Have you ever eaten something haphazardly? Meaning, you put something in your mouth, and ate it whether you liked it or not?
This is me and Olive Garden Alfredo sauce. Let the record show that I’m not the biggest Olive Garden fan. They’ve become way too mainstream for my taste and once, at an Olive Garden in Phoenix, I found a used bandaid in my salad.
However, OG is a crowd favorite and almost anyone can find something to eat there, so I’ve found myself there on occasion.
Let’s talk about OG breadsticks. Certainly never vegan, on a good day they’re soft and warm. On a mediocre day they’re crusty and room temperature. Enter the Alfredo sauce.
Some groups I’ve eaten with have ordered Alfredo sauce as a dipping counterpart to the breadsticks. In pre-vegan days, I imbibed. It was fine. Not gross, but not the best thing I ever ate.
And then I was stupid enough to look up the calorie count on the OG website.
One little saucer of Alfredo sauce. Any guesses?
460 calories. 43 grams of fat. 590 mg of sodium.
Add 1 breadstick (140 calories) and there’s your dinner at 600 calories. Oh wait! You ordered salad? And an entree? Oops…
This Alfredo tastes great and won’t break the calorie bank.
I believe that the main ingredients in Olive Garden Alfredo are heavy whipping cream and Parmesan. Maybe butter?
The main ingredients in my sauce are cauliflower, cashews and garlic.
I spread mine on a thin pizza crust. She wasn’t that pretty.
I gussied her up with onion, yellow pepper, olives, zucchini and sundried tomato.
Even more beautiful after a few minutes on the grill! (And it’s amazing what natural light can do for a photo…)
I thought this sauce was super tasty, but I didn’t even try it on Matty B, grandpa or the kids. I didn’t have the time or energy to make “pizza take 2” if they weren’t fans of my creation. So I wasn’t sure if I was biased on the flavor because it was my creation.
And then my mom came over and I stuck a spoonful in her mouth and she continued to eat it out of the jar and then today suggested the Alfredo on some potatoes for a skalloped potato sort of thing.
I’m ready to give the OG a run for their money…
Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
1 cup cauliflower florets
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup almond milk+2 TBS
1/4 cup cashews
1 TBS nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt
Combine cauliflower, garlic cloves and olive oil. Roast at 425 for 30 minutes until cauliflower is soft. Let cool slightly.
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or magic bullet. Season to taste, adding more or less almond milk, depending on your needs. This was a perfect “spread” consistency, but use more liquid for a more “saucy” consistency.
Submitted to Meatless Mondays A-Z