Also, read this post if you want to know how my Graduation Ball went and what vegan dishes I got to try there! You will see for yourself, that it is not as hard as you thought to be vegan!
A little bit about my Graduation Ball and me
Also, last week we had our Graduation Ball which was really fancy and nice. And you get to feel like a princess for one day As well! It was taking place in a Grand Central Hotel, everyone was wearing lovely clothes and there were more wine and Prosecco that you can imagine. We did have so much fun (okay, the next day we realised that maybe a little bit too much) and made some memories that we will never forget.
Also, if you were wondering what was I eating while everyone else had chicken and sticky toffee pudding, my three course dinner was fab as well. Once again, I do not think that we are missing out much as vegans. Starter was really simple but nice - fruit salad with strawberry sauce. For main course we got Gnocchi (I think that started my obsession with it as well). And dessert was really refreshing and light - lemon sorbet with strawberries. You can see pictures below, but now enough about me, let's move on to this recipe!
Only recently I have realised that Gnocchi is a wonderful thing if you are vegan. It is so easy to make and there are endless variation options. I will give you few recent recipes that I made. But it is really up to you what to put in your Gnocchi! Also, when I make Gnocchi dishes, I chose either to oven bake everything (it takes more time obviously, but sometimes I prefer oven baked ones because they are more flavoursome and you can make them a bit crunchy) or simply make a one-pan dish.
This spinach and green bean recipe is perfect for those vegans (and not only) that like creamier textures. I posted 2 short videos on Instagram last week so you can see for yourself how easy the process is. First of all, put deep frying pan or even a pot on a full heat and melt coconut oil. Chop onion and garlic and fry them. Then chop steamed green beans (you can use frozen ones if you don't have any fresh beans) and put them in a frying pan/pot as well. Then pour in all coconut milk, simmer and reduce the heat.
Boil some water for Gnocchi pasta. What I love most about Gnocchi that it takes only about 3-4 minutes for them to be ready! Meanwhile add 25g of flour to fried vegetables in coconut milk and stir everything very well. Then add spinach and white wine, and finish with 25g of flour again. It might happen that you will need less/more flour depending on the thickness of your coconut milk. I bough caned Blue Dragon coconut milk which is more thick than coconut milk from carton, like Alpro. Add in some salt and pepper and boiled Gnocchi pasta dumplings.
Cover pot and pre-heat the oven for about 190C. Put everything in a lasagne dish tray and pop into the oven for 30 minutes. I definitely wrote this before, but I will repeat myself. If you want any pasta oven bake to be firm and easy to slice with a knife, you need to turn the oven off and leave the dish there for at least couple hours. However, if you are hungry, that does not change the taste, so you can simply portion your oven dish with a large spoon.
I served this bake with side salad and coconut cream on side. Enjoy and have fun!