Two short days stand between me and my Clean Eating Challenge, and I have to say I’m getting pretty excited! I’m so pumped for this coming week, and you should be, too! I have some great recipes and juices to share, and I can’t wait to expand my foodie experience, not to mention feel like a beast! How do I know I’m gonna feel great? It’s simple. “I feel bloated and sick and weighed down after eating all these vegetables”….. said no one ever. Good food does good things for your body, and cutting out the bad stuff (refined sugars, white flours, etc.) just makes more room in the diet for the good stuff!
Okay, so in anticipation of the week ahead, I may or may not have pounded down half a loaf of bread last night while searching for raw food recipes. Bread is my kryptonite. Well, carbs in general, but mostly bread. I purposely don’t buy bread or pasta because if it’s in the house, I can’t help but binge on the stuff! I think it has some to do with the fact that my Italian heritage had living on a healthy diet of spaghetti and bruschetta throughout my childhood. They’re two of my go-to comfort foods when I’m missing home. Bread isn’t always the most nutritionally dense food, though, and come Sunday, it’s gonna be Adios baguette and hola okra.
With carbs on the brain, I wanted to share with you one last cooked recipe before the raw ones appear on Sunday. One of the hardest things for me to give up when I went vegan was creamy Alfredo sauce to put over my pasta. I found a pretty tasty alternative, though, using cauliflower as the base. Even if you aren’t the biggest cauliflower fan, you should try this! It’s very creamy and is so good on a bowl of whole wheat pasta!
- 2 cups raw cauliflower, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Pepper, to taste
- 3 tsp Earth Balance
- 1 cup homemade almond milk (any other non-dairy sub will work, too)
- ½ cup non-dairy cheese of your choice, or nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 cup broccoli florets
Throw everything except broccoli into a pot and bring to a boil.
Simmer for about 20 minutes, until the cauliflower is very tender.
Pour everything into your Ninja, Vitamix, or other blender and completely pulverize it!
Serve your delicious new sauce over whole wheat angel hair or elbow pasta, and mix in some raw broccoli florets while you’re at it! Enjoy!