The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Southwestern grilled chicken strip sandwiches

I got this recipe off the back of a King’s Hawaiian Snacker Rolls package and loved them! I think you will too!

What you’ll need:

1 pkg King’s Hawaiian Snacker Rolls
1 pkg chicken breast strips (8 strips total)
2 slices Jack cheese, sliced in half
1 avocado, sliced
4 lettuce leaves

for seasoned mayo:

1/4 c mayonnaise
2 tsp taco seasoning
1 tsp lime juice
2 pinches sugar

Mix together mayo ingredients and set aside. Separate rolls into 4 bottoms and 4 tops; lightly butter each cut side and set aside. Cook chicken strips according to package directions. Place bread, butter side down, on a grill pan and cook until lightly toasted. Generously cover each half of toasted buns with mayo. Top each bottom with 1/2 slice of cheese, 2 chicken strips, 1 slice of avocado and a lettuce leaf. Feeds 2 – 4.

Cost:
Snacker rolls – $1.68
chicken strips – $4.85/2 lb bag
sliced cheese – $3.12
avocado – $1.99/lb
lettuce – $0.89/head
mayonnaise – $2.50
taco seasoning – $0.50
limes – $1.99/4
Total – $6.22/$1.55 per sandwich

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March 28, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, -sandwiches, -super snacks, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | 1 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

Rancher’s egg bake

This egg bake takes a while to cook but the spicy taste is worth the wait.

What you’ll need:

1 2/3 c biscuit mix
1 Tbl taco seasoning
1/3 c milk
8 eggs, slightly beaten
3 c milk
½ c chopped, roasted red bell peppers
1 can chopped green chilies, drained
1 c shredded Mexican blend cheese

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Generously grease bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 x 2 inch glass baking dish. In a small bowl, mix biscuit mix, taco seasoning and 1/3 c milk until soft dough forms. Pat dough in bottom of baking dish. Bake 8 minutes. Turn off oven and allow crust to cool 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, 3 c milk, peppers and chilies with a wire whisk until blended. Pour over cooled crust. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 40 – 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Garnish with sour cream, quartered cherry tomatoes and avocado slices. As an added touch, sprinkle a small amount of taco seasoning over the sour cream. Makes 8 servings.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
taco seasoning – $0.50
milk – $3.99/gallon
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
bell pepper – $0.90
chilies – $1.19/can
shredded cheese – mixed Mexican blend – $1.69
sour cream – $0.99
Total – $7.80

December 25, 2008 Posted by | -breakfast items, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Perfect popcorn

I had a friend who went on a “popcorn diet”. I don’t think it was the healthiest diet (and thankfully she didn’t stay on it long) but we sure did eat some good popcorn! Her main complaint was that the popcorn was bland. We experimented with a lot of the different ‘flavors’ they had available at the store. The butter was good and the cheese. But we grew bored with that too so we started experimenting with flavors of our own. We had some that were pure disasters (chocolate syrup popcorn, Tabasco sauce popcorn). The problem was we were trying to add liquids to food that likes to soak up liquids. We did however have great success with the dry flavors we added to our popcorn meals. And we discovered that if you add the desired flavor to the oil when you add the un-popped kernels then the flavor gets inside the popcorn! Yummy!

My favorite flavors to add to popcorn:

Parmesan cheese
Taco seasoning
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper (go sparingly with this one!)
Cinnamon
Garlic powder
Nutmeg
Italian seasoning
Alfredo sauce (the dry package can be found with the gravy mixes)

Use your imagination and don’t be scared to try different combinations! Popcorn is only about $1.00 for a bag of un-popped kernels and you can get about 10 batches out of one bag, so you won’t be wasting much if you do create something that even the dog won’t eat…

December 10, 2008 Posted by | -super snacks | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Super cheesy enchiladas

My kids have always been absolutely head over heels in love with my super cheesy enchiladas! I guarantee everyone will love them!

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 can red enchilada sauce
12 pack flour tortillas
1 bag shredded cheese, Mexican blend, separated in ½
1 can nacho cheese

Brown the ground beef, drain and return to pan. Stir in seasoning. Add sauces and heat through. With a slotted spoon, fill each tortilla with meat and cheese. Try not to put too much sauce inside each enchilada. Roll them up and lay them in a casserole dish. When all the tortillas are filled and rolled pour the remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas making sure that all the tortillas have sauce on them. Spread the canned cheese on top of that. Sprinkle the second ½ of the shredded cheese on top of that. Bake in the oven @ 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish on individual plates with sour cream. Serve with refried beans and Spanish rice. Feeds 4.

Cost:
ground beef – $2.00/lb
taco seasoning – $0.50
tomato sauce – $0.33/can
red sauce – $0.89
tortillas – $1.18
shredded cheese – mixed Mexican blend – $1.69
nacho cheese – $2.12
sour cream – $0.99
refried beans – $1.08
Spanish rice – $1.12
Total – $11.90

December 9, 2008 Posted by | ----ground beef, -beef, -kids favorites, -vote for Foodista contest, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments