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June 5, 20200

Gnudi is a variation of gnocchi with no or very little flour. Often served with butter and sage, I like baking them in homemade tomato sauce instead because it’s lower in fat.
This recipe is healthy, gluten free, simple to make, and absolutely delicious!  You need to use firm ricotta otherwise the mixture tends to be a bit soft. Otherwise you can add breadcrumbs or flour to the mixture to make it firmer, but of course then it won’t be gluten free any more.

Serves 4

Ingredients

500gm firm ricotta
200gm spinach
50gm Parmesan, grated
2 eggs
pinch nutmeg
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs tomato paste
1 x 400gm tin crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper

Method

  1. In a hot pan, wilt the spinach with a few tablespoons of water and transfer to a tray to cool.
  2. Once it’s cool enough to handle, squeeze out all excess moisture with your hands and chop the spinach finely.
  3. Mix together the spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, eggs and nutmeg and salt and pepper until well combined.
  4. Roll heaped dessertspoon amounts of the mixture into balls.
  5. Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
  6. Add the tomato paste and cook over a medium heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the tinned tomatoes, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour the sauce into a greased ovenproof dish and space the ricotta balls evenly on top.
  8. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes at 180°C.
  9. Serve with a simple green salad and crunchy bread.

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June 4, 20200

sKids has been teaching kids to cook healthy meals since 2016, so we are already sold on the massive benefits learning to cook can have for life long health and wellbeing.  Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski shares his story on how ‘Cooking’ helped him through tragedy.


When the worst imaginable life event happened to Matt Golinski, it was cooking that helped him navigate his way through it. In 2011, the celebrity Australian chef lost his wife Rachel and three daughters in a fire at their home. Matt suffered severe burns in the blaze, and spent the next four months recovering in hospital.

When he got out and started the long journey of trying to put the pieces of his life back together, Matt turned to his lifelong love of cooking. He found getting into the kitchen to create a simple meal helped bring a sense of normality back into his life at a time when things felt completely out of control. In this blog, Matt explains the role cooking has played throughout his life, and the positive impact mental health it can have on anyone. He also shares one of his favourite family recipes for you to try at home.

What role has cooking played in your life?

I decided I wanted to be a chef from a very early age, and 40 years later I still love every day I spend in the kitchen. When you’re lucky enough to choose a profession that you love doing it never feels like work. Through cooking I’ve made hundreds of great friends, travelled all over the world, and had the opportunity to make thousands of people happy by filling their bellies.

How did cooking help you through the traumatic experience of losing your family?

In a time when I was feeling so helpless and most things were out of my control, I was still able to do the thing I loved and that helped a lot. After four months in hospital, the first thing I did was pick up a knife and make dinner so I could at least have that tiny bit of normality back in my life.

What are some benefits of children learning to cook at home and school?

Cooking involves organisation, timing, science, patience and fine motor skills which can all be transferred to other aspects of life, but most importantly it’s an opportunity to be creative and have fun. And the best part is that the end product is something you can eat!

Any tips for parents wanting to get their children more involved in the kitchen?

Always keep things simple and fun. Choose things to cook that don’t make piles of mess or take a long time. Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious.

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