Sheet pan Gnocchi & Veggies

I’m a fan of the sheet pan meal craze. It’s quick prep and easy cleanup while oven roasting gives ingredients enhanced flavor and texture.

Using ingredients I had in my pantry and fridge, I made a dish both colorful and satisfying. As I usually cook for one these days, I’m sharing ingredients, technique and cook time. Depending on how many you’re cooking for and if it’s a side or a meat free entree, fill up your sheet pan accordingly.

Sheet pan Gnocchi & Veggies

  • gnocchi
  • jalapeño – sliced into rings
  • cherry tomatoes
  • white onion – cut into large wedges
  • garlic cloves – smashed
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • coarse grind black pepper
  • toasted pine nuts

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine the gnocchi, jalapeño, tomatoes, onions and garlic cloves. Drizzle olive oil over bowl ingredients, then salt and pepper. Toss together to coat thoroughly and pour onto sheet pan in a single layer. Place pan in oven for 18-20 minutes until it’s sizzling. Top with pine nuts and serve.

Warmer weather is a few weeks away so watch for more sheet pan recipes. My herb garden and farmer’s markets will be my inspiration and I can’t wait to share my creations.

Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash with Goat Cheese

With the bounty of fresh produce from farmer’s markets and gardens, veggies are plentiful this summer. Recently, using a summer squash, zucchini and some imagination, I came up with this recipe and may I say – it was fabulous. The combination of fresh herbs, grilled squash, sweet sautéed onion, creamy goat cheese and a burst of fresh lemon make this a new favorite for Spence and I.

Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash with Goat Cheese

Weight Watchers Smart Points 3*

  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Seasoning (I love Melting Pot’s Garlic & Wine Seasoning)
  • Coconut Oil

Step One: Slice the squash into 1/2-inch “planks” (on the diagonal). Lay the planks on a paper towel, season with salt, pepper and garlic seasoning on one side. Brush a grill pan generously with coconut oil and bring to a searing heat. Place the planks on the grill pan, flipping only one time after 2-3 minutes (you’ll see grill marks). Allow another 2-3 minutes of grill time, remove and place the planks into a baking dish in a single layer.

  • Diced Sweet Onion
  • Butter

Step Two: Saute the onion in butter on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Top the squash with the onions.

  • Fresh Herbs: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme & Chives – chopped together
  • Goat Cheese
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Red Pepper Flakes

Just before baking.....
Just before baking…..

Step 3: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Top the squash with chopped herbs, followed by crumbled goat cheese. Squeeze fresh lemon over the top. Bake for 10 minutes – just to soften the goat cheese. Top with red pepper flakes and serve.

Note from Spence’s Girl: I purposely left the recipe without quantities as you can adjust based on how many servings you’d like. If you don’t have access to these exact herbs, use what you have – basil, oregano, tarragon – have fun with it. While not vegan, this would be a lovely vegetarian entree.  

* To calculate the Weight Watchers Smart Points, I used 1 oz of goat cheese and 1/2 tablespoon of butter, based on 2 servings.