In my current quest to achieve ultimate Bridal Beauty I finally caved and have started seeing a trainer at my gym. I know, I know, I am complete brat but trust me, the situation was getting serious. My Nate Berkus stalking had been getting me to the gym more often, but most of my time was spent day dreaming about our soon-to-be best friendship and not so much really challenging my body. So now I have a trainer, a mean* little pixie who I might be tempted to murder with a dumbell if she didn’t have such a rockin’ bod, which even I realize probably means she knows what she is talking about.
*”Mean”= does the job she is paid to do, i.e. make me finish my set of lunges despite my claims of impending heart failure
So things have been going well. My normally Rubenesque body has even started taking on the suggestion of a muscle.
Then she started asking me about my diet. And giving me the stink eye when I mentioned my frequent pasta dinners.
Listen, woman. I admire your rock hard abs. Really, I do. But I am from the swamp, and while you might frown upon a whole wheat pasta dinner, I would have a straw in a vat of queso right now if I had my druthers, so let’s just call it a compromise. K?
So for any other like-minded ladies and gents out there werkin’ on your fitness, I bring you:
Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale
- Whole wheat pasta (whatever shape you want, I like a larger shell) serving suggestion on the box
- 1 bunch of kale per 2 people
- 1 Spicey Italian Turkey Sausage per person
- Olive Oil
- Bring water to a boil and drop in your pasta
- In a separate saucepan heat olive oil over medium/high and add turkey sausage. While the pasta cooks keep an eye on the turkey sausage, breaking it up with a spatula so that it browns nicely on all sides. About 10 minutes.
- Once the turkey sausage is browned, but before it is overcooked, add your kale and a bit more olive oil. Using tongs mix turkey sausage and kale. Make sure all the kale is coated and cooked through. About 2 minutes.
- Strain your pasta and combine in a large bowl with turkey sausage and kale. Add a bit more olive oil, parmesan, and salt/pepper to taste.
I don’t have any pictures of the completed dish because I nearly set my camera on fire trying to document the cooking process in a frenzy. Recipe inspired by my dear friend Kathleen.