Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sweet Potato and Sausage with Gnocchi for NNM!

Today seemed to just be one of those great days. The weather was slightly better. Half of the interns presented their formal case studies (I go in the next round), and did amazing! Plus we got out early too! As I have posted before, it seems that when you start the day right with a workout and/or power breakfast, the rest of the day falls into place. I got in a good a.m. swim then ate fantastic overnight oats with blueberries, went to my rotation for half a day (therapy bunny Suitcase was there!), then watched the formal case study presentations, came home for a fantastic run with a little tempo at the end, and finally played outside with the dog. A. Great. Day! 

Oh, plus it's National Nutrition Month so seeing lots of social media posts with healthy tips, yummy recipes, and feel good vibes makes me passionate about my future profession as a registered dietitian. I strive to continually improve my own plate while having a happy balance with all foods. I really do believe you can have all foods fit in moderation! Yes, pizza and cake can fit on your plate, but you also need to look at the bigger picture....your unique pattern of eating. Don't get me wrong, I'll go for the second cookie sometimes!

My last post talked about NNM Tip #1 (add more veggies by trying a different method of preparation such as sauteed, steaming, roasting, or just plain raw with a new type of dip). So here's Tip #2.

National Nutrition Month (NNM) Tip #2: Everything in moderation. If your meal will be higher in less nutritious items, try filling up with extra serving of vegetables or fruit. You can even add extra veggies to your meal where it might not call for it. 

I love gnocchi...and with sausage I can be one happy girl. So by using the NNM #2, what could be a very heavy meal can turn out to give you more veggies then you think and a satisfied tummy. My roommate and I really like to pair this dish after a long long run or a hard double training day. Add a side salad and your body will thank you!

Sweet Potato and Sausage with Gnocchi

  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 sausage links (I've used chicken, turkey, and pork before)
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach (You can use a whole pk of frozen too)
  • 1 package of gnocchi 
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • Sprinkle of cheese (I used Gorgonzola cheese)

First, set the oven to 425. I like to roast the cubed sweet potatoes with a little olive oil and paprika. Cook the sausage per instructions on the package. While the sausage is cooking, you can sauteed the spinach and garlic. Now, when the sausage is done, you can either add the gnocchi to the same pan and it will soak up the sausage juice or get a fresh pan and add a little olive oil. Would I always use this method with the gnocchi, no....but sometimes is ok for me! Let the gnocchi cook for a minute or two to get that crispy crunch and then flip and stir every few minutes until it is done. It will about 5-8 more minutes. I like to taste test one (it will be warm throughout when done). Throw everything together, sprinkle with cheese if you desire, and enjoy!


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