When changing from a processed food diet to a Real Food diet, it is important for me to keep as many of our favorite meals as possible. I don”t want my family to give up because I am making too many changes all at once. Psychology (my minor in college) tells us that most people view change as a negative and I certainly do not want my family viewing nutritious and delicious Real Food as a negative.
I have two main food goals for my family:
1. I want to feed them the most nutrient-dense and delicious food possible.
2. I want them to learn to make good nutritition choices for themselves.
My oldest son just finished his second year at Bowling Green State University. I’m very proud of all that he has been able to accomplish. I also feel like I’m running out of time with him. I need to make sure he goes out into the world understanding what a nutritious meal is. After all, I am his Mother. If I don’t teach him…………..who will? Thankfully, he is also my fellow foodie. He watched as much Food Network as he watched cartoons when he was young. When we first got our DVR, he filled it up with cooking shows. He is willing to try just about any food. However, he is not a fan of light meals. He prefers more substance. He is very much a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Perhaps, this will change once he quits growing. That should be soon, right?
Alfredo has been one of his favorite meals for quite a while. On special occasions, I would purchase his favorite bottled Alfredo sauce and boil some pasta for him. He loved it! OK…….quit laughing all of you homemade dinner people. I’ve changed now. I now skip the bottled Alfredo aisle at the grocery store which I found was full of artificial ingredients and head over to the dairy department. I buy heavy cream and a block of Parmesan cheese. I make it all from scratch now.
What I discovered is that making homemade Alfredo does take longer to make than dumping a bottle into a pan to heat up. However, it doesn’t take longer than waiting for the water to boil for my pasta. If I have time to boil pasta, I have time to make my own Alfredo sauce.
Here is the basic Alfredo sauce recipe that I use. I tried a bunch of different ones and then decided to stick with this recipe that I found at 100 Days of Real Food. I didn’t think it could be Alfredo without garlic so I added some to my dish. I will share in a future post, how I really jazz up this recipe to make it special. I usually double this recipe because I cook for a crowd and I like to have leftovers for lunches.
Quick and Easy Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter (Make sure it is not margarine)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (I like to use organic)
- ⅔ cup freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese (the Real stuff really makes this recipe)
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium heat stirring with a wooden spoon.
- Add garlic. Saute for a minute.
- Add cream. Keep stirring.
- Add Parmesan cheese. Keep stirring.
- Add salt and pepper. Keep stirring.
- Stir until all cheese is melted and sauce thickens slightly. Do not overcook.
- Serve tossed with your favorite whole wheat pasta.
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You might also like my Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Pasta Bar recipe.