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Eat for Eight Bucks: Creamy Cabbage and Potatoes

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger]

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1 onion: $0.50
1 pound cabbage: $1.99
2 pounds potatoes: $2.00
1 head lettuce: $1.99

Pantry items: Olive oil, butter, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, flour, milk, salad dressing

Total cost (for 4 portions): $6.48

I've long wanted to make colcannon, the Irish cabbage-and-potato dish. When winter weather finally inspired me to hunt down a recipe last week, though, none of them looked like the colcannon of my dreams, so I started tinkering. What I came up with was a wonderfully creamy potato dish with a twist; the cabbage made it healthier and heartier and contributed a faint but pleasant acidity, thanks to the apple cider vinegar.

You could certainly make this with leftover mashed potatoes or cabbage. It's the kind of thing I like to eat with a big green salad and nothing else, but if you'd like some protein you could skip the lettuce and make fresh sausage for four for a total meal cost of $8.49.

Creamy Cabbage and Potatoes

About the author: Robin Bellinger is a freelance editor and shameless cookie addict. She lives in San Francisco and blogs about what she feeds her husband and her daughter at home*economics.

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