Sunday, June 2, 2013

Menu Planning 6/2 & "Alfredo" Recipe

Early morning as we head off to run another half marathon in what looks like perfect weather, hoping it says that way and as you read this I am enjoying a perfect run or a relaxing day of recovery.
After a week on lacking in the menu planning department I realized quickly we needed to get back to it! The week ahead is less busy but only ends with a crazy weekend. I want to limit weeknight cooking since we have 3 nights with planned activity, welcome to summer! So here’s what we have planned for the week so far…

  • Tofu/Veggie Fajitas (leftovers make for great salad topping)
  • Polenta Lasagna
  • Panang Curry with Tofu and Sweet Potatoes
  • Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
  • Pre-run Almond Butter Toast and Fruit

The new recipe I tried last week was a hit, O loved it and Matt asked to make it a regular meal! Success, I love finding more ways to add in veggies and take out things like dairy that I can't eat...

“Alfredo” Sauce with Broccoli adapted from Recipe
8 large cloves garlic, minced
1 head cauliflower chopped
5-6 cups water
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
1 teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
½ cup rice milk
½ teaspoon oregano
1 head broccoli
½ tsp chili flakes

Saute 2 cloves minced garlic with broccoli in nonstick skillet over low heat. Cook for several minutes or until the broccoli is soft, add chili flakes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the cauliflower and cook, uncovered for 7-10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Do not drain.
Transfer the cauliflower pieces to the food processor. Add 1/2 cup cooking liquid, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and milk. Puree for several minutes until the sauce is very smooth, adding more water or milk depending on how thick you want the sauce.
Toss with broccoli and noodles.

What is on your menu for the week?

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33 comments:

  1. That healthy Alfredo sounds yummy!

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    1. I really was, hubby was impressed too!

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  2. I hear you on needing to get back to meal planning! Things have been busy and summer isn't going to change that.

    Gotta try the "Alfredo" sauce. Looks great!

    Good luck on your half!

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    1. Thanks :)

      I know summer gets the best of me in the cooking department!

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  3. That Alfredo looks super yummy! I need to meal plan too. Makes life so much easier! Hope the half went great!!!

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    1. It really does make things much easier to plan ahead, and I seem to eat healthier too!

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I'm currently training for my first half marathon! Can't wait to try the Alfredo.
    *You have a new follower =)
    www.newlywednutrition.net

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    1. Welcome and good luck with the half marathon training :)

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  5. You just made my day! I love that everyone will be able to eat this sauce. Putting cauliflower on my list right now!

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    1. It truly is the perfect sauce and everyone loved it!

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  6. That Alfredo looks good!
    I'm with you - I slacked off on planning (the last few weeks actually) so this week I'm back to making a plan!!

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    1. I go through phases of not wanting to plan but find it so much easier to get back to it. Good luck with the planning.

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  7. Mmm, that looks good. Runner's world had a similar cauliflower mac and cheese a year ago or so that we tried and LOVED. I keep forgetting to put it back on the menu! Hope the half went well!!

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    1. I've done a cauliflower mac n cheese too, love it. Cauliflower is perfect in just about anything :)

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  8. I love this! I'm not a huge alfredo fan because it's so heavy, but I would love to try this!!

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    1. Same here, I can't stomach all the cream/dairy of alfredo but hubby misses it so this was perfect :)

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  9. The healthy alfredo sounds fantastic! I don't like the richness of "real" alfredo either.

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    1. Me either alfredo is way too rich, this was perfect :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Yum! Veg burger and sweet potatoes fries are my go to quick dinner ... we usually end up having it on Friday nights :) Hope your half went well today!

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    1. Yep, that's our go to meal too, super easy and my favorite :)

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  11. I just spent the weekend at Red Mountain spa and they had a light alfredo like this one. Thanks for sharing.

    Hope your race went well!

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  12. Alfredo sauce is usually heavy, but this one looks like and delish! Thanks for sharing!!! Happy Sunday! xo

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  13. I love fajita leftovers for salad toppings! Actually, I have learned that there aren't many leftovers that can't be added to a bed of greens.

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    1. Very true! I have done some "strange" salad toppings wiht leftovers :)

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  14. Ooooh! Thanks for sharing that alfredo sauce! I've pinned to try it later! I've slacked in meal planning in the past and have found that I hate the food choices I'd made when I did.

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    1. Same here, I tend to grab easy often less healthy options when I don't plan!

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  15. Anytime my husband asks for something to become a regular meal, I know I've really knocked it out of the park. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That is so true, if hubby is on board then I know it is a winner :)

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  16. Your alfredo recipe sounds awesome!! I have to try that! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  17. I seriously can't remember the last time I had alfredo sauce! Love how you added broccoli :) Tx for linking up to #RECIPEFRIDAY!

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  18. I've pinned this recipe to try - looks awesome! I've done an alfredo version with avocado but I think the cauliflower is a great idea!

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