Friday, March 18, 2011


Fresh, quick, easy, and oh so good!

This little number was a team effort. Jon did the meat and I did the side dish. Grilled bbq chicken, fresh tomatoes, and gnocchi with yellow squash & spinach. Fab-u-lous.

We spent the day at the beach poking giant jelly fish remains (one of them was about 16-17 inches in diameter!), picking up sea shells, playing in the sand, and simply being together. By the time we got home we were ravenous.

I pre-plan all my meals and this one is easy and quick. It came together in about 15 minutes. It was perfect for our hungry little tummies.

I was very surprised how much we liked this one- I don't usually like yellow squash. But kids, this is why we are doing this project. I would have never tried this recipe before. And now, we have a brand new side dish. YAY!

For those of you unfamiliar with gnocchi- it's a small potato dumpling of sorts. They can be found with the dried pasta in most supermarkets. This was our first time experimenting with gnocchi, and it was well worth it :)

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friends. Cheers!

Gnocchi with Yellow Squash & Spinach
Serves 4
234 calories per

1 (1-pound) package vacuum-packed potato gnocchi
1 TBS olive oil
1 yellow squash(aka summer squash), quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced *
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, torn
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded smoked Gouda cheese or grated sharp provolone cheese

Cook gnocchi in boiling water according to package directions.

While gnocchi cooks, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add squash; sauté 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add spinach; cover and cook 2 minutes or just until spinach wilts. Reduce heat to low; stir in milk, pepper, and salt. Add gnocchi and cheese; stir gently.

Serve immediately.

* I would increase the amount of yellow squash in this to two if they are on the small side.

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