Saturday, May 17, 2014

Love and Green-spiration Pasta

A few days ago, I was talking to one of my friends about eating a healthy diet...or lack there of. 

So I told her, 
when in doubt, just add veggies



However, it's important to watch our portion sizes too.

Pasta and many other grains can be, and often are, easily overeaten. 

Think about the idea of eating pasta as a side, rather than the main dish.

It is important to take that idea into consideration when eating grains, rather than thinking you need to avoid them all together. 

Carbs are you friend! Don't fear them.

When making a dish like this, you will want to fill up on the veggies and proteins, with a little less pasta.

Also very important -- say it with me now, WHOLE GRAINS.

If you're still eating white pasta on the reg, get with the times! 



Once and a while, I do love some white pasta, not gonna lie. But you better believe I feel hungry way sooner than when I eat whole grain pasta. It's just that simple.

As per usual, with this recipe (and most of my recipes), we are going to pile on the veggies! I also added leftover chicken which adds some good, lean protein!

I made this kind of spur the moment, so no ingredient photo today!

Ingredients

Whole grain or whole wheat pasta (whatever kind you like!)
1/4 cup chopped kale
1/8 cup broccoli crowns
3-4 stalks asparagus, cut into pieces
1/4 cup chopped leftover (or fresh) chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced

Optional (yet highly encouraged): a little white wine



You want to start by boiling the water for your pasta. Once it is ready to go, add the pasta and begin to cook the veggies.

Heat a little olive oil in a sauté pan and begin with the asparagus, cook for about 4-5 minutes. 

Then, you'll want to add the broccoli. Add a little bit of the boiling water (from the pasta) to the pan to allow for some steam. This will really help cook the broccoli.

After you notice the two are pretty cooked, go ahead and add the kale and garlic. 

Once that begins to wilt, add some of that white wine. Just a little to soak up the flavor and make sure you let it reduce.

Don't forget to add salt and pepper, to taste!

You can add some chicken (or whatever protein you want!) at this point, if you are making it this way.




Your pasta should be just about done so you can add it directly to your pan!

Garnish it with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Try to make your veggie to pasta ratio higher on the veggie side.


And voila! Green-spiration pasta...Delish.



As always, hope you enjoy!


Lots of LOVE,

Eva



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