Kale Pesto on Whole Grain Pasta

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In an effort to bring health and wellness into your life we present another kale recipe to super charge your body with vitamins and nutrients that are particularly well sourced from this curly-leafed cabbage cousin. Not to brag about its fabulous benefits, but Kale is rich in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium and the most impressive of all, an anti-cancer chemical called sulforaphane.  When chopped or minced, kale is at its most potent nutritional state.  

Lucky for you, this recipe is diced, sliced and ground down, releasing the very elements that make this have the greatest health impact.  So not only is this pesto tasty but unbelievably good for you. If we haven’t made it obvious that we adore Kale, this is our official vow to the beloved green leaf; we love you.

Here is the process for making Kale Pesto Pasta…

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Here is what you need…

INGREDIENTS

8 cups fresh kale, roughly chopped

1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup walnuts

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup olive oil

Whole grain penne pasta

Pecorino (garnish)

Grape tomatoes halved (optional)

RECIPE

Combine kale, lemon juice, walnuts and salt in a food processor and process until kale is finely ground. Slowly drizzle in olive oil as machine is running. Chill for one hour.

In a separate pot, bring 3 cups water to boil.  Add in whole grain penne pasta and cook for 15 minutes or until firm. Drain and combine pesto with pasta. Add pecorino and tomatoes, if desired.

Serve. Enjoy.

Seasonal in the City with Brussels Sprouts

Seasonal in November for the following States: CA, OK, IA, TN & PA

 Not only is this one of our favorite Seasonal vegetables, but it is one that is often overlooked because of its bad rap. It took much convincing to even introduce this as a salad to my husband, but after shaving the little green gems, adding  plenty of  pecorino and pine nuts, he fell in love with the sprouts as much as I had. – Jenet 

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

The Process…

The recipe….

YIELDS

Serves 4-5

INGREDIENTS

15 Brussels Sprouts

2 Lemons

2 Tbs Olive Oil

Shaved Pecorino Romano, to taste

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Pine Nuts, optional

Slicer

RECIPE

Take washed Brussels Sprouts and remove stem.

Using a hand slicer, shave each sprout  into thin ribbons.  If able to do carefully, a knife can be used to cut sprouts thinly into shavings. Toss in bowl with lemon juice, oil, adding salt and pepper to taste. Throw in pecorino on top of salad or mix in.

If preferred, pine nuts can be added.

OXO Handheld Flat Slicer, available at Williams-Sonoma