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Ftw: Go fish at Trader Joe’s

2 Jul

Tonight was the night I cooked the frozen Marinated White Fish Vera Cruz.

White fish Vera Cruz from Trader Joe's

Catch of the day

It comes out of the bag a hefty mound – obviously not meant for a single serving. I let it mostly thaw in a bowl of warm water for about 20 minutes, then put it in the microwave for the suggested 4 minutes + 2 more minutes.

I put a dainty piece on my plate, and was really happy with the flavor, the texture and ease in which it went down the gullet. I dished out another serving. Gone soon. Well, then there was just one piece left. I could save it for tomorrow, but why wait?

I realized I was getting stuffed, but the marinade was so good – tomatoes, green olives, chiles, onions and capers – that I felt the need to finish it all off.

Serving size suggested on the wrapper? Four servings per package.

Oops.

finishing off the white fish Vera Cruz

The last bite

DYI: Turkey chili with Trader Joe’s

27 Feb

And this is what I faced when I woke up this morning:

Another day; another 10 inches of snow.

Another day; another 10 inches of snow.

Round two for snow; round two for chili. This time, it was homemade turkey chili.

Almost as simple as pairing a can of TJ’s veggie chili and onion soup, I combined ingredients learned from wintery Midwestern kitchens throughout my life:

  • Ground turkey
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • garlic
  • Kidney and black beans
  • Sweet onion
  • Spices: Cumin and chili powder
DIY chili: Ingredients from Trader Joe's

The homemade goodness of a batch of chili you made yourself.

Then I added a little balsamic vinegar and a layer of shredded Parmesan cheese.

I’m set for days. And the best thing about homemade chili … the longer it sits, the better it gets!

(For those who prefer more specifics, check out last year’s batch from “best chili recipe.”)

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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

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Simple turkey chili recipe

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Veggie chili + onion soup = Recipe born via Trader Joe’s

22 Feb

This is what I was up against this morning:

Blizzard of Oz

Snowpocalypse 2013

The storm was forecast all week, giving us time to fill our car tanks and stock our pantries. I’d made the pre-storm-weatherer’s obligatory trek to Trader Joe’s, but when the day came, what was I really going to eat?!

Like a gastronomic incantation, I was surrounded by one word via radio and social media: “Chili.” So, naturally, I thought to myself, “Soup sounds good!”

I looked around and noticed two softball-sized onions in their prime. “Onion soup! Love it!”

Then I looked in my cabinet and saw the lone can of TJ’s Organic Vegetarian Chili I’d bought after a mouth-watering moment at the TJ’s tasting bar. The chili seed that had been sown in my psyche was about to burst through my brain and onto the stove.

This is what happened next:

onion soup plus chili

Onion soup and chili: an idea is born

Another element of the equation was that my neighbor mentioned she was making chicken soup. So, instead of keeping everything vegetarian, I found a box of chicken stock that was in sore need of being used and made that the broth for my onions. (You can easily substitute water or veggie stock.)

Then:

onion soup and veggie chili on the stove

Simmering stew buddies: onion soup and veggie chili

I ladled one scoop of chili into my bowl and covered it with the onion soup.

And, voila:

chili in a bowl

Is it chili? Is it stew? I don’t know, but it’s good!

Accessorizing: I added a splash of balsamic vinegar and sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top. I would also recommend adding some lemon juice.

If you’re in the way of this winter’s wicked weather, be safe, stay warm and eat well!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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

Follow Things I Love at Trader Joe’s on Twitter: @TraderJoesKC

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Related links:

Fooducate rates TJ’s Organic Vegetarian Chili

Battle of the vegetarian chilis (TJ’s vs. Whole Foods)

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