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Strong and sassy: Gingermints from Trader Joe’s

18 Feb

These are mints that make a statement in your mouth. No mistaking them for gentle Maryann’s, Trader Joe’s Gingermints have a boldness that slaps your taste buds silly and leaves you wanting more.

Curiously strong gingery mints

These mints aren’t fooling around.

Roaringly strong.

Thank you, TJ’s.

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Hola from Guatemala!

26 Dec

Hola from Guatemala! I’m traveling for the next week, and while I’ll be Trader Joeless, I will be meeting spectacular people, experiencing Guatemalan culture first hand and drinking delicious coffee!

Care to join me?

TJ’s offers a taste of Guatemala in its Organic Fair Trade Five Country Espresso Blend.

Fair trade coffee

Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Sumatra combine forces in the name of espresso.

Salud!

Gracias, Trader Jose’s!

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Best chili recipe: A good thing to do with ground turkey

28 Nov

When temperatures drop in the Midwest, the chili comes out to play. It’s on menus everywhere. Some restaurants offer it as a seasonal staple. Sometimes, it appears weekly as the soup of the day.  The fumes swirl around the room until I’m almost ready to order a beefy bowl … almost.

But, beef eater, I am not. So, I order a red-meat alternative and try to convince myself that I’m satisfied.

My ultimate fix is easy, though. I get some ground turkey, chicken or meatless crumbles and prepare the best chili ever in the comfort of my home.

My chili recipe is simple because I’m all about easy in the kitchen. Beans, tomatoes and ground turkey are the heart of my mix. Onions, garlic, chili powder and cumin are the notes that make it sing. Cilantro is a staple, too. A staple singer.

To make a week’s worth of chili-for-one, I use:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (not pictured)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 can organic black beans
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (not available for the batch described in this post)
  • Plus, olive oil, cumin, chili powder and sea salt.
Chili ingredients for a delicious recipe

Trader Joe’s helps populate my chili recipe with tomatoes, black beans, onion and garlic.

Chili powder and cumin

Chili powder and cumin: The spice duo that makes chili chili.

I chop the garlic and saute it in a little olive oil, then I brown the ground turkey in the skillet with the garlic.

Meanwhile, the other ingredients are simmering on the next eye, waiting for meaty company.

Put it all together, heat for a little while longer, if you can wait. Then dish into a bowl and eat as is, or top with cheese, raw onion or cilantro. I also like to add a little vinegar (white, red wine, balsamic or malt) for extra zing.

Bowl of turkey chili

Voila! Turkey meat and companion ingredients to fully satisfy your every chili need.

Bon appetite!

Merci beaucoup, Trader Joe’s!

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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.

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A good thing to do with Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

12 Nov

Ah, soup season! I love it! I savor my summer gazpacho, but when cold weather hits, a warm bowl of soup is the food equivalent of snuggling in bed under a fluffy down comforter.

Trader Joe’s offers several soups, which can be eaten warmed, as is. I prefer to use the boxed soups as starters.

Today, I recommend starting with TJ’s Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup. It’s a great soup alone. Need proof? It has its own Facebook Fan Page. Seriously. It’s also been noted as one of the healthiest boxed foods by Prevention.com.

Trader Joe's Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A good soup: The start of a good stew

Add a few ingredients. I chose an onion, a zucchini and a block of tofu.

Tofu, onion and zucchini join TJ's box of soup

Tofu, onion and zucchini join the party in a pot.

Heat until the onion is softened and enjoy!

Soup bowl from Trader Joe's

Bon appetite!

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Ezekiel Bread: a religious experience

28 Sep

Today’s guest post from Sheila:

These days, we’re told to avoid “bad” carbs and embrace “good” carbs.  But how does one recognize food with good carbs? It doesn’t have a halo or angel wings.

Ezekiel Bread, one of the healthiest breads you can eat, doesn’t have angel wings, but it does have a dove of peace on the package.

Ezekiel Bread 4:9 – A slice of heaven from Trader Joe’s

The bread is named for a scripture verse, Ezekiel 4:9: “Take also unto these Wheat, and Barley, and Beans, and Lentils, and Milet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel and make bread of it …”

The bread is made with freshly sprouted live grains and contains no flour. Combining these six grains and legumes creates a complete protein that parallels the protein found in milk and eggs.  It is 84 percent as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids.

It tastes good, too. And … TJs sells it for a dollar less than most grocery stores.

Amen, brothers and sisters! Can you hear the cherubim singing?

Thanks, TJs.

Thank you, Sheila!

And thank you for reading and following these posts! If you’ve tried Ezekiel 4:9 Bread, what did you think?

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Pink: Pretty. Salty. Sweet.

16 Jul

We’re in a pink mood today, and Trader Joe’s accommodates with ease!

A perfect color-coordinated, summer trio:

Multi-bloom hydrangea

Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals

Low Calorie Pink Lemonade

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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