Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Ok it has been a hot minute since I last posted. I love this coffee. It's the best time of year at Trader Joe's because of all the great things that they have and this is no exception. It is sprinkled with peppercorns and other spices to give it a nice flavor. It is also pre-ground so that the spices are distributed through out it evenly. Do not make the mistake of putting it in the coffee grinders at TJs. My first container this year was ruined because of the taste of whatever coffee the person before me ground up. This batch has been wonderful though!
Try it! Love it!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Hope these posts keep you updated, I will post again soon....I promise it won't be as long as my last gap!
Keep cooking and shopping at Trader Joes and tell me what you find!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Ok I had you waiting there for a whole five minutes until I posted this one. So where did we leave off? Now you have a yummy breakfast all ready for you to eat. I'm sure that it would be delicious if you went ahead and ate it there. However, your meal is not complete!
This guacamole is unlike any other I have had. Usually, they come sealed in little packages as either regular guacamole or spicy guacamole. Then you have to buy pico de gallo or salsa. This has both AND the pico de gallo is hot too! So I literally scooped up a big spoonful of this amazing creation onto my plate and I had an amazing meal.
This guac is really good, and if you haven't tried TJ's other guacamoles, this tastes essentially the same, plus a little fresh spice to go along with it. Try it, buy it, and let me know what you think about it!
Ok so I have never had pork chorizo because, well, I was raised Jewish so I tend to shy away from things made from pigs (well, except for pepperoni...) But this is so good! Super spicy, so much flavor and it's actually vegan.
So how did I turn this into an amazing breakfast? Ok, to begin with, I sprayed a frying pan with TJs canola oil spray. Next, I took the Melange a Trois trio of bell peppers and added it to the pan. I crumbled up some tofu and then I put some chorizo in a pan. I let it cook for a while until it was all hot and cooked thoroughly.
I then added it to some TJs black beans I cooked in a pot on the stove
I plated all of this with some freshly toasted tortillas
Last but not least, I added.....wait.....wait....see my next post!
So these are really awesome tortillas! They also come in regular white flour tortillas as well. They are really soft, so that is a good thing, well made and delicious! Especially heated up! They are super good with my wonderful breakfast. This is the first installment! For this breakfast, I toasted the tortillas in my toaster oven, getting them slightly crispy.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I took 1/2 block of TJ's extra firm tofu, weighed it on the top with paper towels in between to blot out the water and cut it into triangles. I put them in a non-stick pan sprayed with TJs canola oil spray (which I really like...more on that later!). I let them turn a golden color
I took a bag of TJ's stir-fry vegetables, and I placed them in a pan with canola oil spray to defrost them
I added the noodles to that same pan
I combined all of the ingredients together and added the packet of sauce.
I let them cook together briefly
I added some spiracha (thai hot sauce)
Ta-da! I had a meal! For under 5 dollars might I add...
The verdict on the noodles/sauce? It wasn't phenomenal BUT adding spiracha really made a difference. I think that with the right amount of spiracha or some other TJs sauce, this could be an amazing meal. They also have two other flavors. I may try them as well!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
This is a really good trail mix that is really good for you! Walnuts, almonds, raisins, cashews, filberts all come together to pack in 5g of protein for every 150 calories. Not bad if you ask me! And it is all raw! I don't generally embrace raw food, but this stuff is good. And worth it. For about 5 dollars, you get 15 servings....and you won't have a problem eating them either!!
Oh and if you are actually athletic and go hiking, this would probably be a good fit for you :)
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Seriously, this stuff is so good! Greek yogurt is great because it is thicker and filled with protein. This one is great because it tastes good and a little sweet but without being overpowering. The container has two servings of yogurt, but I usually end up making it three servings (about five ounces each). It contains five ingredients and five cultures in it. (Wow that is a lot of fives). It actually only costs $2.79 which is a pretty good deal. I add it to fruit, both fresh and frozen as well as granola.
Oh and by the way, the reason for the seven containers is that I try to re-use containers; only one is full!
Sorry I missed posting yesterday! Hope you enjoy this food and continue to spread the word about the most informative Trader Joe's blog out there!
