Yummy Vegan Alfredo Sauce

I found this easy and very quick pasta sauce that you can make in 5 minutes. It’s dairy and gluten-free so it’s great for the Elimination Diet. My whole family loves it! Here is a picture of last night’s dinner.

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

INGREDIENTS [YIELDS 12 OZ. SAUCE]

1 c. coconut milk [the canned kind]
1/2 c. nutritional yeast
1 medium clove of garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Mince the garlic and add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend until the consistency is smooth and creamy – you know, like alfredo sauce. Pour it over any pasta you’d like and warm quickly with the rest of your hot pasta and other toppings.

This week, I added broccoli to my boiling pasta and cooked diced chicken at the very end. My pasta choice is a rice and quinoa pasta I found at Costco. I suppose the whole meal isn’t vegan but the sauce is so enjoy!

 

The link to the original source is here at The Fitchen.com

 

 

The China Study

Well this book was all that I expected and more.

Collin Campbell makes a compelling case for eating a vegan diet.  I am now reading Gary Taubes book Why we get fat and what to do about it again.  When I read that book I was fairly well convinced that grains were the culprit.  Now, I’m not so sure.

Let me say this: I don’t know how anyone can make sense of what to eat anymore.  I have a pretty solid base to be reading these books from and I’m confused and second guessing everything.  I will continue to keep you posted as to what my latest thoughts are.  It would appear that they will change over time.

First off, what I like about Collins book is that it is based solely on research studies and many of them were human studies.  This is something that most books do not offer and why it is so compelling.

His human study, known as the China Study, drew many relationships between food and disease.  Most notably, he demonstrated that while we’ve been focusing on the saturated fat as the culprit, the evidence actually suggests that it’s the animal product itself not just the fat.  They linked animal product consumption to heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, MS, and more.  Virtually every Western diesease can be linked up.

What’s so interesting is that when they take a population where these diseases are virtually non-existant (say rural China) and put these people into the ‘Western way’, they develop these conditions at the same rate as those who have been ‘Westerenized’ forever.  Well that puts a damper in the genetic argument for these diseases.

In another of his studies, they were actually turning tumour growth on and off in rats by giving them casein (the protein in dairy) or a plant based protein.

This book has made my family virtually dairy-free.  We were still using goat milk and now we are almond milk.  I will still put cream in my coffee when I have it but that’s it folks.

As for meat, well, my family is not prepared to go totally vegan.  We will reduce it to a few times a week instead of daily.  As our vegetarian recipe collection gets larger, maybe it will be cut back even more.  Who knows.

Why was I so easily convinced?

Firstly, like I said, he wrote his book based on research findings, not opinion.

Secondly, I have understood the connection between animal products and inflammation for years.  I’ve had many patients with psoriasis, eczema, MS, firbromyalgia, and heart disease adopt a plant-based diet with great success.  When his research and my clinical experience line up, it’s an easy sell.

Thirdly, he makes the point (constantly throughout the book) that it’s a ‘whole-food plant-based diet’ that makes these diseases disappear.  Being vegan is not enough by itself.  Eating french fries, drinking soda pop, and lots of bread won’t cut it.

this also ties in with what I know to be true about inflammation.  Unsteady blood sugar levels (read refined products) cause inflammation.

Next week I will comment more on the Gary Taubes/Paleo argument when I’ve read more.