Recipe: Smoked Salmon & Baby Kale Pasta

I’ve become a little uninspired with my regular meals lately. Being on a health kick means that I’m trying to avoid too much cheesy–stodgy-stuff but I’m beginning to crave pasta. With that in mind I resolved to try and find create some healthier pasta dishes.

 photo 1d012c98-e87d-49dc-a050-00fc4902102e_zps0a3qw1l1.jpgMy Healthier Mac’n’Cheese went down well, but I was after something with a bit more zing. It was almost fate when Florette asked me to try and come up with a recipe involving one of their newest products – baby kale. I decided to throw together something with whatever happened to be in my fridge. It turned out delicious, so despite it not being the most attractive of dishes, it’s what I’m sharing here.

 photo 4f589190-c2d9-40ea-baa5-4e3085e0d1f1_zpsjzsygjx7.jpgIngredients

  • 1 serving of pasta (I use 60-70g usually)
  • 1/2 bag of baby kale
  • Some smoked salmon – I used Sainsbury’s Basics, pretty much the offcuts, tastes fine but the texture is wrong for in a bagel!
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Plenty of black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons of low-fat creme fraiche

Cook the pasta, drain and reserve some of the cooking water.

Add the creme fraiche to the pan over a low heat, and wilt the baby kale. Add the lemon juice and pepper, stir through the salmon and pasta and heat thoroughly. That’s it – spectacularly quick and simple, perfect for after work. And goes nicely with a glass of white wine too!

 photo de8160e4-74f0-4dd7-8bb6-4f38655d6cfd_zpshfcklaj3.jpgNow, I love proper curly kale. I can get from the big, big bags in a week. Made into kale crisps as a snack, snuck into a salad, floating in soup, stir fried, or just steamed and drenched in gravy. It’s a winter staple for me. With that in mind I was curious about baby kale, but not curious enough to pay £1.30 for a bag…(disclaimer: I received vouchers for the baby kale, and a few other goodies including a recipe book, no money exchanged hands). It turns out that I do like baby kale, it’s like a more flavourful version of spinach. But worth the price? No. I’d sooner buy the regular stuff, though this is nicer in salads.

 photo 0daa69f5-efaf-4fad-a53f-06c14d348e37_zpsfliqffzp.jpgHaving said all that, I’ll definitely be adding this meal into the regular rotation. Quick, easy, healthy and very tasty, it’s just what I needed to spur me through this last week of dieting. I’m now raring to go and feeling a whole lot more positive.

Do you get bored of regular meals? What are your healthy mid-week staples – I need inspiration!