Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner

This Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner has unique flavors and is an easy way to get dinner on the table. Aside from prepping up a few veggies it’s largely hands-off cooking which means more time in your life! It’s Paleo and Whole30 friendly and will be a hit with the whole family.

Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner

Another Sheet Pan Dinner for the win! We love the unique flavor combination in this Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner! The cauliflower, potatoes and smoky kielbasa are complimented nicely with the sweet apples and sour sauerkraut. It’s easy to throw together using only a sheet pan and your oven! This would also make a good meal prep lunch as well! Make a double batch to serve as dinner and few make ahead portions or make the whole batch for lunches.

And sauerkraut is a great way to get a nice hit of probiotics naturally so we always love to sneak in these foods whenever possible. Plus, if you’ve never tried the combo of salty sausage with sweet apples and umami sour sauerkraut, we promise you’ll love it.

Sheet pan sausage and vegetables

Whenever we make sheet pan recipes we always try to harness what makes this oft overlooked cooking tool amazing: it produces perfectly cooked food that doesn’t require much attention other than to set a timer and add in ingredients. The recipe sometimes indicates moving the food around the sheet pan, and this is because depending on how you position the food it uses different cooking techniques. In this recipe we first have the cauliflower, potatoes and apples spread out evenly on a pan so that they can roast. Next we have you pile them close together to finish cooking with the power of steam and add the kielbasa, with a splash of oil on top to help bring the flavor all together. And finally we like cooking the kielbasa whole because it gets a nice crisp skin.

Kielbasa sheet pan recipes

Tips for sheet pan cooking:

  • Sheet pan dinners are the best. Make sure to read the recipe all the way through (of course) and plan to use a timer! This way you can truly walk away from the oven and not have to worry about when you need to add anything for the next step.
  • Do the prep ahead of time: Cut cauliflower and onions the night before and mix with oil and spices, then you only have to cut apple and potatoes once you are ready for the actual cooking.
  • Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you do not want to overcrowd the pan when cooking, so if you are using a smaller sheet pan you may need to use 2 to achieve the same result.

What is Kielbasa

Polish kielbasa is traditionally made from ground pork. Kielbasa (from Polish kiełbasa) is any type of meat sausage from Poland, and it’s a staple of Polish cuisine.

What are the best sausages to buy

We purchased natural nitrate free Kielbasa at Whole Foods. If that isn’t an option we like to shop organic and local whenever possible for our sausage! Ask your local butcher if you can’t find the quality you want in your local market.

Kielbasa and sauerkraut dinner

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Sheet Pan Kielbasa and Sauerkraut Dinner

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:43 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ½ head medium cauliflower (about 12 ounces), cut into florets
  • 12 small baby yukon gold potatoes (about 1” big), halved
  • 2 fuji, or other crisp apple, cored and cut into 6 pieces each
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1-12 ounce polish kielbasa
  • 1-½ cups sauerkraut, semi drained

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. On a sheet pan combine onion, cauliflower, potatoes, apples, oil and all the spices and toss to combine and then spread out evenly.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  4. Remove and move all of the vegetables towards the middle of the sheet pan, creating a small pile. Place kielbasa on top and drizzle the sausage with a bit of avocado oil and place back in the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and place 1-½ cups of sauerkraut on one side of the sheet tray and continue to bake until the sauerkraut is just slightly warmed, about 3 minutes.
  6. Remove and let sit until the kielbasa is cool enough to handle, about 2 minutes. Slice kielbasa into ¼” slices on the bias and divide sausage and veggies into four portions. Serve with whole grain mustard.

Recipe Notes

  1. If Whole30 check to make sure your kielbasa is compliant.
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My #1 Must-Have Face Product For Dry Skin

Winter dry skin here in Boston is NO joke. I’ve talked about dry skin before, and how to beat it, but I need to spotlight one product and how I use it that has changed my dry winter skin this year for the better. As soon as the temperatures drop and the air becomes less humid, it’s no secret that dry skin starts to appear, even those who normally don’t have a problem with it. I’ve had such issues with this in the past, but not this year! I’ve finally found the one product that has changed the game for me and today I’m excited to be sharing my #1 must-have face product for dry skin!

