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.

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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 Total Time 00:20 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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The BEST Gluten-Free Lasagna

The BEST Gluten Free Lasagna and truer words haven’t been spoken! We took my classic meat sauce recipe and stepped it up a notch for this easy and delicious gluten free lasagna recipe that everyone will love. We use our favorite gluten-free lasagna rice noodles and nobody knows the difference with this comfort food classic!

Best Gluten Free Lasagna

The BEST Gluten-Free Lasagna

You are going to LOVE this lasagna. It’s great for a crowd, freezable, and so delicious. It’s also a great dish to make if cooking for others (meal train).

How do you layer a lasagna?

  • Spread some tomato sauce (or our meat sauce) on the bottom of your dish.
  • Next, add a single layer of pasta sheets
  • Ricotta Mixture
  • Sauce
  • Mozzarella 
  • Single layer of pasta sheets
  • Repeat for a total of 4 layers of noodles. Top with remaining meat sauce and mozzarella.

Easy Gluten Free Lasagna

Our favorite gluten-free lasagna noodle brands are:

You can find them both at any majory grocery store in the gluten-free section!

Gluten-Free Meat Lasagna Recipe

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If you don’t want to use meat sauce, and want to make this a meatless lasagna, you can use my homemade tomato sauce instead! 

The BEST Gluten-Free Lasagna

Prep Time 00:40 Cook Time 00:45 Total Time 01:25 Serves 8

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add onion and carrots to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
  3. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains, about 7 minutes.
  4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to the pan and combine.
  5. Bring tomato sauce to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. The longer you can let simmer, the better! Taste and adjust spices as desired then remove from heat.
  6. Meanwhile prepare ricotta mixture in a medium bowl by combining ricotta, parmesan, garlic powder, basil, parsley, eggs, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF.
  8. Prepare gluten-free lasagna noodles 2 minutes less than instructed to cook on package. Drain well and immediately begin assembling lasagna.
  9. In a 9" x 13" oven-safe container begin layering lasagna starting with 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce on the bottom. Then place one layer of noodles, 2/3 ricotta mixture, 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce and 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella. Repeat for a total of 4 layers of noodles. Top with remaining meat sauce and mozzarella. (See note about alternative preparation)
  10. Cover with aluminum foil and place lasagna in oven on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and golden in spots.
  11. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

  1. Alternatively, you can prepare this in two square 8" oven-safe dishes to have one to bake fresh and one for the freezer to bake for another day. You will have to use slightly less of the ricotta cheese mixture for each layer to get 4 layers for each 8" pan to get enough for both. To bake the frozen: defrost in the refrigerate overnight and bake as directed in step 10.
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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

All things Italian-style are right up my alley. Bolognese, {zucchini} linguine, you name it. One hard transition for me when removing gluten and dairy from my diet was not being able to eat those hearty pasta dishes that I always loved. That was one of the big reasons I started and developed Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, to make those dishes you thought you could no longer eat, possible (and healthy)!
Stuffed Zucchini Boats

We loved these stuffed zucchinis because they are fun and easy to eat, yet hearty, filling, and delicious. I also love how you can get the zucchini as soft or as firm as you desire!

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These zucchini boats are…

Soft but firm, packed with hearty Italian flavor, comforting, flavorful, and easy to eat!

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 0:40

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375
  • 2. Clean and cut zucchinis in half down the middle so you have two boats
  • 3. Using a spoon or a melon baller, scoop out the center (you don't want it too too thin)
  • 4. Place zucchini on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes while preparing your filling
  • 5. In a large pan heat oil and garlic
  • 6. Add in onions, carrots, and peas (add in mushrooms if using them); cook for 5 minutes or until veggies are cooked down and soft
  • 7. Add in meat and cook until brown
  • 8. Add your tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic, red pepper, cayenne, basil sea salt, and pepper- mix well to combine (if adding spinach, add it here)
  • 9. Let the flavors cook together for an additional 5–7 minutes, until mixture thickens, taste and adjust spices as desired
  • 10. Remove zucchini from the oven and spoon mixture into each boat
  • 11. Cover each boat filling with parmesan cheese and place back into the oven for 15 minutes, or until zucchini is cooked to your liking
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    Zucchini Linguine with Homemade Meat Sauce

    This Zucchini Linguine with Homemade Meat Sauce is a delicious and hearty meal your family will LOVE! Low carb, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free if you omit the cheese. Weeknight dinner WIN!

    Zucchini Linguine with Meat Sauce

    Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:00

    Ingredients

      Zucchini Linguine

      Meat Sauce

      • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
      • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
      • 1 onion, chopped
      • 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
      • 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey)
      • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
      • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
      • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
      • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
      • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
      • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
      • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
      • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
      • Optional: Garnish with fresh Basil

      Directions

      1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
      2. Add onion, carrots, and peppers to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
      3. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains.
      4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and 1 tablespoon fresh basil to the pan and mix well.
      5. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and remove from heat.
      6. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
      7. Transfer zucchini noodles to a plate, and top with meat sauce, fresh basil, and parmesan if using. Serve hot.
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      Loaded Turkey Meatballs

      These delicious meatballs are healthy and perfectly packed with flavor. Spaghetti and meatballs, anyone? Indulge in a healthy version with zucchini linguine or spaghetti squash as a clean healthy alternative to the real thing (tastes even better, in my opinion)!

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      Loaded Turkey Meatballs

      Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:28

      Ingredients

      Directions

    • 1. Preheat oven to 350
    • 2. Line a baking sheet and grease lightly
    • 3. In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well
    • 4. Roll into balls and bake on 350 for about 15-20 minutes, or until fully cooked through
    • 5. Serve with sauce of choice!
    • Recipe Notes

    • Can sub ground chicken, too!
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