VEGAN CHICKPEAS AND SWEET POTATO GNOCCHI (GLUTEN FREE)

Today’s recipe is very hearty and nutritious. It offers you a complete meal ideal for your lunch at work. It is also one of the recipes that no one will understand is vegan (and will not miss the meat) unless you tell them!

Ingredients

For gnocchi dough:
  • 400 gr chickpeas, boiled
  • 1 medium potato, cubed
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut in half
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a pinch nutmeg
  • corn flour to thicken and roll the dough
For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red capsicum pepper, not too small
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons soy milk, or soy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium sized saucepan, prepare the creamy sauce by frying the diced red onion in olive oil add the peppers, and basil leaves and cook at medum fire for about 10 minutes and season to taste.
  • Add the soy milk or soy cream and keep cooking until a creamy consistency is achieved.
  • Let the sauce aside and if desired add some more fresh basil leaves.
  • Now it's time to prepare the gnocchi. Make sure you have a nice and clean working space (a wood board or table will be perfect) and let's get rolling!
  • Bake in the oven potatoes, carrot, garlic and bay leaves until tender. (approx 20 minutes)
  • Once cooked use a food processor to mix the dough and season.
  • Let cool down and then move everything into a large bowl.
  • Use your hands to mix everything, you will notice the texture will become quite compact.
  • At this point you can use a couple of spoons of corn flour to thiken further so that the dough is easy to work.
  • Create some 'small sausages' shaped rolls with the dough and start cutting them in small pieces (you can decide how small or big the gnocchi are, but I reccommend not too big).
  • Use a fork to create a some indentation on the gnocchi surface, if you like to do it properly.
  • Add the gnocchi in boiling salted water.
  • Once the gnocchi will raise to the surface of the boiling water, this will mean that they are cooked!
  • Drain them and mix them with the sauce you previously prepared.

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