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!

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