During this time of social distancing and self-isolation, some areas of our lives are getting more attention, like home cooked meals. My husband and daughter have been home for the past ten days and we are enjoying each other’s company as well as looking forward to evening meals together. One of the meals that is getting the thumbs up around here is my sheet pan gnocchi!
Sheet pan gnocchi is one of the easiest and tastiest meals to make, for several reasons. First, it’s a ‘one sheet pan’ meal, which means you’re cleaning up one pan. I line mine with foil and parchment paper and nothing could be simpler to clean up. Second, this recipe is flexible: you can add whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. This means it’s a different meal each time and it means you waste less food. Third, you can serve this recipe straight from the pan just the way it is, or you can add a red tomato sauce to it and add more protein in the form of chicken, fish, or red meat. And, lastly, gnocchi has a relatively long shelf life. Keep a few packs on hand and you can make this meal anytime you want.
This gnocchi is quite spicy because of the variety of spices I put into it. Feel free to cut back some of the black pepper and chili peppers if you don’t want it spicy. In fact, I recommend you alter the amounts if you have young kids who don’t like the heat (see notes at the end).
Here’s the recipe.
Sheet Pan Gnocchi
1 package (500g) gnocchi
1 green or sweet pepper of any color
1/2 red onion
2 medium sized zucchinis
1 pint fresh mushrooms
3 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T canola oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp chili flakes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet pan with foil and parchment paper.
Chop the pepper and red onion into 1 1/2 inch pieces
Slice the zucchini into 1/2 inch slices
Clean the mushrooms and chop off the tips
Place the vegetables in a large mixing bowl (I use a stainless steel one for easy clean up) and add the gnocchi and the spices. Toss the ingredients together with clean hands.
Mix the two oils together in a separate container and then pour the oils on top of the gnocchi and vegetables. Toss again with your hands.
Spread onto the sheet pan in an even layer and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Bake for another 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
I use sweet peppers in this recipe because I like the red, orange, or yellow color against the green zucchini.
I mix the oils together and pour over the mixed gnocchi and vegetables at the same time because I don’t want the zucchini to absorb more of the oil while I’m fidgeting with adding two oils separately.
This recipe is spicy! Use 1/4 tsp black pepper and omit the chili peppers if serving to young kids.
Serve with any pasta sauce you want and consider adding steak, chicken, or fish as added protein. Or, add halloum cheese and bake with the vegetables and gnocchi mix.
Are you a fan of gnocchi? Let me know how you make your versions.
My first taste of fudge was when I moved to North Carolina to attend boarding school, in my sophomore year of high school. It was then that I fell in love with this North American dessert, at first bite!
I have a major sweet tooth, and it’s satisfied by super sweet North American and Middle Eastern desserts like: Texas Pecan Fudge Pie a la mode (specifically from House of Pies in Houston), pralines, fudge, cookie dough, Hello Dollies, knafeh, baklava, nammoura, and super sweet meghli. The last four are Middle Eastern and I make most of them at home when I can. Look for the meghli recipe in the next few weeks.
Have you ever made panzanella, a tomato salad with croutons? Panzanella (a classic Tuscan salad from Italy) is one of my favorite salads because it’s made with fresh ingredients and includes bread built into it in the form of homemade croutons. Classic panzanella includes tomatoes, stale bread, olive oil, and vinegar.
Panzanella is definitely a salad that tastes best with the freshest ingredients, which means that this salad is a go-to in the late summer when tomatoes are in season. Having said that, I still like to make it all year and I like to make it when I have leftover baguette bread that has started to harden. Nothing tastes better than homemade croutons made with the best olive oil you can find.
If you’re a fan of chili, then you will love this vegan version! It’s easy, delicious, and a new favorite of ours. This chili takes about 30 minutes to make, from start to finish. And, you probably have the ingredients on hand, especially if your kitchen is a vegan/plant-based kitchen.
The star of this vegan chili is the ground beef/meat substitute, like Yves Veggie Cuisine’s Ground Round. Because this plant-based meat substitute is already cooked, as are the canned beans, the cooking time for the chili is only 15 minutes after the vegetables are sauteed.
Do you love pomegranates? Are you ready for summer flavors in your meals? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you will love this pomegranate salsa!
I remember eating pomegranates as a kid and being fascinated by their yummy flavor and the way the fruit had to be seeded. As an adult, I love using them in food dishes, drinks, and as healthy snacks – they add the perfect amount of tanginess and texture.
Pomegranates are one of the oldest known fruits and are an excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. They’re in season from the end of September through November. You can get them in the early winter months in North America because they are imported from warm climates.
I’ve been making pancakes for my oldest daughter for years now, and I’ve finally perfected the recipe for fluffy pancakes!
Given that it’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, I thought I would share my recipe with you.
The key to fluffy pancakes is not to over-mix the batter. It’s okay to have some lumps. They will eventually settle and won’t show up in the cooked pancakes. Over-mixing the flour activates the gluten, which is good for some applications, like bread, but not for pancakes because we don’t want dense pancakes! All you have to do is mix the ingredients until combined, about 15-20 stirs around the mixing bowl.