Kale & Shrimp Whole-Wheat Spaghetti
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Kale & Shrimp Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

I realized that it was cheaper for me to bring a second suitcase along rather than mail it to me. And, I could pack more (yay, 50lbs!!!) winter coats and boots than I could have ever shipped!

I’m glad that I flew Virgin America because I was able to catch The Mindy Project on Fox via satellite tv. I never realized how funny Mindy Kaling was until I started watching her show…which led me to get her book Is Everyone Hanging Out without me (and other concerns). What’s even better is the fact that she reads her own audiobook…which I highly recommend getting. I couldn’t stop laughing…I found a new friend. Now, to get her to acknowledge this friendship, and we’ll be golden! ; )

Sticking to eating healthy hasn’t been hard, but I do admit I indulge sometimes (with a slice of pizza). I’m surprised at how easy it is to stay on track because the food is so appetizing. I am never tempted to snack on a piece of meat.  : )

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I tried kale for the first time last week when I made it two ways: kale chips (YUM!!!) and kale in pasta.

I don’t know why but I was afraid to eat it because I heard that it has a bitter taste to it and that made me apprehensive. So, the first time I purchased some at the grocery store, it went bad in the fridge. Why? Because I kept putting off cooking it and had to throw it out. Sad, I know!! The second time around, however, I was determined to take it out of the bag and prepare it.
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There were two bunches, and so I thought to prepare it two ways (how very Chopped contestant of me ; ))

Kale chips seemed to be a very popular option, and so chips it was! When have I ever turned down a piece of crisps?!!!! These are sooo simple to make, done in less than 10 minutes and the results and so healthy for you! You can spice them with whatever you want really, so of course, I had to use freshly squeezed lemon juice over them. Yum, yum, yum. They were a hit! I will be posting the recipe for it next week…stay tuned.

 

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The second bunch I incorporated into a whole wheat spaghetti w/ mushroom tomato sauce, and shrimp. It was soo good, and I definitely couldn’t taste any bitterness.

I cannot believe how good kale is for you. It’s packed with vitamins like Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C
and minerals such as manganese, copper, potassium, iron. You can incorporate it into smoothies, pasta, salads, kale chips and more. I’m kind of upset that I didn’t try kale sooner, but I will definitely do my best to make up for it!

Kale & Shrimp Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

Kale & Shrimp Whole-Wheat Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 pack whole-grain spaghetti, cooked al dente
  • 1 bunch kale, washed, stem removed, and chopped
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce (I used a mushroom one)
  • 3/4 cup shrimp, peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp + 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook whole-grain spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente. Keep about 1/2 cup pasta water before draining. Set aside
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a pan. Add in shrimp and kale along with 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp black pepper powder. Stir everything and cook until the shrimp are pink and kale has wilted.
  3. Stir in pasta sauce and cook for a couple of minutes. If sauce is thick, you can add pasta water to thin it out. Add in all the spices. Salt, to taste.
  4. Finally, add in the freshly squeezed lemon juice (You can add more if you want)
  5. Serve the sauce over a bed of spaghetti. Enjoy!
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