Healthy Recipes

Penne With Leafy Greens
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Servings: 2
Ingredients and Preparation
Ingredients Measures
Hazelnuts, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons
Penne 6 ounces (slightly less than ½ of a 1-pound box of pasta)
Olive oil ½ tablespoon
Garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2
Swiss chard, stemmed and chopped (works with spinach too) 1 bunch
Salt ¼ teaspoon
Butter ½ tablespoon
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan 2 tablespoons


Directions
  1. Toast hazelnuts in a small skillet over low heat. Stir and toss for a few minutes, until fragrant.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. When pasta is done, reserve ½ cup of water before draining.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or deep skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add chard and sprinkle with salt. Increase heat to medium-high and stir until chard begins to wilt. Cover the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the reserved pasta water and butter to the chard, and cook until the butter is melted. Then add the drained pasta, mix well, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Season with pepper to taste. Portion onto two plates, and top with parmesan and hazelnuts.

Exchanges
4 starches; 2 vegetables; 2 fats; ½ high-fat meat substitute

Side Suggestions: Bruschetta
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size ½ of recipe
Calories 469
Total Fat 14 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Sodium 659 mg
Total Carbohydrate 71 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 17 g
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