Homemade healthy sweet potato gnocchi

Sweet potato gnocchi

This sweet potato gnocchi recipe is healthy, fairly easy to make and absolutely delicious!! On top of that, it will save you money and plastic waste.

It’s easier than you think.

I love Italian food and especially gnocchi. But the thought of making them myself was rather daunting. In my mind, the whole process was too hard and messy. Quite frankly, it’s neither.  I also want to believe that substituting potatoes with sweet potatoes makes this otherwise heavy dish a bit healthier.

What I also like about this recipe is its very short list of ingredients. All you need is one sweet potato and flour. Both of them are probably standard items in your kitchen pantry anyway.  It’s really that simple.

Another reason I like making gnocchi myself is that it saves me quite a bit of money. Store-bought gnocchi aren’t cheap and they are even more expensive if they’re made with sweet potatoes.  On top of this, I don’t have to deal with plastic waste which is a big factor for me.

How to make sweet potato gnocchi

Making sweet potato gnocchi is not hard, it just takes a little bit of practice. When I first tried it, I had troubles getting the dough right. Most of the times it was too liquid, and after adding a whole lot of flour it would turn into cement. Not very helpful when you’re trying to make fluffy gnocchi. But eventually, I got the hang of it and now the dough right every time.

Equipment: 

  • Small pot
  • Medium pot
  • Mixing bowl
  • Stick mixer of potato press
  • Organic wax paper or cling wrap
  • Wooden spoon/fork
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

Ingredients

  1. 1.5 cups of sweet potatoes puree (small to medium size)
  2. 1 cup of flour (type 00 if available, if not regular flour works just fine)
  3. Nutmeg

Instructions: 

Step 1

Peel the sweet potato and dice it into little cubes. They don’t have to look pretty because you will mash them anyway. Put them in a small pot, add some water to ensure that the sweet potatoes don’t burn to the pot.  I also add a hint of nutmeg for flavour. Bring the water to a boil and let the sweet potatoes boil till they’re soft. This should only take about 10 to 15 minutes depending on how big the dices are. Check regularly.  Drain the water and let the sweet potatoes cool down.

Step 2

Mash the sweet potato dices with a potato masher. You can also use a stick mixer for this if you like the mix to be smooth. I like a few tiny bits of sweet potato in mine, so I only mash them for a few minutes.

Step 3

Transfer the sweet potato puree into a mixing bowl. Now add the flour to the sweet potato puree. I usually use about one cup but this depends on how much puree you got. You might need more or less flour. Start with pouring the flour in bit by bit. Gently mix the sweet potato puree with the flour using a wooden spoon or fork. Keep adding flour until both form a firm dough. Knead the dough with your hands until smooth. Then wrap the dough with organic wax paper or cling wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4

Take the dough out of the fridge. I usually divide it into two halves because it makes the next step easier. Take one half and form a long and slim roll by rolling it with your hands. Before you do that, dust the surface with flour to avoid sticking. Once you’re done with the roll, cut the roll into little gnocchi of about 1.5 cm. Repeat with the second piece of sweet potato dough.

Step 5

Add your homemade sweet potato gnocchi to a pot with plenty of boiling water. You know that you’re sweet potato gnocchi are done when they come up to the surface. This should only take a few minutes.

Enjoy your delicious sweet potato gnocchi 

Congrats, you just made delicious homemade sweet potato gnocchi. It wasn’t that hard, right? Enjoy them with your favourite pasta sauce, may it be blue cheese, tomato or my favourite, healthy and tasty carrot greens pesto!

 

 

 

 

Make the most delicious and healthy bread in just one hour!!

delicious bread homemade

Recently I stumbled across this recipe that promised delicious bread in just one hour!! I couldn’t believe it but it sounded simple enough, so I tried it.

The result was amazing. This bread is tasty, healthy, very simple to make and will be ready to eat in an hour. Also, and this is a big plus if you’re not too much into baking like me, the recipe is super easy!

What you need:

Large bowl

Hand mixer

Measuring cup

Dish to bake the bread in

Ingredients:

2 cups (500 g) Wholemeal flour (or really any flour you like. You can also combine two or more flours)

¼ cup (50 g) Sunflower seeds (or any seeds you like)

¼ cup (50 g) Flex seeds (sometimes I use oats too)

¼ cup (50 g) Sesame seeds

1 Sachet of dry yeast

2 Teaspoons of salt

2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

½ l Warm water 

How to make it:

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vinegar and water and mix well. The dough will be quite moist but don’t worry that’s fine. 

Once all the ingredients are mixed together, transfer the dough into a baking dish and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top of it. 

Place the bread into the cold oven and set the temperature to 200 degrees Celsius. The yeast will rise as the oven heats up. That’s the trick, ha!

Let the bread bake for 50 minutes, then turn the oven off. Leave the bread in the oven while it cools off for another 15 minutes or so. Done!! Easy peasy! 

