Fried Cauliflower Rice with Trader Joe’s


First, it was cauliflower rice  that won over the hearts of low-carb food fans. Then came cauliflower pizza crust. So what carb will the veggie conquer next? Gnocchi, apparently. Trader Joe’s, an early champion of cauliflower stand-in products, has recently unleashed cauliflower gnocchi on the world. So, of course, we had to try it out.

Traditionally, gnocchi — a tiny, pillow-shaped dumpling pasta that’s light and airy — is made from flour, potatoes and eggs.

First things first: where to find it. It’s in the frozen aisle at Trader Joe’s and it costs $2.69 for a 12-ounce bag (that’s 2.5 servings at 1 cup each). So what’s in it? Cauliflower is the main ingredient, followed by cassava flour (a gluten-free flour made from the root vegetable), potato starch, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. A 1-cup serving clocks in at 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. Traditionally, since some recipes call for cheese, a serving of gnocchi can run between 150 to 370 calories, with anywhere from 1 to 11 grams of fat. Trader Joe’s cooking instructions recommend sautéing this gnocchi in a pan, though there are also directions for boiling and microwaving it, as well. You don’t have to wait for this pasta to defrost, which is a big plus (you just pop the frozen dumplings in a pan), and add some butter or oil. It takes less than 10 minutes, too. One note here, though: Turn your stove’s vent on, or else your whole house will smell like cauliflower.

It only takes a few minutes to cook this frozen cauliflower gnocci.

Finally, the moment of truth: the taste test. I divvied up the gnocchi to try it plain, with tomato sauce and then with a brown butter-sage sauce — which is how it’s served in the picture on the package. I also enlisted the help of my 7-year-old, who I had to pay $1 to persuade him to try it. CLICK NEXT PAGE BELOW TO CONTINUE READING …

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