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Whole Grain Gnocchi Alfredo with Spinach and Walnuts

Most of you know that if something has a white creamy sauce, it should probably be avoided. Your average plate of fettucini alfredo at a restaurant will cost you around 1220 calories– an entire days worth. Not to mention the 75g of fat, which is more than you should be taking in in an entire day in one sitting. Of course, that creamy goodness is hard to resist. But what if you could Gnocchi and spinachhave an alfredo with less than a third of the calories and a fourth of the fat? As Rocco Dispirito would say, “You can. The only catch is you have to make it at home!” My secret: nonfat plain greek yogurt in place of butter and cream. Zero fat, twice the protein. Check it out:

Whole Grain Gnocchi Alfredo with Spinach and Walnuts

  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 16 oz whole wheat potato gnocchi
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesanHealthy alfredo made with nonfat greek yogurt
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup non fat plain greek yogurt (I use Fage brand)1/2 teaspoon english mustard or ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add gnocchi to boiling water and cook until gnocchi floats (3-5 minutes). Place spinach in a strainer and pour boiling water (with gnocchi) overtop to wilt spinach.

alfredo2. In a large oven-proof saucepan over low heat, stir together the yogurt and mustard. Add the parmesan cheese and basil. Cook and stir until you have a smooth sauce (3-5 minutes). Add the nutmeg, gnocchi and spinach and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

3. Add mozzarella cheese and place in oven. Bake for about 5 minutes until cheese is golden. Top with walnuts and bake for another 2 minutes.



4 responses to “Whole Grain Gnocchi Alfredo with Spinach and Walnuts”

  1. i love gnocchi in general. I have to look for this whole grain ones. Looks so good. So when do i get to taste it :P

    • MeganWareRD says:

      As soon as get a Nepali dinner ;)
      I made whole grain gnocchi one time because I didn’t think you could buy it and it took me forever. Then I found this for under $3 and said never again!

  2. Bernice says:

    It is wonderful when you can take a high fat, calorie meal and transform it into a healthy meal that is still delish!

    • MeganWareRD says:

      Thanks! Lots of people think that if they want to eat healthy, they have to give up all their favorite foods. Healthy and delicious can definitely coexist with a little home preparation.

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