|Double Kale Pesto Pasta|
In case you haven't heard, Kale is one of Melissa's "The 50 Best Plants on the Planet". Off the chart amounts of vitamin K, and a great source of vitamins A and C, Kale is super high in fiber and the good amounts of B vitamins in Kale help in balancing blood sugar. Even if you don't quite understand what this means, trust me it's a good thing.
|Pixie Tangerine & Kale Salad|
When our Los Angeles Food Blogger group recently got together to celebrate all things Kale, aka Kale-a-palooza, I brought Double Kale Pesto Pasta Salad. The pesto featured 2 types of green kale, plus arugula and cilantro, pepitas instead of pine nuts, and white miso paste instead of Parmesan cheese (not missed whatsoever). Representatives from Cut 'n Clean were also there to educate us all about Kale and other leafy greens, including how Kale turns a margarita a vivid and delicious green. Thanks for being there!
|Greens, Beans, Squash & Veggie Sausage|
By the way, although many recipes call for the leafy part only, it's in the Kale stems where all the beneficial potassium is, so use these in your soup and stew recipes for added nutrition, fiber and texture.
1 cup curly leaved kale
1 cup plain leaved kale
1 cup arugula
1/2 cup pepitas
3 Tbsp. white miso paste
splash of fresh lime juice
salt & pepper
Process the first 4 ingredients in a blender with enough vegetable oil to make a puree.
Add the miso paste and puree again.
Add the pepitas and lime juice and puree again.
Add salt & pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.
1 pkg. (12-16 oz.) whole wheat penne pasta (or any pasta you like)
1 pkg. broccoli slaw
1 green bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
3 green onions, cut into julienne strips
2 pkgs. Melissa's Hawaiian-style Tofu, cut into julienne strips
1/2 cup pepitas
3/4 cup fresh cilantro
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse, drain, and cool to room temperature.
Take half the pesto mixture and blend with the pasta.
Add the vegetables, tofu, and pepitas to the pasta and toss to combine.
Add additional pesto to coat pasta mixture to your liking.
Sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste, garnish with fresh cilantro, and serve.
Makes enough to serve a small army or a group of food bloggers.