Cauliflower Alfredo

The problem with so many creamy fattening foods is that they are so darn delicious. You can go to the store and buy many “light” alternatives, but while these options may be lower in calories, they are often sky high in chemical additives and strange ingredients you can’t pronounce.
So what’s a health and taste conscious person to do? Experiment and make your own recipes of course!
I’ve been using cauliflower a TON lately as a swap for things from rice to oats to mashed potatoes. One night while I was making a cauliflower mash I noticed the creamy texture you can get from pureeing cauliflower and thought, wow this could make an awesome sauce!
This recipe is super simple and you can adjust it to your own tastes with additional seasonings like cayenne, or a more buttery flavor with a tablespoon of butter or olive oil. With a vegan option and 2 ginormous servings for 60 calories, it’s an all around win.

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Serves heaping ½ cup servings or 4 heaping ¼ cup servings

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups raw cauliflower florets (160g)
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2-4 tablespoons grated parmesan or nutritional yeast (to desired cheesy taste)
1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Cover the mixture and let it simmer for around 15 minutes until cauliflower is completely soft.
Using a blender or food processor, blend the mixture until smooth.

Serve on top of pasta, zucchini noodles, veggies, or just about anything! Maybe not ice cream though…

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Green Marinara Sauce

Green marinara with pretzels

This one is less of a recipe, more of a throw a bunch of stuff in a blender and eat kind of thing. I However, I’ve had numerous people try it and want to know how I make it so… here it is! This green marinara is a quick and delicious sauce for pasta, vegetables (especially zoodles), salad dressing alternative and even a veggie/cracker dip.

While it tastes great, it also looks like green gloop which means people think it’s gross so there’s more for you to eat! In addition, basil and parsley are natural proven detoxifiers which makes this a perfect easy recipe for Sunday- if ya know what I mean.

Makes a little over 1 cup of sauce

Ingredients:
½ cup your favorite store-bought marinara with ingredients you can pronounce
1 cup basil
2/3 cup parsley
1 roughly chopped small clove of garlic
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Dash of cayenne
Squirt of lemon juice

Optional:
1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
Pinch of sweetener

Directions:
Place everything into a blender/food processor and blend until smooth. That’s it!

Green Marinara Ingredients

As stated, you can add nutritional yeast or even parmesan for some cheese-y flavor and/or hemp protein for an extra protein boost. Feel free to adjust the spices to your own liking and add in some hot sauce for marinara with a kick or some sweetener for a sweeter sauce.

Green marinara on zoodles