Sunday, 14 July 2013

Alfredo Sauce with a Healthy Twist

I have some very exciting news on this sunny Sunday morning!

For the past few months I have set my scheming and organizing aside come Sunday to share delicious new and classic go-to recipes with you. Because I am not the best of the best when it comes to cooking, I have the tendency to share more of the baking goodies I do rather than meal ideas. Enter that exciting news mentioned above.

Sarah, my dearest friend staying with us for the summer, is however a phenomenal little chef on the rise {so to speak} and has been whipping up delicious gluten free meals since her arrival. In the middle of partaking in one of her delectable, while still healthy, creations the other night a lightbulb idea came to me - she should take over Recipe Sunday for the duration of her time with us!

This way we all save our waist lines from a few extra pounds during bathing-suit season. Am I right? So, for the next few weeks instead of pastries, do look forward to healthy meal alternatives the whole family can enjoy.

Hmm, how I love creamy, tasty, calorie-rich alfredo sauce poured over a bed of pasta.

However, with the desire to make healthier choices and eat “clean” this summer, your everyday alfredo sauce doesn’t seem to be the right choice for us. This desire for a healthier option has sent us full throttle into combing the Internet for these healthy choices. Upon our combing of the World Wide Web, we have stumbled upon many great blogs for healthier choices. One of these being The Skinny Fork by Amanda Plott. Amanda takes traditionally “unhealthy” dishes and keeps them delicious while making them significantly more healthy for you and your waistline. So, as you can imagine, when I came across this Guiltless Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce we jumped at the opportunity to put it to the test while Rob is away.

Here’s what you will need:
  • 2 Cups Cauliflower, Cooked
  • 1 1/4 Cups of 1% Milk
  • 3 Oz. Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. Flour (We used gluten free for my sake)
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Cup 2% Milk Italian Cheese Blend, Shredded (Kraft has a lovely cheese blend that we used)

To start, we cooked up that cauliflower in the microwave until it was soft and proceeded to blend it with the milk, cream cheese, flour and salt in our VitaMix blender (a food processor would be very handy at this, as well). One lesson we learned about blending cauliflower in the VitaMix was not to remove too much water from it first. The end result was much easier to accomplish in this case than the cauliflower pizza crust adventure just a few weeks previous.

Once this is smooth in the blender, set aside and begin your stovetop portion of the cooking.

Melt your butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the garlic to sauté for a few seconds.

Transfer your cauliflower mixture from the blender to your garlic & butter saucepan.

Cook and stir as it comes to a simmer, approx.. 3-4 minutes, following with some more stirring and cooking as you watch it thicken. You are almost done!

Remove from the heat immediately and add your cheese blend. Stir until well mixed then set aside with the cover on for 10 minutes to thicken.


This was a thoroughly enjoyed recipe by all here . We poured this over a bed of pasta (GF in my case) with chicken and added a bit of crushed red pepper to add a bit of ZING!

This is a very healthy yet DELICOUS alternative to the traditional alfredo sauce we all love, the healthy part just being a bonus to the fabulous taste and easy task that is making it! We hope you all enjoy!!


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