By Ester Lazzoni, HCTP July 2015
November is the perfect time to celebrate the season with root vegetables and mushrooms. It’s during this time of year that we crave warm, comforting dishes. So why not make something hearty, yet simple, like these sweet potato gnocchi? The natural sweetness of the gnocchi blends perfectly with the earthiness of the mushrooms and parsley. Unlike store-bought gnocchi, these are made with only two ingredients – even my Italian nonna (grandma) approves!
For the gnocchi:
- 1.5 pounds sweet potatoes or Japanese sweet potatoes
- 2 heaping tablespoons flour
For the mushrooms:
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 1 pound white mushrooms, washed and halved
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Poke sweet potatoes with fork and place on baking tray. Bake for 1 hour or until flesh is very soft.
- In the meantime, mix 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, and parsley in pan over medium heat.
- After a minute or two, add mushrooms and let cook, covered, for about 10 minutes or until soft, then set aside.
- Remove sweet potatoes from oven and let cool. Peel and mash with fork in mixing bowl.
- Mix in flour and work with your hands. Do not overwork the “dough” as it’ll release water.
- Divide dough and roll into sausage-like shapes, about 1/2-inch thick.
- Cut rolls into 1-inch rectangles and set aside on tray.
- In a wide frying pan, add 1 tablespoon oil and pan fry gnocchi for 4 minutes, until golden.
- Serve with sautéed mushrooms and garnish with extra chopped parsley (optional).
Ester is a holistic Health Coach who helps women make healthier lifestyle choices to gain more body and mind confidence and boost their energy and vitality. Being a mama of two little children, she understands how overwhelming day-to-day life can be, and her practice is focused on practical and simple steps to meet her clients where they are. She loves uncomplicated life hacks and recipes with less than five ingredients, and she believes a positive outlook on life is healthier and better for the soul than a kale salad. If she’s not in the kitchen creating recipes for her clientele, she’s running after her kids or taking a long relaxing swim in her local swimming pool. To learn more about Ester, check out her website and Instagram.