Mediterranean Gnocchi

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Sometimes it’s nice to indulge in a pasta-like meal, and thanks to Cappello’s, it’s now easy for the Paleo Community to do just that.

Cappello’s is a Colorado-based company that specializes in grain-free products. They make delicious Paleo pasta, pizza and cookies and their products are now readily available in most health stores (in the freezer section), as well as in bulk online.

Occasionally I’ll have a craving for a simple Mediterranean meal – the kind I used to indulge in regularly before I began following a Paleo lifestyle – and this recipe always proves to cure my nostalgia…

INGREDIENTS

Cappellos Gnocchi

1 pack Cappello’s Gnocchi
1 flat teaspoon coconut oil
1 tomato, chopped
1 sprig green onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil

RECIPE

In a small pot, bring water to the boil.
Add 1/2 pack Cappello’s Gnocchi and boil for about 5 minutes (or until the gnocchi floats to the surface), stirring often.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat.
Add the tomato, onion and garlic to the saucepan and cook over low heat until the gnocchi is ready to serve.
Drain and plate the gnocchi, then top with the tomato-onion-garlic mix and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

Enjoy while piping hot!

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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The Pasta Alternative

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We always receive questions on substitutions from our readers, which makes sense because if you’ve found something you really like you don’t want to give it up. One request in particular that we receive regularly revolves around options for paleo approved pasta.

Many people will automatically assume that because you’re paleo you can’t have pasta…pasta is generally made out of wheat after all so it makes sense. Not to worry though, there are many alternatives for pasta that are paleo approved.

Here are the top options you have for paleo approved pasta.

  1. Spaghetti Squash- it’s easy to cook and when it’s done it’s a perfect replacement for pasta. You can also use it as lasagna noodles by layering the squash and creating it’s own layer to act as a traditional lasagna noodle.
  2. Zucchini- If you have a spiral slicer or salad shooter you can make noodles out of zucchini. It’s similar to the spaghetti squash but it another great option.
  3. Make it yourself- if you’re up for the challenge there are tons of recipes out there to make you own pasta with coconut or almond flour as replacements for traditional pasta flour.
  4. Buy it- If you’re looking for a more hearty pasta but don’t have the gumption to make it yourself you can find what you need at the local health food store. We buy a brand of pasta called Cappellos Pasta, they use paleo ingredients and it’s delicious.

These are some of the top options for paleo pasta alternatives that you can use when preparing meals. We encourage you to try them all, you may find that you regularly use more than one option in your meals.

As a side note, make sure to read the instructions when cooking your own or store-bought paleo pasta. The cooking times can vary greatly from what you may be accustomed to with traditional pasta.

Happy Experimenting!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

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