“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
When it’s cold outside, all you want to do is snuggle up and eat a stick-to-your-ribs meal of comfort classics, wrap yourself up in a blanket, and hibernate. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the time it takes to make those comfort foods after a long day of work, a commute, and let’s face-it sometimes the urge to wrap up in a blanket is stronger than the one to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Well, I’ve got some delicious go-to meals that can satisfy all of your cravings, while only taking 20-30 minutes to make, and today I’m going to share one of them with you!
As you all know, I have a full-time job (I am a paralegal) and I still have a house and “farm” to upkeep. David and I have chickens, ducks, rabbits, 2 cats and a dog. We both work Monday-Friday, we are always starting and/or finishing projects, and let’s just face it: we are always busy. But when you are on a budget, home cooked meals are definitely the way to go, so that means I always have to set aside a bit of time to make dinner. I also have cravings, especially in these winter months, that must be satisfied. So, over the years I have developed a few go-to dishes that I can make when I want something heart and soul warming, that don’t take much time at all to make. That leaves me with the rest of the evening for some additional chores, but also time to relax, get some crocheting done, enjoy some garden planning, and watch a few YouTube videos or a TV show and maybe even get some reading done.
Here is the recipe for one of my favorite week-night winter meals that is both quick and delicious:
Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi.
1 Packet Store-Bought Gnocchi.
1 Stick Butter (don’t judge me….)
4 Handfuls Baby Spinach
1 Lemon (zest and juice)
7-8 Sliced Cremini Mushrooms (you can use any mushrooms that you like)
Fresh or Dried Rosemary (I prefer fresh but if you are in a pinch dried will work great)
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Shredded Parmesan Cheese for Topping
Fill a pasta pot with water, add at least a tbsp of salt to the water, and set the heat on high until it reaches boiling.
While water is heating, melt butter in a sauté pan, add mushrooms, a sprig of rosemary, and the zest of 1 lemon, and then allow mushrooms to brown, stirring once or twice to get all sides of mushrooms browned. Add your spinach, the juice of a lemon, and some finely chopped rosemary, salt and pepper, stir, and turn off the heat once the spinach starts to wilt.
Add gnocchi to boiling water and cook only about 2 minutes. Gnocchi is done once it floats. I like to use a slotted spoon to transfer gnocchi to my sauté pan because you will get some of that seasoned water into your spinach and mushroom mixture, creating a cohesive sauce. Mix gnocchi and sauce together, add some additional salt and pepper. Serve in shallow bowls or on a plate, topping as desired with shredded Parmesan cheese.
See?! I told you, simple, quick, and above-all delicious.
Now, wrap yourself in a blanket, and get to hibernating!