Lasagna Alfredo

Lasagna Alfredo


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Lasagna Alfredo
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness, available on Amazon. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and contact her at colleenkachmann.com
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30
Cook Time 30
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Lasagna
Cream sauce
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30
Cook Time 30
Servings
Ingredients
Lasagna
Cream sauce
Instructions
  1. If oven ready lasagna noodles are frozen, thaw package in warm water. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In large soup pot, caramelize onion for about 15 minutes, until golden brown and stringy. Add splashes of water to prevent sticking.
  3. While onion is cooking, add "ricotta" ingredients to a high speed blender. Make sure to taste the flavor and add more herbs and spices if desired (Hmmm: maybe some Italian seasoning?)
  4. Once onions have caramelized, add chopped garlic and mushrooms to the pan. Add thyme, salt and pepper as desired. Once mushrooms are done, add greens and remove from heat, stirring as greens wilt.
  5. Rub a touch of olive oil into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Lay the first layer of pasta. Smooth "ricotta" over the pasta and top with chopped artichoke hearts (or substitute tomatoes). Do not bother to wash the blender, as the cream sauce ingredients go in next.
  6. Add the cream sauce ingredients to the blender. Blend on high until creamy and smooth. Be sure to taste for flavor, and add more herbs and spices if desired (Hmmm . . . maybe some oregano, basil or chives, or a chunk of red onion?)
  7. Top "ricotta" and artichokes with another layer of pasta. Cover with all of the onion, mushroom and greens from the pot. Pour the cream sauce over all of it.
  8. Finish with another layer of pasta and top with shredded vegan cheese. Sprinkle Italian seasoning or other green herb to add a splash of color.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, until cheese on is melted.
Recipe Notes

If looking for a less expensive, lower calorie dish, substitute cauliflower for the nuts in the cream sauce. You can buy frozen cauliflower or use fresh. Amounts will vary depending on whether it's raw or has been cooked. I have used a 5 cup bag of frozen diced cauliflower in this recipe and did not need to add any water. The final cream sauce should be pourable, and not too thick. Add water or plant-based milk as needed. Be sure to taste for flavor and add more salt or seasonings as desired.

Buffalo Mac & Cheese

Buffalo Mac & Cheese


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Buffalo Mac & Cheese
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness, available on Amazon. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and contact her at colleenkachmann.com
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
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Buffalo Cream Sauce
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
Servings
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Buffalo Cream Sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to directions, ensuring there is enough water to add cauliflower towards the end. When a few minutes remain, add cauliflower to boiling pasta. Best to serve al dente.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add all of the buffalo sauce ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  3. Drain the pasta and cauliflower in a colander. Add fresh spinach to the pot and saute over low heat for 1-2 minutes, until slightly wilted (add a splash of water if needed to prevent sticking). Remove from heat and cover spinach with the pasta/cauliflower. Pour buffalo cream sauce over all of it and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately.
  4. Garnish with croutons, green onions, fresh herbs and/or cherry tomatoes as desired.
Recipe Notes

I purchase raw nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts) in bulk, soak them overnight, and store in the freezer. This allows me to make any cream sauce in the Vitamix in about 5 minutes, no prep time required.

I must be honest. I am not a huge fan of pasta. Even the high protein varieties feel heavy in my system—less is more. My favorite version of this recipe is to halve the pasta and double the cauliflower. I've kept it as written as this is the most kid friendly version. However, my kids didn't notice when the switch the second time I made it. So play away with the ratios.

Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce

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Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness, available on Amazon. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and contact her at colleenkachmann.com
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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  1. This recipe is so versatile! You can use any combination of beans, nuts, squash or tofu. Just use what you have and experiment. Of course, darker beans, nuts and squash will affect the color. But it will all taste great!
  2. Soak raw cashews for 4-6 hours (or overnight) until they are plump and white. Rinse. (Helpful hint: buy organic raw nuts in bulk, soak them all at once, and store in freezer so they are ready for use.
  3. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender. Start with less water and add to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Serve over spaghetti squash, or pasta of choice. I prefer the high-protein, gluten free pastas as they have tons of fiber. But whatever you prefer and your family will eat is fine.
  5. Sauté garlic and a bit of olive oil with mushrooms, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, peppers, spinach and any other veggies go well with alfredo sauce.
  6. Drain the pasta, add alfredo sauce and sautéed veggies. Bon appetite!
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Tuna-Free Eggless Salad

Tuna-Free Eggless Salad

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Tuna-Free Eggless Salad
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness. See more at colleenkachmann.com
Prep Time 15 min
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Prep Time 15 min
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  1. Take the tofu out of the package and rinse. Wrap in a bowl to extract as much liquid as possible. Place something heavy over the towel and let it dry out while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Place chickpeas in a bowl and mash with a fork. If you prefer, use a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and crumble in the tofu so there are no big pieces. Stir until combined.  
  3. Serve cold, on a bed of tomato, arugula or wrapped in collard greens. Or serve hot on toast and top with cashew cream, kefir or vegan parmesan. 
Homemade Croutons

Homemade Croutons

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Homemade Croutons
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness. See more at colleenkachmann.com
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk vinegar, water and spices in a small bowl.
  3. Chop or tear bread into small chunks. Drop into the marinade and stir until all chunks are coated.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring periodically to ensure they don't burn. Remove from oven when they are crispy.
  5. Store extras in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Add to anything and everything.
Creamy Vegetable Casserole

Creamy Vegetable Casserole

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Creamy Vegetable Casserole
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness. See more at colleenkachmann.com
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  1. Basically, you need 6-7 cups of chopped vegetables. Follow my recipe or substitute with what you have. Reduce cooking times for frozen, canned and leafy greens.
  2. Saute garlic, mushrooms, red bell pepper and onions with a few tablespoons of water to prevent sticking for 6-8 minutes. Add kale and frozen peas, cook for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.
  3. Blend cashews, beans, water, garlic, yeast flakes, lemon juice, onion powder, thyme, salt and pepper for several minutes until creamy and smooth.
  4. Based on your preferences, simply pour cream sauce over vegetables and serve from the skillet. Top with garlic tofu, bread crumbs, croutons and fresh or dried herbs of choice. For a traditional presentation, transfer vegetables and cream sauce to a casserole dish, top with bread crumbs and garlic tofu and bake uncovered at 400 degrees until casserole is toasty on top and heated through the middle. Add fresh or dried herbs and serve.

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

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Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness. See more at colleenkachmann.com
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  1. Directions for dairy free alfredo sauce
  2. Chop all vegetables and assemble other ingredients so everything is at your fingertips.
  3. In a medium size pot, sauté onion, mushroom and garlic with 3 Tbsp. of water, stirring frequently. Add extra water if necessary to avoid sticking.
  4. Add cauliflower, mushrooms, radishes, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic granules, ½ cup water and the nondairy milk to the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer at medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the contents of the pot and add the remaining ingredients to a blender. Blend until super creamy and smooth, about two full minutes.