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Lemons+Ravioli: A match made in Trader Joe’s heaven

5 Nov

It was another tasting bar moment. One paper-cup-sized bite and I knew what was for dinner.

The TJ’s staffer added some prosciutto and dressing to her sample. I tried something different. (My recipe’s below.)

Ricotta and lemon filled ravioli = tasty wonder

Lemony, cheesy, ravioli-y

 

My recipe for delicious ravioli from Trader Joe's

This is how my mixture looks in a square bowl.

JA’s TJ’s Lemon Ravioli Recipe:

Bag of Girasole Ricotta & Lemon Zest Ravioli
Bundle of fresh asparagus
3-4 Tbl fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
Drizzle of olive oil
Sprinkle of salt
Juice from half a lemon
To make it meaty, add half of TJ’s flat of “Just Chicken”

Combine. Serve. Enjoy!

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

Cooking tip: How to squeeze lemons without a fine mesh strainer

13 Oct
Trader Joe's garlic bag saves the day

Garlic bag saves the day and the pain of lemon seeds

I don’t have a fine mesh strainer, and I don’t want to lose a drop of juice to a seed-protective squeezing cloth. I was tired of digging seeds out of the lemon, always missing some and having to search for them in food.

THEN, I always missed some in the food and a mid-meal bite with the promise of being delicious came to a screeching yuck when I bit into the little lemon renegade.

Enter: The garlic bag. I was grateful to discover a good use for an item I was about to toss out.

Do you have a tip using an item in a new way? We’d love to hear about it! Please share your discoveries in the comments.

Recipe for relief

9 Sep

Olive oil goes the distance, from dressing salads to searing shrimp and now, to keeping us mosquito-bite free.

a natural mosquito repellent

Recipe for relief

Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell the essential oils, but the oils (I used Lemon Eucalyptus and Cinnamon Leaf) can be easily found at Whole Foods, health food stores or several online outlets.

As most of us know, this was a record year for mosquitoes in the U.S. (International friends, has it been the same where you are?) I felt like a captive in my house, unable to enjoy the sun or brave the heat of summer.

I was tempted to cover my skin with Off! or other chemical, awful-smelling agents, but before I resorted to that, I sought out a natural concoction … and found the recipe above.

And it worked! I played with friends outside in a park on a river bank on a sunny, bug-friendly afternoon. No bites! However, about six hours later, I sat on the ground in a short skirt in the evening under trees. Bites happened. Maybe I should have reapplied after so long and before coming in direct contact with the enemy?

Please let us know if you have a recipe for a natural repellent, or if you try this one!

Recipe for a cool summer night

15 Aug

You have to realize that “cool summer night” is not a term we use often in August in Kansas City. In fact, could this be a first? Probably not, statistically speaking, but for me it is.

However, the stars aligned for my cooking sense this week, preparing me for just this sort of fluke weather.

onion and chicken combine to make soup. Water was an essential ingredient, too.

Hot soup on a cool August night

Recipe for a healthy summer hot soup:

1) Poach three or four frozen chicken thighs.

2) Reserve the water to use as stock.

3) Wait 24-48 hours for a chilly day in August.

4) Transfer chicken stock to pot, add:

  • three chopped onions
  • three minced cloves of garlic
  • a handful of chopped cilantro
  • slices of fresh lemon

5) Ladle into a bowl

6) Add salt, fresh lemon juice and freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste.

Enjoy and stay warm until the 90-degree weather returns in a few days.

This post is part of the WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge: Fit to write

Once upon a time there was pasta and olive oil…

3 May

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” ~Federico Fellini

Pappardelle and olive oil at Trader Joe's

A family classic

Some days I go to Trader Joe’s with a shaggy shopping list thinking that something delicious will be waiting for me, like Prince Charming in food form, sitting between the string cheese and shaved Parmesan.

This is one of those fairytale displays that takes your hand and suddenly you’re at home with an amazing meal. Magical scents waft through the house as gourmet goodness fills your stomach.

Olive oil drizzled over lemon pepper pappardelle ribbons is all you need for a fabulous dinner, of course. But,  additional items can add a twist to the classic.

Some other favorite pasta-dish ingredients:

  • steamed asparagus
  • capers
  • kalamata olives
  • grilled chicken
  • tuna
  • grated Parmesan
  • artichoke hearts

What’s your favorite go-to pasta addition or recipe?

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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