So. I know I was just talking about Jay Z and Beyonce’s Vegan Journey the other day (PS—don’t know why I keep calling it that), but because I am on no such quest, here’s a recipe with bacon in it. And cheese.

I feel like gnocchi gets a bad reputation for being a calorie bomb because it’s so often bathed in cream sauce and oil. Though I wouldn’t call it objectively healthy, it’s not really any better or worse than any white pasta—a  3/4 cup serving has around 200 calories and 3 grams of protein with a lot of carbs but negligible fiber. It really depends on preparation. It can be dressed up in an angel costume just as easily as in a devil costume, so why not go the “good” route? Or at least err on the side of lesser evil.

img 4202 - Gnocchi with Brussels and BaconYou don’t have to break the calorie bank with this recipe (Wow, did I really just say “calorie bank?” And “calorie bomb?” Don’t worry—my blog hasn’t been hacked by a fembot dietitian; I’m just a little under-caffeinated), but you still get lots of flavor for your nutrition buck (really, I swear—I just need some coffee). Using very little oil, swapping in uncured bacon for the nitrate-happy stuff, and finishing it off with just a dash of truffle salt and a sprinkle of grated pecorino or parm makes this a delicious comfort without the food-guilt-coma.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 ounces shaved Brussels sprouts
  • 2 slices uncured bacon, cooked
  • 1.5 c gnocchi
  • 1 tbsp grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
  • Truffle salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add gnocchi to boiling water and cook 4-5 minutes or until gnocchi float to surface. Strain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Sauté shallot and garlic 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add brussels sprouts.
  3. Cook until sprouts are a bright green and softened. Add bacon and gnocchi. Toss well to coat. Season with a dash of truffle salt and toss again.
  4. Serve hot with 1-2 tsp grated cheese on top.

For a vegetarian version, use tempeh bacon. To make this vegan, you can try adding nutritional yeast instead of cheese, though I can’t vouch for the flavor combination.

Here’s another of favorite non-vegetarian gnocchi dish

Do you like gnocchi? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it? 

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