advertisement



Entrée


Print this page | Sign up for free e-bulletins
 | Bookmark This Page
Potato Gnocchi
 
Description

Gnocchi (pronounced "nyo-kee" and derived from the German word for "knuckle") are tasty little dumplings, and one of Italy's oldest pastas, dating back to the 12th century. Traditional ingredients vary from region to region, with recipes including potatoes, flour, semolina, ricotta cheese, spinach, and even bread crumbs. Potatoes are packed with complex carbohydrates, plenty of potassium, vitamins C and B-6, and lots of great minerals. When making gnocchi (a relaxing activity in itself), pinch each one to create an indentation to hold the sauce. Immediately let it fall to the floured surface so you handle the gnocchi as little as possible. Cook them right away if you can. Toss the dumplings into the bubbling water and savor the scented steam. Your gnocchi will emerge light and delectable.

Food as Medicine
The USDA's Agricultural Research Service, in a study in the September, 2007 issue of Agricultural Research magazine, reported that two varieties of potatoes studied - Red and Norkotah - had phenolic content rivaling that of broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Phenols are a large group of compounds that often have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties, all of which are known to benefit cardiovascular health.

 
Ingredients

1 pound baking potatoes
1 3/4 cups unbleached white flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash paprika
Dash grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

 
Instructions

1. Peel the potatoes, cut in quarters, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and cook until tender. Drain and mash. You should have about 2 cups.

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, a few dashes of paprika and nutmeg, and the chopped parsley.

3. Add the warm potatoes and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead just until dough is well mixed and not sticky. Let rest for 15 minutes.

4. Roll chunks of dough on floured board into logs about 1 inch thick. Cut into diagonal slices about 3/4 inch thick.

5. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add gnocchi. After they rise to the surface, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered.

6. Drain well and cover with your favorite pasta sauce.

Want more healthy, delicious recipes? Join the Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging online guide for access to hundreds of anti-inflammatory recipes and our exclusive eating guides. Sign up today and get 14 days free!


Serves 4

Nutrients Per Serving
Calories: 289.3
Protein: 8.1 grams
Fat: 0.7 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.1 grams
Monounsat Fat: 0.1 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 0.3 grams
Carbohydrate: 62.2 grams
Fiber: 3.4 grams
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Vitamin A: 97.5 IU
Vitamin E: 0.3 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 24.8 mg
Calcium: 18.9 mg
Magnesium: 36.8 mg

 

For your free personalized supplement recommendation, visit Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor.

The Weil Vitamin Advisor
Get your FREE personalized vitamin recommendation & supplement plan today!

Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging
Your Online Guide to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Start eating for your health - begin your free trial now.

Dr. Weil's Spontaneous Happiness
Achieve emotional well-being
in just eight weeks!
Start your 10-day free trial now!

Vitamin Library
Supplement your knowledge with Dr. Weil's essential vitamin facts. Learn why they are necessary and more.

Dr. Weil's Optimum Health Plan
Your 8-week plan to wellness.
Begin your journey today!
 

Dr. Weil's Head-to-Toe
Wellness Guide

Your guide to natural health.
Use the Wellness Guide today!

Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet Food Pyramid
Our interactive tool can help improve overall health through diet.

Condition Care Guide
Learn about health conditions from acne to vertigo, and Dr. Weil's view of the best treatment options for each.

Healthy Recipes
Discover a treasure trove of healthy, healing foods and creative, delicious ways to prepare them.

Q&A Library
Over 2,000 questions from you
and their corresponding answers
from Dr. Weil.

 
Copyright © 2014 Weil Lifestyle, LLC
Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

Ad Choice
Advertising Notice

This Site and third parties who place advertisements on this Site may collect and use information about your visits to this Site and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like to obtain more information about these advertising practices and to make choices about online behavioral advertising, please click here