Macaroni with Greens, Lemon, and Parmesan (Meatless Monday)
Macaroni with Greens, Lemon, and Parmesan is a different take on the usual pasta/greens combo, in particular because of the way the generous amount of lemon zest accents the flavor of the kale. If you’re not a fan of kale, collard greens or swiss chard would also taste good in this dish. And for a lower-carb version just use a lot more greens and less pasta.
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Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan; then add the garlic and lemon zest and saute 1 minute.
Drain the pasta, saving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.
Macaroni with Greens, Lemon, and Parmesan
(Makes about 4 side dish servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
2 cups (dry) Dreamfields Low-Carb Macaroni or whole wheat macaroni
1 tsp. salt for pasta cooking water
1 bunch greens such as kale, collards, mustard greens, or swiss chard (I used 8 oz. Ready-to-use Organic Mixed Baby Kale)
1 tsp. minced garlic
zest from 2 lemons
1 T lemon juice (I would freeze the extra juice to use later)
2 T olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
Heat olive oil in large frying pan, add garlic and lemon zest and saute 1 minute. Add greens and saute until wilted, about 5 minutes for larger greens or 2-3 minutes for baby greens.
As soon as pasta is al dente, save 1/4 cup cooking water and then drain the pasta well and add to greens/garlic/lemon mixture, with lemon juice and reserved pasta cooking water (as needed.) Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve hot, with additional cheese to be added at the table if desired.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Suggestions:
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Spaghetti with Kale and Tomato Sauce from Bell’alimento
Baby Kale and Mozzarella Quesadillas with Sriracha-Ranch Dipping Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Vegan Red Curry Tofu with Kale and Brown Rice from The Perfect Pantry