12 Meals for Under $100: Featuring Cauliflower

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Ciao, we’re back! With our second meal plan series. If you missed the first one, the deal is that we give you recipes for 4 dinners that have enough leftovers for 4 lunches + 4 breakfasts. So you’re good for a week with wiggle room for a date night, Sweet Green lunch, & Bacon Egg and Cheese if you’re a tad hung from that night out. Our only recommendation is pairing with a salad, we gave ingredients for one (with the cauli fried rice) but all meals can always use a little salad so feel free to double down on our salad ingredients or mix in some of your favorite salad ingredients to make these meals whole!

The Dinner Recipes

Cauliflower and Chickpea Coconut Curry with Naan

My husband loved this curry — we ate it with Naan to dip in the sauce but rice or a grain to mop it up would be clutch for sure. This was a total meal by itself but, as always, dinner are often paired best with salad, roasted veggies, etc. Here’s the curry recipe. 

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ok I loved this but you NEED a personal egg on each dish (IMHO) to add that runny, yummyness. Here’s the recipe. I also recommend pairing this with a big salad, here’s a suggestion for your salad (all of these ingredients are in the grocery list and this should be enough for 2 salads for ya):

  • Lacinto Kale
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Nuts (whatever you have in the pantry, I’m into walnuts right now)
  • Dressing: lemon, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, drop of dijon mustard, salt and pepper

Cauliflower Mac n Cheese

This is my favorite recipe of this week’s bach of recipes. It’s so good. We used banza pasta and mixed some vegan cheese (Violife Cheddar) with regular cheese. But whatever cheeses and pastas suit your tastes and your dietary preferences are great! This was such a fun way to have mac n cheese — the cauliflower blended right in and made a traditionally heavy meal lighter. It’s also EPIC with some Franks Red Hot all over — like a buffalo mac n cheese. Pickin up with at we’re throwin down?… Here’s the recipe! 

This is a good meal to have the other half of your salad with! Ingredients for the salad suggestion are listed in the Cauliflower Rice recipe.

Cauliflower Pizza 

I love making the cauliflower crust because I know exactly what’s in it and can control the cheese, salt, etc. that I use. I used 2 bags of riced cauliflower when I made it and if you do the same just make sure to let it totally defrost so that it sticks  together properly. This easily made 2 pizzas.

All that being said, there are some great pre-made cauliflower crusts that I use for a quick dinner and highly recommend if you just need dinner on the table with no fuss. I always have some crust from Cali’flour foods (plain + jalepeno) in my freezer for a pinch.

Here’s the recipe for the Cauliflower Pizza Crust. For toppings we used a can of tomato sauce and sautéed a red pepper and an onion. Then topped it all off with some fresh basil and red pepper flakes!

The Breakfast Recipes:

Berry Cauliflower Smoothie

(Make this twice this week) 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein (optional, if you have it)
  • 1/2 Cup Cauliflower Rice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia

Directions

  • Throw everything in a blender with a handful of ice cubes & enjoy!

Cauliflower Rice Smoothie Bowl

(Make this twice this week!) 

This is an extremely feeling breakfast IMHO. Feel free to lighten up by not putting in (and remember not to buy) the banana, yogurt and/ or avo. I’d probably keep banana OR avo but getting rid of yogurt and banana or avo is still really yummy and definitely less heavy.

Ingredients 

For the Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1 Cup Cauliflower Rice
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 2 Dates
  • 1/2 Yogurt (we used Kite Hill Vanilla)
  • 2 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Cashew Butter
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Almond Milk

Toppings:

  • Banana coins using the other 1/2 of your banana
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Cashew Butter
  • Don’t buy stuff! Use what you have here: Granola, Coconut, Fruit, Cacao Nibs, Nuts, etc. are all amazing!

Directions 

  • Throw everything for the smoothie bowl in a blender and pour into a bowl
  • Decorate and top with the suggested toppings or toppings of your choice

OK SO NOW…. The grocery list & pantry items. These are the things you’ll need to get these meals DONE this week. LFG. 

Grocery List

Total cost from Whole Foods: $90.19

  • 4 bags Cauliflower Rice
  • 1 Carton Carol’s Eggs
  • 4 oz Chèvre
  • 1 8 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Organic Red Pepper
  • 2 Heads Organic Cauliflower
  • 1 Box Elbow Macaroni (we used Banza Pasta)
  • Malk Almond Milk
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Violife Cheddar Cheese (optional, we used a mixture of this vegan cheddar with dairy cheddar)
  • 3 Organic Onions
  • Shredded Carrots
  • 1 bag frozen Peas
  • Scallions
  • Head of Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • 2 cans of Chickpeas
  • 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 1 bunch Organic Cilantro
  • Whole Wheat Naan (optional, for dipping in the curry. You can also use rice. I just highly recommend something for sopping up all the curry goodness.)
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 Avocados
  • Dates
  • 1 Pint Organic Blueberries
  • 1 Bunch Lacinto Kale
  • 1 Organic Cucumber
  • 1 Organic Lemon

Pantry Items: these are things we assume you have in your panty that you’ll need to whip these meals up that . We could 100% be wrong, so double check that you have these before you get cookin!

  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Water
  • Flour (we used Spelt Flour)
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Olive Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Coconut Oil
  • Garam Masala*
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Cacao Powder
  • Cashew Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chia Seeds
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard

*If you don’t have Garam Masala and don’t want to buy it, use a little extra cumin, coriander & turmeric and add a bay leaf and some cinnamon!

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