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Healthy Hump Day Recipe 8.31.16

Posted by Collin West from health.com on

    Spaghetti With Wilted Greens and Walnut-Parsley Pesto

      This meal of Spaghetti With Wilted Greens and Walnut-Parsley Pesto makes for excellent post-workout fuel--thanks to a great mix of whole grains and protein. Added bonus from this one-dish meal: You get plenty of antioxidants from the veggies, herbs, and walnuts.

      It serves 6 and takes less than a half an hour to make.

      Here is what you'll need:

      • 1 (1-pound) box whole-wheat spaghetti
      • 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
      • 1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
      • 1/2 cup packed fresh baby spinach
      • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
      • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and chopped
      • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
      • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
      • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
      • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
      • 6 large eggs

      1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to package directions; reserve 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water. Add chard after 5 minutes of cooking and drain; return pasta and greens to pot.

      2. While pasta is cooking, combine parsley, spinach, walnuts, garlic, 2 tablespoons oil, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon water, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse until chunky.

      3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, crack eggs into skillet. Cook until the whites are completely firm but the yolks are still soft (about 2 minutes). Season eggs with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

      4. Toss reserved pasta mixture with pesto and enough reserved cooking water to make a thin sauce. Divide pasta among 6 shallow bowls and top each with a fried egg.

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