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm

My #1 Must-Have Face Product For Dry Skin

Meet… the super popular Cleansing Balm! It’s an award-winning product and one of their most popular items, and admittedly, one that I waited way too long to try out. I’ve been using Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm for about a year now, but this winter I’ve been using it a little bit differently that has eliminated my typical dry and flaky winter skin and I’m so glad I discovered it.

What is the Cleansing Balm

This is the product that does it all– literally! The Cleansing Balm is:

  • A daily cleanser and makeup-removing balm: It doesn’t foam like a typical cleanser, but it definitely cleans your face really, really  well. You simply massage an almond-sized amount onto dry skin, applying gentle pressure to cheeks, forehead, and eyebrows for increased circulation. Gently wipe it off with a dampened cleansing cloth and thoroughly rinse skin
  • A replenishing overnight mask: Massage it into clean skin and rinse away in the morning when you wash your face.
  • AND the ultimate moisturizer: This has been the game-changer for me! How I use it as a moisturizer below.

How I Use the Cleansing Balm

Since winter has started I’ve been using the the cleansing balm as a thick moisturizer that has halted the dry, itchy skin I usually experience in colder months. It is so hydrating (made with raspberry and cranberry seed oils… think Vitamin C!) and my skin just soaks it up! I use it in the morning and at night before bed, and even before applying make-up!

Let me say, I have breakout prone skin, so I don’t take moisturizers lightly, since I can so easily breakout.  I use an almond-sized amount in the morning and at night, or any time my skin is feeling particularly dry after spending time outdoors. While on vacation I also used it after being in the sun and the beach (you know that tight skin feeling?) and my face was seriously grateful.

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm


Other Environmental Factors to Help Dry Skin

Last year we talked all about how to deal with enviromental factors that affect your skin, but I feel it’s important to recap here because I certainly focus on these as well when it comes to dry skin.

Here are some tips to help beat winter dry skin:

  1. Get a humidifier: Add moisture BACK into your skin at night while sleeping.
  2. Drink and eat more water: Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go to constantly remind yourself to hydrate and consume more nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, which in their natural forms typically have high hydration levels and electrolytes!
  3. Consume more healthy fats: If you don’t already eat a variety of healthy fats in your normal diet, now is a great time to add them in as healthy fats will contribute to your skin health and fats help keep moisture in.
  4. Have a good skin care routine for your face: Nourish your skin topically by establishing a good routine, and don’t forget these key things:
    1. As much as possible use skin care products without harmful chemicals (why I proudly support Beautycounter, a B-corp fighting to change the industry overall)
    2. Exfoliate at least 3x a week (I like this exfoliating scrub for a deeper scrub and the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel)
    3. Use facial oils (unsung hero for your skin — don’t be afraid of putting the right oils on your face) and serums for added moisture (#1 oil or #2 oil for normal skin/anti-aging and #3 oil for balancing for breakout prone skin)
  5. Have a good skin care routine for your body:
    1. Dry Brush before you shower to remove dead skin!
    2. Exfoliate in the shower with this body scrub (or make your own).
    3. Moisturize: I LOVE Primally Pure‘s body butter.  I always have it for myself and get it for my friends who are pregnant to use on their bellies!

Want to Try the Cleansing Balm?

There are two ways:

  • Full-Size Cleansing Balm $80: I know this is price is steep, but I promise, a little goes a long way. I’ve used my current one twice a day and I’ve been using this jar for 4 months now. It is worth it, truly!
  • Travel Size Cleansing Balm $45: This is a great way to try it, at a cheaper price, before committing to the full-size.

AMAZING RETURN POLICY: If you’re a first-time Beautycounter shopper, you should know that they have a 60-day return policy, no questions asked, with free return shipping. I trust you’ll love everything but I think that’s helpful to know since buying makeup and skincare online can be nerve-wracking! Want to see my other favorites? Click here for my personal routine.

