This dish is my Gluten Free dairy-free, vegetable-forward twist on pesto pasta. Each serving contains a whole serving of roasted kale blended into a tangy, garlicky pesto with almonds, lemon, and basil, which is tossed with gluten free pasta and topped with juicy roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. A delicious way to sneak in some extra fiber and nutrients!
Lena Elkousy is a plant-based holistic foods chef, health coach, and yoga teacher. She started her restaurant culinary career in LA in 2004, and then worked as a private chef and caterer for high profile clientele beginning in 2008 in Malibu and Hollywood. Lena began her journey into the world of culinary healing upon moving to New York and studying health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2012. She believes that food is fuel, and not all calories are created equal— putting in calories that “burn clean”, and have anti-inflammatory properties will make you feel energized, and improve your digestion, mood, and overall health. She cooks with functional foods—meaning that the ingredients have nutritional benefits and have been prepared in a way in which these are bio-available, and are seasonal, local, organic, and carbon-neutral. She has healed herself and witnessed many clients and friends recover from “chronic” and “auto-immune” illnesses, which are more frequently than not caused by inflammation triggered by toxins in food and/or unknown food sensitives. By eliminating many of these toxins and allergens, using as many fresh, medicinal ingredients as possible, and making everything from scratch, Chef Lena’s food is nutrient rich, delicious, creative, and makes you feel good. Lena is Egyptian American, and has been traveling internationally with culinary adventure and curiosity her whole life, and this adventurousness is reflected in her unique cuisine. Lena has also been studying and practicing yoga for over a decade, and teaching since 2014. She leads retreats domestically and abroad, encompassing her passion for holistic lifestyle through yoga, cooking workshops, nutrition, nature, and mindfulness. She loves spending her free time gardening and traveling. Lena is currently based between NYC and the UK.
I am generally not a huge kale fan but this rendition made me forget my aversion. It’s delicious.
Charlotte · 02/24/23
The pesto was so flavorful & the cherry tomatoes in the serving were so sweet. The container was full to the top, so had 2 meals from it. Plan to order again. Could eat it every week!!
Bonnie · 02/23/23
one of my faves
Jessica · 02/21/23
prefer less oil
Lisa · 02/10/23
Jishnu · 02/08/23
The amount of sauce was exactly right. Great texture as well.
Ariel · 02/04/23
Jessica · 02/01/23
always a hit! thank you for making a GF option, not to mention more nutritious than your average bowl of pasta!
Liesel · 01/26/23
Almonds, Brown Rice, Cherry Tomatoes, Cremini Mushrooms, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Gluten Free Brown Rice Penne Pasta, Himalayan Salt, Kale, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Nutritional Yeast, Organic Basil, Organic Lemons, Water
Recommended for special occations.
1. Preheat to 350F
2. Remove sleeve and peel back film
3. Pour sauce on top
4. Heat up for 12 mins or until heated through
Don't you worry is time is an isue we got you covered!
1. Remove sleeve and peel back film to vent
2. Pour sauce on top
3. Microwave for 2 mins
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