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Sometimes I can't decide what I want to eat. Like a little kid, I want everything but I want nothing at the same time. This time I couldn't decide between gnocchi and ratatouille. So instead of going in an endless argument with myself, I just put it all together to create this delicious recipe, Crispy Gnocchi with Ratatouille Vegetables.
Lately, I am all about mediterranean everything, vegetables, spices, dishes, flavours. This cuisine is rich in colourful vegetables, fresh food, whole unprocessed grains. It also includes a lot of seeds, nuts, healthy fats, such as olive oil and many dishes in Mediterranean cuisine are already vegan.
But the thing with mediterranean food is that it has so many options. This, in my world, is a blessing and a curse. I was craving a fresh bowl of colourful Mediterranean veggies. But at the same time I wanted something warm and more on the comfort-food side.
I had a bunch of different veggies in the fridge; eggplant, cherry tomatoes, spinach, red and yellow bell pepper, and zucchini. So, I immediately though of ratatouille, the ultimate Mediterranean veggie dish.
Ratatouille has made its way all around the world but it is originally from the French Provence, more specifically Nice. There are many recipes since it's one of those family dishes that vary from one home to another. But in all of them you get colourful veggies, aromatic spices and an incredibly delicious dish.
I was set on the vegetables but I still felt like I needed a bit more. Luckily, Ratatouille has a super low calorie count and is usually served with some sort of carb. I wasn't feeling neither rice nor quinoa, the usual things you see mixed with this dish.
So, I went to my pantry to get a bit of inspiration. After a good 5 minute dead stare at nothing, I noticed a package of gnocchi I had shoved all the way in the back. It was exactly what I was craving, those fluffy clouds of delicious dough.
Whenever you buy gnocchi at the store, just make sure you get the vegan version. The original recipe is actually vegan, but I have seen a few brands that add egg to it. It is rare but just double check to make sure.
Ok, back to the fluffy clouds! I boil them first and then I add them to a frying pan. We are after crispy gnocchi, this will take about ten minutes, just move them around so they roast from all sides until you get that beautiful golden brown color.
To take this recipe to another level, I also made a nut parmesan. It is super easy to make! You only need 4 ingredients and a food processor. I used toasted cashew nuts, smoked paprika, virgin olive oil, and some nutritional yeast for that cheesy flavour.
Once you have everything cooked, add the nut parmesan, the herbs, and give it a good stir. This easy and super delicious recipe will transport you to the Mediterranean with the first bite!
For the Gnocchi
For the herbs
For the nut parmesan
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 466||From Fat 167|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 19g||28.5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||12.4%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 71g||23.6%|
|Dietry Fiber 11g||45.7%|
|Vitamin A 4890.07IU||97.8%|
|Vitamin B-12 4.87µg||81.2%|
|Vitamin B-6 6.55mg||327.4%|
|Vitamin C 113.16mg||188.6%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 3.94mg||13.1%|
|Vitamin K1 112.29µg||140.4%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 1.35mg||13.5%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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