Recipe: Red Lentil Fusilli with Kale, Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Shrimp

Over the past week I have been trying to incorporate more kale in my life since it is such a great fibrous green!   

Here is a super easy and SUPER tasty dish that makes around 6 servings.  I choose red lentil pasta because I was curious about how it would taste compared to brown rice pasta (it is softer and closer to texture of white wheat pasta);  I picked it up from Noah’s in the grain aisle.  The mushrooms in the recipe have great anti-cancer properties, while the onion and garlic help boost immune function, and shrimp adds some lean protein. 

This dish has lots of room for substitutions and additions making it gluten and dairy free.  So feel free to get creative!


Ingredients:
Red Lentil Fusilli
  • 250g red lentil fusilli (or whatever type of pasta you wish--brown rice or soba noodles work well too)
  • 2.5 cups oyster mushrooms (add shiitake mushrooms too for extra flavour)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1.5 spanish onions
  • EVOO
  • 2 cups cooked shrimp (tofu and chicken are good substituted as well)
  • 3 cups kale
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL:
    • 3/4 cups light parmesan cheese
Directions:
  1. In a large stove top cooking pan start sautéing onion and mushrooms until onions are translucent and mushrooms are soft; keep covered
  2. Add broccoli and kale; keep cooking until kale is wilted and broccoli is soft
  3. In another larger pot cook pasta (al dente)
  4. While pasta is cooking add garlic and cooked peeled shrimp into the pan.
  5. Strain pasta and add to stove top pan with veggies and shrimp; remove from heat
  6. Drizzle olive oil over dish; just enough to cover lightly (approx. 4-5 tbsp)
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste
  8. While still warm you can add parmesan cheese (if you want an extra tasty dish and have no dairy issues!) 

Bon appetit!
Nadia



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A long time athlete and health advocate,  Dr. Kumentas’ goal is to help her patients become excited about making positive lifestyle choices in order to enjoy healthier, happier lives.  Her driving force is a passion for healing the whole person on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level using carefully selected natural therapies, fitness, and integrated medicine.  She truly believes in the importance of practising what you preach and investing in your health.  
Dr. Nadia Kumentas practices at Zen Beginnings Wellness Centre in Toronto and has a special interest in dermatology, woman’s health, and pain management.

To learn more about Dr. Nadia Kumentas visit www.DrNadiaKumentas.com or contact her at nadia@zenbeginnings.com.

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