Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi Salad

I have to admit I was pretty hesitant to try out the cauli gnocchi thinking it was being over-hyped on instagram (its #dairyfree and #glutenfree which FYI is just a fact and doesn’t necessarily mean means it’s “healthier”) and in fear it’d ruin the real thing for me, but my taste buds were actually pleasantly surprised!😋 Let's just say I am all about these CRISPY edges and doughy insides and there is a real reason these sell out each and every morning and people by bags in bulk!

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It’s def no gnocchi from The Smith Restaurant in NYC (my favorite!), but it still hits the spot when it comes to a quick homemade plant-based meal👌🏻 Plus its only 22g carbs per 1 cup serving (less than half that of regular gnocchi) and contains 6g fiber!💩

 

Highly recommend giving it a try!🍝 Main recommendation though - DO NOT follow their cooking instructions on the packaging. Give this method a try instead. Making this drool worthy all comes down to the right preparation (see below)

Fool proof recipe for EXTRA CRISPY cauliflower gnocchi:

Step 1) Microwave frozen gnocchi in a microwavable safe bowl in 1 cup water for ~1 minute (they will be cooked, but mushy at this step - next step will focus on browning the outside so that they’re crispy)

Step 2) Spray skillet with olive or avocado oil and sautée on high until brown for about 3-5 minutes

For a filling and balanced meal try adding in this ingredients for a filling salad (all using Trader Joe's ingredients):

  • Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup cauliflower gnocchi cooked in water and then olive or avocado oil spray (~70 calories)
    • 1 cup arugula
    • 1 cup shaved Brussel sprouts
    • 1 tablespoon shaved parm (~20 calories) 
    • 1/8 cup pine nuts plus an EVOO/dijon/balsamic dressing (~100 calories)
    • Plus your choice of protein (seen here trader joe’s hi-protein veggie burger made with pea protein) adds about ~260 calories for 1 veggie burger