I've never kept this a secret, but... it still feels like I'm sharing something personal with you.
My junk food weakness is Mac & Cheese.
It's the thing I crave when I'm grumpy, when I've had a hard day, when I'm over-hungry. And, in those moments, ALL VERSIONS of Mac & Cheese sound good - even the powdery packet variety!
So, it's NECESSARY for me to have a healthful interpretation of this dish that I can lean on in my moments of weakness.
Today, I'm sharing my favorite version. It's more of an "alfredo" style cream sauce, perhaps - but, it really does the trick for me.
It's just SO TASTY. And, it's truly a good-for-you dish.
Florets from 1 small/medium cauliflower (no stems)
¼ cup raw cashews (ideally, soaked at least 2 hours & drained) *
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup sweet onion, finely minced
1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth + extra for steam saute
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
Fresh parsley, for garnish
In a wide bottomed pot, steam cauliflower florets in a small amount of vegetable broth until fork tender, checking them every few minutes to add more broth as needed. The idea is to steam them in the broth, not boil them. Drain well. Set aside.
In the same pot, add the onion & garlic over low heat with a splash of broth, steam sauté for 4-5 minutes until softened and fragrant, but not browned, adding extra broth as needed.
In a high speed blender, combine cauliflower, cashews, sauteed onion & garlic, broth, nutritional yeast, nutmeg, lemon juice, onion powder and garlic powder. Blend until a super smooth sauce forms.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add your desired amount of pasta and boil for the time instructed on the package. Drain pasta. Add cauliflower sauce into the pot to heat, then add the drained pasta. Heat through. Stir in salt & pepper. Serve with fresh minced parsley and your favorite sauteed or roasted vegetables.
You may have extra sauce, depending on how many people you're serving. If so, the leftover sauce will be wonderful over steamed veggies & brown rice, or try it as the base to a casserole!
*If you are using a high speed blender, you can add the cashews without soaking, though they will be creamier if you soak them first. If using a standard blender, soaking is highly recommended.
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