Meatless Monday: Penne Pasta and Kale in Creamy Cashew Sauce

This is a very quick recipe. Boil the pasta, blend the ingredients, sauté the kale and serve!

Ingredient Spotlight:
Kale

IMG_1539.JPG Kale has fantastic health benefits: it lowers cholesterol, reduces risk of heart disease and has Vitamins A, K, C, and phytonutrients. Kale is good for skin, hair and nails.

Nutritional Yeast

IMG_1540.JPGNutritional yeast is an excellent vegan source of protein and vitamins especially the B-complex vitamins and is a complete protein. It is naturally low in fat and sodium and is free of sugar, dairy and gluten, and fortified with Vitamin B-12 … important for red blood cell formation and nerve cells development.

Cashews

IMG_1541.JPG Cashews have the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health.

Spicy Cashew Cream Penne with Kale

Ingredients:
8 ounces penne pasta
3/4 cup cashews
1/4 onion, chopped
3 large handfuls of kale (about 4-5 cups, loosely packed)
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons salsa (optional)
1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. chile powder
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. garlic salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions:
Cook pasta according to directions.

In a large pan, warm a few tablespoons of olive oil. Toss in chopped onions and kale, and sauté until kale has cooked down completely.

In a blender, add cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, salsa, and non-dairy milk. Blend until you have a creamy consistency, adding more milk or water if too thick.

Add cooked kale to pasta and toss with cream sauce.

Sprinkle with a dash of chile powder for some color. Enjoy!

Health and nutrition don’t have to be very difficult. It just takes a little bit of planning.

Recipe adapted from: cheapandsimpleveganrecipes.com

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