I am a woman who requires only the simplest pleasures in life and sometimes the smug satisfaction of creating a really healthy meal that was quick is all I need. As I am vegetarian and Joe is not, and I cook and Joe rarely does he often ends up as a de facto veggie. I am a perverse human and an even more perverse veggie as I actually like to cook meat for Joe, I like to play with ingredients, but in all honesty unless we have guests it is a waste of time and money to cook two separate meals each time we eat together. So when I can create a recipe that is easily changed up either way, and is full of goodness, and quick and easy to prepare my smugness is off the charts and I am the first to admit I am probably a little obnoxious to be around in those instances.
you will need;
a handful of kale
2 handfuls of rocket
3 cloves of garlic (roasted)
2 cups of mixed mushrooms
1/4 cup olive oil (approx)
1/2 cup lardons or 3 rashers of vegetarian bacon
salt and pepper
- Put the kale, rocket and roasted garlic into a food processor. Whilst it is running pour olive oil into it, enough to make a loose sauce.
- Cook the mushrooms in a small saucepan with a little oil, salt and pepper.
- Boil the gnocchi in hot water. Meanwhile fry up the lardons or veggie option.
- Drain the gnocchi slightly before you think they are done. Mix with the sauce and return to a saucepan to heat through. Serve on 2 plates and top with mushrooms and your 'bacon' of choice.
This recipe could easily be made as a vegan friendly meal also by using tempeh. Make sure you have plenty of bread to mop up the oily sauce. You may feel smug after eating such a tasty meal and knowing it is full of health.