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 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.
These are sold in a plastic bag. Unlike the sweet potato gnocchi very little is stuck to the sides of the bag. The bag is not resealable.
Frequently Asked Questions about this product
Each serving is a reasonable 190 calories but also contains 5g of fiber along with 7g of protein per serving.
No, this has 27 net carbs per serving and is unlikely to fit into such a low carb diet.
Each 12 ounce package cost $2.69.
A comparison of gnocchi
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).
If I had to recommend them in order of the best to the worst:
- Sweet potato gnocchi
- Cauliflower gnocchi
- Inside Out Stuffed Gnocchi
- Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
- Gnocchi alla Gorgonzola
- Chocolate Lava Gnocchi
- and lastly Kale Gnocchi.
You can click on any of the links above to be taken to the reviews of each of these products.
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.
The visual rundown of this product
The bag of Trader Joe's Kale Gnocchi:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
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The Bottom Line
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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