The morning prior to making the chicken alfredo, I had been volunteering with an organization and my task was to help groups of kids prepare their meal for lunch. To get off track here, I'll just say that was an awesome way to spend my morning. I'm a major proponent of feeding your body good, real food and so many kids today don't know what good, real food is. A group of us guided children in cutting up asparagus, butternut squash, onions, zucchini, and broccoli to roast. They helped make the pasta and homemade tomato sauce. And one woman shared her recipe for homemade alfredo sauce. It was sweet to see the kids take pride in the fact that they were the ones who prepared the food. It was especially neat to hear some of them say they would try the vegetables even though they didn't like vegetable. Goes to show you, that if you involve the kids in the process, they might make better choices when it comes to food.
Anyway, I stood in that kitchen for three separate sessions and watched them make the deliciously creamy and cheesy alfredo sauce. As soon as I got home, I started researching paleo versions of alfredo sauce. I used what I found as a guide to make my own version. I am beyond pleased with the result and it will be a go-to favorite from here on out. It's simple and we almost always have all ingredients needed on hand. One of the best parts... the sauce is made out of an entire head of cauliflower, so you don't need to feel bad about loading up on the creamy goodness.
Paleo Alfredo Sauce:
- 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into florets
- 1/4 cup ghee or clarified butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 Tbsp nutritious yeast (I got mine at whole foods, also available on amazon)
- Pink himalayan salt
1. Put cauliflower florets into large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until cauliflower is tender, approximately 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cauliflower to blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. Blend until smooth.
2. Melt ghee in saucepan with garlic. Add coconut milk and stir until heated through. Mix in mashed cauliflower and yeast, stirring until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
You can find the recipe for Roasted Spaghetti Squash here. I had this roasting while I prepared the sauce and cooked my chicken. You can cook your chicken however you prefer. I let mine marinate in olive oil and a mixture of spices, including red pepper, salt, garlic, onion powder, and parsley prior to cooking it.