If you’ve been overindulging during your self-isolation, it’s a good idea to balance it out with some healthy, high fiber, high protein meals. Pasta is perfect for this situation as it keeps well, is highly versatile, and has a low GI index when compared to other carbohydrates—keeping you fuller for longer. These healthy pasta recipes contain an ideal balance of vitamins, protein, and slow-release carbohydrates so you can ensure you don’t fall into the trap of overindulging while you spend more time at home.
Kale is a great source of antioxidants and fiber, but rather than putting it in a smoothie and holding your nose while you chug it down, why not make something that’s both tasty and healthy? This recipe is so simple that you’ll want to make it again and again.
Ingredients: 1 bunch of fresh kale (ribs and stems removed), salt, 12 oz. whole wheat pasta, 1/3 cup raw pine nuts or walnuts, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 clove garlic, 1 oz. parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp butter, ground black pepper.
Although we should always be eating well to keep our immune systems strong, it may be on your mind now more than usual. This delicious pasta dish contains oily fish and plenty of protein—both of which have been proven to help keep your immune system strong.
Ingredients: 5 tbsp. olive oil, 1 2 oz. tin of anchovies (chopped), 6 cloves of garlic (5 chopped, 1 whole), ½ tsp. chopped chili, ¼ tsp. smoked paprika, 1 28 oz. can of whole tomatoes, 1 bunch kale (ribs and stems removed), salt, 1 large slice whole wheat bread torn into 1-inch pieces, ¼ cup chopped parsley, 12 oz. linguine pasta, 1 jar of tuna (drained).
Just because we can’t go outside, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the arrival of warmer weather! This classic summer salad is a great way to get a huge dose of vitamins when it’s hot outside.
Ingredients: For the tomatoes — 9 cloves garlic (crushed), 3 sprigs of thyme, 3 2-inch strips of orange zest, 1 3-inch piece of ginger (peeled and then cut into thin sticks), 4 cups of cherry tomatoes, 6 tbsp. fresh orange juice, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tbsp. light brown sugar, ¼ tsp. salt, black pepper.
For the peas and onions — 8 oz. spring onions, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 8 oz. sugar snap peas, salt.
To assemble — 12 oz. pasta of your choice, salt, 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 2 cups basil leaves, 2 cups mint, freshly ground pepper, olive oil.
If you’re looking for cooking inspiration while you’re stuck in the house, there’s plenty of it here! At NetCost Market, we have a great selection of pasta from all over the world, so you can buy your favorite along with all the fresh produce you need for these amazing dishes.