When I made this last night all I could think was, “I can’t wait to blog about this dish!” Well, that was between mouth-watering bites of one of the standard dishes I make for my husband and me. We probably have this a few times per month. It is a standard in this household. I love to make incredibly easy dishes that taste wonderful and then declare that this is “guest worthy.” I am recommending this dish because it is all of those, plus loaded with solid nutrition.

Since this dish contains soy and is vegetarian but not vegan, you can make two adjustments. If you have a pasta product that you love, then do not use the Edamame pasta that I use in this recipe. If you have no issues with soy, I highly recommend this particular pasta. Also, instead of the veggie sausages that also contain soy, just use the sausages of your choice. And last, since the pesto has Parmesan cheese, if you don’t want to use cheese, a good substitute is Nutritional Yeast.

First a shout out to the Shockingly Delicious Kale Pesto folks. I have recommended this recipe in the past and love it to this day. The only modification I now make is to throw in a handful of almonds, walnuts, or macadamia nuts. The nutty flavor is delicious, even though the original recipe prepared as its originators describe it tastes great.

This is so simple that I hardly need to write out a recipe.

Make the kale following this recipe and set aside. I chop the kale up and throw everything in the food processor. Best if you drizzle the olive oil in slowly.

Boil the pasta in water for 4 minutes.

Saute sliced mushrooms and sliced sausage in a large pan in olive oil. Slow cooked is better since it does not burn the food.

I put the pasta in a colorful bowl and added a big spoonful of the pesto right on top. The mushrooms and sausage went on top of that and I served it with colorful sliced organic heirloom tomatoes. Talk about EASY!

The reason why I am raving about this dish because it is as close to a no-brainer as you can get. And yet, it is as nutritious as it comes. All that kale! Even for non-kale-lovers, you can sneak this superfood in along with the flavors of the pesto, mushroom, sausage. It is beautiful to look at. Perhaps most importantly, I think it is incredibly important for you to have “go-to” dishes so that you and your family can “eat healthy” without bumping into things like “not enough time” and “I don’t know how to cook.”

Have fun. Eat heartily!

Rosie Bank is Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and the founder of Health Matters Coaching. She is the author of the book, Health Matters. Rosie is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by The Center for Nutrition Studies (e-Cornell) in Plant Based Nutrition. Rosie is an international speaker, blogger, and the founder of Health Matters podcast. She is certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through the American Fitness Professional Association and as a Nutrition Advisor through Sanoviv Medical Institute. Rosie founded The Vitality Club in Brentwood, CA in 2018.

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