If you’re following the Dave Ramsey plan to get out of debt, then you might be dining on “beans ‘n rice, rice n’ beans” to keep grocery costs down.
Instead of eating the same humdrum things in the name of frugality, you can prepare some fairly gourmet dishes without it costing a fortune.
There’s about 100 recipes made entirely with ingredients that can be purchased at The 99 Cent Only stores.
There isn’t a specific 99 Cent Only Store in Pittsburgh, as it’s a chain found out West, but we do have a Dollar Tree and a Dollar General.
Eat gourmet without taking out a loan
In the introduction, author Christiane Jory lets us know that in the beginning, she was skeptical of goods at dollar and dime stores. Even when she became a frequented a 99 Cent Only store near her home in Los Angeles, she was still a “snob” toward the food in the store–for no reason other than it was cheap (so of course it must be inferior, right?).
Food prices are climbing so much, that really, who in the world can afford to be a food snob anymore? Rather than turn your nose up at the thought of buying food from a dollar store or from a discount grocer, consider giving it a try! You might be pleasantly surprised.
She encourages you to use her cookbook to help you craft delicious, inexpensive foods. Even more, Jory wants to inspire you to create frugal but gourmet recipes of your own, and has included a few pages at the end of the book for you to write some in, if you choose.
If you’re stuck in a cooking rut and trying to save money, this could be a great cookbook for you to pick up!
You’ll find appetizers, soups & sides, main courses, and baked goods & desserts within these pages.
She includes the estimated cost of each recipe (assuming you got those ingredients at the 99 Cent Only store, of course). You know I love recipe cost break-downs! Near the beginning of the book, Jory has created a dozen sample menus for you to consider.
Each recipe also comes with a bit of commentary from the author, including “Don’t freak out when you open the cans of calamari!…” and serving suggestions and helpful hints.
Some recipes I’d love to try soon:
- One-bite ham and cheese pies ($1.99 for 12. Page 19)
- Herbed pita chips ($1.99 for 8 dozen chips…whoa! Page 37)
- Corn pudding ($2.99 for six servings. Page 43)
- Spinach souffle with Bechamel sauce ($2.99 for 6 servings. Page 60)
- Banana bread pudding with dulce de leche ($3.99 for 6-8 servings. Page 126)
My one beef with this book is you won’t find pictures of the prepared recipes. I really like to see how a dish might look, and appreciate when cookbooks have colorful photos. I guess I’ll have to use my imagination!
There’s more than a few delicious-sounding recipes that I want to try. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had the chance to test a recipe in the book. Take Jory’s book as more than just a cookbook, though. Use it to stretch your budget and expand your cooking possibilities.
For more information, visit The 99 Cent Only Store Cookbook web site. It retails for $12.99 and is going several dollars cheaper on Amazon.com right now.