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Creamy Cheeseless Sauce (nut-free)

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Savory, cheesy, and garlicky, this healthy and creamy cheeseless sauce is unbelievably smooth and satisfying. It is super tasty and cheesy, yet it’s made with whole-food ingredients blended together into a delicious sauce.  Thanks to flavorful and nutrient-dense veggies and spices, this mix of ingredients transforms into a smooth and flavorful sauce that is perfect over noodles, rice, veggies, or even by itself as a soup.

Fortunately, blended sauces couldn’t be any easier.  Simply cook up all your veggies in a pot, season them with herbs and spices of choice, then blend them together into the smoothest and creamiest sauce.  There are endless versions and so many combinations of flavors and textures.  This sauce uses steamed sweet potato as its base, and herbs like garlic and oregano as flavor enhancers.  The thick and hearty texture of the sweet potato is amazing for blending into an incredibly smooth base that can be topped with these savory herbs, which add a deep Italian-herb flavor reminiscent of your favorite cream pastas–without all the heavy dairy products. This nutritious and creamy, cheeseless sauce combines fragrant garlic, turmeric, and oregano with the subtle sweetness and saltiness of the sweet potato for a deeply satisfying sauce.  Pour this sauce over noodles or rice for a comforting meal that is both warm and savory.

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Creamy Cheeseless Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 10 oz. package of cubed sweet potato or 1 medium sweet potato, sliced
  2. 1 cup hot water*
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
Herbs & Spices
  1. 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  2. 1/4 tsp. basil
  3. 1/4 tsp. oregano
  4. 1/4 tsp. mustard powder
  5. 1 tbsp. tahini or sesame seeds (you can substitute other seeds for this)
  6. 6 shakes or about 1/4 tsp. of black pepper
  7. Optional 1 to 2 tbsp. oil or buttery spread of choice
Instructions
  1. Steam or boil the sweet potato over boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes if using small cubes of potato. Add the cooked sweet potato along with 1 cup of the hot water into a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend the cooked sweet potato, hot water, and salt on low, gradually increasing the speed up to high-speed and blending on high for about 20 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients into the sauce and blend on low or pulse until just incorporated. Serve fresh over cooked noodles. Garnish with additional herbs, salt & pepper.
Notes
  1. *If the amount of water is not enough for the quantity of sweet potato, slowly increase water until the blender can smoothly mix the sweet potato and water together. This depends on the type of blender/processor and amount/size of sweet potato.
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White Alfredo Pizza (V & GF)

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This white Alfredo pizza is soft and crispy with a layer of savory garlic Alfredo sauce that is a delicious complement to the juicy bites of corn and sliced onions. The flavorful sauce is so creamy and satisfying that it completely makes up for any lack of cheese or meat. You can use a pre-made regular or GF crust for a quick and simple pizza recipe, but homemade crust is always delicious too. While there are endless topping options for pizza, white alfredo pizza is a refreshing twist on the traditional pizza with red sauce.

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White Alfredo Pizza
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White Sauce
  1. 4 cups frozen or fresh white corn
  2. 1/2 cup leftover cooking water
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt
  4. 3 cloves minced garlic
  5. 1 tbsp. butter or oil of choice
  6. 1 tbsp. lime or lemon juice
  7. Prepared pizza crust*
  8. Toppings: 1/4 tsp. basil and parsley, 1/2 cup corn, 5 basil leaves, 1/4 cup diced red onion, S & P, and optional sliced artichoke hearts
Instructions
  1. Start by making your pizza crust or baking the prepared crust for 9 minutes. Next, steam or boil corn, then add cooked corn to a blender or food processor with 1/2 cup of cooking water and salt. Blend on low and increase to high until mixture is very smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse or blend until the ingredients are mixed but not over-blended.
  2. Spread the sauce onto the crust and add the toppings. Bake the pizza for an additional 5 minutes or until the pizza is crispy on the edges and the toppings are warmed. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *pizza crust cooking times will vary, but cooking it for about 3/4 through the cooking time before adding toppings will help the crust become cook without over-cooking the toppings.
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