Healthy recipes for dinner: The Easy Button

Healthy recipes for dinner: The Easy Button

One of the things I love to do is find ways to make my life easy, I call it the “Easy Button”. My favourite go-to item is usually a base sauce that I make; a raw vegan Alfredo sauce that I make ahead of time and that I can mix and match with different things to create different meals. I even mentioned this on the Bond Appetit Podcast Recipe 009.

The back story

One time I was at the grocery store and I saw this beautifully packaged container of fresh organic tapenade and a light bulb went off in my head and I thought to myself, why not mix some Alfredo and olive tapenade into the mix? The tapenade was ready to go, I had extra alfredo sauce leftover and a tub of pesto. If you use a store bought pesto and tapenade, all you have to do is make the noodles and mix the sauces! 5 minute dinner and one that contains good carbs, proteins and plenty of nutrients?! Yes Please!

Quick and easy recipe for dinner

I am not usually an olive fan except in a tapenade and then too the flavours of an olive can be strong for me. But I tell ya, this combo is HEAVENLY. My husband even requests this particular combo and for someone who is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, I was ecstatic to find something raw vegan he loves. I have mixed this sauce with light marinara or spaghetti sauce, i’ve had it plain and sometimes I will sprinkle a mixture of crumbled cashews and garlic (as an alternative to Parmesan cheese) or cauliflower and garlic. It can be garnished with some tapenade and/or basil. I’ve included the recipes to make your own tapenade and pesto to have and freeze/store.

One note of caution…

There are a lot of nuts in this recipe and while nuts contain a good fats, they shouldn’t be over consumed either hence adding a zucchini to the Alfredo sauce keeps the ratios balanced. Happy eats folks!

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