Kale & Asparagus “Pasta” ~ Meatless Monday

IMG_0695Happy Meatless Monday! This was another one of those “throw-together-everything-you-have-in-the-fridge” type of meals, but it turned out so so good!  It has a little bit of everything –  kale, asparagus, goat cheese all tossed with a garlicky tahini sauce and served over spaghetti squash “pasta”.  It’s pretty easy to whip up and makes a satisfying Meatless Monday dinner!kale asparagus pasta

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Serves 3
(I know it’s an odd number, I was going for 2, but the servings were quite large! Feel free to adjust to your liking)

1 medium spaghetti squash
2 cups kale, chopped
10-15 stalks of asparagus, chopped
1/2 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup water
1 shallot
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 Tbsp organic honey (or maple syrup)
2 Tbsp fresh basil leaves
90g goat cheese (optional)

Prepare the spaghetti squash. Cut in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and S&P, lay flesh-side down on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 375F for about 45 minutes.  Remove from oven, let cool and scoop out the flesh with a fork.  Set aside.  Tip: this can be done the night before to save time!IMG_0682 IMG_0686 IMG_0688To prepare the sauce, blend sunflower seeds, water, 1/2 the shallot, garlic, olive oil, honey and basil until creamy.  Set aside.IMG_0700Dice the other half of the shallot and add to a large frying pan on medium-high heat.  Add the chopped kale and asparagus.  Continue to heat, tossing frequently until kale gets bright green and starts to wilt.  Stir in the sauce until well combined.  IMG_0706Add this on top of the spaghetti squash – 1 cup of squash per serving – and sprinkle the goat cheese on top.IMG_0716To make this vegan, simple swap the honey for maple syrup and omit the goat cheese!

Nutritional Info per serving:
302 Calories, 32g Carbs, 17g Fat, 11g Protein, 202mg Sodium, 11g Sugar

Please Note:  Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may not always be 100% accurate.  It is meant to be used as a reference only.

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