P.S. I truly think it’s great for any skin type:

  • My mom uses it daily for anti-aging and loves it.
  • Nanny (who is 95) uses it and it soaks right into her skin for major hydration.
  • I am acne-prone and it’s been great for me, no issues whatsoever!
  • Mike, who has pretty normal skin, uses it on his nose when it gets dry/irritated.
  • Kelli swears by it for her skin and she even uses it for her children!

If you have dry or combination skin, I think it’s 100% worth a try. The only skin type I’d probably be cautious/avoid it with is super oily skin, as it is a thicker, super hydrating balm.


Here’s to safer skincare and better beauty! This post is not sponsored, but does contain affiliate links. I would never share something I don’t 100% stand behind and personally use, and I hope you’ve grown to trust that from me over the years.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support of my Beautycounter business and all of my work. Please reach out with any questions, I am happy to help in any way that I can! And make sure to join my safer skincare email list for fun exclusives!

Your friend,

Lexi

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6 Date Night Ideas That Don’t Break The Bank

With Valentine’s Day approaching, you may be looking for a unique date night that is fun and different, doesn’t break the bank, and isn’t just going out for dinner. Often Valentine’s Day looks like an overpriced, price-fixed dinner, so I put together a few of Mike and my favorite date ideas that don’t involve going out for dinner!

Inexpensive Date Night Ideas

6 Date Night Ideas That Don’t Break The Bank

It’s easy to get into to the habit of doing the same old thing and going out to eat for date night, but there are so many other fun activities. Going out to dinner can add up once you factor in other things; taxis/uber, babysitters, and possibly a new outfit. Think outside the box for your next date night and save some money while you are it!

  1. Cook or bake together at home! We always have so much fun when we stay in, pick a recipe, and cook together. It’s rare in our home to have two cooks in the kitchen, and we always have the best time! A few dinner ideas: Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots & Pomegranate Sauce, Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Spaghetti Carbonara, or Instant Pot Short Ribs. Don’t forget dessert: Gluten-Free Hostess Cupcakes, Brownies, or Chocolate Cookies!
  2. Have a game night: Whip out your favorite game (like Heads Up), make a little charcuterie board for two, and crack open a bottle of wine, champagne or your favorite cocktail!
  3. Head to a coffee shop for a morning date: A few weeks ago Mike and I opted to stay in on a Friday night and instead, go to our favorite coffee shop the next morning for a special latte and good conversation. It’s something we don’t do often, and it was such a great, inexpensive, relaxing morning date.
  4. Get active: Do an activity together, like going on a hike with the dog, a walk in the park, or head to the courts and play a sport like tennis. If it’s cold out, you can go to a workout class together or try something new like indoor rock climbing.
  5. Ditch dinner and do a happy hour: Sometimes it’s nice to meet at a restaurant for a cocktail or two and appetizers! For one, you can meet after work which is a nice change of pace, and secondly, the bill will be much cheaper!
  6. Take a class together: Mike and I have taken a few sushi making classes and we always have a great time. It’s such and unique date night idea. We’ve also taken dance lessons, and had an absolute blast. Think of classes like sushi making, taking a painting class, a dance lesson, etc. Tip: You may think these are expensive, and guess what? I often find these on Groupon or other discount sites for really great prices!

Don’t forget: For all of your date nights, make an effort to put your cell phone away and really be in the moment!


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Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

This Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce recipe makes for a decadent meal done in under 20 minutes! It’s elegant, super flavorful, and comes together quickly and works equally as well for a romantic dinner for two, or a weeknight easy meal. They’re gluten-free, dairy free and paleo.

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

This Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce recipe is a great date night in meal to make with your significant other, or the perfect elegant holiday meal! The lamb chops are so easy to make and do not require much cooking at all, other than a quick broil in the oven. The crispy shallots are another effortless way to add something special to the meal and the pomegranate sauce adds a tough of sweet that brings the whole thing together. A special dinner in under 20 minutes? Sounds like the perfect meal!

