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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Italian love

Today was a fast day- I woke up late, so I only did about 15 minutes of ab exercises before getting ready for work. My quick breakfast was a huge choco-banana-berry smoothie, and I packed my food for the day as I was sipping on it!

I packed: A baggie of raw almonds, which I ate mid-morning; a can of Amy's black bean soup and some baby carrots I had for lunch, and an apple I snacked on mid-afternoon.

Work went by fast- there were a lot of signs to put up and a lot of customers, so time flew by!
Once I was done I headed over to belmont to pick us this baby for dinner:

Pancetta, otherwise known as Italian bacon, was the key ingredient to my fab dinner tonight!
During the afternoon I snacked on about 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese and did some homework before making dinner.

I made a fantastic Italian dinner tonight! I cooked up the package of gnocci I picked up at the store the other day, and while that was boiling I sauteed some chopped pancetta in olive oil, added some black pepper and wilted some spinach in there. When the spinach was nice and cooked I added some sweet basil tomato sauce (about 3/4 cup) along with some parmesan cheese, added the drained gnocchi and let it simmer for a bit for the flavors to meld.

I thought I would only need a tiny portion because gnocchi is pretty filling...

but I went back for seconds (1/2 of the 1st portion) because it was sooo good! This whole dish made about 4 servings, theres leftovers for Tyler for tomorrow night because he tried it and liked it!!

Now I'm settling down for a bit with a second glass of red wine- I did a lot this weekend, so there won't be too much work for me tonight. Back in the grind for sure tomorrow morning!


VeggieGirl said...

Love the Italian feast!

jenngirl said...

Glad you had such a delicious day! I've never tried gnocchi, but yours looks so good! :)

ksgoodeats said...

I'll have to try your gnocchi recipe! Usually when I make it I just use a plain tomato sauce so your's sounds about 100x better!

jess said...

Congratulations on getting so much done; it's always great to be able to kick back and relax on a sunday! I always forget, is gnocchi pasta or potatoes? Iron Chef Batali tells me all the time but it just doesn't seem to stick ;) Draining pasta when it's still al dente and letting it finish in the sauce is the Best Trick Ever: SUCH a flavorful end product, you bet I woulda been in there for seconds too!! Have a great week!

Kristin said...

Gnocchi is kind of both! They're potato dumplings, that taste a lot like pasta, but they're made with both potatoes and flour! I've wanted to make my own but they're a bit time consuming- the frozen kind worked out well, maybe some day I'll make my own!

strongandhealthy said...

What a delicious dinner! I love gnocchi!!