Thursday, April 26, 2012

fettucini alfredo

LFRV fettucini alfredo? Say it ain't so!

If you're wanting some creamy, savory pasta - this recipe is for you. Sure, its low fat...but more importantly, it is made with real food. Nothing processed, no chemicals, and nothing you cannot pronounce. I am amazed at the stuff on the shelves at grocery stores labeled "low fat!" and "healthy!" when in reality, it has been so processed that it can hardly be considered food at all. Is there anything nutritious about it? Or is it just something that fills your belly until it is time to eat again? Your body will spend more time trying to digest this junk, and you will be left with more side-affects than if you had just eaten real food.

My "rules of thumb"...
If there are more than a hanfdul of ingredients on the box - don't eat it.
If you cannot pronounce an ingredient - don't eat it.
Better yet, if it comes in a box - don't eat it.
Eat whole foods (organic, unprocessed fruits and veggie) and do not consume dairy!

And yes, you can still enjoy savory dishes like fettucini alfredo. I adapted this low-fat, oil and dairy free recipe from Kristina at Rawfully Organic in Houston.

fettucini alfredo:
serves 2

4 large zuchinnis, peeled
1/2 cup pine nuts
1-2 garlic gloves (I use 2)
3 leaves of fresh basil
2 leaves of fresh oregano

Spirulize 2.5 zuchinnis and place in a bowl. In your Vitamix, blend the rest of the zuchinni, basil, oregano, garlic, and pine nuts. Pour sauce over your noodles and mix it up. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan.

1 cup finely chopped cauliflower (use a food processor)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
*This parmesan "cheese" can last in a glass container in the fridge for about 10 days

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  1. Liz, how do you spiralize zucchini or other veggies; meaning, which machine do you have and recommend? Also, I am interested to know how best to continue protein intake using the posted recipes.
    LOVE this blog; some of the healthiest info I've seen.

    1. Hi! This spiralizer is so easy to use!(
      Before I bought it, I would use a vegetable peeler and peel the entire zuchinni into "noodles". The spiralizer definitely makes it easier to get the "noodle" and you won't waste as much zuchinni in the end. Hope that helps!

      Also, regarding protein, a lot of study has shown that an 80/10/10 split is optimal. That means 80% intake is carbs, 10% fat, and 10% protein. I know that seems like very little protein, but I've found that those who follow this "diet" are some of the strongest and most successfully athletic people I know! I'm working on a post with more information about this, but check out Dr. Douglas Graham's book for more detailed information. (