Confession Time

Slacker mom confession: My kids eat Subway for dinner every Wednesday night. And sadly I’m pretty sure it’s their favorite meal of the week. There’s a Subway a few doors down from Isla’s ballet studio, so every week after class they sprint down there. Honestly, it’s kind of win-win; they’re happy and fed by 5:30, and I can make something for dinner without worrying if they’ll actually eat it.

(Let’s not discuss Isla’s “bread, cheese and pickle” sandwich…)

This vegan pesto from Trader Joe’s had been on my to-try list for a while. I ended up using it tonight to make a shrimp and artichoke gnocchi dish that I came up with a while back.


(Also garlic and white wine)

I roasted the gnocchi in the oven- my new favorite method. Then I heated olive oil in a skillet, and once it was hot I threw in the thawed shrimp. Cooked until the shrimp was pink, then added a clove of minced garlic and sauteed for another minute. Added a few glugs of white wine and let that reduce a little. Then I stirred in maybe 1/4 cup of pesto, artichoke hearts, and the juice and zest of 1 lemon. Heated through, then mixed in the cooked gnocchi.

It’s really simple but so good. Jack walked by, looked in the skillet, and told me it looked/smelled gross. Whatever- enjoy your crappy sandwich, kid.

As far as the pesto goes, I think I’m going to stick with my Costco pesto from now on. It was just a little too “green” tasting and lacked richness. I guess fine if you’re trying to avoid dairy? I love how pesto thickens up a sauce, but this one didn’t at all.

I’ll leave you with this photo of our little “performing feline” (recital is in a few weeks):

She’s REALLY excited to be a cat.

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