- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 can corn, rinsed and drained
- 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (remove seeds to reduce heat)
- 1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 bunch fresh kale, rinsed and chopped
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 large jar pasta sauce
- 16 ounces whole-grain spaghetti, cooked
- ½ cup raw cashews, finely ground
This pasta dish has no bouillon, or any other meat, in it. It’s colorful, hearty, tasty, and a great way to get greens into your evening meal. It also makes for wonderful leftovers. At the firehouse we usually make a tub full and polish it off before going home the next day at noon.
From The Engine 2 Diet
Sauté the onion, garlic, and corn in a large skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the jalapeno, bell pepper, and kale to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and pasta sauce to the vegetables. Ladle the sauce over the pasta and top with the cashews.
Photo by Tina Rupp
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Rip Esselstyn, son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, was a firefighter in the Austin fire department when he discovered dangerously high cholesterol levels among his firefighter comrades. He led a stationwide revolution of dietary change that resulted in markedly better health, which he detailed in his bestselling book, The Engine 2 Diet. Visit Engine2Diet.com for updates from Rip.View all contributions by Rip Esselstyn