New Year, New You. Or maybe not. Maybe some New Year’s Resolutions have been made. Perhaps one of those resolutions was to eat more greens. Well, if you are looking for something green then this little bag of Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi has got you covered.
But let me tell you, it isn’t easy being green. Or green food for the most part.
When I first saw this appear on my social media feed, I didn’t know how to feel. Actually, I was in the category of “I don’t know about that one.” But I’ve never been one to skip a Frankenfood Trader Joe’s food creation.
And believe me, I’ve tried all the gnocchis they offer: Cauliflower Gnocchi, Chocolate Lava Gnocchi, Gnocchi alla Gorgonzola, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, Inside Out Stuffed Gnocchi, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and even the dried gnocchi which I haven’t reviewed yet (but are always on my pantry shelf).
And much like the Chocolate Gnocchi these will not win any beauty pageants.
When you look at the directions, they recommend sauteeing these. To which I agree. These are best served crisp and I would not try these out of the microwave. They might do well in an air fryer.
But aside from the fact that they look like they just came out of the backside of a cow, there is the biggest question: How do they taste?
And to me, they didn’t quite capture that gnocchi pillow-y-ness.
I kept getting a unique after taste: it reminded me of hummus. That distinct grit was there the whole time and that comes from the presence of chickpea flour.
This also explains why I didn’t feel like I was having gnocchi also.
If I had to compare this against another Trader Joe’s product, I’d say it is closest to the veggie patties they used to sell, just starchier. And they also left the kale flavor pretty plain, although the did take out some of the bitterness that can sometimes come with kale.
But overall, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. I was satisfied with a few bites of these. But at no point did I feel like they were a great replacement for a bowl full of potato pillow-y softness.
Nope, these are veggies in a dumpling shape pretending to be gnocchi.
For $2.69, these are priced at roughly the same as other gnocchi varieties.
Would I buy this again? Sorry, this kale gnocchi just wasn’t for me. Maybe if you need a break from your usual veggie side, perhaps you’ll be a better fit. As for me, this is a one time purchase.
Did you try it? Have any questions about this? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
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The bag of Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi:
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After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Kale Gnocchi
Product Name: Trader Joe's Kale Gnocchi
Product Description: Trader Joe's Kale Gnocchi is more veggie than actual gnocchi
Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi is a new and green way to get your veggies in.
- Kale is the first ingredient
- Not bitter overall.
- Wasn’t gnocchi enough for me
- I wouldn’t polish off a whole plate worth, I’d eat this as a green side.
- Not worthy of a repurchase