For a potato substitute with a tropical Latin flavor try yucca -- which The 99 Cent Chef first ran across at Versailles, LA's premier Cuban restaurant. This large waxy root cooks quickly; it looks more like a sweet potato, with a texture half way between russet and sweet potato.
At my local Latin market, yucca is often on sale for less than 99 cents a pound and the preparation couldn't be easier: yucca is peeled, boiled for about 20 minutes, then drizzled with a Garlic Mojo Criollo Sauce -- comprised of olive oil, lime juice, garlic and sliced onion.
The 99c only Stores always carry rice and canned black beans (a Value Added* trick for the canned black beans is to add a little sauted onion, bell pepper and garlic.) Start your meal with a Cuban avocado /onion salad: thin sliced onion with thick slices of avocado topped with the above mentioned Garlic Mojo Criollo sauce. There you have it, a Cuban vegetarian meal.
Ingredients (serves 2-4)1 yucca root
1 teaspoon salt
Peel and chop in large chunks and place yucca in pot of boiling salted water until yucca is just covered. Reduce heat, cover and low boil until tender, about 20-30 minutes. When done yucca should break apart easily; be careful not to overcook, as yucca will turn to mush. Drain and top with sliced onion and Mojo Criollo Sauce.
Mojo Criollo Sauce with Sliced Onion
1 teaspoon 99 cent chopped garlic
1/4 cup 99 cent lime or lemon juice
1/4 cup of 99 cent olive oil blend
1/2 sliced onion
Add chopped garlic, lemon juice and olive oil to pan, heat until bubbling. Reduce heat and add sliced onion. Mix well and pour over plated yucca.
And now for something completely different:
This last weekend NPR radio had a segment profiling The 99 Cent Chef on the show "Marketplace Money." Their website has the audio, photos, video and a tasty recipe called "Marketplace Pork Loin and Spinach with Mushrooms;" so if you missed it don't despair, see it all on their webpage by clicking here. Hit the play button below to watch our NPR shopping spree video.
The 99 Cent Chef's NPR Shopping Spree Video
Also, Current.com, a news website, has a "Budget Recipes" report that features The 99 Cent Chef and the Hillbilly Housewife. What a combination: she is someone I am proud to be paired with. Click the play button below and watch the wacky podcast.
NPR camerawork by Pete Handelman. Click here for Pete's hilarious videos.
To view or embed the Chef's Current TV video from youtube click here.