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Pasta with Kale and Red Pepper

Pasta with Kale and Red Pepper

Pasta bowls are the most practical meal you could ever wish for. Today we are taking it to another level. We are making a pasta with kale which is not only super tasty but incredibly healthy as well.

Lately, I've been using and abusing kale in my meals. It has a high nutritional value, which puts it on top of my list of ingredients. You get so many good benefits from it, is widely accessible, super affordable and to use kale you just need to cut the leaves. No peel, no seeds, no nothing getting in our way! 

Aside from its benefit, kale is really versatile and you can cook it in many different ways. You can make something as simple as kale chips, or just throw some leaves in a smoothie, or mix it with pretty much any other veggie to make something amazing. Just like we are doing today, mixing pasta with kale and a bunch of vegetables and spices.

One of the main reasons behind my slight kale obsession is the fact that I feel great after eating it, physically but mentally as well. I know I just stuffed my face with healthy food, so my belly is satisfied and my mind is at ease. 

Some people believe healthy and vegan is a synonym of boring. 

A colourful bowl of pasta with kale and red peppers will prove them wrong. Here are the main and delicious ingredients you'll find on your plate:

  • Chickpeas
  • Green olives
  • Red bell pepper
  • Textured soy protein 

And to make our recipe even better: sauce! 

The sauce is very simple since we already have a lot of flavour from the veggies. We just need to mix tomato sauce with Italian herbs and add a pinch of salt.

This is the kind of recipe everyone can enjoy, vegans and non-vegans. I love it because it allows us to open the conversation of what veganism really is about. 

Recently, the saying nothing tastes as good as vegan feels became very popular. There's a good reason behind it. When you consciously care about what you put in your body, about animals and the planet we live in you deepen your connection with the environment. Which, in turn, creates an enormous sense of fulfilment.

Personally, it took me a while to really dive into such sensation. I had been a vegan for quite a while before realising there was an emotional connection tied to my new lifestyle. I call it a lifestyle and not diet because being vegan doesn't stop in the kitchen. 

When I started off being vegan it was about the diet because I saw all the benefits it entitled for both, my health and the environment. Learning about it made me realise the impact of our actions and soon after I found myself reducing the amount of waste I produced and avoiding the use of plastic wherever possible. I created a completely new lifestyle. 

It's not just about the food, living in harmony with the environment brings a lot of happiness to one's life. 

Ingredients
11
Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Gluten, Olives, Soy, Tomatoes

Ingredients

For the vegetables

  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup green olives (sliced)
  • 4 cups kale (washed and chopped)
  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (chopped)

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp italian herb mix
  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 4 oz textured soy protein
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

For the garnish

  • 14 cup fresh basil

For the pasta

  • 16 oz pasta

Directions

  1. Preheat a pot of water and boil the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  2. For the textured soy protein boil the vegetable broth and mix both with a spoon.
  3. Use a frying pan and add the oil for the sauce, roast the textured soy protein for about 5 minutes and add the tomato sauce, herbs and salt.
  4. For the vegetables use a big frying pan and add the oil and saute garlic and onion.
  5. Saute the sweet pepper for about 1-3 minutes, and add the kale.
  6. Roast the vegetables until slightly soft for 5 more minutes together with the chickpeas and olives.
  7. For serving add some pasta and sauce, place the vegetables on top and add the garnish, enjoy!

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