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How to Transform a Head of Cauliflower Into Dinner

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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.

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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.

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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:

Fried Cauliflower Sandwich

 

Cauliflower Patties

 

Pasta with Slow-Cooked Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Garlic

 

Paul Bertolli's Cauliflower Soup

 

Warm Vegetable Curry

 

Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice with Smoky Red Pepper Sauce

 

Rustic Cauliflower Bake

What's your favorite way to cook cauliflower? Tell us in the comments!


Tags: my broke kitchen, dinner, budget, cheap, weeknight meals, cauliflower