Kale Gnocchi

by Isabella Buitron
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This Kale Gnocchi, a Trader Joe’s Speciality, changes the game when it comes to melding keto and delicious dinners into one.

A food lovers ideal meal is tasty, flattering to the eye, cheap, healthy, and easy to make. This kale gnocchi recipe, for which all ingredients can be found at Trader Joe’s, is all of those things and more. This recipe exceeds expectations, not only is it healthy, but it’s ketogenic! It’s a flavorful dish with an atypical pesto in the best ways possible. It has a caprese salad feel to it with the combination of chopped cherry tomatoes and mozzarella pearls.

Moreover, it gives every keto lover the feeling that they are eating the one thing they miss most when they are on the diet: carbs. While it is true this meal isn’t carb free it is very low in carbs and is also keto. Whether you are having it for lunch or dinner it is a great preworkout meal as it gives you the fuel you need. This dish is widely inclusive from foodies who eat it all to vegans with just a few alterations to the dish.

For many it is important to keep meals diverse. For me I like each meal to be exciting, a masterpiece concocted to feed my desires at that very moment. This recipe does that, as it is highly adaptable to whatever eating style I am following at the moment. Moreover, the ingredients can be utilized for other dishes making not just the meal itself versatile but all of its components.

As mentioned prior, I tend to eat this meal around 45 minutes before a workout as I feel it gives me the boost of energy I need. It also just makes a fantastic lunch or desirable dinner. It manages to give you an afternoon boost or be a meal that soothingly closes the day and brings in nightfall. The ideal of kale isn’t always appetizing to everyone, it is a staple health food that people who don’t have an affinity for greens don’t always favor.

However, this kale gnocchi reaches all audiences, those who love kale and those who don’t. Reason being? It doesn’t have an overwhelming kale flavor nor can you barely recognize it. Rather, it blends perfectly with the other ingredients that are in this dish. While it is healthy, it doesn’t taste that way. It’s so flavorful, you would think its a meal you could only eat on a cheat day. Discovering this recipe, shapes healthy eating allowing you to make it a lifestyle because of how much you enjoy it. It will spur you to discover other pleasant healthy recipes and motivate your creative cooking senses to concoct meals of your own mind.

Kale Gnocchi Ingredients:

First, let’s chat ingredients…

  • Kale Gnocchi: Purchase a bag of Kale Gnocchi from Trader Joe’s and measure out 1 cup
  • Olive Oil: Use ⅓ cup of olive oil
  • Mozzarella: Use about half a cup of mozzarella pearls, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. You can use any type of mozzarella, but the pearls are easiest because you can just cut them in half.
  • Tomatoes: Use about half a cup of cherry tomatoes, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. You can use any type of tomatoes, but the cherry tomatoes are easiest as you can just cut them in half and they fit the bite-size. 
  • Pesto: Use ⅓ cup of vegan kale cashew and basil pesto. However, you can use any other as well, I just find this one the healthiest and most flavorful. You can also adjust the amount to your liking.

How to Make Kale Gnocchi:

  1. Chop the Ingredients. On a cutting board chop the ½ cup of mozzarella pearls and ½ cup of cherry tomatoes in half. 
  2. Cook the Gnocchi. Heat the stovetop to medium heat. Place the 1 cup of kale gnocchi on the pan and drizzle ⅓ cup of olive oil over it. Add more olive oil if needed. Allow it to cook for around 10-15 minutes. I like the gnocchi to brown a bit but you can remove it once it is automatically cooked all the way through. 
  3. Combine Ingredients. Add the kale gnocchi to a bowl. Then add in the chopped mozzarella pearls and cherry tomatoes. Then add in the ⅓ cup of pesto. Mix the ingredients around the bowl so all portions are evenly distributed. Add in extra cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, or pesto if you desire more.

Notes:

Any type of pesto, tomato, or mozzarella can be used. I just found these taste the best and are the easiest to cut. 

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Kale Gnocchi

Kale Gnocchi

This Kale Gnocchi, a Trader Joe’s Speciality, changes the game when it comes to melding keto and delicious dinners into one.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of kale gnocchi 
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella pearls
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup of vegan kale cashew and basil pesto 

Instructions

    1. Chop the Ingredients. On a cutting board chop the ½ cup of mozzarella pearls and ½ cup of cherry tomatoes in half.
    2. Cook the Gnocchi. Heat the stovetop to medium heat. Place the 1 cup of kale gnocchi on the pan and drizzle ⅓ cup of olive oil over it. Add more olive oil if needed. Allow it to cook for around 10-15 minutes. I like the gnocchi to brown a bit but you can remove it once it is automatically cooked all the way through.
    3. Combine Ingredients. Add the kale gnocchi to a bowl. Then add in the chopped mozzarella pearls and cherry tomatoes. Then add in the ⅓ cup of pesto. Mix the ingredients around the bowl so all portions are evenly distributed. Add in extra cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, or pesto if you desire more.

Notes

Any type of pesto, tomato, or mozzarella can be used. I just found these taste the best and are the easiest to cut.

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