Question of the Week

Updated: Oct 18

What's your favorite easy-to-make meal?


Each Monday, we ask a food-related question through Facebook, Instagram and email. We choose the best responses and share them here on the website the following week.


Last week, we asked, "What's Your Favorite Easy-to-Make Meal?"


It's interesting, because what may seem easy for me may seem difficult for you, or vice versa. That's why it's fun to read responses from writers and food lovers all over the world.


For example, one of our writers based in Italy, says that her favorite "easy" meal is gnocchi. I have never thought of gnocchi as easy, but I love that Marina thinks it is!


Fast and easy meals


When I want something fast, delicious and easy, I scramble eggs and cheese and put them in a low-carb wrap. It fills me up quick and I love eggs!


Joan Colbert says that her favorite go-to meal is pasta with eggs. There's no vegetable peeling, no thawing and no slicing necessary. She recently ate a 25 percent vegetable spaghetti with pastured eggs for breakfast. (Joan shares her recipe at the bottom of this post.)


Gwion Raven says that he loves a piece of rustic bread topped with avocado, pickled onions, and a poached egg.


Elizabeth Tettleton enjoys ravioli with a homemade sauce. "One of my favorites this summer has been the Trader Joe's lobster ravioli," she says. "I made a spicy cream sauce with minced shrimp, mushrooms, bell peppers, and garden herbs and plenty of hard Italian cheeses."


Marina Caccialanza says that gnocchi di patate is on of her favorite meals, and quite easy to make. "Gnocchi di patate is a typical Italian recipe; I've been making it since I was a child and even my son loved to do it when he was very young (4 years old) because it's amusing and delicious," says Marina. "It looks difficult, but I assure you, it's not, and it's an extraordinary recipe to do with children because they have a lot of fun touching the dough and making the rolls."


Marina shares her recipe below:


Potato Gnocchi

recipe and photo courtesy Marina Caccialanza

Ingredients

  • boiled potatoes

  • flour (as needed)

  • 1 egg

Directions

Peel and crush hot boiled potatoes; add enough flour and 1 egg to make a dough with your hands. It must be compact but not hard. Cut pieces and make long rolls, you cut rolls in little pieces (2 cm.). If you want, you can roll the pieces of dough on a fork or on the back of a grater. Then, you boil a lot of water with salt (the same as if you cook pasta) and put the gnocchi in the boiling water (carefully, they are delicate). Mix slowly with a spoon. When the gnocchi come to the surface of the water, remove them with a slotted spoon and put them in a pot where you season them with tomato sauce and grated Parmigiano.

 

Pasta with Eggs

recipe courtesy Joan Colbert

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 oz. dry pasta, your favorite shape and dietary preference

  • 2 eggs

  • Condiments of your choice

  • Parmesan or Romano grated cheese to taste

Directions

Boil, drain, and refrigerate pasta (any shape you like) the night before. Add extra virgin olive oil to a skillet. Add pasta and heat well. Crack two eggs and stir them into the pasta until cooked through. Divide the contents on two plates and add your choice of condiments and grated cheese.


What's your favorite easy-to-make meal? Share it with us in the comments.


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