What’s the Big Deal About Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi?

Cauliflower gnocchi
Photo Credit: Trader Joe's

April 11, 2019

Beth Lipton is a writer and certified health coach. She is a contributing editor at Clean Plates.

The thing is, even when you aim to eat fewer empty carbs like pasta and bread, the desire for starchy foods doesn’t go away. There’s no denying the comfort factor around tucking into a warm bowl of carbs. So it’s no surprise that cauliflower, that wonder vegetable with seemingly magical chameleon powers, has stepped in at the epicenter of products to scratch the itch. Cauliflower rice and pizza crusts are everywhere. But Trader Joe’s had the stroke of genius to form it into gnocchi and create an ultra-convenient frozen product that can be on the table in 10 minutes and costs less than 3 bucks for a bag that serves 2.

If you’ve been seeing it all over your feed and have had people gush over it but still aren’t sure what the big deal is, here are a few reasons it’s got people smitten.

It’s got a short, clean ingredient list.

With just cauliflower, cassava, potato starch, extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt, it’s super-clean, and both vegan- and paleo-friendly.

It’s better for you than the regular stuff.

We compared the nutrition to that of a supermarket potato gnocchi brand, and the contrast is startling. One cup of potato gnocchi clocks in at 55g carbs and 3g fiber, while the TJ’s cauli gnocchi has 22g carbs and 6g fiber. Potato has 5g protein to cauliflowers 2g —but let’s face it, no one is eating gnocchi for the protein. Also, the ingredients for the potato included emulsifying agents, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids and multiple preservatives—hardly the simple, clean label the cauliflower version boasts.

You’re eating more vegetables.

The Trader Joe’s gnocchi doesn’t taste exactly like potato gnocchi, but it doesn’t have a pronounced cauliflower flavor, either. So if you’re feeding kids (or, well adults) for whom vegetables are a hard sell, this is an easy way to get them to enjoy at least a bit of cauliflower.

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