| Dairy Free + Gluten Free + Organic + Paleo Friendly + Vegan Friendly |

 

 

The most perfect dairy free creamy spaghetti and meatballs, because what is one to do when they love spaghetti and meatballs but don’t love tomato sauce? Also because innovative remakes of classic dishes are always the most fun to eat and create. I’m all about making traditional recipes non-traditional, so if I have the opportunity to incorporate veggies into a dish in a non-traditional way, you best believe I’m going to take full advantage of that opportunity!

 

cauliflower is the base of the dairy free creamy spaghetti sauce

 

Factory Farm Detox With the ASPCA

 

When I was asked by the ASPCA to participate in their Factory Farm Detox, it was one of those moments where I almost said yes without even reading all of the details. Anything that supports the animals is an immediate yes in my book, especially when it comes to food and the humane treatment of raising animals and animal welfare. The ASPCA is committed to more than just helping cats and dogs. They are 100% all inclusive animal people and so am I, which is why this collaboration felt like more than just a good fit, it felt right.

 

With a large focus on Animal Farm Welfare, the ASPCA is launching their first Factory Farm Detox to encourage people to eliminate factory farmed products from their diet for a full week. I firmly stand behind this and like all changes in life, it starts with small, initial steps that lead to long term change. In this case, eliminating factory farmed products for one week is a great start, and my intention in participating in this is to inspire you to make this a part of your lifestyle for more than just a week once the week is over.

This recipe is just one example of the many amazing (and delicious) brands on the market that all comply with the factory farm detox guidelines and can be incorporated into a sustainable daily lifestyle. The ASPCA has provided great resources on their site to find a full list of brands that are approved as well as information as to how you can get more involved. 

 

two welfare-certified and plant-based brands approved by the ASPCA

 

By participating in the Factory Farm Detox, we are using our personal power and voice to show that there is a zero tolerance policy for farm animal cruelty. I want to keep this post inspiring and motivating, but I do encourage you to research the factory farm industry (meat, dairy, and eggs) to educate yourself on the reality of what goes on behind these corporations that are factory farming.

 

 The Why

 

At this point in my life, everything I do I look at as an investmint. The more time, money and willingness I invest into making the world a better place while also treating my body in the same way, the more value I get for my investmints. Everything in life is not one dimensional. For every action, there is a reaction. With every decision, there is an opportunity to make a change. With every purchase, there is an ability to support people and companies who are making progress for stronger laws and protection for all living beings, animals and humans included.If we refuse to support factory farm meats, we lower our risk for chronic health issues and disease as well as the amount of pollutants being put into the air that we breathe and the that earth we live on.

 

welfare-certified meatballs

 

I highly recommend heading to the ASPCA website to read more about the Factory Farm Detox, and all that the ASPCA does. Now, let’s get into the details of this delicious dish that is super healthy, super simple, supports welfare-certified meat, and is a non-traditional take on a traditional Italian meal.

 

A Factory Farm Detox Approved Dairy Free Creamy Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

Spaghetti and meatballs is a given when you think of a classic Italian pasta dish, right? However, from someone who doesn’t love tomato sauce, one my favorite Italian pasta dishes is always Cacio e Pepe. It is a creamy, cheesy pasta dish (usually with a noodle similar to spaghetti) and it’s super simple and super tasty. So when I was looking through the approved brands to create a recipe with for the Factory Farm Detox, I saw two of my absolute favorites and immediately thought to create a hybrid of spaghetti and meatballs and cacio e pepe.

 

With this recipe, I wanted to make a dairy free version and of course add some veggies, so I created a creamy sauce with cauliflower and Miyokos Kitchen vegan mozzarella and I kid you not when I say I was drinking it from the blender. It’s such a perfect sauce to make a creamy pasta but also it can be used to dip extra veggies in on the side.

I also used Bilinski’s meatballs because they’re one of my favorite brands ever. All of their products are delicious, but also they support farmers who are raising the bar for animal welfare, they use ingredients that are grown and raised responsibly with respect for the environment, and they are committed to providing foods that are filled with nutrients and void of any additives, preservatives or antibiotics. All of which correlate to the rise of health issues in our society, starting with young children. You can see on all of Bilinski’s products they include the Step number, as seen above “step 3”.  There is a 5 step animal welfare rating with 5 being the highest, so you know that a step 3 means a good product.

This recipe defines a greater meaning to clean ingredients; they are clean for our bodies, clean for the animals, and clean for our environment. I hope this was enough information to inspire you to look deeper into the products you are buying, consuming, and the brands you are supporting. Us humans along with the animals coexist on this earth, so why not make it a better place for all of us? Happy animals, happy bellies, happy people.

 

Ingredients

Spaghetti (I used Banza)

Cauliflower

Miyokos Kitchen Vegan Mozzarella

Sea Salt

Lemon

Green Valley Organics Butter

Olive oil

Bilinski’s Organic Italian Meatballs

 

 

Happy Cooking!

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creamy spaghetti and meatballs
Servings
4
Ingredients
Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
Meatballs
Pasta
Servings
4
Ingredients
Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
Meatballs
Pasta
Instructions
Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
  1. Using a vegetable steamer, place 1 inch of water at the bottom of the pot and place vegetable steamer in the pot.
  2. Place raw cauliflower in the vegetable steamer, put stove to medium heat, and cover pot until cauliflower is soft and well cooked.
  3. Once cauliflower is super soft, remove from pot.
  4. **For the cauliflower -- you can also use frozen cauliflower and microwave it until it is soft, but the taste will be a bit more mild.**
  5. Add steamed cauliflower (while hot) + water, vegan mozarella, sea salt, and lemon juice to blender. Blend until creamy.
Pasta
  1. Follow cooking instructions on the back of the pasta box. Stir occasionally to ensure it is evenly cooked.
  2. Cook pasta to "almost perfect". Remove from stove and strain the pasta under *cold* water to stop the cooking process and set aside.
Meatballs
  1. Place 1/4 cup of water in the same pot you steamed the cauliflower in and place frozen meatballs in the pot. Cover and cook to defrost the meatballs, they will turn out to be a lighter color.
  2. Once they are done steaming, remove from pot. Add butter or olive oil to a sauce pan and cook meatballs until crispy. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes and then flip.
Add Everything Together
  1. Add a little butter to your pot and then add pasta.
  2. Once the pasta is in, pour in your sauce (about 1-1.5 cups) and mix well with tongs.
  3. Plate your pasta and sprinkle with extra salt if needed. Also add lots of black pepper and some chili pepper flakes.
  4. Place cooked meatballs on top and a garnish of fresh basil.
  5. Eat, enjoy, and feel good!
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