Spinach Gnocchi 

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Ingredients to serve 3:

1 packet of Simply wise Gluten free gnocchi 

1 small bunch of spinach 

1 bell pepper (you could use capsicum - I used bell pepper because that's what was available at the grocery store)

150g cheddar cheese 

3 tbs gluten free self raising flour 

500ml milk (so good soy milk or lactose feee milk)

50g spread, I used Nuttelex 

2 tbs garlic oil, I use Cobram estate 

Salt 

 

Method:

1. in a frying pan add garlic oil and allow to heat.

2. Once heated add spinach and capsicum and cook for 10 minutes 

3. Cook the gnocchi in a large pan of boiling water according to packet instructions
4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add the flour. Cook, for 1 minute over medium-low heat ensuring that you are constantly stirring
5. Gradually add the milk, whisking until smooth. Continue to stir and cook until it simmers and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the grated cheese and stir until melted and smooth

6. Add sautéed spinach and peppers to cheese mix and stir until combined 

7. Drain gnocchi and return to the pan. I only used 2/3 of the gnocchi and am using the rest for lunch tomorrow. Pour cheese sauce over the gnocchi and stir through.

 

Interesting fact:

One of the most interesting facts that I learnt which sparked my interest in nutrition is that non haem iron (iron from plant sources), requires vitamin C to be absorbed. I learnt it in food tech class when I was in my teens and remember coming home and eagerly telling my parents. We need iron so that oxygen can get transported around the body. For vegetarians especially, linking iron and vitamin c together are important. Today I used this principle when making my dinner. I used spinach, a good source of non-haem iron being teed up with bell peppers, a good source of vitamin c. I decided to make up a gnoc and cheese for dinner. I don't mean to boast but this was incredible - cheesy deliciousness!

 

Info for those with IBS

Simply Wise Gluten Free gnocchi is certified low FODMAP with Fodmap Friendly

Garlic infused oil is low FODMAP

50g cheese is low FODMAP

Woolworths Gluten Free self raising flour is low FODMAP

Spinach is low FODMAP

Bell Peppers are low FODMAP

So Good soy milk is a soy protein milk and is low FODMAP. Lactose free milk is low FODMAP