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

We love when delicious meals come together so quickly, using minimal ingredients, but taste so amazing!The recipe calls for pomegranate juice to make the sweet sauce. You can either purchase pomegranate juice or you can juice your own by blending together 1 cup of pomegranate

What to serve with lamb chops:

What temperature do you cook lamb chops?

Whole muscle meats such as roasts, steaks, and chops may be cooked to 145 °F (medium rare), 160 °F (medium), or 170 °F (well done). Times here are based on lamb at refrigerator temperature (40 °F).

How can you tell if your lamb chops are cooked?

Use your finger to estimate if roasted, grilled or broiled lamb is done to your liking. Press firmly on several sections of the lamb. If the meat gives easily but is firm and has cooked for the recommended length of time, it is likely medium-rare. A firmer texture and feel indicates more well-done meat! For best results, use your Thermopen!

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

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Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:20 Serves 2

Ingredients

Lamb Chops

Crispy Shallots

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 shallot, minced

Pomegranate Sauce

To garnish

Directions

  1. Pre-heat broiler on high.
  2. Coat lamb in oil and spices.
  3. Place on a lined baking sheet and broil on high for 5-6 minutes on each side. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, make the crispy shallots: In a small pan, heat oil and sauté shallots for 5-10 minutes, stirring often, until crispy but not burnt.
  5. Make the sauce: In a small pot, pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, apple cider vinegar, and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and whisk in the arrowroot. Let simmer for 5-6 minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  6. Top lamb with crispy shallots and sauce and serve immediately with sides of choice like Mashed Potatoes, cauliflower mash or roasted veggies.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make your own pomegranate juice: blend 1 cup of pomegranate seeds.
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Gluten Free Hostess Cupcakes

Homemade Gluten Free Hostess Cupcakes are a fun weekend baking project! It starts with a super moist gluten-free chocolate cupcake, filled with homemade marshmallow fluff (made without any refined sugar) and dipped in a dairy-free chocolate ganache! Pipe on either some of the marshmallow fluff or melted white chocolate to complete the classic hostess-style cupcake look!

Dairy free chocolate cupcakesGluten Free Hostess Cupcakes

Ever have one of those iconic packaged chocolate cupcakes? Our version of Gluten Free Hostess Cupcakes may look like the classic treats of an American childhood but they taste like the sophisticated version you should have been eating all along. We took the best gluten-free chocolate layer cake and turned them into cupcakes, stuffed them with Homemade Marshmallow Fluff and topped them with a decadent chocolate ganache. We piped on that icon swirl with melted white chocolate, but if you skip that and use extra fluff, you’ll have yourself a dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free cupcake of your dreams.

homemade hostess style cupcakes

There are definitely a few steps needed to complete this recipe. But it’s such a cute treat to recreate with healthier ingredients and the final outcome is so dang delicious! The hardest part of this recipe is making the Homemade Marshmallow Fluff, but we created an entire post to really get detailed about how you can make it. All of the remaining steps are just basic baking skills that if you follow the instructions are very achievable.

Chocolate cupcake recipe

How do you make chocolate ganache

Making a ganache is simply heating up a milk and pouring it over chocolate! In this case we are using coconut milk and mini chocolate chips. You can do this either in a small pot on the stove, or you can use a microwave to heat up the cream.

Can marshmallow be substituted for marshmallow cream:

No. If you want to skip making the marshmallow cream you can either purchase some at the store, fill the cupcake with a vanilla buttercream, or you can leave it out all together.

Homemade hostess cupcake recipe

How to prep cupcake components ahead of time:

There are a few components of making these cupcakes as close to the classic version as possible. But the good news is that they can easily be broken down into steps that can be done a day or two apart from one another.

  1. Make the cupcakes: This step can be done two days ahead of time! You can store the cupcakes in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  2. Make the Homemade Marshmallow Fluff: This can be done up to one week ahead of time. If the marshmallow fluff gets slightly deflated you can easily whip it back up with the electric mixer.
  3. Make the ganache and melt white chocolate for topping: This is easiest if done at the same time you plan to assemble the cupcakes.
  4. Assemble the cupcakes: The cupcakes can be left at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to two days, but they are best eaten within the same day.

