Friday, December 12, 2014

it's not Prego, it's alfredo!: a paleo alfredo recipe

When you are trying to stay away from gluten, corn, and dairy, it becomes nearly impossible to buy packaged food products. Simple dinners with packaged sauces are a thing of the past.

It took many tries to recreate one of my favorite dishes, chicken alfredo over pasta. I had to try out  numerous types of specialty flours/starches and dairy substitutes before finding the perfect combination to make a homemade alfredo. I use this sauce on pizza, pasta, and chicken with broccoli frequently, and it's so quick and easy to make! The sauce is dairy free, gluten free, corn free, and is perfect for a paleo diet, but substitutions can be made for other dietary needs.

- 1 can of heavy, full fat coconut milk. (I use Native Forest, because it doesn't have strange chemicals and it has a creamy, smooth texture!)
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch (tapioca starch can be used as well)
- 2 tablespoons ghee butter (or real butter)
- 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder (or 7-9 cloves of fresh, pressed garlic)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder (or 1/2 onion, finely chopped)
- oregano, basil, salt, and pepper to taste
- optional: a dash of nutmeg, mace, or even roasted red pepper to give your alfredo a unique taste! (don't use all of these together though!)

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat, whisking continually. Continue to heat until thickened to the desired consistency.