Yikes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted!
I’m writing from the comfort of my porch, borrowing (stealing) my neighbors comfortable patio furniture, and relaxing from what has been a whirlwind July. This past weekend I ran Great Lakes Relay- a 300 mile relay race across northern Michigan. Needless to say, I haven’t been doing much cooking, and when I have it’s been the same old things I’ve already blogged about.
Well, not last night. Last night I made one of my favorite meals in the world- gnocchi. I’ve been getting these great potatoes lately from the CSA, but I’ve been boiling them almost immediately and never saving myself enough for pasta. I vowed last night to take the time to make my favorite meal.
Along with the potatoes, I’ve also been getting a good number of cucumber, zucchini, onion, cherry tomatoes, and garlic. I decided to steam the veggies and toss them over the pasta. I typically make pesto, but I didn’t have any basil, so I threw in walnuts, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and dried basil in hopes of a pesto deconstruction. It didn’t really work, fyi. In the end, I tossed in some mediterranean sea salt (thanks Becca!) and that made my meal much better.
Organic Whole Wheat Gnocchi
-chop and boil enough potatoes to make 1-1/2 cups mashed potatoes (I prefer to mash potatoes with milk only and omit the butter for this recipe)
-Once you have 1-1/2 cups of mashed potatoes, stir together with 1 egg and 1/4 tsp salt (I use tea smoked sea salt)
-Stir in 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour. Sometimes I need to add more flour, up to ~1/2 cup more, if the dough is too sticky.
-roll the dough into long thin logs
-using a pizza cutter, cut the pasta into “pillows”
-While you are making the pasta, steam your veggies. This can be done in the microwave, a steamer, or a rice cooker (thanks, Jill!)
-chop 1 zucchini, a handful of baby tomatoes, and an onion
Bon Appetit! (only to be said in a Julia Child -esque way)
Total Cost: $6.91
-7 organic chieftan potatoes: $2.00
-1-1/2 cup organic whole wheat flour: $0.39
-1 egg: $0.17
-1 organic zucchini: $1.00
-handful of organic baby tomatoes: $0.50
-2 organic baby onions: $1.00
-1 clove organic garlic: $0.10
-grated all natural parmesan cheese: $1.00
-handful organic walnuts: $0.75
This meal comfortably fed 2, plus there were leftovers!