Hostess cupcake cake recipe

In this recipe we used these tools:

  • Stand Mixer
  • Muffin Tin
  • Piping Bags
  • Essentials: Bowls, whisks, spatula, knife

Homemade hostess cupcakes

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Gluten Free Hostess Cupcakes

Prep Time 30:00 Cook Time 40:00 Yields 16 cupcakes

Ingredients

For cupcakes:

For Filling:

For Ganache:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips (if dairy-free use dairy-free chocolate chips)

To pipe swirl

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate, melted

Directions

Prepare and cool cupcakes:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and line 2 muffin tins with 16 parchment paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl add almond flour, cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. (see note)
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs. Add in coconut sugar, milk, coffee, avocado oil and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and whisk to combine completely.
  5. Divide batter evenly between 16 cupcake liners bake in pre-heated oven for 16-18 minutes  minutes, or until a toothpick inserted and removed is clean of any wet cake batter.
  6. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack.

Make the filling:

  1. Make 1 batch of Homemade Marshmallow Fluff and that post will have everything you need to know in it about doing so. You will have more than you need for this recipe but it is almost impossible to get egg whites to whip up if it is less than 3, so you'll need to make the whole batch.

Make Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Place mini chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut milk until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour over chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chips are covered by the hot milk. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut milk together until a smooth ganache is formed. It is best to do this right before assembling the cupcakes because you'll want the ganache to be warm, but not hot.

Assemble the cupcakes:

  1. Cut out a well from the cooled cupcakes with a knife and set aside the top. Using a spoon scoop out a teaspoon sized amount of cake to create a larger hole, and discard the cake scraps. Using your fingers gently press the sides of the hole until it is set and there are no loose crumbs. 
  2. Fill a pastry bag with the marshmallow cream and cut out a small hole. Fill the cupcakes and place the reserved cut top back on the cupcake and gently push it down so it's flat.
  3. Dip the top of each filled cupcake carefully into the glaze, and gently lift it up to let to let the excess glaze drip off and than quickly flip it back right side up on a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To pipe the swirl either fill a pastry bag with melted and slightly cooled white chocolate, or you can use extra marshmallow fluff and make 4-5 swirls on the top of the cooled cupcake.
  5. Enjoy cupcakes within two days. They can be stored at room temperature in an air tight container.

Recipe Notes

  1. If your almond flour and cocoa powder is really lumpy you should sift all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. You can skip the coffee and just increase the milk by 1/4 cup.
  3. If your chocolate ganache ever gets too cold you can gently rewarm it it over a double-boiler or in the microwaves for 10 seconds at a time.
  4. If you would like to make less chocolate cupcakes, you can use these ingredient amounts:
    • 1-1/4 cups (120) almond flour
    • ⅓ cup plus 1 tabespoon (35g) high-quality cocoa powder
    • 1/4 cup (24g) coconut flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 1/4 cup milk of choice
    • 2 tablespoons cup coffee (see note)
    • 2 tablespoon cup avocado oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

The infamous Trader Joe’s Gnocchi package directions results in soggy gnocchi that nobody wants, so we’re going step-by-step for you on How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi! It’s a quick weeknight meal on a budget and is a great gluten-free alternative to a classic gnocchi. What has become an almost cult classic, is so good, and we’ve cracked the code on our favorite way to prepare it.

Best way to cook Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi

How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

If you haven’t heard of the Trader Joe’s cult favorite Cauliflower Gnocchi, let us tell you a little bit about it! It’s inexpensive, sold for under $3, and made gluten-free with a hearty dose of veggie. Traditionally gnocchi is made with cooked potatoes that are bound together with egg and wheat flour. The TJ version is made with cauliflower and cassava flour, and a few other ingredients. To be clear, it’s not necessarily low-carb but it’s a healthier take with a classic flavor. The package directions produce a finished product that is a bit suspect so we’re going to go through step-by-step on How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi into a quick weeknight Italian dinner!

