Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Get Fit Recipe: Gnocchi and Veggie Skillet

Now that I'm allowed to have vegetables, grains, and dairy again (YAY!), I've been coming up with a ton of healthy recipes that allow me to enjoy my favorite foods, without over doing it! This turned out so good! The amount it made could easily feed 4, served with a side salad. B ate half, and I split the remainder for my dinner and for lunch today. This meal is super easy and quick too! All together in prep and cook time, it maybe took 25 minutes. 

1 Package of Gnocchi
1/2 of an OrganicYellow Onion (chopped)
2 C of Organic Baby Spinach
1/2 of a can of Organic Crushed Tomatoes 
1 TSBP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 C of Vegan Parmesan Cheese 
Salt and Pepper to taste 

Quick note: You don't have to use organic produce. According to the "Dirty Dozen", which I will show at the end of the post, the only ingredient that is highly recommend to be organic is the spinach. I used regular gnocchi, but you could always substitute in whole wheat gnocchi if you prefer it. 

1. Heat the EVOO in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Chop your onion while you wait for it to heat up. 
2. Toss in your chopped onions and stir the around until completed coated with the EVOO. In a smaller pot, start to boil a fair amount of water, just enough to cover the gnocchi. Be sure to add just a pinch of salt to the water, this will flavor the gnocchi. 
3. Once the water has begun to boil, add in the gnocchi and cook according to the package. Cook times vary depending on which type of gnocchi you're using. Mine took about 6-7 minutes to cook. 
4. Add the spinach to the skillet and let wilt while stirring the spinach into the onions. 
5. Once the spinach has wilted, add in the half can of crushed tomatoes. Mixing into the spinach and onions completely. Add in the parmesan cheese and stir. 
6. This step is optional, but I added two full ladles of gnocchi water to my veggie sauce to help thicken it up. 
7. Once the gnocchi is ready, when it starts to float, drain and stir into the veggie sauce. 
8. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy! 

Do you like gnocchi?

What recipes do you use it in? 

As promised, the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean Fifteen"

What do you think about these lists?

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