The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Yogurt dip

Try this dip with different varieties of crackers. Whole wheat crackers are my favorite.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 or 3 whole walnuts, shelled
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash of vinegar
  • 1/2 c diced cucumber

Using a muddler, mash the garlic and walnuts in the olive oil. If you don’t have a muddler you can quickly mash them in a food processor using the pulse for 2 – 3 seconds. You don’t want them to be complete mush; you want some pieces of garlic and walnut but not large pieces. Blend the mixture into the yogurt. Stir in remaining ingredients and chill for at least one hour before serving. Makes approximately 1 cup of dip.

Cost:
garlic clove – $0.50/1 head
walnuts – $2.00
yogurt – $2.12
vinegar (small) – $0.92
cucumber – $1.00
Total – $4.92

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January 16, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Simple strawberry shortcake

What you’ll need:

1 ½ c flour
2 Tbl granulated sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
½ tsp grated orange zest
3 Tbl unsalted butter or margarine, cut into pieces
¾ c skim milk

For filling:

2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
1 Tbl orange juice
1 Tbl granulated sugar

For garnish:

Vanilla yogurt or whipped cream
Mint leaves

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar and baking powder. Stir in orange zest. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Quickly stir in milk until a soft dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ½” thickness. Using a 2 ½” biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits, gathering and re-rolling until all the dough is used. Place on prepared pan and bake until golden, usually 12 – 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack and cool slightly. Combine strawberries, orange juice and sugar and mix well. Split warm biscuits in half. Top each bottom with filling. Place top on and place a spoonful of filling over that. Garnish with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream and a sprig of mint. Serves 8.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
baking powder – $2.38
oranges – $2.25/bag
butter – $1.75/pound
milk – $3.99/gallon
strawberries – $3.50
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $7.16

August 12, 2009 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -fruit dishes | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Greek-style chicken meatballs


This recipe came from the Johnson & Johnson Company website Right@Home. I tried it and just loved it! It feeds 4.

What you’ll need:

2 pounds ground chicken
4 scallions, chopped
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint (or 2 Tablespoons dried mint)
1 teaspoon lemon zest, from 1 lemon
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 cups plain yogurt (low-fat or full-fat)
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 cups cooked white or brown rice, warmed through

step 1 In a large bowl, combine the chicken, the scallions, 2 Tablespoons of the chopped mint (or 1 Tablespoon of dried mint), the lemon zest, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Mix well.

Divide the mixture equally and store half in a Ziploc® Container in the freezer or refrigerator for another meal later. Shape the remaining half into 16 one-inch-wide balls.

Note: The mixture can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen for up to two weeks.

step 2 In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 20 minutes or until they are cooked through and browned all over. Turn off the heat and keep the meatballs warm by covering the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil.

step 3 In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt with 1/2 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon of mint (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried mint), cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Serve the meatballs over the rice, drizzled with yogurt sauce and sprinkled with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of chopped mint (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried mint).

chef’s notes

If possible, use fresh mint instead of dried, because it will yield a finished dish with a fresher flavor.

The cooked meatballs can be cooled and kept frozen in a Ziploc® Freezer Bag for up to two weeks, or refrigerated for up to two days.

Cost:
ground chicken – $2.50/lb
scallions – $2.50
lemons – $1.99/4
yogurt – $2.12
rice – $2.12
Total – $10.87

March 10, 2009 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lemon Yogurt Cookies

This recipe comes from Quaker Oats and is one of my favorites. I just love lemon cookies!

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt or lemon low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites or 1 egg
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups QUAKER® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Lightly spray cookie sheet with no-stick cooking spray or oil lightly.

Beat margarine and 1-1/4 cups sugar until fluffy. Add yogurt, egg whites, lemon peel and vanilla; mix until well blended. Gradually add combined remaining ingredients except powdered sugar; mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.

Heat oven to 375°F.

With lightly floured hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on prepared cookie sheet. Using bottom of glass dipped in sugar, press into 1/8-inch thick circles.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

Sift powdered sugar over warm cookies. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
yogurt – $2.12
oatmeal – $1.59
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
powdered sugar – $1.69
Total – $6.57

February 25, 2009 Posted by | -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Orange/strawberry/banana smoothies

I’m just crazy for this mixture of flavors!

What you’ll need:

2 c plain or vanilla flavored yogurt
1 (10 oz) bag frozen strawberries (frozen)
1 banana, sliced
2 Tbl orange juice
1 – 2 Tbl honey (to taste)

Add all ingredients to a blend and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into glasses. Makes 4 drinks.

Cost:
yogurt – $2.12
strawberries – $3.50
bananas – $2.15
orange juice – $1.19
honey – $1.12
Total – $5.43/$1.36 per drink

January 1, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment