Thursday, February 18, 2016

Broccoli and gnocchi Make it a side!

On my new way to staying healthy and keeping my mind focused on healthy meals this easy combination can be used as a side dish or a meal.

Note:  Portion control:  There is plenty of room on your dish for your Protein such as chicken or fish.

I'm thinking side dish today because I want more protein in my diet and less carbs but don't want to cut down on healthy vegetables so why not combine the veggies and carbs and make this a side for your chicken, turkey or fish meal.  I am.

1 large  head of broccoli cut in pieces, remove hard stems.  
1/4 cup virgin olive oil or a little more
2 cloves minced or chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 package store bought gnocchi or pasta 
grated or shredded Italian cheese ( I like Pecorino Romano but today used shredded Parmesan)

In a large pot with some added salt place all broccoli in water.  Cook on medium high. Bring to a boil  for several minutes.  Add packaged gnocchi and cook for several minutes more.  Do not overcook  Taste Test a piece of broccoli and a gnocchi.  Drain

In the same pot you cooked the broccoli and gnocchi add olive oil and garlic.  Simmer for a few minutes making sure not to burn garlic.  Add broccoli and gnocchi, toss well. Place on platter or in a large bowl and garnish with cheese.  Yummy!!! Enjoy! Serve with your protein as a possibility chicken......

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