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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Small Vegan Food Haul

  

So I bought some yummy sandwich/lunch type foods yesterday that I wanted to share with you all! Firstly the bread was 49p from Lidl, the rest of the products are from Holland & Barrett.

Clockwise from top left:

VegiDeli Pork Style Mini Sausages – £2.89

Cheezly Mozarella Style – £2.29

Cheezly White Cheddar Style – £2.29

Cheatin’ Turkey Style Slices – £1.89

Cheatin’ Ham Style Slices – £1.89

Violife Mozzarella Style Slices – £2.99

Altogether I paid £14.24 at H&B, which is pretty pricey. However, I’m trying to cut dairy out of my diet and all of these cheeses and mock meats are SO GOOD!! I highly recommend them.   

Real Foods Haul

Hey everyone! Yesterday I found out that the health food/vegan/gluten free etc etc shop Real Foods had a couple of stores in Edinburgh so I went to check it out! I only bought a few bits and pieces, and this will be the last food shopping I do before I go home on the 29th. But before I jump into my food haul, check out this little beauty:

   
 

This was £8 from John Lewis and it’s a measuring cup with EVERYTHING (well…almost everything) written on the outside. It has individual portions for couscous, a rice measure, British and American cup measures, teaspoon and tablespoon, flour and sugar measures and ml measures. It’s so cool! And it means I won’t have a load of cups lying around my new flat. This is the mini measure but there was another measure too and I’m thinking of getting that when I come back as well.

  
And now onto my actual haul! The first thing I got from Real Foods was some nice organic baker potatoes. These were £1.16 for just under a kilo, and I got three pretty big spuds for that price. I’ll use them to make chips (I’ve already had one and it was LOVELY!) 

  
The next thing I got was Egg Free Mayo. They had a variety of choices – original, garlic mayo, chilli mayo – but I went for this tarragon and chive mayo. It was £2.26 for the jar and I got it because I was curious to see how vegan mayo compares to regular mayo. Let me tell you, I was NOT DISAPPOINTED! The herbs gives this one a really nice flavour, and I bet the original would taste exactly like regular mayo.

  
The third food item I got was a mushroom pate. Pretty self explanatory really. It was £1.63 for the can, and it’s gluten free as well as vegetarian.

  
Next up is my Organic tomato soup. I love soups and this looked really nice. The normal price for a can is £1.29 but it was on offer for 86p.

  

I also found Fishless Fingers in this shop. Now, I’m a pescatarian so I do eat fish but these looked intriguing so I thought I’d buy a pack and see if they were as good as regular fish. They were £2.99 which is pretty pricey really for 6 fingers. I’m not sure if I’ll buy these again, we’ll just have to see how they taste!

  
And finally, I bought some corn tortillas, £1.99 for 13 tortillas. When I first tried these I thought they were horrible, but that was only because I made the mistake of thinking you could eat these cold like normal tortillas. You HAVE to heat these (20 seconds each side in a dry frying pan) and once you do they are DELICIOUS!

So that’s it folks, my last food haul before I go home for a month and a bit. I spent £10.89 in Real Foods, and £8 in John Lewis. Are any of you guys vegan or vegetarian? Have you tried any of this food? From what I’ve tried so far I’d DEFINITELY recommend the mayo and the tortillas. Hope you enjoy!