Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chickpea, Sausage and Kale Pasta

I am currently facilitating two groups for The Daniel Plan in my community.  The Daniel Plan is a faith-based program to encourage and support people on their journey to better health and wellness.  The members of both groups are wonderful!  We're helping each other move forward toward healthier eating and other lifestyle changes.  I am so inspired by their commitment and positive attitudes; together we are making it FUN!  At last night's meeting, we were talking about kale (one of my favorite subjects) and how to incorporate more dark greens into our diet.  This is a challenge for many people, including myself.  This recipe is one of my current favorites.  The blend of flavors is exciting on the tongue and so satisfying.  To make it have an even lower insulin response, I swap out half of the pasta with zucchini noodles (see my earlier post).  The taste will be almost the same, but the result even healthier!

Chickpea, Sausage and Kale Pasta
Makes 4 servings

4 oz. of gluten free spaghetti or linguine pasta, broken into thirds
1/2 pound of lean, sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, removed from casings
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
1 (14.5 oz) can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
5 cups of raw, chopped kale
1/3 cup gluten free chicken stock
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese*

1.  In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.

2.  Meanwhile, in a heavy skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil.  Break up and cook the sausage meat until browned.  Add the garlic and saute briefly, until fragrant.

3.  Add chickpeas, kale and chicken stock to pan.  Cover and steam until kale begins to wilt, 1-2 minutes.  Remove cover and add nutmeg, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Stir to distribute seasonings.  Add cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese*.  Stir to combine.  If more moisture is needed, add a splash of chicken stock and stir.  Serve immediately.

*For a dairy free version, use 1/4 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts instead of Parmesan.

Nutritional Information per serving: 351 calories, 44 g carbohydrate (0.7 g sugar, 7 g dietary fiber), 11.2 g total fat (2.6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 1068 mg sodium, 218.6 mg calcium, 536 mg potassium, 21.1 g protein.

Recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2014

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