This week in my food co-op I got some green cauliflower. I don’t know why it’s green. It tastes the same as regular cauliflower and cooks the same; it just looks different. Well, I needed a good recipe for this green cauliflower because I knew that a certain kiddo of mine wouldn’t eat it just the way it was. Enter Beefy Cauliflower Pasta.
First brown some ground beef in a skillet. Drain the excess fat.
Next, cook 1/2 pound of pasta according to package directions.
While the pasta is cooking, chop your cauliflower (mine is green cauliflower, remember: 🙂 ). Add the cauliflower to the pasta water for the last 5-10 minutes until both it and the pasta are cooked through.
Next, add some cream cheese and shredded cheese to your deliciously seasoned beef. I only added about 1/4 of the cream cheese block, but I wish I had added a lot more. The cream cheese acts as a binder so everything will stick together. The meal tasted good, but it didn’t really stick together at all. It felt like it needed more sauce or something. I think more cream cheese would have helped considerably.
Now, mix everything together and serve it to your very impressed family.
By the way, yes I am aware that this meal is a little more than five bucks. I don’t expect every single meal on here to be five bucks or less. I do try my best to get them as close to five bucks as possible. This one counts as close. 🙂
Beefy Cauliflower Pasta, $5.85
1 lb. ground beef ($2)
1/2 lb. pasta ($ .50)
1 tsp. salt ($ .05)
1 tsp. onion powder ($ .05)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder ($ .05)
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce ($ .20)
1 box of frozen chopped cauliflower or 1 head fresh cauliflower ($1)
2 oz. cream cheese (you might want to add more like 4-8 oz.) ($1.25)
1 C shredded cheese ($ .75)
Directions: Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain excess fat. Season beef with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook 1/2 lb. of pasta according to package direction. Add the cauliflower to the pasta water for the last 5-10 minutes. Drain pasta and cauliflower. Mix cream cheese and shredded cheese into the beef until it melts. Add the pasta and cauliflower.
Tips to Make this Healthier: Use whole wheat pasta or half whole wheat, half white pasta. You could make a homemade white sauce in place of the cream cheese. As always, serve with an extra vegetable and fruit. Use less shredded cheese.