Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Healthy Protein fettuccine Alfredo with Vegan option

I was too tired to snap a perfect picture. Hormones are on fleek right now and its not a picnic, but I know eating healthy will help. But the Bitch inside wants comfort food. Good thing I have tricks up my sleeve and I can feed both the Bitch and the Angel that wants to stay true to her goals. Enter healthy alfredo.

I know what you are thinking but you are wrong. This IS just as creamy and rich as the regular dairy filled version. The original saturated fat version makes me feel gross. Bloated, tired and miserable. I am all about eating yummy good food, but I don't want depression afterward. Been there, no thanks. So this is my solution and it works like a charm. I feel like I just indulged on the best comfort food all while sticking to my goals. Nothing is better than that! So let me share with you the EASY way to make it.

First thing I use is Banza noodles instead of store bought fettuccine. I choose Banza because per serving they have 25 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber, and 40% fewer net carbs than traditional pasta. And they taste like the real deal. My entire family loves them and no this isn't a paid ad. This is me saying there are REALLY healthy options out there for you that require very little lifestyle change. Ditch the noodles that have virtually no nutritional value for ones that are FULL of protein and nutrients. Chickpea pasta is a healthy choice for people to trying to lose weight, diabetics, or anyone who loves pasta. Its the small steps that add up. 

I doubled this recipe because that is how I meal prep. Every time I make a dinner I double it. Sometimes triple it, and put it in individual servings in containers. It is like having a healthy lean cuisine that is actually whole foods. It is fantastic if you have fitness goals because if food is prepared and ready, you tend to not waste money and calories on C.R.A.P. 
Carbonated Drinks
Refined Sugar
Artificial Flavorings & Alcohol
Processed Foods

We don't need those in our life. Your body is begging you to give it the good stuff! So when I get a hankering for olive garden, I do this instead. Give it a try!

Healthy Protein fettuccine Alfredo

1 1/2 cups sweet onion, diced
1-2 cups low sodium vegetable broth if vegan, chicken broth if you aren't, divided
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 x-large minced garlic cloves
1/2 heaping cup raw unsalted cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours for creamier result)
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
2-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast if you want vegan and dairy free, parmesan cheese if ya don't care.
I package Banza protein linguine noodles

Add the onion and 1 cup of the broth to a large pan over medium heat. Cook for about 8 minutes until the onion is very tender. Next, add the garlic and cook a couple of minutes more, stirring often. All of the broth should have evaporated by now. If not, keep letting it cook until the broth is gone. You don't want any more liquid once it's done cooking, so the end result is thick and creamy.

Add the cooked onion and garlic to a blender. Start out by adding JUST 1/2 cup more of the remaining broth and add the remaining ingredients (salt, pepper, cashews, starting with JUST 1 tablespoon lemon juice, nutritional yeast-starting with just 2 tablespoons yeast). Blend on high for a couple of minutes until very creamy and smooth. Taste and add any more salt & pepper if desired.

Cook your noodles according to package directions. Top with sauce. You can also add chicken or any protein or veggies of choice. For an easy chicken alfredo get a rotisserie chicken at your local grocery.

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