Saturday, July 12, 2014

Update a Classic

Penne Pomodoro with Red Kale and Onion
The idea of basing your eating on nutritional density is completely different than basing it on calorie counts. Your body needs energy in the form of micro nutrients: phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.  It can get these from either high or low calorie foods.  Nutritional dense plant foods generally have very low calories and get very high nutrient points.  With low calories and high nutritive levels, the body has cleaner more efficient energy.

That does not mean that you have to just plunk your head into bowls of green leafy vegetables in order to be a Vegetable Alchemist!  Once you understand the idea that you want to eat more efficient foods for your body, you can adjust.

Red Kale leaves ready to cut
I love pasta.  But it has lots and lots of calories and very little nutritive dense value.  I took a simple Penne Pomodoro ( penne, Parmesan and red tomato sauce) and updated it from the classical for better yet super tasty nutritive count.  I could have done this also as a side salad leaving the penne as it was but I wanted to use up the outside greens from the Red Kale and decided to quickly cut them into strips and toss with a little onion for more flavor then finish the way I do.  Flavor was excellent.  No additional cheese needed.  The Vegetable Alchemist.
Onions are simmered with Kale then tossed with a simple penne. You could even just buy the finished penne and add the kale fresh at home to finish.