I’m so excited to share this recipe with you all. I’m a BIG fan of Italian food and a creamy raw vegan Alfredo sauce is a great and healthy way to enjoy it. It’s traditionally a high calorie dish but with this recipe you will be left feeling full and satisfied without the heaviness in your belly. This combination of flavors makes a deliciously rich sauce that I know you will love.
Raw Vegan Kale Alfredo with Sun-dried Tomatoes
Today I’m sharing with you how I get by still enjoying the essence of Alfredo, minus the dairy and cheese. I started making this alfredo sauce when we were transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle. Then slowly added different ingredients to add to the flavor and health benefits. The lacinato kale makes the flavors come together even more since it’s a long tradition in Italian cuisine and with the sun-dried tomatoes, it is simply, as the Italians would say, perfetto!
So what other ingredients give this recipe its rich flavor?
Cashews, of course, it’s another key player in this recipe that adds to the creamy, buttery flavor. Also, don’t forget the nutritional yeast which is what gives this recipe it’s cheesy flavor. It’s our magical fairy dust that turns anything into a cheesy blend of goodness and it also gives a boost of protein and B vitamins. How awesome is that?!
I promise you will be surprised at how amazing this dish is. It’s one that I’m most proud of and have received the thumbs up by my husband and kids :)
- 2 zucchini
- 1 small bunch lacinto kale
- 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (chopped)
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- Cut off the ends of the zucchini and make noodles using a vegetable spiralizer or use a simple vegetable peeler to slice very thin thick fettucini-style noodles.
- In a small blender, combine cashews, water, NY, olive oil, garlic, water, and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Slice lacinto kale into thin noodle like strips and combine with zucchini noodles.
- Pour raw Alfredo sauce on top and toss in sun-dried tomatoes.
- Mix well and serve at room temperature. Enjoy!
I hope you give this recipe a try and if you do, rate it, take a picture and tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural or @Vanessa_Cassani on Twitter or, pin it for later on Pinterest. I love seeing what you guys are cooking up in the kitchen. Stay tuned for more simple vegan recipes!
Cashews are high in proteins and essential minerals including copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. They are a good source of healthy dietary fats, which are essential for our body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and produce fatty acids that are vital for the development of the brain and blood clotting. The magnesium in cashews helps in maintain a healthy blood pressure level, sustaining the immune system, maintaining nerve function as well as keeping the bones strong. Cashews are a good source of iron which is vital for carrying out oxygen to the body and aids in the functioning of enzymes and the immune system.1