I woke up this morning and I had no idea what day it was!
The holidays will do that to a person I guess. I also forgot that today is a day off work for many people because Jan 1st fell on the weekend. I guess I don’t really keep up with these things being self-employed, but perhaps I should start!
Also, I can’t believe we don’t have a lick of snow left…
On New Year’s Day, it was a warm 10C and all of our snow melted. I don’t think I can ever remember a Jan 1st when we didn’t have snow. It is so weird.
Yesterday, I felt quite run down and I started to feel like I was getting sick, but after a good 8 hours of sleep, I am feeling much better today.
In the past week, I have amped up the following:
- Get enough sleep– I am often guilty of not getting enough sleep, but I have been making an effort to get 7.5-8.5 hours.
- Fluids– I have been drinking a lot of Hot lemon water, Echinacea tea, wheatgrass juice, and Sencha tea.
- Moderate exercise– I’ve been keeping my workouts to about 30 minutes- just enough to reap the benefits of exercise, but not wear my body down or compromise my immune system.
- Think Positive– I always tell myself that I will not get sick. I learned in my psychology courses that a positive disposition reduces the chances of catching colds.
- Healthy Fuel– I have been fueling my body with a wide variety of healthy foods. This ensures that my body has the right fuel to do the job and fight off any illness.
- Washing Hands Frequently– I cranked my hand-washing into overdrive. They say it is the #1 best thing you can do to prevent a cold!
Because there is no ice on the roads (huge benefit of no snow!), I braved the chilly air this morning and had a beautiful + sunny 3 mile outdoor run followed by 5 minutes of plank exercises. After showering and eating breakfast, I set into the kitchen to cook.
I also used something I have never used before…
Brown Rice Pasta!
The thought of having pasta made from brown rice appeals to me, so I thought I would check it out. I wasn’t sure how it was going to cook or taste, but I was so surprised to find that it tasted just like whole wheat pasta! The texture was even the same too. If you are looking for an alternative to wheat based flour, I highly recommend it.
This recipe is so easy to make. I think I was done in 20 minutes.
Note: I only used 1 garlic clove, not 4!
You take all of the ingredients and dump them into a blender.
Then, blend until smooth!
It makes a heaping cup’s worth of the Alfredo Sauce.
I adapted the recipe ingredients and I found my sauce was a bit thin, so next time I would probably use 1 cup Almond milk minus 2 tablespoons to thicken it up a bit more.
Drain and rinse the pasta and then add it to the pot.
Pour on your desired amount of cheese sauce and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently to thicken.
Mmmmmm. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Garnish with herbs and additional paprika and serve.
Quick & Easy Vegan Alfredo
Adapted from Vegan Yum Yum Cookbook.
Yield: 1 heaping cup of sauce (enough for about 4 servings)
- Pasta, of your choice (I used brown rice shells)
- 1/3 heaping cup raw cashews
- 1 garlic clove
- 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp non-dairy butter (I used Soy-free Earth Balance)
- 2 tsp organic Tamari soy sauce, or to taste
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp Tahini (sesame seed paste)
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Kosher salt, to taste (I used 1/4-1/2 tsp I think)
- 1/2 tsp Paprika, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Herbs or veggies to add into Alfredo, if desired (I used Broccoli, Peas, and Spinach)
Directions: Cook your pasta until al dente (about 7-8 minutes) and then drain, and rinse with cold water.
While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce: Add all ingredients except pasta into a blender and blend until smooth.
Add the drained pasta back into the pot and pour on your desired amount of sauce into the pot. Heat over medium stirring frequently. Add in vegetables if you desire and cook until heated through.
Makes ~1 heaping cup of sauce, or enough for about 4 portions.
Note: Pasta (mixed with the Alfredo sauce) does not reheat in the microwave very well. It dries out a bit, even when mixing with a bit of milk before heating. My suggestion is to serve the mixed portion fully & immediately after heating and then reserve the leftover sauce in a separate container and make a fresh batch of pasta if you will have it on another occasion. The sauce should keep in the fridge for a few days.
This vegan Alfredo is absolutely delicious and very similar to the Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese sauce, but a bit more Alfredo-like in taste.
If you really want to pump up this dish, add some GREEN POWER!
I added some sautéed broccoli, spinach, and frozen peas into the pot and heated it all together for about 5 extra minutes.
It was awesome both ways and I am sure you could get really creative with your mix-ins.
A fun way to sneak in some vegetables.
I learned this trick from my mom…she used to always mix in some frozen vegetables into our Mac ‘n Cheese when we were kids.
She made it much more difficult for me to feed our dog vegetables under the table…!
You may be surprised to know that as a child, I was really not a big vegetable fan at ALL and I would sit at the table forever in a Vegetable Show Down with my parents. Broccoli was one of my most despised vegetables of all. Oh how things have changed!
