It’s been a while…

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted.  Many crazy things have happened this year, including buying our first house!  The short sale buying process was insane, stressful, nearly heartbreaking, and cost me several bottles of Tums.  But in the end, after a year looking and a three month short sale process, we closed around June, and are incredibly happy in our new home.

We are almost at the two year mark of our diet change.  I still think about eating meat occasionally.  Sometimes when we are going to a restaurant, I think to myself that I will get some chicken or something if I can’t convince myself to like the meager vegetarian option that they offer.  Thus far, the guilt of eating meat has kept me from making such a selection.  I will occasionally order egg drop soup or some other kind of soup that I know is not strictly vegetarian.  I don’t know why that’s better in my mind, but it seems to be.

I still can’t believe how hard it is where I live to go to a restaurant and find a good Vegetarian meal selection.  How I’d love to know that I can sit down and order something fulfilling that I can eat with a knife and a fork.  For the most part, 90% of my options are some kind of sandwich or a salad.  It’s frustrating.

On the brighter side, we’ve been able to find several satisfying and delicious meal options for the holidays, which I will attempt to post shortly.

Happy Holidays!

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Gnocchi with White Beans and Kale

It’s time I shared with you my favorite recipe since switching to Vegetarianism.  I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Gnocchi.  In the wrong sauce it can be pretty unappealing, but when paired correctly, it becomes a thing of wonders.

Ingredients:

1 16oz package of gnocchi

1 large onion – finely sliced

3-4 cloves of garlic – chopped

1 can of cubed tomatoes

1 can cannelini beans

1/2 cup white wine

5 cups or so of chopped kale

1/2 cup shredded mozzerella cheese

approx 2 tbsp of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

-Heat half of the oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the gnocchi, and saute, stirring often, until lightly browned.  Remove the gnocchi from the pan, and set aside.

-Add the rest of the oil to the pan, and add the onions and a little salt.  Saute until turning translucent, about 5 minutes.

-Add the wine and the garlic, and bring to a boil.  Let boil for about 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes, beans, kale, and salt and pepper.  Let simmer for about 5 – 10 minutes until kale is wilted.  Add the gnocchi back into the pan and cook for another 5 minutes.  Sprinkle mozzarella on top and let melt, around 2 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

This recipe is great with almost any kind of greens.  We like kale because it has a nice texture contrast with the gnocchi.  Spinach works great too!