Delicious bread ready to eat in 60 minutes.

delicious bread homemade

I got in the habit of making this bread once a week. Instead of baking one big loaf I usually divide the dough to make two smaller loaves. We use one loaf straight away while I put the other one in the freezer where it keeps fresh for when we need it. But let’s face it, delicious bread never lasts long.

Enjoy!

Five reasons why you should consider making your own food

homemade food

Be more self-sufficient

One big part of our off-grid-adventure is to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle rather than having to dependent on companies or big industries. That’s why we’re trying to produce as many things as possible ourselves. This includes harvesting our own energy, e.g. from the sun, growing our own vegetable and also making our own food. While it’s understood that not everyone can just move to the countryside to go off grid, eating healthy and well is achievable! Here is why you should consider it.  

Don’t eat chemicals

I’m not an overly picky person, the food I eat doesn’t have to be bio-dynamic but it is a fact that it’s getting harder and harder to identify ingredients in store bought food. These days food can be genetically modified and we don’t even know it. Most of the times our favourite food contains a confusing list of additives, hidden sugars and artificial colours. I don’t want to eat those!

Organic labels can be an alternative but unfortunately, they’re not always reliable either. Organic can mean a lot of things, and sadly this doesn’t necessarily mean that the product was produced naturally and without pesticides.

This is quite frustrating, don’t you think? When did food become so complicated? But there is hope! My answer to this issue is to cook and bake my own food. This way I know exactly what’s in it, where the produce came from and I don’t have to worry about poisoning myself. On top of that it that tastes better too!

It’s easy

Don’t worry, it’s easy! I started off with simple dishes like pasta sauces, dips, pestos and soups and then worked my way up to more complicated things like pizza dough, bread, mustard and homemade gnocchi.

You’d be surprised how easy it is to make your own food once you find out how. I for example always thought mustard and sauerkraut are complicated to make. But they’re the easiest foods ever and so good for you! Once you’ve started making your own food you don’t even want to go back to supermarket products.

Live healthy

I think that we’re just so used to going to the shop and buying everything off the shelf that it doesn’t occur to us that we could make this at home. It’s a convenient world we live in. Don’t get me wrong, I like the convenience but I like to live a healthy life more!

For what it’s worth, cooking is not an inconvenience for me. I enjoy it because it relaxes me. I like learning how to make different foods. Trying something new and mastering it is very rewarding, you know. And it’s healthier too. Even if it doesn’t work out right away, just try it again later. My nemesis at the moment is cheese….

It’s cheaper

You gonna like this one! Making your own food can work out to be cheaper. I buy all of our “dry” food like flours, legumes, seeds, etc., at a wholefoods shop where I bring my own containers, save plastic and only get the amount I need. That way I’m buying smaller quantities and use them up quicker before they go stale.

Let’s have a look at a concrete example of making mustard. I never considered making my own mustard until I gave it a go one day. Apart from the fact that it’s incredibly easy to make, it turned out to be cheaper too! I bought two cups of mustard seed from our local wholefoods shop for about AUD$2. However, I ended up not paying anything for them because I still had a few dollars left on my customer’s rewards card. From those two cups of mustard seeds, I produced 700 ml of mustard! In comparison, the cheapest mustard at Coles costs AUD$1 per 100 g which amounts to AUD$7 for 700 ml. I spent AUD$2 (actually zero)!!! Isn’t that great? And my mustard doesn’t contain any additives and tastes amazing. For full disclosure, I should add that I also used 100 ml of apple cider vinegar which costs around AUD$0.80. Still much cheaper than store-bought mustard.

Be efficient

I know that a lot of people think that it takes too long to cook every meal from scratch. I disagree. Most meals don’t even take longer than 30 minutes to prepare and cook. There are so many easy and quick recipes out there these days that “time” should not be an issue anymore.

But I do have a few tricks up my sleeve that makes cooking life even more time-effective. Try to be efficient with your time and precook lunches/dinners for the whole week. Fill them in airtight containers, put them in the freezer and take them out and heat them up when needed.

Another way to be efficient is by starting with the product that takes the longest cooking time and prepares everything else while this one is cooking. For example, the other day I made bread, sauerkraut, tomato sauce and carrot greens pesto. I started with the dough for the bread first because it takes 50 min to bake. While the bread was doing its thing in the oven, I started boiling the tomatoes for the sauce. While the tomatoes were boiling I made a quick pesto from carrot greens. Then I skinned the tomatoes and put them back into the pot to simmer away. In the meantime, I chopped the cabbage and made sauerkraut. By the time I filled the sauerkraut into jars, the tomato sauce and the bread were done. It took me around 2.5 hours to make all that food. Not bad, aye?  

Try it for yourself

Just give it a go. Take a recipe you always wanted to make and try it. Don’t be frustrated if you don’t get it right the first time (damn you stupid cheese). Just try it again, eventually, you get the hang of it. I can only highly recommend it!

Cooking your own food is healthy, easy, cost-effective, rewarding and a lot of fun!