Mélage à trois...definitely an ear-catching name. It is such a great product. A bag full of pre-cut red, green, and yellow bell pepper strips makes it so easy to cook peppers!! I personally happen to be rather lazy, and especially after a long day, anything that will save me time is a good idea. I don't have to get each pepper out, wash, slice, etc. requiring dirtying a cutting board and knife. Here's how I used them today: got a TJs chicken sausage and sliced it up as well as the mélage à trois peppers and added them to a frying pan (with TJs canola oil spray). Let them heat up and move them around the pan. Definitely under ten minutes. I put them on handmade corn tortillas and had lunch. Easy as 1-2-3 or maybe red-yellow-green!!!
I highly reccommend these AND if you are watching your budget, each bag is only $1.69. Sounds good to me!!!!!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I love bbq sauce...This one especially. I've been using it for ages! It's really good used so many ways. I like to put it on chicken and potatoes, use it as a salad dressing, atop a burger, let me count the ways..... If you saw my last post about pizza dough, I have another tip for you. I mixed some of this bbq sauce with tomato paste to make a pizza sauce that I topped with cheese and veggies. I would suggest trying it on your next trip! Please post your reviews :)
Oh, and if you try it and hate it, keep your reciept and TJs will take it back!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Well the wheat dough is really good, it has a great flavor. It has enough dough that I was able to make four personal pizzas out of it. The dough is pretty inexpensive too, although I can't seem to find how much I paid, I believe it was under two or three dollars. It's standard dough, it comes refrigerated so it is ready to use. If you don't plan on using it right then, put it in the freezer immediately and then let it defrost when you are ready. To make, I simply let the dough rise for 20 minutes, and rolled it out on a lightly floured surface (with, of course, TJs white wheat flour!) and I formed it into four mini pizzas.
I then added the above pictured pizza sauce. It's really good, and I used almost the whole jar for my four pizzas. It's easy to spread it on the dough, then add my choice of toppings. Today I used daiya and tons of veggies on two of them (with some TJs feta), and TJs meatless meatballs with veggies on the other two.
Once again, an easy meal made from TJs ingredients.
Stop by again tomorrow for a new review and be sure to click follow at the top of each page!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
There are two other varieties that I know of, chicken tamales and green chile and cheese. My boyfriend tells me that the green chile and cheese ones are awesome, however I don't eat a whole lot of cheese so I haven't tried them. The chicken ones, in my opinion, are not nearly as delicious as the beef!
So try and enjoy!
Report back your opinions!!
Friday, August 19, 2011
There are about six to eight different varieties. I have tried spicy italian (ok) and garden herb (ok) other than these two. The kind on the left, Mango, is a little strange. The ingredients made me think it would be great, but it ended up being pretty gross, IMHO. The Sweet Apple sausage is amazing! They have a little maple syrup inside, so they are slightly sweet. I add some peppers to the frying pan (TJs melange a trois - to be featured later!) and they quickly cook up. I roll them into a tortilla of some sort (TJs has a great assortment!) and I have a really easy dinner. I still need to try a pesto variety, which sounds pretty good! More news on that later....
I've been drinking soy milk for a good part of my life. I've tried other types of faux-milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, almond milk, but never ended up deviating from my favorite vanilla soy milk. Fast forward to a couple months ago when I tried this product. It has a vanilla taste to it, but actually has less than half the calories of normal vanilla soy milk AND no added sugar. It is reasonably priced, $2.99, and it has quickly become a staple in my home. It's perfect because it does not overpower you with it's sweetness. I use it in coffee, smoothies, baking, cereal, etc. The only thing you could dislike is when everyone else figures out how great it is and your neighborhood TJs is all out! THAT is never good!!!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I always love trying new food at Trader Joe's. Monday night, I picked this fig butter up because I can never seem to get enough figs. It is delicious; great taste of figs and super-sweet containing more fruit than sugar. If you like figs, this is an awesome addition to your food repertoire! I have been spreading it on two pieces of toasted Trader Joe's sprouted flourless whole wheatberry bread with 2 eggs in the middle. Add some fruit and/or yogurt and you have an delicious and wholesome breakfast.