When you are living on a budget, it’s important to still be able to enjoy a luxury now and then. The trick is figuring out how to do it cheaply. For example, getting a manicure on days when they offer a discount (Mon-Wed for many salons), or getting your next massage through Groupon. Wine is no exception–you can do a beautiful food and delicious wine on a budget, but you have to be creative about it. Easy, Delicious, Fancy-looking Meals from the BrokeAss Gourmet.
1. Watermelon Salad Pizza
So easy with just a few ingredients! Drizzle lemon juice, olive oil and feta cheese onto generous slices of watermelon. Top with mint and red onion and you have a gorgeous snack or appetizer with an explosion of flavor. And it looks so pretty!
2. Truffled Grilled Cheese
Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese? This time, make it fancy! Try sour dough bread for the extra crunch and try Trader Joe’s amazing black truffle cheese. It’s cheaper than truffle oil and has twice the flavor (plus actual truffles in it). Spread room temperature butter generously onto the bread and spread your cheese (shredded to cook evenly). And…your done! Delicious to cut into pieces for guests!
3. Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
There are only three ingredients: frozen fruit of your choice, yogurt, and honey. Mix with a blender, put into airtight container and freeze. Scoop into a cup and enjoy. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with a mint leaf.
If you’re going to ask for help, shop at a local boutique-yshop. These people are more likely to be in the business because they know the business and like what they do. Think of them as professionals. Don’t assume they want to give you something expensive because you don’t know better. Assume they give you what you want so you’ll come back.In fact, they will often let you do a taste test. Conversely, if you shop at a SAV RIT Liquore store, some 18 year old kid behind the register more than likely doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Wines from Spain Portugal are the best values for wine. The grapes are richer and more complex. Look for “old vines” on the label, making the wine the most concentrated and hence, tasty. Do a quick Google search. There are hundreds of pages devoted to wines and most of them offer a guide to inexpensive wine, organized by type of wine (red versus white, Malbec versus Pinot Noir). If you join a wine club, the cost can be as low as $10 per month (Blue Apron has a great deal going on).