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The 99 Cent Chef

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 30th April 2013

The 99 Cent Chef features a world of cooking ideas with low prices as the main course. Just to make matters clear, the 99 Cent Chef is not affliated nor does he use only products and produce from the 99 Cent Stores.  While the 99 Cent Store has many of his selections,  Billy Vasquez heads all over to buy items that bring the basic cost of cooking way under average.  An accomplished photographer, the stills show off many recipes and give you guidelines for steps along the way and what the finished product should look like.

This month is destination Cuba. Starting with a simple and yummy salad, he will continue with Cuban Baked Beans, a Cuban Sandwich and Roasted Pork.  Or if you are in a more Brazilian mood, try the Moqueca Fish Stew. Amazing how he grabs a few cans, some veggies, and frozen fish transforming them into an exotic stew to serve over rice.

Learn how to cure your own salmon for a Jewish Taco that he dubbed the Loxaco.  This brings the cost down and as a bonus all the ingredients are kosher. Try it, you’ll like it!

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Gourmet Recipes At Low Prices

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 3rd March 2013

There’s no place like home and that is especially true for great meals at the best prices. The Frugal Diva loves the whole process of making dinner. First lovingly finding the nicest potatoes, the freshest chicken, and the juiciest peaches. Secondly integrating them into the refrigerator and pantry. Thirdly cooking them with the Frugal Dude for a great meal. The cooking part used to involve cookbooks however now the internet has a plethora of sites that offer recipes.  Recipes need to meet several criteria – low on the fat, easy to find inexpensive ingredients, and be delicious.

Working my way through the Broke Ass Gourmet, I found so many different variations of easy to cook, yummy, and light on the pocketbook recipes. The Lemon-Leek Chicken Legs barely seemed like any work and the total cost of came to $5 per person (prices will vary depending on your market). Add a side of brown rice or a salad for a full dinner.  For a dinner party, try the Lamb Tagine, where you serve four for under $20. Watch her video and learn how to make fresh spring rolls.

Thanks to Gabi Moskowitz for the inspiration to keep making healthy, flavorful and interesting meals at home!

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National Spaghetti Day

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 4th January 2012

If you are going carb free this year, stop reading right now. The Frugal Diva is celebrating National Spaghetti Day today! Before we had an official name for comfort food, there was spaghetti (not pasta). Long strands to twirl on your fork, a variety of sauces, and low cost ingredients, made for a dish that satisfied in every way without breaking the budget.

Let’s check out at some new and old variations.

Vegetarians take a look at light and easy  SPAGHETTI WITH BROCCOLI BALLS.

Another healthy option is whole wheat spaghetti with salmon courtesy of Giada De Laurentis

Easy to make with pantry ingredients red pepper, garlic and olive oil at the 99 Cent Chef.

For the real deal bolognese recipe go to Emeril.

Let me know your favorites.

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