Crispy Gnocchi & Scallion Basil Sauce

Don’t we all have preconceived notions of what healthy food looks like. Does this plate come to your mind? Well this plate is filled with nutrition and energy. And it’s a flavor bomb. Most importantly, it brings joy in how tasty it is! We tend to focus so much on what’s not good for us, on the negatives, that we forget to love and be inspired by what’s good!

Today’s recipe is crispy cauliflower gnocchi in a pool of fresh creamy scallion-basil sauce.

I’ve used store bought (@traderjoes) gnocchi.  Cauli gnocchis are honestly the best! But I have to say, after several iterations and versions of cooking them, I recommend completely ignoring the package cooking instructions! They leave the pasta so mushy and gooey. This is my go-to method for that crispy outside and soft and pillowy inside🤤 It’s really simple to do!

Gnocchi cooking method:
Spread a tsp of oil in a non stick pan. Heat for a minute over medium heat.
Place the frozen gnocchi separated and in one even layer. Do not thaw the pasta, make sure you add them directly from the bag frozen.
Cover and cook for 3 minutes on medium heat. Flip the gnocchi over for an even crisp on the other side. Cover and cook for 3 more minutes.
Uncover and continue cooking for 6-8 more minutes turning them around gently every couple of minutes. The longer they stay in the pan, the crispier they get.
In the end, sprinkle 1 tbsp water and let them be absorbed completely and you’re done!

Scallion Basil sauce:
Also easy to put together is my no cook insanely flavorful and nutritious sauce. Packed with basil, scallions, nutritional yeast and lemon, it’s phenomenal with pasta. I’ve already shared this recipe a couple of weeks ago. Click this link here for the full recipe.

Putting this together takes under 20 minutes. For one portion, plate about 1/2 cup of sauce, a third of the bag of gnocchi, a generous handful of edamame simply steamed with a bit of salt, fresh cherry tomatoes halved, and a sprinkle of vegan (@followyourheart brand) parmesan. Heaven on a plate!

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