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100-Calorie Asian Gnocchi

I’m not selling snake oil here. The picture you see is one serving of this recipe, and it’s only 100 calories. (OK, 111 calories—the same as nine Pringles. I rounded down, so sue me.) This is all thanks to the magic of Samhak Mini Rice Cakes. They have a gnocchi-like look and feel, but they’re made of rice. Buy them at your local Asian market or if you live someplace boring, order them here. That entire package of rice cakes is only 120 calories and there are just three ingredients: rice, water and salt.

Now let’s get our low cal fake gnocchi rice bowl on.


1lb Samhak Mini Rice Cakes

4 oz snow peas (Take a second to peel the stringy part off so you don’t choke on it)

1 bunch scallions, sliced lengthwise into thin strips

2 oz dried tofu

Juice of 1 lime

1 t sesame oil

1 T Tamari

1 T Sriracha

1 t Maple Syrup


  1. Fill a medium saucepan with salted water and set to a boil.

  2. Blanch snow peas for 1 minute. Remove, place in a bowl and run cold water over them.

  3. Add rice cakes to boiling water and cook for 10 minutes then drain.

  4. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sesame oil, tamari, Sriracha and maple syrup until they combine for a sauce.

  5. Heat a large skillet over med-high and add the scallions and tofu, stirring frequently for a minute or two.

  6. Then add the rice cakes, snow peas and sauce. Stir until combined rice cakes are evenly sauced.

  7. That’s it. You’re done. Portion it out into four equal portions and top with toasted sesame seeds if you feel like a big shot.


Caloric breakdown from calorieking.com:

Rice cakes (60) + Snow peas (48) + Scallions (13) + Tofu (280) + Sesame oil (40) + Tamari (4) + Sriracha (20) + Lime juice (4) + Maple syrup (16) = 445 calories total.

Divided by 4 = 111.25 calories per serving.

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