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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Enjoy a light and healthy lunch

Enjoy a light and healthy lunch

A healthy lunch can help men and women be that much more productive come the afternoon. After eating a heavy lunch, many people understandably feel sluggish, making the afternoon drag and their productivity sag.

But a light, healthy lunch, such as the following recipe for "Roasted Delicata Squash With Tuscan Kale" from Laurey Masterton's "The Fresh Honey Cookbook" (Storey Publishing), can help men and women maintain their energy levels all day long.

Roasted Delicata Squash
With Tuscan Kale
Serves 8 to 10
3 delicata squash (about 3 pounds total)
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound bow-tie pasta
2 bunches Italian (lacinato) kale
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut into 1-inch chunks (there's no need to remove the edible skin). Arrange on a baking sheet and spray or brush with olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper. Roast 10 to 15 minutes, until tender. Allow to cool.

Fill a large pot with water, add salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender. Drain, rinse and set aside.

Remove the leaves of the kale from the stems and cut into large pieces. Set up a steaming basket over boiling water and steam the kale just until it is bright green, about 2 minutes. Remove and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking and keep them bright green.

Toast the pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat until light brown, 3 to 5 minutes. (Stay nearby while you are toasting. Left unattended, the nuts can easily burn.)

Combine the pasta, kale, squash, and pine nuts in a large bowl. Toss, and then add the cheese. Taste and adjust the seasonings.