Are you tired of the same old pasta with marinara sauce carbohydrate loading and reloading regimen? This is one tasty, year round dish. It’s the perfect dinner option for athletes on the go. I can wrap up a late day run at 7:30 pm and be finished with dinner by 8:10 pm. It’s so easy to prepare and tastes awesome!
Why It Works:
This carbohydrate packed meal is great for stocking glycogen stores. I actually recommend this meal as a carbohydrate loading option before big events such as marathon, ultra marathon, or half ironman; however, this meal also works fantastic for everyday eating. The photo demonstrates a single serving, but it would be easy to add another slice of bread, more gnocchi, and/or a carbohydrate-rich beverage to meet your carbohydrate needs.
The meal is low in fat and rich in flavor. The cooked zucchini and tomatoes are easy to digest vegetables. Compliment the gnocchi and vegetables with sourdough bread to boost the carbohydrate content of the meal. Just be limit filling up on extras like a 100 calorie pad of fat loaded butter topped on the bread if carbohydrate “loading.” Instead eat an extra slice of the low fat, carbohydrate-rich bread.
- 1 lb gnocchi with potato
- 2 T. unsalted butter
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 medium or 1.5 large zucchini, shaved into thin slices with vegetable peeler
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 c. parsley, chopped
- 1/4 c. parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
- few dashes black pepper (optional)
- sourdough bread, on the side
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Boil gnocchi following directions on package.
While the water comes to a boil, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes. Then add zucchini, tomatoes, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper (optional). Cook until tomatoes are just starting to break down. Combine vegetable sauté with cooked gnocchi. Stir in parsley. Sprinkle with parmesan.
Recipe makes 4 servings.
Each serving is approximately 341 calories, 8 grams of fat, 9 grams protein, 56 grams of carbohydrate, 4.5 grams of fiber, 798 mg sodium
Per slice of sourdough bread:
Each serving is approximately 120 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 5 grams protein, 25 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of fiber, 270 mg sodium
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