I finally got my hands on the new cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe’s, and decided to whip up a quick dinner using some Butcher Box chicken I had in the freezer. This ended up being one of the best meals ever! And it’s paleo, grain free, nutritious and satisfying. What more could you ask for? 🙂

I ended up cooking the gnocchi not according to the package directions, but rather just putting them straight into the hot buttery pan (from frozen) and cooked for 5-7 minutes until browned. The key is to cover the pan and let them sit for about 2-3 mins without stirring to get them browned and crispy, and then continue to stir. The term “Brown Butter” is literally exactly what it sounds like – butter that’s been browned so it takes on a unique flavor that compliments the gnocchi so well!

My favorite ghee is Fourth & Heart which I get on Thrive Market!

I love getting my chicken from Butcher Box! I am obsessed with their organic chicken, and honestly think it tastes better than any chicken I’ve ever had. They deliver organic chicken, grass-fed and grass-finished beef, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep. This makes my life SO much easier as a busy mom who doesn’t live close to Whole Foods! I highly recommend this delivery service and think it’s worth every penny.

Looking for some other easy meals to make with Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi? Check out my Skillet Pesto Meatball & Gnocchi Bake, or my Cauliflower Gnocchi with Butternut Squash “Cheese” Sauce!

If you make and love this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @maryswholelife and #maryswholelife! Can’t wait to see your creations 🙂

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Brown Butter Sage Gnocchi with Chicken, Mushrooms & Spinach

Grain free cauliflower gnocchi with chicken, mushrooms & spinach. A perfect quick meal for busy weeknights.
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  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 package Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi
  • 8 oz sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 2 tbsp ghee, divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried sage


  • Heat a large saute pan over medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp of the ghee. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the remaining tbsp of ghee into the same pan. Add frozen (or partially thawed) gnocchi and the mushrooms and cook on medium high heat 5-7 minutes until browned.
  • Add the chicken back into the pan along with the garlic powder, salt, and sage. Add spinach, stir to combine, and cook for an additional minute. Enjoy!


Calories: 392kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 122mg, Sodium: 946mg, Potassium: 1136mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 985IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 2mg