to remove the quiches from the pan.

Cost:
pork sausage – $1.89
mushrooms – $3.00
scallions – $2.50
Swiss cheese – $4.50/block
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
milk – $3.99/gallon
Total – $9.54

December 23, 2008 Posted by | -breakfast items, -how to..., -sausage, MAIN DISHES, TIPS | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment