Battle Alfredo: Cashew vs. Cauliflower

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If you follow me on Facebook, you would recognize the title of this post. To truly become Inspiralized, you need to not only rid your pantries of boxed pasta, but you need to pay special attention to the sauces you put on top of these veggie noodles. Of course, if you’re not as calorie conscious and just want to get more vegetables into your diet or eat more creatively, feel free to smother your zucchini noodles in a creamy alfredo, tomato sauce, or carbonara! You’ll still be eating pretty guiltlessly.

Speaking of Alfredo, there are two main ways that I used to recreate this sauce when I was vegan. Option A is a sauce made by boiling and making a cream out of cashews. Option B is a sauce made by boiling cauliflowers and blending them until creamy. Yesterday, I tested both options and have my theories, but for me, the winner was…… CAULIFLOWER! Picture to follow.

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Cauliflower Alfredo is more savory and seems more appropriate for a pasta sauce. Also, the sauce itself is creamier, whereas I found the Cashew Alfredo to be a bit gritty (I also don’t have a Vitamix, that might have made a difference). The cauliflower also, of course, is lower in calories. 1 cup of chopped cauliflower is about 30 calories, whereas 1 cup of cashews is about 720 calories. However, cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts and contains healthy monosaturated fats (similar ones found in olive oil!) Plus, nuts are high in antioxidants and cashews are especially high in copper and magnesium, essential for energy production and bone development. To me, as long as you’re staying clear of butter, cream and heavy amounts of cheese in your sauces, you’re making the right choice!

Cashew Alfredo will be great in a pasta with chicken. Hmmm… stay tuned?

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Recipes for Cauliflower and Cashew Alfredo Sauces

Cauliflower Alfredo

Servings: 1
Time to Prepare:  < 5 minutes
Time to cook: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • juice of half a lemon

Directions

Place a medium saucepan on medium heat and put in a glug of olive oil. Once oil heats, add in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add in the cauliflower, season with salt and pepper and then add in 3/4 cup almond milk, cover, lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until almond milk is evaporated.

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Transfer cauliflower to a food processor and add in the remaining almond milk (1/4 cup), dijon mustard, lemon, and more salt and pepper. If you prefer something creamier, substitute the milk for olive oil (about 1 tbsp). Process until creamy.

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Cashew Alfredo

Servings: 1
Time to Prepare:  <1 minute
Time to cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 of almond milk
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • juice of half a lemon

In a small saucepan, boil enough water to cover your cashews. Add in cashews and boil for 7-8 minutes.

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With a slotted spoon, transfer cashews to a food processor and add in the remaining almond milk (1/4 cup), dijon mustard, lemon, and more salt and pepper. Process until creamy.

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