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When I have a cheat meal, I generally like to keep it clean, meaning no processed stuff. This clean eating sweet potato gnocchi with mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes recipe is a perfect example of that. My cheat meals usually consist of extra calories and extra good fats. For me, it’s more about quantity than eating junky stuff. I just love to eat, so my treat meals are always big. (Don’t judge.)
I tend to go all out with these meals. There’s something therapeutic about it for me. I think it’s a hangover from my days of binge eating. I always took so much comfort in mass amounts of food. I’m still not sure what it is about a lot of food that feels comforting to me, but for me, more food really does equal comfort on some level. So I make room for that in my eating plan when I need to.
I know there are some people out there who use this as a technique for getting fit. I believe it’s called “calorie loading” or something of that nature. But for me I’m just happy when I can finally have more. It’s a relief after watching what I eat so closely for a week or longer.
All I can say is, I went to bed a very happy woman the night I had this for dinner.
NOTE: You will most likely want to make the gnocchi a day or so ahead of time. While there is nothing like fresh gnocchi right out of the pot, I don’t know too many people who want to spend a ton of time cooking when they are anticipating a fabulous cheat meal. Even when cheating… planning ahead pays off!
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SWEET POTATO GNOCCI WITH MUSHROOMS AND SUN DRIED TOMATOES RECIPE:
Sweet Potato Gnocchi With Mushrooms And Sun Dried Tomatoes
- 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
- 8 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 8 large crimini mushrooms
- 6 cups gnocchi
- 4 medium baked chicken breasts, cubed
- GNOCCHI INGREDIENTS:
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour + extra on reserve
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp. salt
- Place the tomatoes and oil in a pan with the garlic and sauté.
- Stir in the mushrooms and continue to cook and stir until the mushrooms have wilted.
- Stir in the gnocchi, chicken and spinach. Continue to cook and stir until everything is well combined and heated through.
This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 9/28/11.