Fall calls for kitchen experiments – after all, there are so many amazing ingredients this season brings! The fall produce is vibrant and packed with flavour and nutrition, and you can create so many amazing recipes from these fruits and vegetables. Right from savoury soups to sweet desserts, these ingredients can be used in fun, creative ways.
And hey, if you’re running out of creative recipe ideas, I’ve got you! I’ll be talking about some brand new recipes that you can try out with the fall produce. We’ll start with Fall Simple Pasta today!
Before we talk about the recipe, let’s understand why I have chosen Kale as the star ingredient of this kale pasta recipe. You must have heard a lot about how healthy kale is – but ever given it a deeper thought as to what makes it so healthy? That’s exactly what we’ll be talking about today. So let’s go!
Benefits of Kale
For starters, kale is filled with essential fiber, antioxidants, and iron. The fiber helps regulate the digestive system, and the antioxidants help our bodies naturally get rid of unwanted toxins. Kale also has a lot of vitamin C and K. These vitamins are essential to boost the body’s immunity, keeping us safe from seasonal illnesses.
The potassium and fiber content in kale supports heart health too. When we increase the consumption of potassium in our diet, we can easily cut down on sodium (common salt). This not only benefits the health of the heart but that of the entire body.
Calcium and phosphorus in kale work wonders for bone health. Including foods that are rich in these two minerals is essential to maintain bone density. Also, if you’re looking for glowing, radiant skin, simply include loads of kale in your diet! The beta-carotene and vitamin in kale help to rejuvenate the skin inside out, making you glow.
More importantly, kale has a lot of vitamin A content, along with vitamin E, zinc, and beta carotene. This combination of minerals is perfect for your eye health.
How can you use Kale in Recipes?
There are numerous varieties of kale out there – right from Curly Kale, Lacinato, or Dinosaur Kale to Red Russian Kale – you’ll find them all in the fall farmer’s market. Kale grows well in colder months, but of course, you can use it whenever you find it in the local markets.
Now comes the best part about kale – you can use it raw, cooked, blended, or steamed – just the way you like it! This makes kale a perfect ingredient for salads, where you can roughly chop it and add it to your bowl of goodness. Or you can add it to the smoothies you start your day with. You can even add kale to sandwiches. And of course, there’s this Fall Simple Pasta recipe that you can always add lots of kale to!
I’m sure you’re drooling by now, awaiting the delicious fall kale recipe. So let’s get started with it right away!
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 8 oz butternut squash cut into 1/2-inch dices
- 1 bunch Tuscan kale cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4 oz legume-based shells
- nutritional yeast to taste
- roasted and salted pecans to garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 360 F.
- Meantime, cover an oven-proof tray with parchment paper and place the diced butternut squash in it—toss with the EVOO and salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 25-30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes.
- When the butternut squash is almost tender, add the kale and place it back into the oven to roast for another 5 minutes.
- When the veggies are done, add the pasta to the tray, mix and top with the roasted pecans and nutritional yeast.
- Serve and enjoy hot!