Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Flying by the seat of my pants

I am not usually a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of mom. If given my druthers, I like to plan out a good part of my week, our activities, our meals, and what we need to accomplish. This isn't always easy with two little ones, so I have come to terms with my I-like-to-feel-like-I'm-in-control-of-everything-even-though-I-know-I'm-not-itis (a good life lesson for all of us, n'est pas?).

So it was with a certain amount of anticipation that I purposely went to our local Wednesday afternoon Farmer's Market with no recipe, no meal, nothing in mind. R, G and I went and bought some beautiful wax and green beans, heirloom tomatoes, and black raspberries. Coupled with our garden's zucchini and peppers, I created this meal.

Gnocchi with zucchini and roasted peppers in a goat cheese sauce, fresh beans with carmelized onions and garlic and black raspberries (these tasted so divine, it would have been a crime to mess with them).

I think I may be flying by the seat of my pants more often.

Here's the gnocchi recipe:

Gnocchi with Zucchini and Roasted Peppers in a Goat Cheese Sauce
2 pounds of fresh gnocchi
2 t olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 zucchini, diced
1 roasted red pepper, roughly chopped
4 ounces neufchatel (light cream cheese)
4 ounces goat cheese
1/2 c skim milk
salt and pepper to taste

In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until it become translucent and begins to brown a bit. Add the zucchini and peppers, cook for about 3-4 more minutes. Reduce heat to low.

In a separate stock pot, cook gnocchi according to directions. Drain. Add to the peppers and zucchini. Immediately add the cheeses and milk and stir to melt and incorporate, adding a bit more milk as necessary. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Delish, and an honest to goodness breeze to make.

Sweet Eats,


emstitt said...

Goodness gracious! That's you flying by the seat of your pants?!??! Last night I flew by the seat of my pants, but it involved a frozen Stouffer's entree! :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with emstitt.

love and hugs,
grandma baba.xxx

Anonymous said...

I agree with emstitt.

love and hugs,
grandma baba.xxx

Live.Love.Eat said...

You are definitely very creative with your meals. Maybe I would be (or should be)if my 4yo was more creative in his eating. This looks awesome!!!!

Sweet Pea Chef said...

I was in a creative mood, I love me some frozen food too, you know! :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

There's something for you at my place!

JerseyBaby said...

I can't get anyone in my family to eat goat or feta cheese, but you inspired me to make myself a tomato and goat cheese salad for dinner!

whitneyingram said...

Gnocchi... I have been wanting to try doing something with that. Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and will be visiting often! This recipe alone sounds fantastic. Of course anything with goat cheese has me hooked.