How do you cook cauliflower gnocchi?

There are a few different ways to cook cauliflower gnocchi. But there is one way not to cook it, and that is do not cook it according to the package directions. We are looking for gnocchi that isn’t mushy and has a nice crispy coating so we’re using cooking methods that do just that!

  1. In the skillet: This is by far the easiest and simplest method (and our favorite)! The main directions in our recipe include the step-by-step for skillet cooking because it is our preferred method for the best tasting gnocchi. It also makes the meal a one-pan dinner which is always a plus.
  2. In the air fryer: This is a simple way to crispy up the gnocchi, but the downside is that this cooking gadget isn’t that common and it still means you have to use other pots and pans to make a complete meal.
  3. In the oven: We offer directions for cooking the gnocchi on a sheet pan, but in all honestly it is our least favorite method. In order to achieve crispy gnocchi it has to have a long cook time, and just isn’t very efficient. But will lend itself to crispy gnocchi if left in there long enough.

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi recipes

What do you serve with Cauliflower Gnocchi:

We serve this recipe with store-bought tomato sauce, spinach and cheese. It makes it a complete meal that is made in one pan and ready in under 30 minutes. Alternatively you could use a homemade tomato saucehomemade meat sauce, a pesto, a pumpkin sauce or really any sauce that tastes good with gnocchi!

The TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi is also a hit when served alone as an appetizer with a dipping sauce!

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi cooking tips

Tips on getting your hands on Cauliflower Gnocchi

Admittedly there is a Cauliflower Gnocchi craze going on, coupled with a delay in getting shipments in to some stores. So we had trouble getting our hands on cauliflower gnocchi for a few weeks. Hopefully they’ll be producing more of this product now that they know it’s a hit. Follow these tips to get your hands on Cauliflower Gnocchi:

  • Call ahead and ask them to set some aside for you.
  • Find out when they get the shipments in, typically late at night before closing or first thing in the morning, so call ahead or plan to be at the store then.
  • Buy in bulk. They are stored in the freezer so if you buy a bunch at a time (who bought 10 bags at once? Ahem… not Lexi….) you won’t have to worry for a few weeks/months when they’ll be getting in another shipment.

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi how to cook

So jump on the Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi train and get to the store to get yours and make sure to post it to Instagram. Because with this one, if you didn’t post it to Instagram, did it even happen?

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How to Make Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 2 - 12 ounce bags Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 1 heaping cup baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup marinara sauce of choice
  • ⅓ cup mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Ignore the package instructions.
  2. Defrost the gnocchi: You can either let thaw out on the counter for an hour or you can microwave the gnocchi on a plate for 2-4 minutes. Once thawed you want to pat dry any condensation. 
  3. In a large non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet heat 2 tablespoon oil until it’s hot add the gnocchi in an even layer. Let the gnocchi sit undisturbed for 3 minutes. Flip the gnocchi and repeat until they are a light brown and crispy.
  4. Add in spinach and stir until it is all wilted.
  5. Add in garlic powder, Italian seasoning, a pinch of red pepper flakes and marinara sauce and toss until combined.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and cover for 3-5 amount of minutes, or until the cheese and sauce is hot and bubbly.
  7. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. Air-fryer instructions to cook the gnocchi:
    1. Pre-heat Air-fryer to 400ºF
    2. Partially defrost the gnocchi, about 2 minutes in the microwave, making sure to break apart any gnocchi stuck together.
    3. Spray the air-fryer basket with avocado spray.
    4. Lay 1/2 the gnocchi from one bag inside the basket and spray it once more.
    5. Cook for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    6. Repeat with the remaining bag.
  2. Oven Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
    2. Place defrosted gnocchi on the baking sheet and spray with avocado oil spray or cooking spray of choice. Toss to coat.
    3. Bake for 20 minutes, flip, and bake for an additional 20 minutes until the gnocchi is golden brown and crispy on the outside.
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