Look at me now mom, there was hope all along.
It never fails to amaze me how you can make the most non-vegan meals vegan! Mad props!
i loathe alfredo and traditional cream sauces of any kind but i am proooobably going to make this gem tonight. looks amazing.
This Alfredo looks divine!
Yes, thank you so much for this recipe!
oh my…this looks so yummy and comforting. You always manage to make healthy=yummy=beautiful!
cathy b. @ brightbakes
I’m guilty of not sleeping enough too, so I’ve also been trying to get 8.5 hours! Not easy!
This looks great! And probably full of protein too, from the looks of the ingredients list! :D
Oooh… this is making me hungry! Can I come over for lunch? Yum!
Sure…bring dessert! ;)
I’m coming over armed with vegan cinnamon ice cream! :P
Yay! I’ve definitely missed alfredo sauce and can’t wait to try this! :)
I know you have an insane life that doesn’t let you slow down for a second :) but is there any chance you could do some sort of post about essential ingredients for a vegan kitchen? I’m not vegan, but I love your recipes (and feed them to my unsuspecting husband who loves them – tonight? Creamy barley tomato risotto!) and like to try and mix them in with our normal menu. However sometimes the recipes call for things I don’t have on hand (tahini sauce, tamari etc) and I kind of feel it’s a waste of money to buy a container of whatever if I may not get through it all (unless there’s a good shelf life). That might be different if I knew I would use it pretty often. Just a thought.
Isn’t getting the sleep back on track, great??
Im hoping to do something like this if I end up writing a cookbook this year. :) As for tamari and tahini, both have very long shelf lives- over 1 year in the fridge.
No – WHEN you end up writing a cookbook this year :)
Thanks! I might go out and get some – just have limited cupboard space (which was why I asked about the essential list) but we do have enough fridge space! :)
Thanks for the great recipe! I have been craving alfredo for months it seems.
I’ve tried Vegan Yum Yum’s version and it is indeed DE-licious! It’s nice to know you can enjoy alfredo sans the artery-clogging side effects. Thanks for the cold-prevention tips… it’s time I actually got back to the gym as these holiday weeks have left me a little hunched over and blah about life. I need that extra energy and positive disposition back! It’s the low temps that keep me on my butt, so I commend you for being able to stick with your good habits in the perpetual cold weather you guys seem to have up there through the winter months.
Yum! That looks delicious. Cashews are such the miracle nut!
Thanks for this recipe! I am dying to try it. Eating mostly vegan mostly stops me from eating any cheesy yummy alfredo-y things…but looks like this would be a big winner in my house!
I love the feeling of being confused about what day it is! I’m quite confused today myself—working from home is the best!
That looks absolutely delicious! Yum alfredo sauce.
It was super warm here (in Buffalo!) too- and then it snowed again yesterday- typical!
This sounds delicious! I’ve tried brown rice linguine before and thought it was pretty tasty, but definitely not quite the same as whole wheat or other pastas. Even though there’s no snow outside, the cold temps are still definitely making me crave warm food!
Oh how I love alfredo!
I’m always amazed by your cheese subs. I’m allergic to cashews though…what nut would be a good sub for those that would yield the best “cheese?”
Try a Recipe with Potatoes and Carrots…it makes amazing cheese sauce. Hard to believe but it is true. Just look it up on the net – I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
I recently discovered brown rice pasta and I love it!!!
Your alfredo sauce looks so delicious!!!
Omigosh, Alfredo would be perfect to warm me up on this cold day! I bookmarked this recipe :)
This is EXACTLY what I’m making for dinner tonight! I was originally going to make your mac n cheese, but I don’t have enough time as I thought I was going to have!
Yum, that looks so delicious. I have had quinoa pasta before, but I haven’t tried brown rice pasta yet! Can’t wait.
Oh my does that look good! I’ve been eating a lot more rice lately as I think wheat is impacting my breakouts, so rice pasta will be a fun thing to try. Thanks for keeping us healthy and inspired with your great talents!
I love brown rice pasta & use if frequently. And we have a vegetable all the time with my son-he hates broccoli & gags, but I’m mean & make him choke down at least 2 pieces! (which I’m sure is going to backfire)
I definitely want to try this! I haven’t been able to find nutritional yeast in the supermarkets here though, but I’m still looking. Oddly enough, I went vegetarian at age 12 but I didn’t like vegetables till I was 15 or 16! I spent 3 years eating mostly bread and junk food, haha.
I made vegan fettucine sauce once and it tasted TERRIBLE! I look forward to trying this. Does it taste like real fettucine sauce?
That alfredo sauce sounds so good! I use that same kind of pasta. I actually prefer it to whole wheat. Its all I buy now.
I was not expecting it to taste so good! I’m a believer now :)
That looks amazingly delicious! I have always wondered about brown rice pasta, but was afraid the texture would be weird. I’ll have to try it now!
