Lighter Pasta Bowl with Kale and Artichokes

a quick weeknight dinner that won’t weigh you down

Lighter Pasta Bowl with Kale and Artichokes

Sniff sniff.

I got a nasty cold over the weekend and it sidelined my productivity.  That just makes me so mad, ya know? 😷 😤 I’m feeling better now, but it definitely knocked out a good workout streak I had going on. I only left the couch on Saturday to force myself to shower, because when you look good, you feel good. Kind of. I have this whole issue with my appearance that I don’t want to go into right now, but let’s say I looked as good as Annie could look with red nostrils and pillow hair. I have a friend, Emma, and she looks like a cute little snow pup all the time. When she’s sick, she looks like a cute little red-nosed snow pup. I’m Yeti. Rawr.

I did not feel like cooking much. I ate leftovers and Jason ate beaucoup pizza and worked on his bike while I watched a lot of Netflix from my blanket igloo. Lighter Pasta Bowl with Kale and Artichokes

On Sunday night, I decided to pull myself off of the couch and see what I could make. I’d had these frozen artichokes for ages, because I’d made these pea-artichoke tacos that were quite good, but for reasons and other reasons, never made it to the blog.  I was super glad I still had them in the freezer, because they made for an excellent quick-and-ready comfort meal.

I am usually doubtful about how frozen veggies will roast up. I’d bought these anyways because I dislike having to fight with the whole artichoke. I love eating them in the pull-leaf-and-scrape-with-your-teeth fashion, but chopping chokes down the the heart is too much work.

Frozen artichokes roast of beautifully, just like you’d want them to. I have always adored artichokes, and I really want to start incorporating them more here. They are citrusy and meaty and elegant in down-to-earth kind of way. As I am talking about them, I am loving them more and more.

It’s not shown in the photos, but I totally sprinkled cheese on top. You should too. Did anybody else see this article about cheese basically being a drug? That explains a great deal. A great deal.

Lighter Pasta Bowl with Kale and Artichokes

Lighter Pasta Bowl with Kale and Artichokes


    kale pesto
  • 8 cups of packed-ish kale
  • 3 roasted garlic cloves (or garlic powder equivalent)
  • a few sprigs of thyme
  • a tiny drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pasta and toppings
  • 2 servings of pasta
  • 2 cups of frozen artichoke hearts
  • lemon juice
  • sesame seeds
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • sesame seeds
  • 2 servings of gf dry pasta
  • shredded cheese, optional


  1. Heat oven to 450
  2. Place artichoke hearts on a tray and drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle with lemon juice and salt an pepper
  3. Roast for 20 minutes, turning halfway through
  4. Prepare pasta per box instructions
  5. Wilt kale in the microwave, about 1-2 minutes
  6. Combine all the the kale pesto ingredients in a blender.
  7. Toss pasta in the kale pesto, top with roasted artichoke hearts, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with love and cheese.

4 thoughts on “Lighter Pasta Bowl with Kale and Artichokes

  1. Aww, I’m sorry you were sick! But blanket igloo + netflix sounds like the best medicine. And also you are supposed to look like a yeti while sick, I mean, how else will people know to avoid you and your germs? I am loving this healthy dish! I only just discovered frozen artichokes, and this is a great use for them.
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    1. Thanks, aren’t frozen artichokes great? I’m so glad I finally tired them. Hahah I love your point about looking awful when you’re sick — “danger danger, do not approach!!”

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