Thursday, March 10, 2011

Recipe: Skillet Gnocchi

This recipe has become somewhat of a staple in our house. The hubby actually requested it last night. We often don't agree on food...obviously, since he can (and does) eat WHATEVER he wants with no consequences whatsoever. I, on the other hand, have to watch what I eat and I WANT to eat healthier options. Plus, there's the whole meat issue. I was a strict vegetarian for almost 3 years, but have let it go for the most part, sadly, due to convenience. (Don't judge me!).

Anywho, Skillet Gnocchi:


mmmm...so good


Now, there is a legit recipe for this yumminess and that's what I am going to give you here. However, do know that I hardly ever stick to a recipe. Why? Because I am rebel, that's why. 
Okay fine, I'm not. But, I don't always have the exact ingredients or maybe I'm just not in the mood for a certain ingredient.

  Ingredients:
(compliments of Eatingwell.com)
-1 Tbs plus 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
-1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi 
-1 medium yellow onion, chopped
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 cup water
-6 cups chopped chard leaves or spinach
-1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
-1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
-1/4 tsp freshly ground peper
-1/2 cup shredded cheese (any kind)
-1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Preparation
1. Heat 1 Tbs oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and beginning to brown. ~5-7 minutes. Transfer to bowl.
2. Add remaining 1 tsp oil and onion to the pan and cook, stirring, over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and water. Cover and cook until the onion is soft, 4-6 minutes. Add chard or spinach and cook, stirring, until it begins to wilt. ~1-2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, beans and pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with cheese and Parmesan. Cover and cook until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling. ~3 minutes.

Nutrition
Per serving: 325 calories; 7 g fat; 2 g sat; 3 mono; 8 mg cholesterol; 55 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 6 g fiber; 616 mg sodium; 360 mg potassium


Now, do I always follow this recipe? Of course not! The picture is actually from last night when I obviously did not follow the recipe. Last night was, 'Hey I'm in a hurry and need a fast and easy dinner because I have 38923985 things to do.' 

So, I used: Gnocchi, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic powder, basil, oregano, pepper, chickpeas and mexican cheese. Was it still good? You're darn skippy it was.

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