Lazy Gluten Free: Bacon Kale Pasta

Bacon Kale Pasta

Everywhere I turn lately, kale seems to be the "it" food. Labeled as the "queen of greens" and the "healthiest food on the planet", I had to wonder what all the hype was about. After doing a little research, I was convinced that my diet definitely needed more kale in it. Often times, a gluten-free diet is lower in essential nutrients, and not being one to want to take a multi-vitamin, I try to load up on fruits and veggies instead of processed foods. Since kale is loaded with nutrients and has many health benefits, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give it a try. 

According to an article on WebMD (see full article here: The Truth About Kale), one cup of kale contains 9% of your daily intake of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and 684% of vitamin K. Additionally, the super-veggie contains antioxidants that are associated with preventing cancer.  Kale also contains compounds that promote eye health and is rich in fiber and can help reduce cholesterol levels, and the risk of heart disease. Seriously, why are we not eating more of this?? 

Although this recipe is not particularly healthy, kale is delicious and good for you both raw and cooked. So I have made it my goal to try to sneak it into more recipes. If you like spinach, you will most likely enjoy kale.

Bacon Kale Pasta

You will need:
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 strips bacon, crumbled
1 8-oz package gluten-free pasta (Glutino)
2 cups uncooked kale, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic
salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan or mozzarella cheese

1) In a large skillet, saute onions and garlic in olive oil.

2) Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Once done, drain and set aside.

3) Also at the same time, place chopped kale into a saucepan with enough water to cover the bottom (about 1/4-1/2 inch deep). Cover and place on medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until tender.

4) Once onions begin to turn clear, add pasta, kale and bacon crumbles. Stir to combine. Add additional olive oil if needed. 

5) Serve topped with parmesan or mozzarella cheese. 

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