Did you miss me? I missed you. Life has been so crazy so blogging had to take the back seat. But things have calmed down a bit so I am happy to be back doing what I love.
My first week back I wanted to share to share one of my new simple meal ideas that I have been making during these busy weeks. Simple meals like this has been necessary these past few months. Although I can’t lie we have also eaten way too much prepared foods like pizza and Indian take-away which has been a bit of a drain financially. I seriously forgot how expensive it is to not cook from scratch. But now that I have more free time I am back to my more organized meal planning self and excited to share more recipes with you.
Bacon and Broccoli with Soba Noodles
225g (8 oz) soba noodles
275g (3 c.) broccoli, cut into florets
8 rashers of bacon
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
20g (2 Tbsp) pine nuts
60g (1/4 c.) basil pesto
20g (1/4 c.) parmesan, grated
We all have days when we just need some comfort food. Winter often means days on end of cloudy grey skies that does nothing but fuel gloomy moods. So having a dish that warms the belly and the soul is a must for me. I was shocked to learn that my husband had never tried gnocchi before. As a foodie I feel I have some how failed him having gone this long into our marriage and not prepared it for him. I have actually added homemade gnocchi to my food bucket list to try this year. While I know it takes a lot of effort I hear that home made is an amazing must try. For now I will take the easy road because not only does it take less effort it is a simple weekday meal option because it only takes 3 minutes to cook.
It is simple meals like this that the I find can turn a gloomy day around. I wonder why comfort food does so much for our emotions. I have no idea, but all I know is ending a bad day with this put a smile on my face.
Gnocchi with Broccoli & Parmesan Cream Sauce
14g (1 Tbsp) butter
1 garlic clove , crushed
pinch chilli flakes (optional)
150ml (2/3 c.) vegetable stock
4 Tbsp half-fat crème fraîche
50g (1/2 c.) parmesan
250g (1/2 lb) broccoli florets
250g (1/2 lb) gnocchi
Don’t ever tell yourself that making delicious homemade Chinese dishes at home is too hard. If you give it a try you just might surprise yourself at what you can do. So put away those frozen stir-fry bags or those expensive takeaways and give this a try.