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Spicy Kale-Almond Pesto and White Bean Pasta
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Contributed by: from Jim Garland blogAdded: Mar 05, 2008 at 08:18 AM

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (5 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
  • Type AB (5 beneficials)
  • Type AB Non Secretor (6 beneficials)
  • Type B (3 beneficials)
  • Type B Non Secretor (5 beneficials)
  • Type O (2 beneficials)
  • Type O Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
  • Entree
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 4 ounces rice penne pasta (dry)
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds, toasted
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons garlic (about 5 large cloves)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Juice of two lemons, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 19 ounce can white/cannelloni/great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
How to make it:
  1. Cut lower stems from kale.
  2. Steam kale over 2 quarts (64ounces) water for 5-7 minutes 'till tender.
  3. Transfer to a colander to drain. Do not discard water.
  4. Add pasta to water on stove and return to a boil, stirring. When pasta is al dente (sticks to the wall when tossed at it!)
  5. Drain.
  6. Meanwhile place almonds in a food processor (or good blender) and process until well chopped
  7. Add garlic, nutritional yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and juice of one lemon.
  8. Carefully squeeze water from steamed kale and remove stems. Discard stems. Pat dry leaves with paper towel and chop roughly. Pat dry again, and add to food processor.
  9. Process until all ingredients are finely minced.
  10. While processing/mixing, add 2 Tablespoons olive oil until a nice thick pesto is formed.
  11. In a medium bowl, toss beans with juice of other lemon and 1/8 teaspoon sea salt.
  12. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat.
  13. Add paprika and fry for about 1 minute.
  14. Add kale-almond pesto and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds. If pesto seems too thick, thiner out with a 'little bit 'o' water.
  15. Add pasta and beans, and toss gently until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Garlic1 ,2 B N B B N B N B
Kale1 ,2 ,3 B B B B B B B B
Paprika2 N N N N N N N N
Yeast (Brewers/Nutritional)  N B N B N B N B
Rice Cake/Flour3 ,4 ,5 B N B B B B N N
Olive Oil1 ,2 B B B B B B B B
Almond/Almond Butter2 N N N N N N N N
Lemon/Lemon Juice2 B B B B N N N N
Sea Salt2 N N N N N N N N

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Bean/Legume Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
White Bean1 N N N N N N N N
Northern Bean2 N N N N N N N N
Cannellini Bean- N N N N N N N N

[1] This recipe uses ingredients rich in lignans.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[3] This recipe uses ingredients with a high glycemic index.
[4] This recipe uses ingredients which may be genetically modified .
[5] This recipe uses ingredients which are high in phytates.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

    If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

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    Revision History:
    • Revised Apr 06, 2008 at 10:13 AM By: Rodney