Last week I bought a vegetable I’d never cooked with before: yuca. It’s the root of the cassava shrub and is often confused with yucca, which is actually just a decorative plant and not something most people eat. I learned that in its powdered form, yuca is tapioca! Yuca is similar to a white potato and reminded me a lot of plantains with its high-starch content. It even tasted a bit sweet to me.
Since I’d never cooked with yuca before, I reached out on Facebook and received a few suggestions. Check out the recipe below that I based off of these! My overall impression? I’d definitely give yuca a go again, especially at only $.99/lb!
- 1 yuca root (400g): $.88
- 2 TBS cooking fat (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, butter) (28g): $.20
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (2g): $ practically nada
- Salt and pepper, to taste: $ basically zilch
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Cut off ends of yuca and peel the brown skin away with a potato peeler.
- Cut yuca into matchstick sized fries.
- Toss with olive oil, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Spread across a sheet pan, making sure your fries don’t overlap.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown (and slightly crispy).
Total Servings: 4 | Total Cost: $1.08 | Cost per Serving: $.27
Calories: 222 | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Carbs: 38g | Full Nutrition Facts
Curious where I get my prices from? Even though I may have found an ingredient cheaper, to keep things simple, I’ve calculated all costs based on my Budget Grocery Price List, my list of maximum prices I’ll pay for any groceries.
- I spent a total of $59.09 for all my groceries at Mariano’s, more than $10 under my weekly budget! This is mostly due in part to all of the leftover meat I had sitting in the freezer. Waste not, spend not!
- Ezekiel bread was on sale for only $3.50. This is a great price! Trader Joe’s usually sells it at the best price of $4.29/loaf so this was a steal of a deal. If you’re not familiar with this bread, it’s the only kind we buy. It’s made from 100% sprouted grains, making it easier to digest, and uses no flour!
- I used coupons on 3 items. If you remember from my past posts, I don’t often use coupons because fresh items rarely have them. However, if I know I’m going to buy something that comes with a brand, I do a quick search online to see if there’s anything available. Here’s what I used this week:
- $1.00 off Filippo Berio Olive Oil
- $.50 off Tabasco sauce
- $.75 off Larabars… Twice. I have a Mariano’s Rewards Card and I had loaded some coupons onto it. When my card scanned, the cashier wasn’t sure if it had taken the coupons off or not. I had the Larabar coupon on my card and had one printed off. It accepted both.