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,
SPC

9 comments:

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

Stephanie 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! :)

Stephanie 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!

whit. ing. 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.