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Decadent Gnocchi made healthy! 
Jan. 11, 2011 8:53 am 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2011 4:42 pm

Potato Gnocchi with Kale and Mushrooms in a Goat Cheese Sauce

For me, there is something wonderfully decadent about gnocchi. Made from either ricotta cheese or potato, it has such a creamy texture and is so often served in brown butter or olive oil sauces.

As decadent as it seems, gnocchi can be part of a healthy diet. This version of potato gnocchi is made from potatoes, mixed with fresh kale, sauteed mushrooms and a creamy goat cheese sauce. I topped it with some shaved pecorino romano cheese. It had all the creaminess I had hoped for and the mushrooms and kale added a wonderful earthy flavor to the dish. Nancy and Quinn loved it and Nancy, who's not a fan of leftovers, placed dibs on this for lunch the next day.

Another reason that I had hesitated to make gnocchi was that it seemed so daunting. It wasn't! In fact, it was really very easy. And, gnocchi keeps very well. You can make it up on a weekend for a weeknight meal, or make a large batch and freeze it for future use.

Now that I've done it once, I may try to make an even healthier version, substituting whole wheat pastry flour and using egg whites.

Nutrition information from, per serving: Calories: 409, total fat: 13 grams, carbohydrate: 59 grams, fiber: 4 grams, protein: 16 grams. Weight Watchers' PointsPlus: 11.

Let's eat!

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Deal of the day: I got an immersion blender for Christmas and absolutely love it. If you don't have one yet, Amazon has the Cuisinart SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender on sale at more than half off
Jan. 11, 2011 4:42 pm
Gnocci is a favorite in this house. I have two immersion blenders and both have been used at the same time. Their usefulness is understated by marketers and TV Chefs. Also, this little thing is great for beating eggs and gravy. I've used it for many other things. I don't even put it in a cupbord. It stays out where I can reach it.
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