Adventures of Eating with dReJ: healthy, cheap, delicious

Quick link to recipe: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chickpea_spinach_squash_gnocchi.html

4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each

Total Time: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound frozen or shelf-stable gnocchi (we got the kind off the shelf. Look carefully in the pasta section for it)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced peeled butternut squash or unpeeled delicata squash (1- to 2-inch-long slices)
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots (1-2 medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (we use minced garlic always)
  • 1 14-ounce can vegetable broth (we used chicken broth cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons currants
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar reduction or 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

So we left out some ingredients – mainly because we didn’t want to buy fresh sage and we couldn’t figure out where a “current” would be – so we just left it out. It still turned out good!

dReJsay: Again, this is another pretty quick recipe to make. If you are unsure about the butternut squash thing – take a look at our Butternut Squash & Bean Taco post for pics of what to look for. I personally think this recipe is better when you eat it right after you make it. When i tried it right after we prepared it, i thought it was delicious. When we reheated it, I felt like it was lacking something so I ended up adding some seasoning like cracked red pepper to it.

Another thought we had was that the chickpeas and gnocchi were too similar in texture – and perhaps it would be tastier if the ingredients were more diverse. You could trade out the chickpeas for another vegetable, perhaps mushrooms would be good. Or just pick your favorite veggie and throw it in. You aren’t going to ruin this recipe with some carrots, mushrooms, or whatever.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 458 calories

We added a piece of french baguette bread with a little marinara and fat free shredded cheese that we had on hand. So if you were going to do bread – be sure to add the calories for whatever kind you add!

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