Thursday, April 12, 2007
Please not another gnocchi post!
But I've got a good reason. Well, I think it's good anyway. We're here trying to show that vegan food is fun and delicious but we also want to demonstrate that it can be quick and simple too. You see, the thing I like about gnocchi is that it can easily be a one pot dish. But wait a minute you say. Doesn't it say on the package to boil it for a few minutes? Well it does, but in my mind that's just two more dishes to clean (a big pot and a colander if you want to keep track). So I sauté my veggies, add some herbs, then my gnocchi. And then I add about 1/2 cup of liquid, vegetable broth in this case, cover the pan, lower the heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until the gnocchi are soft. But check on those little buggers after a few minutes to make sure they're not sticking to the pan and add more liquid if you need to.
Tonight I looked at the clock when I walked into the kitchen and it was exactly 30 minutes from that time until I was dishing out dinner. And I did some dishes too while the gnocchi were cooking. You can add whatever veggies and seasonings you want too. This batch had onions, zucchini and cabbage because that's what was in the fridge, and I added a handful of bell pepper strips from a bag in the freezer and a little bit of tofu for some added protein. I also added garlic and tomato paste, and seasoned with dried basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Now I'll grant you that this isn't the most healthy thing (whole wheat pasta'd be better) but it's a far cry better (and almost as quick) than driving to your local fast food place and scarfing down whatever junk they're serving up.