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Nutrition and Gardening – Garden Vegetable Gnocchi

Idaho has a diverse landscape for gardening. This is the perfect time to start planting seeds in your garden and growing fresh fruits and vegetables. Gardening provides you with fruits and vegetables, but it has also been shown to reduce stress, improve memory, and improve your mental health and well-being.  

For those living in the Southwest part of Idaho, it is the ideal time to start planting those cool weather crops. These include beets, broccoli, carrots, kale, peas, spinach, and tomatoes. For those living in the South Central part of Idaho it is a good time to start planting those cool weather crops indoors until May. For North Idaho, it is a good time to begin tomatoes, peppers, beets, broccoli, kale, lettuce, onions, peas, and spinach inside.  

It is important to know what the climate is of the area you live in. Idaho has a variety of “Hardiness Zones” which contribute to crop growth. You can view the United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map and more information about all the types of vegetables you can plant throughout the following months on this website: Idaho Vegetable Planting Calendar ( 

Try this tasty pasta dish that includes vegetables you can pick fresh from your garden!  

Garden Vegetable Gnocchi 

Prep Time: 10 minutes 

Cook Time: 20 minutes 

Servings: 4 


  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, sliced 
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped 
  • 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper 
  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi 
  • 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce 
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto 
  • Chopped fresh basil, optional. 


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. In a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan, toss vegetables with oil, salt, and pepper. Roast 18-22 minutes or until tender, stirring once. 
  1. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and return to pan. 
  1. Stir in roasted vegetables, Alfredo sauce and pesto. If desired, sprinkle with basil. 


Serving size: 1-1/2 cups  

Total Calories 402  

Total Fat 14g fat  

Saturated Fat 4g  

Cholesterol 17mg  

Sodium 955mg  

Carbohydrates 57g  

Total Sugars 12g 

Dietary Fiber 5g  

Protein 13g