Hey bloggin’ friends!!
Thursday = happy girl 🙂 Bc tomorrow’s Friday!!
Too bad it’s cold and rainy, but oh well, ain’t gonna let that spoil my mood 😉
So after much internal debate over tonight’s dinner, here’s what I came up with
- Pumpkin gnocchi w/ balsamic cream sauce
- Roasted farmer’s market green beans
- Stuffed baked tomatoes
Why I was so undecided today I will never know, however this idea came to me on my dreary commute home!
First up was the stuffed baked tomatoes based on this recipe
- 2 tomatoes, chop in half and scoop out pulp, save for filling
- fresh basil
- 2 tblsp bread crumbs
- 2 tblsp parm cheese
- 1 slice provolone (not pictured)
- salt & black pepper
Fill tomato halves with a mixture of the ingredients except provolone (layer this on top)
Bake in oven at 375F for 20 minutes.
Then it was onto the green beans, check out how beautiful these suckers were!
Just coat them in a mixture of EVOO, sea salt & black pepper
and bake at 425F for 10 minutes, and here you have it!
Lastly was the pumpkin gnocchi w/ balsamic cream sauce, using these guys and based on this recipe
- pumpkin gnocchi (World Market purchase)
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
- pinch nutmeg
- black pepper/salt
I ended up cooking the sauce over low heat for about 20 minutes so that it thickened up (since I didn’t use heavy cream) and combining it with the cooked gnocchi.
All together now 🙂
Final verdict peeps?
- roasted green beans rocked my socks off – they were soooooooo good!!
- stuffed baked tomatoes were fabulous, kind of like a winterized caprese salad right!!
- pumpkin gnocchi I didn’t love (sorry World Market) however the balsamic cream sauce was phenomenal, I would like to try it on some pasta and add some fresh sage, yum!
I love having “experiment” nights to use up what I have at home…. and this one was a success in my book 🙂
Oh yea, and have you entered the Exercise TV 3 DVD contest yet peeps?! If not, you have til 5pm tomorrow to get your entries in!!! 🙂
Alright, time to get ready for Grey’s Anatomy and snuggle up with The Man…. brrrr it’s chilly outside 😉
Any fun plans for the weekend bloggies?! We are playing it low key again and hope to get some projects done around the house…. plus there is a chance that this lady may come home from VA Tech to visit (!!!)
… and if so, she has requested some yummy healthy eats 🙂 (Sis, if you are reading, which I know you are – come home and visit I miss you!)
And yes, I’m ready for my long hair back if you can’t tell 😉 (this pic was our Christmas cruise January of this year – so fun!)
Alright bloggerific peeps, I’m outta here, you better have a great night and I’ll see you for Friday and the GIVEAWAY WINNER announcement!!!