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Happy Summer! Recipe time: “Where Pasta Meets Kale”

21 Jun

Trader Joe’s serves up the ingredients for a healthful, nutritious, filling and yummy meal!

The intersection of fresh kale and hearty pasta

The intersection of fresh kale and hearty pasta

A good thing to do with barley and kale from Trader Joe’s

4 Feb

Today’s post is from Gen:

What’s better than having a quick-cook grain on hand for an impromptu pot of hearty chicken soup with kale?

TJ’s new “10-Minute Barley” fits the bill. It’s washed, par-cooked and ready to go.

Trader Joe's grain goodness

The foundation of a good meal: 10-Minute Barley

Only thing is, depending on your predisposition for “al dente” dining, “10 minutes” is more like 15.

Still, it’s a fine alternative to having to cook the raw grain for 40 minutes or more.

Note: Because the par-cooked variety is larger in size, 1 cup of the 10-minute variety is less than 1 cup of raw, uncooked barley, so take that into consideration when planning portions you’ll need.

Buon appetito!

Thank you, Gen!

Thank you, TJ’s.

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Danger: Delicious appetizers ahead

12 Dec

So, I’m at the Trader Joe’s tasting bar and the barista is offering samples of Spinach and Kale Bites.

Beware: Seductive flavor lures you to do things you didn't want to do.

Beware: Seductive flavor lures you to do things you didn’t want to do.

I  try one.

I say: This is SO good!

She says: I know!

Despite the whole kale craze, this might be my first taste. I’m a veggie lover and spinach is a fave, so it’s no surprise that these green balls with cheesy garlic goodness make my eyes pop out.

I look at the box. Well, the points it scores on flavor it loses in the calorie and fat content. Not the most I’ve seen in a snack, but enough to give pause.

I say: I’m nervous about the calories and fat content.

She says: Well, they’re appetizers, so you’re not going to have very many.

I look at her. She looks at me.

I say: Right….

We smile, sadly, knowing that what’s meant as dainty food for company is too often what’s for dinner.

Sigh.

Related Links:

Kale nutrition information

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Skinny food Friday: Keeping it green at Trader Joe’s

23 Nov

Directly after eating any big meal, I vow to never eat again. But, of course, I do. And Thanksgiving is the mother of the big meal.

Rolling around the house today, my remedy for post-meal munching without regret is easy and delicious. As much as possible, over the Thanksgiving weekend, I try to keep it green.

Green-meal recipe:

Trader Joe’s bag of broccoli and cauliflower becomes a mouth-watering meal when you steam the vegetables, then lightly drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and spritz with lemon juice. And maybe add a little crushed garlic : )

Broccoli and cauliflower from Trader Joe's

Half a bag of broccoli and cauliflower. It’s what’s for dinner.

Alternative vegetable: Zucchini

Zucchini from Trader Joe's

Zucchini, sliced and steamed – the way Mom used to make them.

And, of course, the granddaddy of skinny meals – the salad.

The Power of Greens at Trader Joe'

Organic Power to the Greens

The power of greens.

Thank you so much, Trader Joe’s.

And thank you so much for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Power to the Greens nutrition info

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