Fall is here! Fall is here! Well, not for another week or so but I am beyond ready. I have already rotated the items in my pantry to remind myself that everything I will be making will include pumpkin. Nah, I’m kidding- I don’t need a reminder. I have been marking down the days on my calendar since last year. But in all seriousness, the canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, brown butter, nutmeg and the whole gang have all been shifted to the front. I have already forewarned my main squeeze to expect the fall flavors in every single dish I make for him from now until December. He’s sharing the excitement with me.
There are days when I am feeling less inspired than usual. Luckily, I have an incredibly insightful and creative younger sister whose mind likes to race a million miles a minute. Constantly… ! Last week, she flat out told me that i needed to start expanding my horizons here. It’s easy for me to get comfortable preparing meaty dishes and treats. That is what I primarily make because a) I am such a carnivore, my body thrives when I eat responsibly raised proteins and b) I love giving away sweets and treats. People always ask me, how is it that I see you making cookies, brownies, ice cream, and muffins yet you do not look like you indulge ever? Don’t kid yourself, folks. Of course I love to indulge. If my mind and body are telling me GO, I go. I go straight for some homemade cookies or for that pint of ice cream I have been hiding in the back of my freezer. No, I’m not hiding it from myself. I hide it from my man. He certainly has a love/hate relationship with the desserts I like to make. When I make a batch of cookies or a quart of ice cream, he likes to take a seat/lay on our couch and polish off the entire thing. Yes, I make treats with real food ingredients, free of refined sugars, dairy, gluten and grains. No, they are not meant to be eaten every day in such large quantities. He understands that, but like I said the relationship is love/hate.
Back to my tenacious little sister: Megan. She let me know I need to break free and start posting recipes to the sauces I make, in addition to beverages, and seafood items. She is so right. It’s not that I don’t cook these things. I just don’t think to photograph them and post about them. That needs to change. And I am hoping it will from here on out! She drew up a quick list for me of some items she’d love to see me create. This list included beverages such as green tea lattes and raspberry lemonade, an entire crepe showcase, kabobs, tacos, nut-crusted fish, rice-free sushi, spicy ketchup and behold: Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce. This idea jumped right off my computer screen and into my heart. No bullshit. What a fine, fine idea. I knew how to make an Alfredo-like sauce, and now all I needed to do was incorporate the pumpkin flavor. This sauce came out spectacular, and according to my friend and business partner, Hima of Tin Star Foods: “life-changing” is the adjective we can use to describe the flavor… !
Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
|Cook Time||10 minutes|
|Prep Time||5 minutes|
- Cook your onions first. Heat a medium sized saucepan over medium heat with the butter. Once it melts, cook the onions until they appear translucent.
- Next, add in the coconut milk or heavy cream and whisk until well combined.
- Mix in the minced garlic, spices and canned pumpkin. Whisk over medium heat until it reaches a low boil. Lower the heat to a simmer.
- Now, stir in the arrowroot powder until it reaches a thick, alfredo-like consistency. The 2 1/2 tablespoons was the right amount for me, but it is not a firm number. Play around, do what you like!
- Once the arrowroot powder has been absorbed, and your sauce is looking relatively smooth (with the exception of the onions), remove it from the heat and set it aside.
- Bring out your high speed blender. Add in the pumpkin alfredo and puree for 15-20 seconds until everything is well incorporated and perfectly smooth.
- You can store it in an air-tight container for up to a week in the refrigerator. It may last longer, but that's the longest I have kept it... It doesn't separate once cool, so you can use it as a dip as well for veggies, homemade crackers, whatever you like! I served mine on top of a bed of yellow squash noodles.