Arugula Salad with Berries & Almonds

Arugula Salad with Berries & Almonds

This salad is rich in antioxidants that improve brain health and help prevent memory loss and cognitive decline when eaten almost daily. Dark leafy greens also help prevent heart disease when eaten at least 3 times per week. Enjoy!

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Baked Pasta w. Pumpkin & Kale

Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and potassium and is a good source of fiber and the antioxidant, beta-carotene.  Kale is rich in vitamin K, antioxidants and fiber. Combine the pumpkin and kale for a power food mixture that tastes great with your favorite whole grain pasta.

Pasta w. Pumpkin

Pasta w. Pumpkin

Ingredients:                                                               PRINT RECIPE

8 oz. rigatoni pasta

1 teaspoon olive oil

½ medium onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 pinched dried red pepper flakes

1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms (5-6 medium mushrooms)

½ bunch Lucinato kale, stems removed and roughly chopped

¼ cup dry white wine or low sodium vegetable broth

¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

Salt & pepper to taste

½ (15 oz.) can pumpkin (no sugar or spices added)

1 egg

1 cup low fat ricotta cheese

1 cup marinara sauce

½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

¼ cup (1oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350*F.

2. Bring a large pot of to boil. Add salt and pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside in a colander.

3. In the meantime, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and kale; cook 5-6 minutes or until slightly cooked down. Add wine and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Stir in basil, season with salt and pepper and turn off heat.

4. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, egg, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, kale mixture and cooked pasta. Stir until combined and season with salt and pepper

5. Coat an 8 X 8-inch glass pan with oil. Pour pasta-pumpkin mixture into pan. Spread evenly and top with Parmesan cheese.

6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm.

Makes 4 1-cup servings.                                                     PRINT RECIPE