Kale(s) in Comparison

I’m in a terrible habit of buying kale and then forgetting about it. Don’t get me wrong- I love this leafy green more than any other. It can be sauteed, baked into chips, added into soups, or enjoyed raw. I love the tough texture it has and the way it softens when its massaged. However, my preference for kale only spans to the curly variety. For some reason, dinosaur (or lacinato) and red kale just don’t do it for me.

Anyway, last night I saw my wilting kale and felt a tremendous amount of sympathy towards it. It deserved a better fate than the trash so I cooked it up with some pasta. It got me thinking what kale pesto would taste like… hmm…

Pasta with Leafy Greens

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 bunch of your favorite kale, washed and chopped
  • 1 box of your favorite pasta, preferably whole wheat
  • Cayenne, basil, Italian season mix, salt, pepper to taste
  1. Prepare pasta as directed on the box.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Add olive oil and heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook until slightly browned.
  3. Add lemon juice, seasonings, and kale to the pan. Cook kale until it is almost wilted. Add a bit of water to prevent sticking or burning!
  4. When pasta is done and kale is cooked, toss the pasta in the frying pan. Coat with a thin layer of olive oil. Heat and then serve hot.

Note: I added a drizzle of marinara at the finish. Be creative- add freshly chopped tomatoes, spinach, or peppers!

I want to hear from you! Let me know what you think about different types of kale. Do you have any special recipes?

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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