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Whole Grain Pasta with Chard and Garlicky Crumbs

Swiss chard is loaded with antioxidant rich vitamin C and offers 33% of your daily vitamin C intake in one serving. If Swiss chard is out of season, substitute with kale, spinach or any other seasonal dark, leafy green. You will love the taste and texture of this pasta!

Makes 6 servings. Total preparation time: 15 minutes.


1. Cook whole grain pasta until al dente. Drain then sprinkle with 1⁄2 teaspoon oil and set aside.

2. In a large wok or Dutch oven, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat until shimmering. Sauté 4 cloves of minced garlic, reserving 2 minced cloves for later. Cook garlic until almost browned. Add onion and mushrooms. Sprinkle with thyme, salt and crushed red pepper and continue to sauté for 5 minutes until mushrooms are cooked through. Pour in sherry then add chard and kale and cook until wilted, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in beans. Turn down heat.

3. In a small skillet, add 1⁄2 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic and cook garlic until fragrant. Toss in bread or walnuts and roast until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with brewer’s yeast, if using.

4. Toss cooked pasta with sautéed vegetables. Pour onto serving dish and garnish with garlicky breadcrumbs and rice cheese. Serve warm with lemons.

Per serving: 485 calories, 9g total fat, 84g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 465mg sodium, 514mg potassium, 84g total carbohydrate, 14g dietary fiber, 19g protein


1 pound whole grain pasta

1 1⁄2 tablespoon plus 1⁄2 teaspoon olive oil or Earth Balance butter substitute
6 cloves minced garlic
1 onion, diced
2 cups fresh mushrooms, diced
1 teaspoon thyme
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄8 teaspoon crushed red pepper or ground pepper
1⁄4 cup sherry
4 cups Swiss chard, chopped
2 cups kale leaves, chopped
1 can cannellini or butter beans, drained
4 slices sprouted grain bread, diced, or 1 cup chopped walnuts
1⁄2 tablespoon brewer’s yeast, optional
1⁄2 cup shredded non-dairy rice cheese for garnish
Quartered lemons for garnish

We realize that you may not always have the time to cook meals from scratch, and that a quick and easy substitution may be needed. We always recommend cooking the real thing, but in a pinch you can try this instead:

Buy frozen Healthy Choice pasta and vegetables. Warm and serve over wilted spinach or kale greens. Mix walnuts with olive oil and toss with garlic powder. Sprinkle on top and lightly broil to toast nuts and serve. Enjoy!