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Thanksgiving stuffing from Trader Joe’s

19 Nov

Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite organized, national meal of the year. It’s the night to come together in group form to eat homemade comfort food.

Trader Joe’s offers short cuts to comfort. Their Chicken Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing makes it easy to deliver a yummy essential to the dinner table quickly.

Box of stuffing from Trader Joe's

Box of stuffing from Trader Joe’s

Stuffing in a pan

What’s inside the box: Pan of stuffing

Or maybe you’re like me. The T-day dinner is a made-from-scratch spread. I’m often, gratefully, at someone else’s house, so I return home to a refrigerator lacking in one of the best outcomes of a traditional Thanksgiving – leftovers.

Needing a bigger fix of yams, masheds, turkey, gravy, green beans and stuffing, I look around for smaller quantities. I’m thinking this year, TJ’s pan of stuffing will be on my week-after menu.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

And thank you, too, for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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A snack for all seasons: Roasted Plantain Chips

12 Oct

I bought a package of Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantain Chips as part of my travel snack kit for a trip a couple of months ago. I was trying to pick healthier items. I rationalized the health benefits as:

Plantain = fruit

Baked = not fried

Chips = CHIPS!!

(Two out of three isn’t bad.)

Roasted Plantain Chips from Trader Joe’s

Unfortunately, though, the little bag didn’t fit in my suitcase, so it sat in my kitchen, unopened. Until this week.

I hesitated trying the chips for so long because I was afraid that they might be a little sugary. They might hold a hint of sweetness, and I’m a salt fiend.

I finally decided to open them, and to my salt-loving surprise, they are delicious! Almost too much so. No hint of sugar. The small bag can be easily snarfed in a sitting, so the chips do require a modicum of restraint.

And here they are, this week’s Friday recommendation.

We have Trader Joe’s to thank for that. Thanks, TJ’s

And thank you for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

What’s your favorite snack at TJ’s? Have you tried Roasted Plantain Chips? If so, what did you think?

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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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A brownie bite of heaven

24 Aug

Last week, I wanted to bring treats to work. Small was a big factor, something my coworkers could have a pick-me-up, avoiding the weigh-me-down tendency of larger treats.

There were a couple of options, including the aforeblogged and beloved lemon bars. Although we’re all on the healthy choice side,  I’ve felt a chocolate vibe lately in the office, so I went with the Sea Salt Brownie Petites. Small, potentially a low crumb factor and chocolate.

When I buy items at Trader Joe’s, I’m always eager to find out if they’ll make it to this blog. However, when I bought these brownies, I was more concerned with what would be most appreciated at work, and I kind of forgot about the posting potential.

Then a few things happened.

1) Co-worker delight. The rave reviews at work were unanimous.

2) Utter happiness. I tried one and in the words of the sages, OMG!!! They are SO good! Densely chocolate and just the right portion size to keep the guilt meter happy.

3) Lightbulb. I realized I had the subject of the coveted Friday post position.

Thank you, so much, Trader Joe’s!

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Trader Joe’s: Party over here!

13 Aug

Years ago, when I was living in Los Angeles, I was a week away from coming to visit the Midwest for three weeks during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season. I had planned a few parties with friends there during my stay.

During that week, I stopped off at Trader Joe’s. They had several displays featuring party faves – olive tapenade, other dips and festive foods. I looked around and realized that if I wanted to offer the same things at the holiday parties in the Midwest, they would either be found at nearly five times the price of TJ’s offerings, or not available at all. I was so sad.

Speed ahead a few years, and we know that TJ’s has come to the Midwest and holiday parties are happier for it!

But the picture below was actually at a little party in L.A. last week, when I was hosted by my cousin and her husband. The spread was simple and delicious – all from Trader Joe’s.

The Raisin Rosemary Crisps were a nice, sweet complement to the blue cheese chunks. The taste of the almond sparkling wine was surprising. It was also really sweet and novel – a conversation piece.

Thanks, cuz!

Thanks, TJ’s.

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Coconut water makes tasty Popsicle

6 Aug

I was expecting something totally different: a light flavor, a small pop, an icy/watery consistency. Something totally different from what I found.

Trader Joe’s offers up the coldest, coconuttiest treat I can imagine, and in a full-sized Popsicle form.

Coconut Water fruit floes

Coconut Water fruit floes are “super refreshing” as Trader Joe’s promises on the package. And the flavor, with pieces of coconut throughout, makes a bold statement, “I am coconut. Hear me roar.”

If you don’t like coconut, there is no question that you’ll be wasting your time and tongue trying one of these tropical delights. Please, leave them for us, the coconut lovers of the world, to savor every chewy sinew and icy last drop.

Thank you, TJ’s!

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