Gnocchi with jackfruit and kale

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So, this is, for certain, my latest food obsession.

I saw this recipe on a tv show where they travel around the country looking for the most greasy, artery clogging food they can find. Stuff I usually refer to as a “heart attack on a plate”. But this time they actually went to a healthy restaurant where they had this beautiful gnocchi dish with Brussels sprouts, kale, and walnuts.

Since I saw the recipe (originally from Calafia Cafe and Market), I have tried it half a dozen ways. And it always turns out delicious! It’s comfort food. What could be bad? It’s vegan comfort food. That’s even better. Now, I can’t use the walnuts because my oldest child is allergic to walnuts, but you can use walnuts or substitute with another nut of choice or even a seed, like pumpkin seeds.

As I mentioned, what caught my eye about this recipe was that it is vegan. That right there means less substitutions I have to make. After so many years of making substitutions in recipes it doesn’t really phase me anymore, but just a nice thing not to worry about.

If you’re not vegan, you can add meat to it. If you’re working toward becoming plant-based, but still consider yourself vegetarian, you can sprinkle cheese on top for a little extra flavor. Or, you can try this vegan parmesan cheese that tastes amazingly like parmesan (you can do anything with a little salt). The other thing I will mention, is that I believe in saving time where I can. So I used pre-made gnocchi. They’re gluten free and FODMAP friendly. The other substitution I made in my recipe was, instead of using walnuts, I added jackfruit. Again, gluten free, it adapts easily to whatever your taste buds are craving, and it cooks up quickly. I have given you the brands I used in my recipe because I believe it turned out well and tasted good.

Hungry? Here’s the recipe:

Gnocchi with jackfruit and kale

Ingredients:

  • 5.5 oz gnocchi
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup kale chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 5 oz jackfruit
  • 1 tsp red chile flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Typically this means boiling some water and waiting until the gnocchi float to the top. Take them out after a few seconds at the top so they don’t over cook and get mushy.
  2. Add the kale and sweat a few minutes until it softens.
  3. Add the garlic and cook a few minutes more.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 3-5 minutes until jackfruit is warmed and all the flavors combine.