Feed the Family for $15 or less, by Sophie Gray.

| December 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

The perfect cookbook for families on a budget, from the amazing women who bought us Destitute Gourmet.


Sophie Gray is the face, and inspiration behind destitute gourmet, and the DG series of cookery books.  She is a popular speaker and teacher on food, family life and finances, and writes regularly for Taste, and Food magazines.  Here now she brings us a wonderful new cookbook, Feed the Family for $15 or less, and I’ve been lucky enough to put it to the test.

It’s tough times financially for so many families, and we are no exception, so I was pretty excited when this book landed on my doorstep.  When doing my weekly meal plan, I factored in a few of the recipes from $15 or less, and gave them a whirl.

This book focuses on using seasonal vegetables, inexpensive staples, and a small amount of good-quality, lean protein, teamed with delicious seasoning — these are the keys to culinary economy, for busy cooks, and helped me produce some lovely meals for my family last week, that will most definitely become household favourites – without breaking the bank!!

The first recipes I tried were great takes on old favourites, Easy Beef Nachos, and Mince Pie.  They both turned out so well, just like the normal comfort food, but with another layer of flavouring that I’d never added before, that turned them into a very flash tasting meal – can I get a high five?!

Now, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to trying new recipes, but I rolled up my sleeves and attempted Spicy Lamb Borek’s (a Mediterranean take on a spring roll).  If you’ve worked with filo pastry before you know it can be quite delicate, but all in all, this was a very simply recipe to make.  I improvised (shock horror for me) and added slices of cheese on top of the mince mixture, before rolling them in the pastry, and served with a side salad, and fruit chutney.  Everyone (including my friend, and her two children who were staying for dinner) cleared their plates – so if that is not success, I don’t know what is!!

Sophie Gray.

I’m thrilled with the book, and I know it will sit proudly on my shelf, becoming a go-to cookbook, like my trusty Edmond’s.  Next week, I’m going to try making the Orange and Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Salad, which sounds perfect for a hot summer evening, and I’m actually looking forward to trying something new now – bonus!

If you are cooking on a budget, and want a recipe book that covers old favourites, but also gives you the option of jazzing things up a little, because let’s face it, it can get pretty depressing cooking the same boring ‘cheap’ food over and over – then this is a must have for you.  You can get yourself a copy of the book HERE, and it’s definitely worth the investment.

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  1. jax sutton says:

    Ohhhh the book sounds great (and yes you get a high five!) It’s now officially on my wishlist! ♥

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