This easy one-pan dinner is made with just four ingredients, staring Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi. Tender, juicy sausage, crispy gnocchi, & crispy broccoli!
Happy Monday friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m popping in to share with you this meal that I’ve made a bazillion times because it’s so easy and so freaking delicious! It only requires four ingredients, if you don’t count staples like cooking spray and garlic salt, which I don’t. AND it’s ready in 30 minutes and has very minimal cleanup. My kind of weeknight meal, aimiright?
PS Since this recipe is so popular and easy, I also included it in my 7 Day Healthy Trader Joe’s Meal Plan!
The Trick To Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
If you haven’t gotten on the Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi train, it’s either because
- you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s
- you tried it, and you thought it sucked
I can’t fix the first one, but I can tell you that you can substitute any other type of gnocchi here. Or you can make your cauliflower gnocchi if you want the cauliflower version. I don’t have a recipe for that, but if it were me, I would try this one.
For the second one, I’m with you. I tried cooking it according to the package directions, and it was TERRIBLE. Then a search on Pinterest revealed to me that if you want to like this stuff, you can’t cook it according to the package directions. So I decided to try baking it and thankfully, I got a golden brown crispy irresistible result!
Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi Nutrition – Is It Good For You?
Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi has about half the carbs of traditional gnocchi and more fiber. This is actually from their product description online:
“This version, however, is made with about 75% cauliflower, as well as cassava flour, potato starch, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt. No wheat, sugar, dairy, or eggs are included here, and that translates to fewer carbs, with significantly less fat & calories than potato-based varieties.”
So, it’s a healthier option than traditional gnocchi (anything with more veggies is always a win!) Can you count Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi as your vegetable? 75% is a lot, right?!?!
Well, I’m not sure how they are basing that 75%, by weight? By volume? I don’t know, but my answer to my nutrition clients (and myself) is no, not really. I still count it as the starchy part of my meal because it still has starch from the cassava flour and potato starch in it), it’s just less starchy by volume than typical gnocchi so I can have more of it.
Instead of having 1/2 of a cup I have a whole cup or about half the bag! But I still try to get in a full serving of veggies in addition to the gnocchi. This sheet pan meal makes that goal super convenient!
Let me know if you try this one!
Have you tried Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi? Do you think it counts as a veggie? What’s your favorite way to cook it?
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Sheet Pan Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking oil.
- Spread cauliflower gnocchi, chicken sausage, and broccoli accross baking sheet evenly. Spray the top of the gnocchi and broccoli with cooking spray, sprinkle with garlic salt.
- Bake for 15 minutes and then remove the pan from the oven. Remove the broccoli and chicken sausage from the pan. Toss the gnocchi individually (using a spatula to turn each one, so they don't stick) and bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Divide mixture evenly among three servings and top each one with 1/2 cup marinara sauce and one tablespoon parmesan cheese.