The simplicity of checking macros off a list never ceases to amaze me. Carbs, protein, fat, all mixed together in one million delicious ways to create a nutrient-dense meal. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of unhealthy ways to combine those nutrients. But when they come together as colorfully and deliciously as this, it's pretty magical. Does anyone else get this excited about food? Just me ...?
This would be amazing with some chopped walnuts and green apple shavings too or whatever is fresh and in season at the farmers market! The beans and the gnocchi combine to make a really delicious, simple base to allow some of the extra flavor from the brussels sprouts and the lemon juice come through. What's gnocchi?
Gnocchi is basically a potato ball or potato dumpling. It actually means 'lumps' in Italian. It can be made with other ingredients like semolina, ordinary wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato, breadcrumbs, cornmeal but usually potatoes. They're delicious little pillows of dough that can be enjoyed with the same kinds of toppings you'd use on any pasta dish. Pesto, tomato sauce, butter, whatever your fancy.
Brussels + Beans Nourish Bowl
1 package gnocchi
15oz white beans (rinsed and drained if canned)
1 pound brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
1/4 cup sliced radishes
juice of 1 lemon
handful of sprouts (broccoli, bean, alf alfa are great)
salt and pepper to taste
*optional red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Place brussels sprouts in a large cast iron skillet with a couple glugs of olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high on the stovetop for 5-10 minutes until the bottoms begin to blacken. Shake the pan a few times and pop it in the oven. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes shaking the pan periodically to make sure even cooking.
While the brussels sprouts bake, cook gnocchi according to package (boil water, toss 'em in for a few minutes until they float), drain and place in a large bowl.
When the brussels sprouts are finished, place with gnocchi and beans and add the rest of the ingredients.
Toss together and add salt and pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.