The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Tex-Mex Penne

First, I love penne pasta. It holds flavor better than any other pasta to me. Second, this is a quick and easy dinner to throw together at the last minute. I think you’ll love it!

What you’ll need:

½ bag (8 oz) penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb Italian sausage, out of the casing
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cans corn, drained or 2 c frozen corn
1 c salsa
2 cans diced tomatoes, with liquid
¾ tsp oregano
1 ½ c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
½ c fresh cilantro, chopped (optional but it does make a difference in taste to leave it out)

Cook penne according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, stirring frequently to break up into pieces. Drain and return to pan. Add onion, bell pepper, zucchini, corn, salsa, tomatoes and oregano and stir well. Bring to a boil and then cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in 1 c shredded cheese, pasta and all but 2 Tbl cilantro. Mix well and pour into serving bowl. Top with ½ c cheese and 2 Tbl cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
penne noodles – $1.89
Italian sausage – $2.12/lb
onion – $1.12
zucchini – $1.10/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
whole kernel corn – $0.40
salsa – $1.59
diced tomatoes – $0.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
Total – $9.97

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January 24, 2009 Posted by | -pasta, -sausage, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mediterranean chicken with vegetables

Easy and delicious.

What you’ll need:

For chicken:

1 c bran cereal, crushed
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ c milk

For vegetables:

4 Tbl olive oil
1 medium zucchini, slice
1 red bell pepper, cut into ½ inch strips
½ red onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 clove of garlic, minced
3 Tbl water
4 tsp lime juice

Season washed chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Put the milk in a shallow dish or pan and the cereal in another shallow dish or pan. Dip the chicken into the milk and then coat with the cereal. Heat 2 Tbl oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken in the oil for 15 minutes, turning once, or until the juice runs clear when it’s cut at it’s thickest point. Remove chicken from skillet and place on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven to keep warm. In the same skillet, heat remaining 2 Tbl oil over medium heat. Cook vegetables and garlic in oil 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 3 Tbl water and lime juice and let cook an additional 1 minute. Serves 4.

Cost:
breakfast cereal – $2.50/box
chicken breast – $5.00/4 pack
milk – $3.99/gallon
zucchini – $1.10/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
limes – $1.99/4
Total – $8.95

December 20, 2008 Posted by | -chicken, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Zucchini bread

My grandmother always made this and it’s the only way I’ll eat zucchini!

What you’ll need:

3 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 c oil
2 ¼ c sugar
3 tsp vanilla
2 c grated zucchini
1 c chopped walnuts

Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside. Cream eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar. Gradually blend the two mixtures together, beating well. Stir in the zucchini and nuts and pour into pans. Bake for 40 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 2 loaves.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking soda – $2.28/box
baking powder – $2.38
cinnamon – $1.85
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
vanilla – $2.25
zucchini – $1.10/lb
walnuts – $2.00
Total – $6.82

December 18, 2008 Posted by | -breads, -breads, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment