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

by Beth Lipton
April 12, 2019
Photo Credit: The Modern Proper

There’s no denying it: There’s something so comforting and cozy about tucking into a warm bowl of carbs. But if you’re one among many who are trying to limit carbs, there’s cauliflower. This wonder vegetable with seemingly magical chameleon powers has stepped in to scratch the carb itch. Cauliflower rice and pizza crusts are everywhere. And, no surprise here, Trader Joe’s had the stroke of genius to turn it into gnocchi. Their ultra-convenient frozen cauliflower gnocchi can be on the table in 10 minutes and costs less than $3 for a bag that serves 2.

If you’ve haven’t tried it yet, here are a few reasons people are so smitten.

1. It has 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.

2. It has fewer carbs and more fiber than potato gnocchi.

We compared the nutrition to that of a supermarket potato gnocchi brand, and here’s what we found out: One cup of potato gnocchi clocks in at 55 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber. Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi has 22 grams of carbs and 6 grams of fiber. Yes, the potato gnocchi has slightly more protein — but let’s face it, no one is eating gnocchi for the protein.

3. It’s an easy way to eat more veggies.

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 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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