Growing up with an Italian grandmother, pasta was a go-to meal in the family. My nickname was “noodle” for hot minute when I was younger. I’m not exaggerating when I say pasta was the only thing I liked to eat. In hindsight, there was definitely a lack of nutritional value in my childhood diet.
*Side story: One time my dad was making me & my siblings some mac n’ cheese and he told us he put flavorless protein powder in it. We were so disgusted and refused to eat it. LOL. Now I eat protein powder every day. Ohhh how the tables turn.*
As part of one of my New Year’s resolutions to find healthier food options, I figured there was some way to make my ultimate favorite meal healthier.
Cauliflower Alfredo sauce was clearly the way to go.
I’ve always been a huge fan of making vegetables not look/taste like vegetables (like this green tropical smoothie), and that’s why this healthy Alfredo sauce is perfect. Plus it actually tastes like Alfredo sauce!
This sauce takes little time to make and being as lazy as I am, it totally works for me. The best part? It’s made in a blender, how cool?
- 1 medium head of cauliflower
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup of diced yellow onion
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Italian spice seasoning to taste
- salt & pepper to taste
- Add the diced onions in a greased skillet and sauté on low until the onions are caramelized (about 15 to 20 minutes).
- Bring some water (about 5 cups) to a boil, cut the cauliflower into florets, and cook them in the water until fork tender (about 10 minutes).
- Drain the cauliflower and keep 1/2 cup of the water. Add the cauliflower, onions, and the remaining ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy and smooth.
- Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for as long as 4 days.
Cauliflower Alfredo sauce goes good with a lot of other foods, not just pasta. I’ve mixed it in with some chicken & rice, used it as a dipping sauce for steak or other veggies (if I absolutely have to), and it’s a really dope condiment for sandwiches.
Like it takes a turkey burger to WHOLE new level.
My boyfriend Sean, a perpetual-healthy-food-hater, even gives it a thumbs up, and that’s a HUGE deal. He didn’t even realize the sauce was made of cauliflower. So shhh don’t tell him.
I literally make him try all of my new recipes and if it’s green & not pizza, odds are he’s going to be repulsed by it. He’s a work in progress, let’s just say. Hopefully he won’t read this post. HA.
So thanks to this guilt Alfredo sauce, I have a feeling we’ll be eating pasta a whole lot more for dinner. Totally not sorry about it at all.
What’s your favorite “hidden veggie” meal? Give me some more foods to trick Sean with, hehe.