I am not a perfectionist.
Not by a long shot. I like to keep things quick and simple, and that includes dinner prep. To that end, I don’t believe you need to spend a lot of time chopping veggies.
As long as you give up any ideas of having perfect, uniform pieces you can chop a head of cauliflower (or broccoli) in just 1 minute. It cooks just fine and works great for weeknight suppers.
This post has more photos than most of my posts and I apologize for the weird, blue color going on in the pics.
First step in chopping anything quickly is to have a sharp knife. If your knives aren’t sharp and you can’t afford new ones, at least pick up a knife sharpener and give them a new edge.
Lop off the bottom of the cauliflower. Don’t worry about getting all the leaves off yet. That will come later.
Now cut through the middle of the cauliflower, so you end up with two halves.
Cut a V shape out of the bottom of each half to get rid of the rest of the stem. Pull off any remaining leaves with your hands.
Now cut each half into slices. Turn them and cut again so you end up with cube-ish shapes. Toss it in a pan, add a little water and let it cook for a few minutes while you set the table and pour drinks.
You can do basically the same kind of rough cut for broccoli too. Both vegetables fall into florets after chopping. They may not be the prettiest florets ever, but they are the fastest.
The Better Baker says
Thank you so much for this practical and simple idea. It has always been messy for me to break off the pieces and having little pieces fly everywhere. Love this –
Ron Shepherd DC says
Thanks for showing me how to speed up dinner. What suggestion do you have regarding a high end sharp knife. What size should I have?