Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Linguine (VEGAN)

In the last year of eating vegan, I've gotten into a rut with the food I make and decided to break that this week. Last night... Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Linguine. 

This was delicious and really filling. I originally got my recipe from: http://ohsheglows.com/2014/01/20/cauli-power-fettuccine-alfredo-vegan/ and adapted it to make it my own. :)

Preparation/Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Here's what you'll need: 
  • 1 medium cauliflower head - cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk (or non-dairy choice of milk)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of non-dairy butter (I use smart balance light) 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 -3 cloves)
  •  1 small onion chopped 
  • Small package of white mushrooms (chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Linguine pasta of choice
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish
Here's what you do: 
  1. Add cauliflower to pot and cover it with water. Bring to a boil and cook until florets are tender to the fork. Drain water. 
  2. At the same time put a pot of water on to boil for the pasta. 
  3. Place the onions in a pot with 1 tablespoon of the smart balance. Saute for 1-2 minutes. Place the mushrooms and garlic in the pan and saute for another 5-7 minutes. Turn off and set aside. 
  4. In a blender, add the other tablespoon of smart balance, soy milk, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, cooked and drained cauliflower, salt and pepper. Blend for several minutes until very smooth.
  5. Once pasta is cooked, drain and in the same dish place the onion and mushroom mixture, pasta and sauce. (My sauce made enough that I have some to use for another dish later in the week). 
  6. (Depending on how much salt and pepper you like, you may want to add more once the dish is put together). Place parsley on top for a delicious garnish and enjoy! 
My entire family enjoyed this dish (including our 2 and 3 year olds!). You could also use it on other veggies or as a base for a vegan mac and cheese!

Hope your family will enjoy gathering around the table for this 
delicious and nutritious meal!