One of the most surprising outcomes of switching to a plant-based diet was that I felt a whole word of culinary adventures open up to me. It was precisely the opposite of how I previously saw vegan diets, which is to say restrictive, concerned with what cannot or should not be eaten. Today when I hear people talking about how restrictive a plant-based diet is, it seems so strange to me until I remind myself that is how I used to think of it too.
Before I started eating plant-based, if a recipe contained dairy, I would just use dairy. It wasn't until I was introduced to the plant-based approach that I started thinking of ways to make the same recipes with healthier substitutions.
Maybe it's a little bit of stubborn, strong-mindedness about me, but when there are obstacles, restrictions or challenges my creative problem solving mode kicks into high gear. The fact that so many recipes can be made in alternative ways using unexpected ingredients with killer results still makes me giddy.
This cauliflower artichoke alfredo dish is no different. Not only is it luscious and creamy but I don't feel weighed down with a bellyache after eating it. The way I feel after eating plants is unbeatable.
So rather than feeling like I could never eat alfredo pasta again, or indulge in some chocolate custard or sip on a milky latte, I feel free and inspired by all the new ways to make things. It tickles me pink to know that all those things are possible and can be made with healthy ingredients! And it's probably at the top of my list of things I wish more people knew about plant-based diets. They're not restrictive, they're fun! You can have soooo many tasty, delicious, sinful-tasting-but-not-actually sinful meals!
Growing up, one of our "special occasion" meals was a seafood alfredo fettuccine. When it was someone's birthday, holiday, or a congratulatory meal was in order, this was a go-to for us. Recreating the essence of that decadent meal with plants and vegetables was incredibly satisfying. A healthy dose of that back-in-the-day feeling along with a healthy serving of veggies. What more can you ask for?
Yield: Serves 6
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