See this delicious bowl of healthy pumpkin alfredo? Ya, that. It's vegan + paleo + gluten free + 100% comfort food. It doesn't get any better than this.
This pumpkin alfredo is like eating a giant bowl of super rich, five bazillion calorie, make-my-jeans-tight-just-looking-at-it cream sauce. Only it totally isn't. Say whaaaa???
What you're actually looking at is the best imposter ever. This one wins. Hands down. Its true identity is nothing but a bunch of vegetables. Seriously.
The noodles are zucchini, the sauce is cauliflower and pumpkin and the kale is … well, the kale is just kale. It's like a salad but SOOOO much more comforting. Go back for seconds, or even thirds, and feel good about it.
The pumpkin alfredo starts with the Dreamy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo that I shared with you guys a few weeks back. Then gets a little extra kick with some pumpkin (from a can, cause sometimes easy is so much better) and a few other spices. I've been going a little alfredo crazy around here lately, and there's more to come. Thank you for putting up with me while I run loose on these tangents.
Remember all that pumpkin back in the fall? You're a gem for sticking it out through that obsession. And yet, here it is again.
I can't seem to help it. For weeks, my entire day has looked like me sitting in front of my computer drafting the 5 Days To Your Own Food Blog course. By the time it's dark outside and my belly starts rumbling, all I want is a giant bowl of carbs.
This healthy pumpkin alfredo is the perfect way to curb the craving and still manage to squeeze into my jeans.
How to get your pumpkin alfredo faux carb load on in just 30 minutes
Need your dinner stat? Like, yesterday? I know the feeling. This is how to deal:
- Saute some onions and garlic. Add some cauliflower and water and let it steam for a few minutes.
- Blend it, season it, throw in some pumpkin,
- Spiral some zucchini and wilt some kale. Throw it all together, and ….
I'm not even joking. This recipe is that easy. It's meant for those days after too much work/ school/ kids/ life when you want to EAT and not cook.
So what do you do if you have a houseful of I-don't-want-to-eat-veggie-noodle-ers?
I'm afraid you'll have to put on a pot of water and boil some regular ol' noodles. It's what I do for my handsome man.
Try as I might I just can't convince him that veggie noodles are WAY better than dried boxed pasta. It's weird, I know.
Or maybe it's us veggie-heads that are the weird ones?
If you make this Healthy Pumpkin Alfredo make sure you snap a pic and tag @theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create!
- 3 large zucchinis, spiralized (this is the spiralizer I have) or cut with a julienne peeler
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 recipe of Dreamy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo
- ½ cup canned pumpkin (see these recipes for ways to use the rest of the can)
- ¼-1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon butter (vegan, if needed)
- 2 garlic cloves, very finely minced
- 2 cups kale, torn
- ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
- Optional: parmesan cheese
- Place the julienned zucchini into a large bowl and sprinkle the sea salt over top. Use your hands to mix the two together well.
- Prepare the Dreamy Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo. Stir through the pumpkin, cayenne powder and cinnamon.
- Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the kale and a splash of water and let it cook until the kale is soft, about 2 minutes.
- Rinse the zucchini well under hot running water. Drain off all the water then add the zucchini to the pan with the Healthy Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce and mix together well.
- Serve topped with the garlic kale, toasted pumpkin seeds and, if using, a little parmesan cheese.