Summer Dinner Slam Dunk!

August 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment


Summer Gnocchi

I had to stop dinner to get this picture before the last bit was eaten

Tonight was one of those nights where I threw together a meal that was quick and easy, delicious and has officially entered the recipe book for summers to come.  A summer dinner slam dunk!

Putting together a meal in the summer that involves fresh veggies and minimal cooking is a constant goal.  With the record heat we have had in Toronto this summer, who wants to turn on the oven or have the stove top bubbling away?

This recipe combines fresh veggies, a bit of meat and yummy gnocchi and uses only one pan on the stove.  Seconds and thirds were eaten at our dinner table tonight!

Aurora Foods makes gnocchi from corn, rice or spelt if you can’t eat the fresh ones made mostly from wheat.  You could also change-up the meat and add more veggies if you wish!

For the little ones – because this contains fresh tomato, you should wait until your baby is one.  The gnocchi (from rice or spelt) would be great finger food for a baby nine months and up.

Summer Gnocchi

  • 1 pkg gnocchi
  • 2 pork chops, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 yellow pepper, diced
  • 10 snow peas, sliced
  • 1 sun-dried tomato (in oil), chopped fine
  • 1 green onion, chopped fine
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped fine
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee / clarified butter (or olive oil)
  • salt & pepper
  • basil (1/2 tsp dried or 5 leaves, chopped fine)
  • paprika
  • parmesan

In a large bowl combine the tomato, pepper, snow peas, sun-dried tomato, onion and garlic.  Add 1/4 tsp salt, basil and pepper to taste.

Heat a frying pan and add 1 Tbsp olive oil.  Add the pork and sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.  Sauté the pork until cooked (3 – 5 minutes).  Remove the pork from the pan and add to the tomato mixture.

Add ghee or olive oil to the warm pan and add the gnocchi, right from the package (that’s right, you don’t have to boil it!). Cooking over medium heat, stir the gnocchi so it is coated in the butter/oil and cover.  Stir every 2 minutes until gnocchi is soft, but the outside is brown making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan if some of the gnocchi sticks.  This should take about 6 – 8 minutes.  Remove and add to the tomato-pork mixture.

Toss the ingredients and spoon into bowls.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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Entry filed under: 1 Year, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Good Grains, Toddlers, Vegetables, wheat-free.

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