In Love With Gnocchi Alfredo

Not only is this dish delightful on your pocket it is so incredibly delicious and easy to make. Tonight I made Gnocchi Alfredo for dinner. A recipe I got from the magazine Taste of Home. The magazine is filled with tons of great recipes, many of which are very affordable.

Both Nick and I loved this meal. Nick says its up there with my Garlic Fettuccine Alfredo and Chicken Cutlets. So I know it’s good.  I will say it is very filling so make sure you have lots of room in your belly.

Here’s the dish:

Prep Time: 20 mins.

Makes 5 servings

2 lbs. frozen potato gnocchi

3 Tbsps. butter

1 Tbsp., plus 1 1/2 tsp. flour

1 – 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Dash ground nutmeg

1/2 lb. sliced baby portabello mushrooms

Minced fresh parsley, optional

Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt 1 Tbsp. butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cool and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the stir in cheese and nutmeg until blended. Keep warm.

Drain gnocchi. In a large heavy skillet, cook remaining butter over medium heat until golden brown (do not burn). Add mushrooms and gnocchi. Cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until gnocchi are lightly browned and mushrooms are tender. Serve with sauce. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.

Some addendum’s I made to the recipe… I used heavy cream instead of milk. Since we are not big fan of mushrooms, I did not use them. I also did not use parsley on the top of the pasta. I typically grate some extra cheese to put on top of the plated pasta. It did need a bit of salt and pepper as well as some extra cheese. I would leave that up to the individual because it is personal taste.

Let me know if you make this meal, I would love to hear your feedback.

Save Money at the Grocery Store

Oprah was great today and showed viewers how to feed families for less money. In this economy we need to save wherever we can. Eating out, ordering take out and not using leftovers will not help your wallet. Oprah had 3 top chef’s on helping 3 different families. Below is a link to Oprah’s site on today’s episode. The show solidified a lot of the things that I have been doing lately. 

 

I’ve been cooking more since I have not been working. Partly because I have the time, also because it really helps us financially. Not to mention it tastes far better than any restaurant.

 

Some of my tricks that help us save money and move faster in the grocery store are:

1. Plan Ahead

I plan my menu for 1-2 weeks in advance. Today I selected what I will be making the next 2 weeks. I will be going to the store Friday night as it always seems to be less crowded then. Then I wrote down all my ingredients that I will be needing for my upcoming meals (checking the cabinets for items I may already have). Tomorrow I will type out my menu by aisles so that its easier for me to maneuver through the grocery store.

2. Don’t Stray from the List

I really try my best to keep to the list that I have made. I don’t need anything except for what’s on it anyway. Right?

3. Look at your grocer’s website for special deals, coupons, etc. 

 

It has been my experience that as long as you plan ahead, have a list and don’t stray, you will save money each week. It is far cheaper to cook for yourself than it is to eat out every day. Plus, the leftovers are always better. We never used to eat leftovers, but we do now in order to save. 

 

The process is a bit time consuming I’ll admit. Friday plan your meals, make your list, find some coupons and head out to the store. You’ll be surprised the money you will start saving. Being an organized, smart shopper will save you at least $100. I have bought 2 weeks worth of groceries for about $100. Not bad huh?

 

Try it for a week and let me know how it goes. Don’t forget to read the link below on Oprah’s show today.

 

http://www.oprah.com/slideshow/oprahshow/20090227-tows-grocery-shopping-tips