I hope you're in the swing of things today - yesterday I had chronic monday-itis. It wasn't helped by the fact that I forgot mufti day at school... only discovering once had walked the kids to school in the wind and the rain.. only to walk home again, be a good mummy and pick up mufti clothes and go back to school at recess... and then got caught in torrential rain and was soaked to the bone. to.the.bone. Then surrendered to my feelings and put myself and the little frills in their PJ's and had a lazy day.... and then came time to make dinner....
And like some kind of prophecy, this was on my meal plan. Thank goodness because I really couldn't be bothered! This is super quick, easy and a crowd pleaser. I made it in the afternoon and then reheated it for 30 minutes before serving. Brilliant.
Kaotic Kitchen isn't just a name I've realised, it's actually designed for the time-poor chaotic lifestyle. I've decided that my best friend needs a copy of this book. I'm going to buy it today. She's got 3 kids just like me, and runs a business from home AND she's building a house offsite whilst finishing renovations at her own house. This book would be a godsend for her.
And, in that vein, I'm going to give an extra entry today in the giveaway to everyone who tells me who they would buy an extra copy for - your bestie, sister, mum, brother in law.. and why. Remember, entries close tomorrow midnight!
Beef Gnocchi Bake
2 tsp oil
500g beef mince
1 onion, diced
2 tsp minced garlic (I used1 garlic clove finely diced)
1/2 tsp sugar
400g tin diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
200g tub ricotta cheese
500g packet gnocchi (I used two to get more meal out of it, lunches for hubby)
1/4 cup grated tasty cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Heat oil in pan, add garlic and onions, stir until soft, then add your mince, brown well.
Add tomato and sugar, salt and pepper and simmer for about 5 minutes, pour into the bottom of a baking dish. Put a saucepan of water on the boil for the gnocchi and preheat the oven to 190 degrees (180 fan forced)
Smooth ricotta cheese over the top, boil your gnocchi as per packet instructions, and drain well.
Pour gnocchi on top of the ricotta, and then sprinkle with cheese.
Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
Serve with veges or salad.. or nothing if you like!
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