Monday, March 12, 2012

Meatless Monday - Gnocchi with Roasted Sweet Potato and Garlic Cream Sauce

I've been on a quest recently to get my kids (and my husband!) to eat more veggies. I mean we have some with dinner every night and I'm an expert at hiding them in sauces and stews, but there's always room for more.

So to that end I've been scouring the interwebs for inspiration and have found some fantastic vego, vegan and raw food blogs with some truly mouth-watering recipes. And even better they are recipes I'm sure I can get my boys to eat.

My plan is not only to increase the volume and variety of vegetables we eat but also to cut back on red meat. I'm not a huge meat lover anyway and neither is Charlie. So planning at least one meat free dinner per week is going to work well for us, and that means Meatless Mondays!

In honour of Veggie Mama's Meatless Mondays my first meat-free meal is her gnocchi with roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms and garlic. Totally impossible to get a good photo of (as you can see above) but absolutely delicious.

Gnocchi with Roasted Sweet Potato and Garlic Cream Sauce
Recipe adapted from Veggie Mama
Serves 6

2 packs gnocchi
1 large sweet potato
2 tbs butter
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
400ml pure cream
pinch salt
black pepper
plenty of grated parmesan

Cut your sweet potato into large diced, toss with a little oil and bake in a hot oven for approx 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden.

Saute the onion, garlic and mushrooms in butter, until mushrooms are soft and beginning to brown and all liquid has evaporated. Add the cream and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the gnocchi in plenty of salted boiling water accoring to packet directions.

Add the cooked sweet potato into the sauce along with a handful of grated parmasan and stir gently to combine. Carefully fold the sauce through the gnocchi and serve with lots of extra parmasan on top.

The taste test ...

All of my boys loved this, as did I! You can't go wrong with mushrooms, cream and garlic. I made a double batch and this made plenty for dinner for the 4 of us plus lunch for hubby and I the next day. Definitely one to make again!

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