You know what you eat and drink can affect getting a good night’s sleep. Too much caffeine or alcohol can keep you up, as well as eating spicy food before you go to bed. What if you could eat things that would make you sleep better?
Studies have shown that the nutrients in certain grains and lean proteins such as chick peas and fish will lead to a more restful night’s sleep. Try this fun recipe with gnocchi, spinach, and squash mixed with chickpeas to have a healthy, filling meal that will help you get better zzz’s tonight.
Chickpea, Spinach, and Squash Gnocchi
- 1 pound frozen or shelf-stable gnocchi
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups thinly sliced peeled butternut squash or unpeeled delicate squash (1 or 2 inch slices)
- ½ cup sliced shallots
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 14-ounce can vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons currants
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 8 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar reduction or 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
If using frozen gnocchi, cook in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain, rinse and pat dry.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, squash, shallots, and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in broth, currants, sage, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring, until the squash is almost cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Add spinach, chickpeas and the gnocchi. Cook, gently stirring, until the spinach is wilted -- about 2 minutes more. Serve drizzled with balsamic reduction (or balsamic vinegar).
As you look to get the best night’s sleep you can, try this and other lean-protein rich recipes to help. If you have any questions or are looking for recipe ideas, click on the button below to make an appointment.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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