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Trader Joe’s Cauli Gnocchi and Cashew Fiesta Dip

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Hello!

I am about to start my first whole30 and I have a few questions!  I apologize if these have been addressed before, but I wanted to ask if the Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi and cashew fiesta dip would be considered SWYPO. Pasta is not an indulgence food for me - I almost never eat or want pasta so I am not concerned that the cauliflower gnocchi will be a “replacement” for me, just a potential way to add some veggies and carbohydrate to my diet. I work out a lot so I would like to have some carbohydrate options for my whole30. As for the cashew fiesta dip, I know it’s supposed to be a “non-dairy queso dip” but I include it my diet now as a sauce for veggies. I don’t use it as a queso substitute and it isn’t really cheesy to me, just yummy in its own right. I add a couple tablespoons and I’m good. I know SWYPO is pretty individual (I will have to be careful of the RX bars!) but wanted to ask if there was something about these products that made them a general no-no. Thanks in advance!

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The rules specifically say no pasta re-creations, so the gnocchi is definitely out.

I think the dip, as long as all the ingredients are compliant, I don't actually know what they are, is ok, especially as a sauce for vegetables. If you do find yourself refusing to eat veggies without it, or eating it straight from the container, then you might want to rethink that.

Cauliflower is not going to add many carbs, so the pasta wouldn't have been terribly helpful on that front anyway. Look for high-carb, starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, other root veggies like beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, winter squashes like butternut or acorn or kabocha squash, or plantains. Most people do well with one fist-sized serving of these a day, but people who are very active definitely may need more.

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Thank you! The ingredients for the dip are WATER, ORGANIC CASHEWS, ORGANIC POTATOES, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC GREEN CHILE PEPPERS, ORGANIC TOMATO PASTE, SEA SALT, ORGANIC DISTILLED VINEGAR, ORGANIC GARLIC POWDER, NATURAL FLAVORS, ORGANIC JALAPENO PEPPERS, so it’s all good!

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I'm also very active and I tend to eat high-carb, starchy vegetables multiple times a day (sometimes I'll have potatoes with all three meals). So, I can relate and just wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes for higher-carb meals and sides: 

Anyway, I hope you find something that works for you! Best wishes to you! 

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I don’t know if gnocchi is considered a pasta- it’s primarily made from potatoes. Since potatoes are allowed, shouldn’t a potato-substitute be allowed?

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Gnocchi isn't a noodle, but it IS a style of pasta.

Wikipedia gives this definition: "Gnocchi are a variety of pasta consisting of various thick, small, and soft dough dumplings that may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato, breadcrumbs, cornmeal or similar ingredients, and possibly including flavourings of herbs, vegetables, cocoa or prunes."

You can certainly make gnocchi with compliant ingredients (there are plenty of paleo-friendly recipes out there), but none would be allowed during Whole30 because it's a pasta recreation.

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