Eating a plant-based diet can be perceived by many as very restrictive. Favorite creamy foods that are dairy-based are no longer an option. But honestly, any traditional recipe can be recreated into a wonderful, healthy vegan option. This recipe is my case in point. I’ve never gravitated towards dairy-based sauces but this sauce… it was creamy, garlicky heaven. It was light and beautiful and packed with protein. The Dream Ultimate Almond added the luscious, thicker texture and nutrients without a caloric overload. Made with four times more California almonds in every cup, you can immediately see and taste the difference. This beverage is rich, creamy, and packed with 5g of natural protein from almonds. I used the unsweetened version and it paired perfectly with my spice selection.
As with all of my recipes, feel free to add more or less of the spices to work with your preferences. Being Italian, my family loves garlic so I was a bit heavier handed with that. This recipe is ready in the time it takes you to boil your pasta. Seriously. The perfect weeknight dish and to speed up your preparation – you can steam your cauliflower beforehand so you have it when you’re ready to whip up this sauce. I hope you enjoy!
One medium sized head of organic cauliflower, washed & cut into florets
1 cup of Dream Ultimate Almond beverage (unsweetened)
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup fresh or frozen organic green peas
First, bring a large stockpot of water and a few pinches of salt to a boil for your pasta. I used a gluten free pasta.
Next up:: In a steamer basket/pot on the stovetop, bring your water to a boil and steam your cauliflower until fork tender (4 minutes or so). Then carefully drain and set that aside. Into your high powered blender or Vitamix, add your cauliflower, Dream Ultimate Almond, nutritional yeast, garlic, nutmeg, Dijon and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Taste the sauce once your done blending. Add salt and pepper to taste and blend again quickly to incorporate. Then reserve the sauce until your pasta is done cooking. If using a gluten free pasta – drain in a colander and do a quick rinse (a trick I learned when using gf pastas). Then add to pasta to a large serving bowl. Top with your sauce and peas (I normally let the peas out at room temperature while I’m prepping the sauce so they thaw a bit). Give it a good toss to coat the noodles with the sauce. Season with fresh ground pepper and enjoy!
Always cook your pasta to an al dente consistency. Drain and rinse quickly.
Add your peas and stir.
Serve & enjoy!
Dream Ultimate Almond is available in original, unsweetened, and vanilla flavors that can soon be found on the shelf or in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Click here to print a valuable coupon for your next shopping trip to Whole Foods or shortly at Sprouts. Thank you Dream for sponsoring this recipe & post.
— Knead to Cook