Monday, March 3, 2014

Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo

A few weeks ago, I saw this blog post on Oh She Glows. I was sort of in disbelief when I saw it. How have I never heard of such a thing?! How have I been an avid vegan blog reader, pinterest pinner and foodie for five years and did not know that Cauliflower Alfredo sauce existed?!

I am still unsure of the answers to these fundamental life questions, but I do know that since discovering Cauliflower Alfredo was a thing, it has become a major part of my life. The first time I made this recipe, I made it for myself (because I was still skeptical that it was as good as I wanted it to be) and I was smitten. Since then I have made it 2 or 3 more times--always for friends--and they keep on wanting more. I've utilized a few different techniques and ingredients and picked up a couple tricks and tips along the way.

Without further adieu, I present:

Cauliflower Alfredo

  • 1 small/medium cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp Earth Balance
  • 3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 3/4 cup nondairy milk (unsweetened, unflavored) (note: I use either soy, coconut or hazelnut because I find rice or almond to be too watery)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (or other acid like a vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp prepared mustard (I used Dijon but any yellow mustard will be just fine!)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small onion, roasted
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, roasted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup re-hydrated sun-dried tomatoes, diced 
  • 3 small/medium zucchini, spiralized

To Prepare

Lightly steam the cauliflower with just a touch of sea salt in a large steamer. Place all of the ingredients except the sun-dried tomatoes and the zucchini in a Vitamix (or other blender or food processor, whatever you have). Process until smooth and creamy. I like to leave mine in the Vitamix for 5-10 minutes until it just starts to get warm.

In a large bowl, toss the zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes and cauliflower alfredo together. Serve immediately.


So simple and so absolutely delicious! I cannot believe how creamy this dish is, and because it is so healthy, you can feel free to chow down! Also pairs well with a nice bottle of red :)

Enjoy!

Live long and prosper! And never underestimate the versatility of even the most familiar veggies. 



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