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One of my new year's resolutions is to cut out canned sauces and salad dressings. I got the idea from one of my friends, and thought it was simple enough to keep yet just big enough to make a difference in how my food makes me feel. I've always been somewhat of a foodie, and interested in cooking. The problem has always been that I usually don't have the time. That was another one of my resolutions: Make the time to cook your meals and they will taste better! So here I am, documenting my stumbles (and hopefully successes!) in the veggie kitchen. Being a college student (a college senior in fact) doesn't make the resolutions any easier to keep, but I'm committed to them, and this blog is designed to keep me in check! Enjoy!
Since it is bitterly cold in upstate New York right now (I mean bitterly!) we wanted something of the comfort food variety. Italian food is definitely one of my favorite comfort foods and I was feeling like a pasta of some sort. Since we wanted something a bit heavier than the average bow-tie, we decided on some Gnocchi (little potato balls) that are a bit more filling. We made basic tomato sauce: 4 tomatoes (chopped, not pureed), 4 cloves garlic, about 8 fresh basil leaves chopped, some olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Throw it all in a pan on the stove and let the yummy smell fill your kitchen! We also had some brussel sprouts left in the fridge, so we threw them in the oven (well actually more like gently placed) with some garlic, salt and pepper, balsamic, and a few red pepper flakes. Here is more or less what it looked like!
And this is what it looked like when we were finished! Delicious. Off to snuggle up with some bedtime tea and a book.