I’m not going to lie, I like and appreciate almost all food, but sometimes I crave plain, basic, white food. When I make a smoothie, I add chocolate protein powder and Almond Milk with ice. I don’t always add greens, beets, chia, flax, matcha… do you get my drift? Not only do I get sick of greens, my kids really get sick of me serving them meal after meal. Sometimes a nice, plain, plate of pasta with a warm, comforting, rich sauce tastes so good.
It doesn’t have to be complete garbage just because it’s white. I always use organic brown rice pasta from Trader Joe’s ( my kids can’t tell the difference between this and any other pasta) and I’ve been using this Vegan “Alfredo” sauce since they were babies. I started by giving them cauliflower puree and the recipe grew from there. Does it taste just like real Alfredo? Not exactly, but it’s close enough and my family genuinely likes it. I hope yours does, too.
- 1 head of Cauliflower washed , cut and steamed
- 1/4 of Melt or Earth Balance Spread
- 1 small Clove of Garlic
- 1/8 cup of Nutritional Yeast (or Parmesan if you’re not vegan)
- 1/2 cup of Almond Milk (more if you like a thinner consistency)
- Sea Salt
- Pasta of your choice
- After you have steamed your cauliflower, add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Meanwhile, boil pasta per instructions, then drain. Pour sauce over warm pasta and serve immediately. The sauce can be frozen and stored for up to one month.
I feel like I’m always searching for new quick and easy weeknight dinner recipes, so I thought I’d give you my favorite picks from the week in one place.
Freezer Chicken Tenders by Lean Green Bean- I love Lindsay’s food! These can be made ahead and put in the freezer until ready to use. They’re perfect for those nights when you come home late from soccer practice. Just pop them in the oven.
One Dish Fish by Cotter Crunch– Having a complete meal in one pot, is a mother’s dream come true, you add fish and veggies, and you can’t go wrong.
Pretty Red Pancakes by Hungry Healthy Girl — Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? My kids would eat pancakes with every meal and Kim has slipped in beets- They are going to love these “Valentines” Pancakes, and I’m going to love serving them.
Crunchy Cashew Salad by Tina Muir— When I saw a picture of this salad, my mouth watered. It is packed with yummy flavors and textures.
10 Easy & Delicious Crockpot Recipes by Organically Mo– Mo put together a collection of amazing and more important, EASY recipes. That’s one you’ll want to Pin.
Black Bean and Tempeh Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole by Where’s The Beach- The flavor combination on this vegan dish looks so yummy. Perfect for Meatless Monday.
6 Soups for Runners by The Fit Fork – who doesn’t love a warm meal after a cold winter run. I seriously can’t think of a better thing to eat. Jennifer has created a collection– a great one to Pin.
Creamy Sweet Corn Chowder by Neil’s Healthy Meals- Another warm winter meal– looks so good.
Cheddar Butternut Squash Gluten Free Cornbread by Almost Getting it Together- I can see making this in the morning or for Sunday Food Prep, to go with all of the above soup and stew recipes. Could be a great after school snack too.
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That’s it’s guys– have a wonderful weekend!
Is anyone NOT watching the Super Bowl?
What are your favorite weeknight meals?
What team are you hoping will win?