How to Go Gourmet on a Budget
At first it may seem like the words budget and gourmet are an oxymoron. The good news is that cooking gourmet while watching your budget isn’t impossible. You don’t have to resort to eating hot dogs and boxed macaroni and cheese. You can have delicious gourmet meals without breaking the bank. You just need to know where to find the best deals and use a little creativity.
Since herbs are an important part of gourmet cooking, try growing your own. You’ll have an unlimited supply all summer long and some herbs dry well – like basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary – so leaves can be harvested for the winter months.
Invest in a bread maker. It will not only cost less than the cheapest bread available on grocery shelves, but it will taste better.
Take a simple meal and make it look gourmet by a few simple changes. For example, when cooking pasta use noodles like farfalle or penne instead of typical spaghetti. Instead of salads made with iceberg lettuce, use spinach and/or baby greens, add a cut up fuji apple, some chopped nuts, and feta cheese and viola! You have a gourmet salad. Even a Betty Crocker mix can become a gourmet dessert if you ditch the store bought frosting and drizzle a mixture of powdered sugar and milk on top, then add a few fresh berries.
One more idea: try getting a group of friends together once a month. Tell them to bring budget friendly gourmet dishes along with a copy of the recipe for those who want one. You’ll be exposed to all kinds of new ideas.
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