That is so funny, because I just prepped our dinner for tonight and made a very similar alfredo sauce but I also mixed in pumpkin. And then when I got to the bottom of your page I gasped because I was also planning to mix in broccoli, spinach and peas. Ha! Great minds think alike! Hope you are having a great start to the new year!
Love this!! I am so incredibly in love with your mac and cheese recipe, so I’m sure this one will be a hit too!!!
Do you use the vanilla Almond Breeze in this? I tried it with your vegan mac ‘n’ cheese as it was all I had on hand, and the vanilla was too prominent.
Yes I use the unsweet. vanilla almond milk and I do notice a small taste but I dont mind it. You could try the unflavoured + unsweet. kind too :)
Glad you’re staying healthy. I hate how easy it is to get sick this time of year.
Yum! Who would have known you didn’t like veggies as a kid?
This looks amazing. You’re recipes are starting to convince me that I could be a vegan in the future. :)
That looks amazing, as always. The broccoli addition, in my opinion, makes it even better.
great way to stay healthy. i’m a firm believer in getting enough sleep, and hot lemon water is THE BEST! i’m actually going to do a whole post on it soon because i think its more powerful than people even realize, and such an easy habit to add to your routine!
Looks delicious! I love finding recipies that look like they took a lot of work but are super easy!!
Unfortunitely I got the sick bug— I feel horrible! But I’ve been garggling with oregano and garlic and it’s really helped!! now if I could just get my sinuses to clear…
feel better soon Jocelyn!
I had to laugh at your drinking hot lemon water – I thought I was the only one to do that from all the strange looks I get at work when people want to know what I’m drinking! I made three general resolutions this year: stay vegan, read for pleasure at least 4 nights each week, and drink more water. This time of year, hot lemon water is the best way to keep that last resolution – otherwise, I’d be freezing!
I agree…I love it!
I started drinking this when my gall bladder was acting up as I could not drink anything else and i still try to have at least one cup a day.
Hot lemon water also works at clearing out the toxins, I also find it really helpful if I feel a sore throat coming.
Also gargling with salt water is VERY helpful for a sore throat too! Or to prevent one :)
What a fantastic looking meal. I like how the veggies add a little more substance to the dish. I
You are on a roll! Made your lentil loaf tonight and it was amazing!
I tried this as well great texture to the loaf the only thing I would change is that I would add a bit more seasoning next time.
This look freaking amazing Ange! I love the idea of vegan creamy sauces as new vegans usually feel that they need to give up their old time comfort foods. I find isn’t really the taste I missed, but the texture and this texture looks just like real Alfredo!
Ps. I am a huge hand washer and never get sick ;)
I agree about it being a lot about texture…sometimes I find it even tastes better too
I am definitely trying this recipe since I have a massive can of nutritional yeast to play around with!
Don’t feel bad – I am not self-employed and I didn’t know what day it was. :)
That sauce looks awesome. I have a spaghetti squash this would be delish on.
My mom was a champ at sneaking veggies in, too. It’s funny how Jessica Seinfeld is making popular today what our mothers did 20 years ago.
spag. squash is a great idea
Haha, I have allwwayyss loved vegetables. I guess I was just a weird kid like that. As always your blog has mad my mouth water, and I will have to try this in the near future.
Yum! My mom always makes comments about how my eating has changed (for the good!) since I was the pickiest eater ever when I was younger.
Brown rice pasta has become one of my favorites! Glad you found it! Great recipe :)
I hated broccoli, too! That and brussels sprouts. But now I eat them more than any other vegetable- I guess my tastebuds adjusted! Your sauce looks fantastic and super easy. And nothin wrong with adding the extra garlic, right!? :)
I am smiling just thinking back to those days of trying to get the veggies in to you :) & yes I hope this provides lots of hope to the parents who are struggling right now to get their kids to eat their veggies. I can’t wait to try this pasta dish as I have always loved the taste of Alfredo sauce but not the consequences I suffer from eating cream based sauces.
This is fabulous. I know someone who would love or either be really inspired by this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
We dig organic brown rice pasta here too! We actually order it in a case to save a few dollars, a $1 a bag to be more exact ;) Many of the bags get used with that same Vegan Yum Yum recipe from her blog. It’s like my comfort food dish and frozen peas pretty much always get stirred in ;) I usually do about 3 big cloves of garlic ;)
I’m pretty sure that the think positive theory is why my hubby doesn’t seem to get sick, he’s too stubborn for it!
Your photography for the posts is gorgeous always.
Okay, so alfredo pasta is like my absolute favorite dish in the entire world! I am trying to slowly progress to a vegan diet and I knew that this was one meal I would seriously miss. Can’t wait to try it – I know I won’t be deprived thanks to you!!!