Every parent needs a good collection of easy and healthy convenient meals for those busy week nights. Kids are hungry after a day at school and are nearly starving after participating in extracurricular activities. This combined with the end of the day exhaustion of hard working parents means dinners need to be fast and easy, healthy is usually an afterthought. My family found ourselves in this exact scenario night after night once our children started going to school.
I started collecting great recipes that I could whip up in a hurry that would also provide adequate nutrition for our growing family. I quickly found that pasta dishes were usually the easiest to cook up in under 30 minutes. While the pasta cooks, a delicious and healthy sauce can be made, then everything simply gets thrown together and served family style. My latest pasta recipe utilizes affordable winter ingredients to keep costs low and bellies full. Kale Sausage and White Bean pasta is full of hearty ingredients that are low in calories and high in nutrients and protein. Turkey sausage is a healthier option than pork sausage, and it's usually cheaper, but will still fill the pasta dish with tons of Italian Sausage flavor that kids love. My family prefers the spicy Italian sausage but sweet would work just as well.
To keep this dish quick and easy I used Litehouse's Instantly Fresh Garlic. I got the fresh garlic flavor without having to peel, and mince sticky garlic cloves. Just a quick shake of the herb bottle and my pasta is full of fresh garlic flavor. Kale and white beans are also a quick and easy add in to any dish for a little extra heartiness and nutrition. The kale becomes plenty tender after simmering in the sauce making it easier for kids to eat. It also soaks up all of that great meaty flavor from the sausage insuring it tastes great. My kids gobbled this dinner right up giving many thumbs up throughout the meal!
The next time your family is running in circles like crazed chickens, turn to this Kale and Sausage Pasta recipe into a healthy and delicious dinner option. It's just as quick as grabbing takeout, it is delicious, and you can feel good about the ingredients you are feeding your family. Try using your favorite gluten free pasta for this recipe, it will work great!