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Trader Joe's Hack! Cauliflower Gnocchi with Basil and Parmesan, and Mediterranean Style Salad with Crunchy Ranch Chickpeas and Corn (A 20-Minute Meal) – Makeup and Beauty Blog


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A yummy vegetarian meal, ready in less than 20 minutes, thanks to Trader Joe’s!

I mean, you could tear into bags of these pre-made yums from Trader Joe’s and devour them as they are, but why do that when it’s so easy to make ’em even better?

For the record, I love hacking TJ’s products and making them my own. I did it this week to make a delicious veggie meal. I made cauliflower gnocchi with Parmesan and basil, then added it to a salad with crunchy ranch-flavored chickpeas and corn, all using stuff from TJ’s.

It was really easy, too. I started making it right as El Hub took Connor out to play, and it was completely done and plated when they got back 30 minutes later. All we had to do was sit down and eat.

I loved it, El Hub loved it, and the baby loved it, too. She gobbled down every last bite.

If you want to give it a try, you’ll need a few things…

  • The Trader Joe’s Organic Mediterranean Style Salad Kit, which you can get in the bagged salad section
  • Cauliflower Gnocchi, which is in the frozen foods section
  • Also, not pictured here, Trader Joe’s Ranch Seasoned Crispy Chickpeas (you’ll find them by the chips)
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Corn! (Can’t forget the corn.)
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So, all I did was dump the salad mix into the bowl, minus the feta cheese that comes with the kit, since El Hub isn’t a fan. Next, I used a knife to remove the corn kernels from a single cob and cooked it in a non-stick pan with a little olive oil. Then I seasoned that with salt and pepper (canned or frozen corn would also work). Threw that into the bowl with the salad. Then I added a couple handfuls of the Ranch Chickpeas and mixed everything together with the packet of red wine vinaigrette that comes with the salad.

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Separately, I cooked the cauliflower gnocchi in a pan, which is what TJ recommends…

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It was really very easy! I steamed the gnocchi with water for about 8 minutes, and when the water was gone, I added a pat of butter and about a tablespoon of olive oil.

I let the gnocchi crisp to a golden brown, which took about 5 minutes. Took the pan off the heat, let it cool for a couple minutes, then mixed in Parmesan and chopped basil.

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Definitely going to make this one again, and next time I’m going to slice up some TJ’s Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage (has some kick to it), and add that as a side to round it out a little.

Yummy! I hope you give it a try.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. TGIF, friend. ?