Simple Fresh Herbed Reds

{meat & potatoes}


Another side dish strikes again!  I love red potatoes.  Well, I love potatoes.  However, I know my body doesn’t necessarily need the sugars and carbs that come along with them.  However, for some reason I pretend eating red potatoes is healthier.

I’ve made them every which way:  mashed, smashed, boiled, roasted, potato salad, sauted into a hash.  Their mild flavor allows any flavor to stick nicely to them.  Also, their small shape results in a quick cooking potato.  My go-to definitely is a simple roasted red potato.  I usually quarter them and then roast with some olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Boom.  Done and done.  However, the night I decided to make these I had no intention of putting on the oven (I had the self cleaner on and it already made the house hot enough).

Now, my method for making this little side dish isn’t the most nutrient-saver friendly, but it was quick and tasty.  Sometimes, quick and tasty are my best friends.  I took a few of the potatoes (washed) and put them into a plastic bag and cut a small vent.  Into the microwave they went to steam to perfection.  It was about 6-8 minutes until they were fork tender.  Tossed them in my fresh herbs and plated them with our spicy sausages.

Sometimes there’s just something delicious and comforting about a basic meat and potatoes dinner.  This super simple side dish is ready in minutes, but tastes fresh & flavorful.  If you are a busy mom/dad/person, this is something to add to your “quick dinners” list.  They go well with any type of meat, poultry or fish.  Afraid of the ol’ microwave?  Half the potatoes and roast in the oven then toss with the herbs.

I hope you all are having a great week thus far and enjoying our beautiful summer weather!  Speaking of… wouldn’t these potatoes pair nicely with a delicious juicy grilled steak??

simple fresh herbed red potatoes

Recipe By:  Sara
Prep Time:  5 minutes   |||   Cook TIme:  6-8 minutes   |||   Servings: 2 |||   Difficult Level:  Way Low

6-8 medium red potatoes
1 Tbsp extra virg olive oil
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp fresh sage
1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

1.  In a ziplock bag, place the clean potatoes and close.  Pierce a small hole for a vent.
2.  Microwave for 6-8 minutes or until fork tender.
3.  While they cook, chop the herbs then combine with the oil, salt, pepper and parm.  Stir to combine.
4.  Carefully remove from the steam bag from the microwave.  Let cool 1 minute.
5.  Remove potatoes and half them.  Instantly toss with the oil/herb mixture.  The heat from the inner potato will warm and wilt the herbs.
6.  Serve immediately.




Sweet Potato Gnocchi

{decadent & a bit doughie}

I have wanted to make gnocchi for a long time now.  I made it once and it turned out nice.  However, I recalled the labor required for these little cushions of yum.  This definitely isn’t something to add to your weeknight meal plan, but if you are looking to impress guests or want to have a bit of fun in the kitchen – this is your recipe.  Don’t be intimidated by its name or that you are making your own “pasta”.  The recipe is actually quite simple, but just has a lot of steps.  And that is where Not So Doughie swings into action!  I have provided (per usual) a step-by-step tutorial of how to make the dish.

After spending a few weeks researching different recipes and creating my version, I was ready to take on the challenge of the gnocchi.  I was even more inclined to try it out when I received a picture text from my step-dad of a Sweet Potato with Kale & Walnuts dish he was having at their go-to restaurant – Michael Alberini’s.  It looked so delicious and challenged me to put a spin on my original gnocchi idea.  I love sweet potatoes and so does Bryan so I knew this would be a winner.  However, I had never made this before at all and only made “plain” gnocchi once so I was rather skeptical about posting it on my blog.  Alas my friends, it is being posted!  Afterall, one of the reasons I have my blog is to share my adventures in the kitchen and I never promised they would all be a masterpiece.

To my pleasant surprise, my Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Spinach & Toasted Walnuts in a Brown Butter Rosemary Sauce passed my grading scale, reserving itself a spot on NSD.  After my workout, I swung by Kroger and grabbed my yams & a bag of spinach.  Awesome!  A swanky sounding recipe and yet I only need two ingredients – who woulda thunk!  I continued on with my normal Sunday endeavors and started my journey into the gnocchi world in the early evening (no closet makeover this week due to this lengthy recipe – oops).  After slaving cooking in the kitchen, my pillows of sweetness coated in a nutty, aromatic sauce were complete.  I dished up a plate for Bryan and one for me and dug in.  Yum!  The flavors complemented each other perfectly.  The woodsiness of the rosemary, the nuttiness of the browned butter, the sweetness of the potatoes, and the crunch of the walnuts.  It really was a spectacular recipe and I cannot wait to share it with you all. 

Unfortunately, this recipe yields a bit of doughieness due to the heavy brown butter sauce.  My justification for the rich sauce is the abundance of nutrition in all the other ingredients.  Sweet potatoes, spinach, and walnuts all have a plethora of vitamins and minerals oozing out of them.  Not to mention, life would be downright MISERABLE if butter was completely excluded from ones diet.  So hey, it is the holidays, just don’t plan on squeezing into your skinny jeans post-meal.

If I don’t post before the holiday – Happy Thanksgiving to all of my wonderful readers!  I am thankful for YOU :) :)


{Click here for the recipe}