Gnocchi with jackfruit and kale


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


  • 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


  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.