Healthy and Delicious Pasta Dinner

24 Mar

It all starts with good tools.

When I go in my husbands garage, I see all the tools a man needs.

Sometimes I even get a bit jealous, because he gets what he needs and I am too cheap to spend money on good tools.

I remember one Christmas, my daughter Laura’s then boyfriend, now son-in-law, looked at my knifes with disgust and disbelief.

Here is a serious cook and she works with this?”

That was the question, that went through his head, it must have, because I got the most amazing knife as a gift soon there after.

Wow, what a treat, chopping, slicing and all the in between was so much easier.

Well, off I went to buy another one and I am happy I did.

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This is a knife I got from the store” From the Kitchen to the Table”.

The lovely people from Zwilling, the manufacturer, want me to try it out and what a great tool this is.

So with this wonderful knife on hand, I made this lovely dinner last night.

For instance to chop the kale, it took maybe 30 seconds ( however, watch your fingers )

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You need:

1/2 stalk of leek, finely sliced

1 small butternut squash, cubed

1 head of kale, chopped

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

1 cup of cilantro, finely chopped

2 tablespoons of red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

salt to taste

4 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil

Heat the oil in a pan and add the leek

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then add the squash

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And now add the red pepper flakes and the turmeric, stir well, so that the spices get warm and fragrant. Keep on roasting until the squash is getting soft, about 5-7 minutes and then add the kale.

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Keep on roasting until the kale gets almost a bit crunchy , about 3 minutes and then add the chickpeas.

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Again, roast for another 5 minutes or until the pasta, I used linguine is cooked…

Now add the garlic and the cilantro to the vegetables and serve over the pasta…you add the salt now…

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This was a really good, healthy and fast dinner, vegan, too and even my husband liked it…and he is a picky eater.

And as said, work is made easier with the right tools, so don’t be too cheap, get a good chef’s knife, a pairing knife and maybe a bread knife and you are in so much better shape.

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