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Creamy Vegan Alfredo

In my non-vegan life I was never really a fan of alfredo.  Despite a love for cream and cheese, alfredo was never all that appealing.   It always seemed rather flavorless and heavy.  Vegan alfredo, however, is an entirely different story.  Creamy and cheesy, while light and filling, it’s flavorful to the point of distraction.  Over the weekend I made a batch for dinner and found myself licking the blender lid, the spoon, the bowl….

Sunday morning I counted the minutes until a reasonable lunch hour when I could dive into the alfredo leftovers.  I am pleased to report that not only was the alfredo delicious the next day, but it may have actually been even better.   I’m officially an alfredo convert.

In this recipe I used one of those new fangled orange cauliflowers, but a traditional white cauliflower is perfectly fine.  Much like the purple carrots I discussed in my carrot miso dressing post, the colored versions of cauliflower are much more nutritious than their white counterparts1, but the white cauliflower is certainly no slouch.

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1 pound of fettuccine, or other pasta noodle
2 small cauliflowers, cut into florets (approximately 1.5 – 2 pounds, total)
2/3 cup nutritional yeast
4-5 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup plain soymilk, or other non-dairy milk
4 ounces raw cashews
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Bring two medium pots of water to a boil over high heat.   In first pot, prepare fettuccine or other pasta according to package directions. In the second pot, add cauliflower and cook until tender, 7-10 minutes.  Drain the cauliflower and place in a high speed blender along with nutritional yeast, soymilk, cashews, onion powder, salt and lemon juice.  Puree until smooth and pour over cooked pasta.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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REFERENCES

1.  Robinson, Jo. “THE INCREDIBLE CRUCIFERS: TAME THEIR BITTERNESS AND REAP THE REWARDS.” Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013. 166-7. Print.

7 thoughts on “Creamy Vegan Alfredo

  1. justaboutveg

    Yum! This would be interesting to try with roasted cauliflower since, at least in my book, the roasting gives it a nuttiness that is a little reminiscent of parmesan. Like you, I wasn’t really one for alfredo or heavy cream sauces when I ate dairy, but I love them now when they are nut or veggie based. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. VeggieTravelGirl

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m actually traveling to Alaska next month for a family cruise. The cruise line has basically already said they don’t have a vegan menu on board, but that I should be able to work with the chefs. Any tips on eating out in your state, esp. in the tourist heavy areas that the cruises frequent?

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    1. AlaskaVegan

      There are few different cruise routes out there – most of the ones that go through the Inside passage connect towns that are not accessible by road, so I haven’t been to Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, etc. It’s been on my list, but haven’t made it yet. With that said, there are LOTS of options in Anchorage / Homer / Talkeetna areas that I can personally recommend if you’re doing an ‘interior’ portion. Otherwise I’ll just pass on some recommendations that I’ve heard, but can’t substantiate. I’m always amazed by the tiny little towns here that are incredibly vegan friendly, so personally I wouldn’t be too stressed about finding some options. I’ll see what I can find on those three Inside Passage places – and will add another page to this blog this weekend with some vegan options around the state since I suspect this is a common concern for vegan cruisers. Thanks for the comment!

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