Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Spinach

Today I wanted to share a really simple recipe I tried out yesterday. It was REALLY good and didn’t take long at all. (Frying the gnocchi instead of boiling was an idea I had while reading this blog post¬†on One Green Planet. My recipe is not exactly like this one, but it is where I got my inspiration so go check it out if you’re curious – their recipe is for mushrooms, asparagus and brussel sprouts whereas I just used what was in my fridge at the time).


Ingredients:

1 portion gnocchi

Pack of mushrooms

A few handfuls of spinach

2 cloves garlic (or however much you like)

A little oil for the pan (you can also use water or oil spray but the gnocchi may not get as crispy)

Cheese (optional)
Heat a little oil in a frying pan and, once it’s hot, add your gnocchi (make sure you keep them as separate as possible). Stir occasionally and cook until they are lovely and brown and crisp.

While the gnocchi is cooking, peel and crush your garlic and wash and chop your mushrooms. I used a whole pack of mushrooms because they were all I had (and I just love mushrooms) but if you want to add other veggies then adjust your quantities according to your preferences. At this point I also rinsed the spinach.

When the gnocchi is cooked, remove it from the pan and add the mushrooms and garlic instead. Cook them through and then remove from the pan also. Add your spinach to the pan and leave to wilt a little. Then add everything back into the pan, season (I just used black pepper and a tiny bit of salt but you do what herbs and seasoning you like best/have to hand), and plate up.

I grated some cheese on top but you can leave this out if you prefer. This dish is easily made vegan by leaving off the cheese (or using vegan cheese) and ensuring your gnocchi is vegan. You can add any vegetables you want to this, just make sure everything is cooked through before you serve.

And that’d it’s! I hope you enjoy this recipe, and let me know in the comments if you try it and what you think of it.

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Recipe: Spinach, Ham and Leek Frittata

Hey everyone! I made frittata yesterday and it was SO YUMMY. It was really nice for tea yesterday but also brilliant cold for breakfast today, which means I can have a lie in AND have a good breakfast before university.

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Ingredients:
6 eggs
Half a bag of spinach
1 leek
1 onion
2 spring onions
2 cloves of garlic
Some grated cheese (any type, and any amount to your taste)
Oil (I used olive oil but any will do) for frying
Milk
A pack of prosciutto ham

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Pour some oil into a frying pan to heat, and finely dice your onion and garlic. Fry on a medium-high heat until soft. Then, wash your spinach, leek and spring onions, chop the leek and spring onions and put all of them into the frying pan. Leave until mostly cooked.

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While the veggies are cooking, crack your eggs into a bowl and add milk and pepper. Whisk until everything is combined.

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Tear up the ham and put into the pan, along with the grated cheese. Make sure you mix everything around so that there’s an even layer of every ingredient.

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Pour in the egg mixture and leave to cook on a medium heat. Keep testing it to see if the mixture is setting (use a fork or spatula to gently move the sides of the frittata).

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When the egg is mostly cooked, place the pan under the grill on a high heat. This will cook the top half of the frittata. Leave it under until the entire dish is completely cooked – keep poking it with a fork and lifting sections up. The veggies will be cooked by now (and of course the ham and cheese are fine) but you HAVE to make sure the eggs are completely cooked. If in doubt, it’s always better to cook it for a few minutes too many than a few minutes too few.

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And that’s it! Like I say, it’s lovely hot or cold, by itself, or with baked beans or salad. Although it’s pretty easy to do, it took longer than I expected (I made this while I was in a bit of a hurry and I ended up slightly late) so I’d advise you to make this one evening when you have time to spare, and then have some for breakfast or lunch the next day.

I hope you enjoyed this! Tell me if you make this and what you think of it!

Quick and Easy Tea: Meatballs

Hey everyone! Thursdays are by far my busiest day – I have around an hour to get home from university, eat, shower and get back out again to the Sci Fi and Fantasy club meetings (watching TV for 4 hours with friends and then off to the pub afterwards – what could be better?). So this week I made something seriously quick and easy, but really delicious.

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I used:
meatballs (any brand, but make sure they have a good meat content)
2 white onions
1 tin of baked beans

Simply put your meatballs in the oven, and roughly chop and fry your onions. The beans take around 2 minutes in the microwave so make sure your meatballs and onions are cooked before you do them. And that’s literally it! You can use passata and butter beans or chickpeas instead of baked beans, or add roasted peppers and mushrooms for a bit more veg. It’s delicious and quick to make and eat. Perfect for when you’re in a rush!