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Quick and easy kale carbonara

Kale—the superfood everyone talks about—is delicious when prepared properly, and is jam-packed with iron, vitamin K, and powerful antioxidants.  Here is a quick and easy carbonara recipe packed with healthy kale, ready in just 30 minutes!

Quick and easy kale carbonara

Quick and easy kale carbonara

Prep time: 10 minutes, cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. linguine or spaghetti
  • 5 strips of bacon, diced
  • 2 bunches of kale, stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • red pepper flakes

Method:

  1. Cook the pasta per the package’s directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat and sauté diced bacon until crisp.
  3. Add washed, coarsely-chopped kale to the bacon renderings and sauté until wilted.
  4. Whisk eggs and cheese together and add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
  5. Once kale is sautéed, squeeze the juice of the lemon and toss with bacon.
  6. After pasta is al dente, drain and add to kale mixture. Stir in egg and cheese. Serve immediately.

Optional: Add some of the starchy pasta water if the carbonara appears too dry.

Serves 4-6


Guilt-free banana and Nutella ice cream

Guilt-free banana and Nutella ice creamI recently came across this recipe for an instant chocolate-chip ice cream in Chatelaine and immediately thought it was a great idea for when I need a guilt-free (and healthy) way to squash my sweet tooth.

This recipe literally takes less than five minutes to prepare, and is a great way to use up ripe bananas sitting on your counter.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp. of Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • 1 tbsp. of skimmed milk

Method:

  1. Peel and slice the ripe bananas in half, and freeze until firm.
  2. Once the bananas are firm, remove them from the freezer and add them to a food processor.
  3. Whirl until you get a smooth, soft serve-like consistency, and add the Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread and skimmed milk.
  4. Incorporate using a spatula, making sure you get the sides of the food processor.
  5. Add desired toppings (Rice Chex cereal pictured above), and serve immediately.

Optional: If you’d prefer harder, frozen texture, you may opt to put the mixture in the freezer until the desired consistency is reached.


Fun Halloween mocktail ideas

Throwing a Halloween party can be a lot of fun, and figuring out what to serve at your party can be a little intimidating.  A party would not be complete without mocktails so the non-alcoholic drinkers can have a fun, too!

To help you along the way, here are five Halloween non-alcoholic mocktail recipes to include in your party this year – ideal for adults and teens alike!

The simple, non-alcoholic fruit punch
For a fun twist on a classic fruit punch, mix half a gallon of sherbet ice cream and two litres of ginger ale.  This non-alcoholic fruit punch is a refreshing mocktail, full of bubbles and zest.

Pomegranate Bellini
Heat the pomegranate juice in a saucepan until hot, but not boiling.  Whisk in half-a-cup of blueberry jam until it is smooth and combined.  Strain the liquid through a pitcher.  Put the syrup into the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

To serve, pour two or three teaspoons of syrup into champagne flutes and fill with non-alcoholic champagne.  Float a few blueberries on top to garnish, and enjoy.

“Monstermash smoothie”
In a blender, combine fresh strawberries with a splash of orange juice, set aside.  Blend a handful of blackberries and blueberries until you get a puree consistency.

To serve, pour one layer of strawberries, followed by a layer of blueberry/blackberry mash.  Top with a blended orange juice and vanilla yogurt mix.  This drink is thick, creamy, and refreshing.  Serve with a spoon so your guests can mix the drink, giving it a layered and marbled look.

“Zombie eye punch”
Pull out the stems of 10 cups of cherries, and insert a chocolate chip in each cherry.  These will represent your zombie eyes.  Add all of the zombie eyes into the bottom of a punch bowl.  Combine three cups of ginger ale, 10 cups of cherry cola, five cups of red fruit juice concentrate, and three cups of pineapple juice.
Chill and serve.

“The Vampire Bite”
In a large pitcher, combine two cups of cranberry juice, half-a-cup of apple juice, and a quarter-cup of grenadine.  Top it off with two cups of seltzer water.

Squeeze one tube of red candy gel on a plate.  Rim the edges of four low-ball glasses and pour the prepared drink evenly into the glasses.  Garnish with gummy vampire teeth and serve immediately.