A lot of picky eaters like pasta. Many also like potatoes. Putting the two together is not necessarily going to work but it is important to consistently expose our fussy eaters to new foods.
Gnocchi is fairly easy to make and great fun for the children to be involved in.
We can do a little textural manipulation, so it ticks boxes a little better for our child. If we want it to be crunchier then making them smaller will help.
Overall, the texture is going to be different from regular pasta as is the taste, but it is not a sizeable difference, especially if we are able to add a sauce.
This will make half the quantity you see in my pan (so still quite a lot)
1 medium potato (I used a purple – Desiree)
1/4 egg (beaten)
½ cup flour (I used wholemeal)
Peel and boil the potatoes until soft but not mushy. Drain well and then mash with a fork.
Add the egg after beating slightly.
Mix together well.
Gradually add the flour and mix in until the stickiness has gone.
Roll into a long, thin sausage shape. Cut into little rectangles. Squeeze a little to puff up.
Add to boiling water until the gnocchi rises to the surface and then drain.
Fry in butter, medium heat, until browning (the longer we cook it, the harder the outside).
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
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