Sausage, kale, and red lentil pasta


I love cool food finds!  Especially if my two year old boy loves them too!  Ah, yes, I had a baby since my last blog post, so that's what's been gong on here! Oh, and I turned professional in a sport that I have been competing in for over 15 years! I plan to compete on the pro stage in FIGURE this year, which is a subset of bodybuilding.  Check out my Instagram page, @breemarsh_ifbbpro if you are interested in finding out more.  
Now, back to the food...

So, what did I find?  Red lentil pasta...

Organic. Gluten Free. 13grams of protein per serving! Pretty cool huh?!

Monday night, I threw it together with some sweet apple sausage, a couple handfuls or fresh kale, garlic, chicken broth, lemon juice, and a little bit of goat cheese.  Very happy with the result.  The texture of the pasta is perfect and it doesn't have an overwhelming lentil flavor.  I highly recommend it. I have tried brown rice pasta and black bean pasta, and so far, this is my favorite. So, without further ado, here's the recipe...

1 tsp olive oil or butter
4 links sweet apple sausage, cut into disks (I used Trader Joes)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh, chopped kale (organic if possible)
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
salt and pepper
4 ounces red lentil pasta, dry
juice from 1/2 lemon
1-2 ounces goat cheese

Heat up a fairly large skillet over medium-high heat for a couple minutes, I used non-stick, add oil/butter.  Add sausage and saute for 5-8 minutes, until some color gets on both sides of the disks.  While sausage is cooking, bring about 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan.  When water is boiling, add a little bit of salt, then add pasta, reduce heat a little and stir.  Cook pasta about 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.   Add kale and garlic to sausage and saute another 4-5 minutes, until kale has wilted a bit.  Reduce heat to medium and add chicken broth.  Add a little salt and pepper.  Once pasta is done, (it still should have a little bit of a "bite" to it), drain it and add directly to skillet on top of sausage and kale mixture.  Stir to combine, then melt in goat cheese and squeeze in lemon juice.  Once cheese is melted, it is done!  Divide among two plates.  Add more salt and pepper if desired.  Enjoy!