Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Lentil Bolognese

I am so happy to report that Katie of Chaos in the Kitchen won my salsa gift basket at The Great Fundraising Act yesterday with a final bid of $100!  Thanks so much Katie!!  Send me your address at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com.  I love Katie and her blog – here are just some of my favorite things she’s made:

Katie is one of those bloggers who posted regularly, and then didn’t and you know I always think the worst.  So I would leave her comments letting her know I was thinking of her.  Well, she was going through some personal shit, but is getting her life back together and is back to posting delicious recipes – love seeing you post again Katie!  Your photography is stunning as usual!

I was able to get up yesterday morning and make it to the gym.  I ended up doing 40 minutes of laps without stopping except to defog my goggles a couple times.  I can’t help but envy the really good swimmers and wish that were me, but I am content that I don’t drown when I swim and I can actually move in the water. 😀

I put the leftover cornbread that Tony made for me last week in the fridge so it wouldn’t go bad before I finished it, but sadly I think that dried it out.  So after this picture and first bite was taken, a liberal amount of hot sauce was added and that did the trick – 5 point cornbread, 1 egg, baby spinach and 3/4 ounce of brick cheese over the top, then popped in the toaster oven to get all melty.

With a side of cherries this was a delicious 10 point breakfast.

I have said that I normally take half the amount of insulin at breakfast so that I can have a blood sugar in the low 200’s before exercising at lunch.  At 10:30 I could feel the drop of sweat go down my back, and dammit if my blood sugar wasn’t 58.  Crap.  So I ate a banana.  That got it up to 77.  Then I ate a whole bowl of watermelon.  That got it up to 121.

So I ended up eating my lunch, with no insulin and decided I would just walk for 50 minutes.  Lunch was delicious by the way – I made a batch of lentil bolognese over the weekend (I am trying to introduce new foods to my WW SIL) and decided on making sweet potato gnocchi.  This could not be easier.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi  (4 servings at 8 points, or 6 servings at 5 points)

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (mine after peeling weighed 1.2 pounds)
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. salt

Peel and chop sweet potato and cook in water for about 15 minutes, or until fork tender.  Put in a bowl and mash, mix in the egg, flour and salt.  The dough will be sticky – just put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.  I did have to add a bit of flour to my counter to roll out the links before cutting the gnocchi.

Bring water to a bowl.  After rolling the dough into four long ropes, cut and separate into gnocchi pieces – toss in salted boiling water and stir the water with a spoon so they don’t stick to the bottom.  They literally cook in just a couple minutes.

I had my serving with 3/4 cup of the lentil bologese and a cup of baby spinach at the bottom – 12 points.

I kind of made them a little long, beause they puff up when you cook them, still delicious though!

So literally within 10 minutes of finishing my lunch, I had my window to walk.  Except it was a shitty walk.  I had created such a full stomach with the banana, watermelon and lunch to bump up my blood sugar numbers, that I felt like I was going to puke.  So only 20 minutes away from my office, I had to give up and head back.  So I can just say I “moved” for 40 minutes – nothing stellar!

It’s funny, sometimes I spend so much time on thinking of lunches for me and my SIL that I kind of gloss over what I am going to make for dinner.  I let Tony decide.  I started by saying “I can grill up some pork chops, I can make fish stick tacos.”  And he said “Fish stick tacos!”

My plate:

  • 6 fish sticks (5 pts)
  • 3 tortillas (3 pts)
  • 3 teaspoons avocado (1)
  • broccoli slaw (0)
  • spinach (0)
  • cherry peppers (0)
  • 3/4 ounce cheese (2)

11 points for this whole plate!

Stats for Monday:

  • 40 minute swim 😀
  • 40 minute shitty walk 😦
  • 33 points plus
  • average blood sugar 91

I am off to make a zucchini and smoked goat cheese omelet for breakfast – make it a great day!


21 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Lentil Bolognese

  1. Biz, you can make anything look good! Now I want fish sticks!!

  2. “This could not be easier.” I love gnocchi but for some reason never make them. I am putting these on the menu for this week!

  3. SO awesome that the fund raiser was SUCH a success! Glad you kicked butt in the pool! I was a swimmer growing up (on swim team), but haven’t really pushed myself back into swimming in years- I know I’d love it. Gnocchi! So tasty! I want to make a pumpkin gnocchi this fall.

  4. i have the opposite issue with meal planning! i always plan dinner, and lunch usually ends up being leftovers, or some random mish-mosh grabbed that morning from the fridge 🙂

  5. I think swimming AND a walk is excellent – you are doing great with your workouts!!!

  6. I think 40 minutes non-stop in the pool is BALLER! Way to go!
    Gnocchi is delicious. We had it at our wedding and I’ve always wanted to make my own. You make it all look so easy!

  7. I keep forgetting to tell you that I’ve made your zucchini lasagna a couple of times now and it’s soooooo good! I still can’t believe how freakishly large the servings are in proportion to the calories! I made it last night as a side dish and only had 1/4 of the dish. I now keep zucchini and summer squash as a regular fridge item so that I can whip it up whenever I want!

    So excited about the giant success of the fund raiser yesterday. I’m still in awe of the generosity in this blogging community!

    I am loving lentils lately and have bookmarked your lentil bolognese!

  8. I’ve that sweet potato gnocchi before….it’s incredible!

  9. Those tacos look great! I’m not even a fan of fish sticks but now I’m wanting to try it!

  10. I love sweet potato gnocchi but have not created a gluten free version I am craving them now. Might have to do something about that.

  11. I love, love, love gnocchi but after my last disaster, I’m scared to make it again! Now I feel once again inspired to give them a try…how do you make a complete vegetarian meal sound so delish?

  12. I loooooooooove fish stick tacos! Such delicious, simple food.

  13. Roz@weightingfor50

    HI Vat, holy smokes, your lunch looks freakin’ delicious! And yay you and Katie for the fundraiser! Isn’t it fantastic how much money was raised?? I got all goose bumpy when I saw how yesterday went! Have a wonderful day!!!

  14. Quick fish taocs, I love it! I am a sucker for fish sticks…I’ve always loved them! Maybe it’s because I love tartar sauce, mayonnaise, and every other high-fat condiment to slather on fish 😉

    My hubby would love these gnocchi!!

    And P.S. I SOOOO wanted your salsa, but $100 is too rich for my blood 😦 I was, however, SO HAPPY to hear that $26,000 were raised! Absolutely…amazing.

  15. i haven’t had fish sticks in forever. i remember loving ’em!

  16. Those sweet potato gnocchi look so good. I had no idea they were so easy to make!

    Smoked goat cheese? I want!

  17. I bought some sweet potato gnocci a few weeks ago. I didn’t realize how simple it is to make! Putting it on my list of things to make NOW!

  18. Fish sticks usually look unappetizing to me because I think my only option is to eat them with ketchup. You proved me wrong! They now look healthy and delicious. Love from my blog runningwithmascara.com

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