The Jewish New Year is coming up, and between that, the wedding, and the stress of a new school year, I needed a drastic change. I have been thinking about doing the Dr. Oz cleanse for a few weeks now and decided that this weekend was the weekend to do it once and for all. With the grocery shopping for it done, I wanted to make sure that my last solid meal for 3 days was fantastic, and it was!
Gnocchi with Pesto and Roasted Broccoli
-one handful of gnocchi per person (we make Michael Symon‘s recipe and freeze until needed)
-few tablespoons of pesto (ours is homemade basil and pine-nut, frozen into ice cube trays)
-handful of mushrooms of choice
-head of broccoli
Toss pieces of broccoli with diced onion, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Roast in a 400 degree oven until crispy.
Meanwhile, saute the mushrooms in olive oil and garlic. Let the mushrooms sit on each side long enough to absorb the oil and until they start to soften and brown. Boil water and drop in gnocchi -when they float they’re ready. Mix about 2 tablespoons of the pasta water to the pesto to loosen it up a bit, then add the pesto to the pan with mushrooms. Add cooked gnocchi and stir thoroughly to combine flavors.
Serve with grated Parmesan cheese (on both the broccoli and gnocchi, if desired!) and enjoy. Healthy,filling, and light at the same time– a great balance of pasta, vegetables, and herbs. While this didn’t have a traditional protein source, it was awesome non-the-less and a great way to enjoy my last meal of ‘real’ food!