Spring has sprung! I just love being able to open my apartment windows and take in the fresh air that this season brings. The warmer weather also makes my walk to the grocery store a lot less painful. So this week, with a skip in my step, I made my way to Jewel-Osco where broccoli was being advertised for just $.85/lb and grapes for $.99/lb. What a steal of a deal! As I was purchasing these items, they began to scream at me, "Make me a salad!". Now … [Read more...]
Don't let the entree be the main event. These side dishes are sure to shine!
Many people have aversions to certain foods, typically because of one bad experience. Like the time I tried sauteed kale and swore off the food forever. Or the time I tried cooking beets and I couldn't get them to cook through so eventually gave up on them. The thing about shopping on a budget is that you're always on the lookout for the best deals. And do you know what the best deals usually are? The foods that are in season, which also means it's when the food is at … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]