Gnocchi & Tomato Bake

I talked about last week how I am working harder to give myself a break and not ask too much. Let me give you an example of how silly I have been lately. I am always looking for new recipes to share with you on here, so much so that I rarely repeat a meal. I make a new from scratch recipe every night and since I photograph each step it often takes double the effort of just making a meal. Now I do this because I do love exploring new recipes and I love sharing them with you. But with two jobs and a husband and daughter to pay attention to this has added unnecessary stress. Turning something that I love into a chore.

So after some soul searching last week I decided that I needed to focus more on easy meals and to also give myself days off from recipe testing during the week so I can actually repeat simple meal ideas that I have already shared. This has already been a big weight off my shoulders already. A less stressed Laura means a better wife and mum, plus I hope and even better blogger.

Today I am sharing a quick meal that is perfect for a week day meal.

Gnocchi & tomato bake

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
400g (15oz) tin chopped tomatoes
500g (16oz) pack gnocchi
handful basil leaves, torn in half
125g ball mozzarella, torn into chunks or grated
recipe from BBC Good Food

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Gnocchi with Broccoli & Parmesan Cream Sauce

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

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