Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.
Today: Cauliflower may not be the belle of the farmers market ball, but it's cheap and delicious.
In the world of farmers market food porn, cauliflower doesn't stand a chance next to to vibrant red radishes and emerald-hued kale. It's white, lumpy, and unattractive. It's the Ron Jeremy of the greenmarket.
But cauliflower is cheap -- a head typically runs about $3 and can yield enough florets for two to three meals. It can be cooked whole and presented as an impressive main dish (a non-Tofurkey holiday option for vegetarians), or transformed into endless soups and side dishes. Its initial visual blandness is its greatest strength: Cauliflower is a blank slate, allowing it to slip seamlessly into a variety of cuisines.
So pick up the least sexy crucifer of them all, and make some dinner -- here are a few cheap cauliflower recipes to get you started:
What's your favorite way to cook cauliflower? Tell us in the comments!