TRADER JOE'S CAULIFLOWER GNOCCHI WITH BACON AND PEAS

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Fall has arrived in New England, which always makes me crave warming, comforting foods. This meal definitely fits the bill without being too heavy. I am a sucker for any of Trader Joe’s cauliflower products, and their cauliflower gnocchi is no exception. I love that the ingredients are simple and clean: 75% cauliflower, cassava flour, potato starch, olive oil and sea salt. You can find them in the freezer section and they are such an easy, filling meal that you can throw together when you’re short on time.

This gnocchi is great with just tomato sauce or pesto, but this recipe steps it up a bit and has very few ingredients. It also comes together in less than 30 minutes. The bacon gives it a ton of flavor—if you prefer not to eat meat, you could sauté the gnocchi in oil and just add a little extra seasoning.  This meal is true comfort food, and also happens to be paleo-friendly, low carb, and grain, gluten and dairy free!

Ingredients

  • 1 package Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

  • 2 slices bacon (see note below)

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas

  • 2 cups fresh spinach

  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

  • salt & pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the gnocchi according to the skillet directions on the package (with ¼ cup water in a covered skillet until water is absorbed) for 5 minutes. You want the gnocchi warmed through but not soggy. Set the gnocchi aside on a plate.

  2. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy. Set aside on a paper towel. Do not dispose of the bacon grease (there should be approximately 1 tsp- if the skillet is too dry, add 1 tsp. of olive oil).

  3. Set the skillet to medium heat and add the garlic. Saute for 30 seconds, then add the gnocchi, peas and thyme. Sautee approximately 3-5 minutes, flipping the gnocchi until the outsides are browned and crispy. Add the spinach, sauté approximately 2 minutes until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.

  4. Add crumbled bacon and salt and pepper, to taste.

 Serves 2.

Note: it is important to use a high quality bacon that is uncured, free of sugar, additives and nitrates, and comes from pasture-raised pigs. I use Butcher Box — other good brands are Wellshire Farms, Applegate and Nature’s Rancher.