Macaroni with Cauliflower Cream Sauce – Vegan & Paleo

I needed carbs this week, a sentence I thought I’d never say. With my understanding of nutrition and my own preference in diet, I know that carbohydrates come in all forms. For me, I steer clear of refined carbs and enjoy a vegetable, fruit and grains, carb diet. This week, that wasn’t the case.

After dancing the night away on Friday, I was still clueless as to what recipe I’d present to you on today (Weekly Wednesday recipes). Carbs are always my friend after strenuous exercise, something that wasn’t true at all when following the paleo diet. From June 2015-March of this year. 

I’m a huge fan of cauliflower, which wasn’t always the case. It’s really only a recent thing. Since starting paleo cauliflower became a staple in my diet, something to swap out meat and carbs for and something to ‘bulk’ out my meals with veg. After making cauliflower soups, pizzas and rice dishes I wanted to up my game in terms of not eating the food in it’s entirety, I wanted it become part of the food itself.

Sauce was the next logical step.

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Cauliflower Cream Sauce with Macaroni Pasta

Ingredients

  • Half a floret of Cauliflower
  • Half a white onion,
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed.
  • half a tsp of salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup of sweet soy milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp of xanthan gum (or stabilizer of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp English Mustard
  • Optional: Smoked paprika to finish.

Serves: 12 portions of pasta! Can be frozen.

Method

Steam your cauliflower in a microwave bowl with 2 tablespoons of water and a cover, you can use clingfilm or a steamer if you prefer. It should take 5-8 minutes in the microwave and 8-10 on the stove. Whilst that’s steaming away you can cook your pasta of choice. Don’t worry if it get’s cold after cooking, it’ll be re-heated when added to the creamy sauce.

In a medium saucepan fry off your onion and crushed garlic, Once your cauliflower has steamed, add it to your garlic and onion. Now you can create your sauce, add your almond milk (or milk of choice) I like sweetened soy milk., switch off the heat and using a hand blender blitz the cauliflower until smooth. Add in your xanthan gum and slowly bring your cream sauce to the boil and thicken until desired texture is achieved. Add in your Mustard towards the end, as much as desired.

I really recommend the smoked paprika on top, for those of you who choose not to eat meat it really is a great replacement for bacon.

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Again, I wouldn’t say this is a healthy meal. The website is beginning to be motivational on Saturdays and naughty treats on Wednesdays, I’m sorry. The issue is, everyone has different diets and for people who can’t digest milk but want a creamy meal. They don’t get to choose what day’s their motivated and what day’s they’re naughty because every day is about finding what they can eat, and not what they should.

That being said…

Diet tips:

Each meal you enjoy from my website is here as an alternative option to a meal you already eat. It could be lower in carbs, lower in fat or just a swap for something else. This swaps out cheese and dairy for a lower fat alternative. This doesn’t mean that the meal is healthier, just serves a different need for a different diet.

Whatever diet you choose make sure it is the best for your health. That includes your digestive system, Not all low-fat diets are good for you, the same as low gluten diets and any diet that restricts one type of food. It’s a hard fact to come by, but consider your overall health before you consider your weight loss.

 

I really enjoyed this on Saturday, something to fill me up before my long Sunday morning runs. The best thing about this was it made so much, I now have a container in the freezer for the sauce. So I can add it to my meals throughout the week. I’d probably only keep it for 4 week maximum but it’s hand to have in!

Have a great week!

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10 Comments

  1. 01/11/2016 / 1:41 pm

    This is an amazing recipe! From what I can see its vegan? I will definitly be trying this out! Thank you for sharing šŸ™‚

  2. 28/10/2016 / 12:09 pm

    I do love cauliflower, by far my favourite veggie, so love the sound of this.

  3. 28/10/2016 / 10:30 am

    OOh now I am intrigued by this, what an amazing idea and mac n cheese is one of my favourit comfort meals x

  4. Beth @ Twinderelmo
    27/10/2016 / 7:04 am

    Sometimes you do have to be a bit naughty. I’m not keen on cauliflower though so it’s not for me! The weather definitely makes you want different foods doesn’t it?

  5. 26/10/2016 / 11:41 pm

    This looks really tasty, I think the smoked paprika would be the thing that really makes this recipe great! I’m going through a phase of putting smoked paprika on pretty much everything just now, especially salmon. x

    • 27/10/2016 / 8:13 pm

      Oooh and me, especially since I’m not a meat-eater. It just gives things a ‘fatty meat’ flavour. I know what sounds gross but it’s the fat from meat that gives us cravings (it carries all the nutrients-which can be found in nuts too). Long story!

  6. 26/10/2016 / 8:31 pm

    This recipe look yummy and will have to make it. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. 26/10/2016 / 2:55 pm

    I’m not overly keen on cauliflower but I think I am actually going to try this. It sounds simple enough to make and it look AMAZING! I like the fact it’s swapped for cheese and is a lot less calories! Thank you for sharing xx

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