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Nuts about Trader Joe’s

7 Aug

I received the following message from my friend Maria. She, her mom and brother each have a favorite nut offering from the shelves of their local TJ’s on the East Coast of the U.S.:

First: Raw Almonds. My brother loves  these healthy raw almonds. They’re already packed in convenient single-serving bags so you don’t overeat.

And they’re a great price, less than $6 per pound. You don’t pay extra for the convenience of single packs!

packs of almonds

Single servings of handfuls

Second: Marcona almonds. My favorite. How did I miss these on my first trip to southern Spain in the ’90s, and how did I go so long without knowing about this special almond?

I just discovered these this past May on my second trip to Spain. Marcona almond trees only grow in the southern part of the country. They’re pricey but so worth it — crunchier and flatter than regular almonds. They’re roasted in oil, and the Trader Joe’s version includes rosemary seasoning.

Marcona almonds from Spain

A Spanish find

Finally: Pepitas. Shelled pumpkin seeds. My mom loves these.

They give you extra magnesium in your diet and taste great! No struggling with shells either.:)

Delicious pumpkin seeds

Pepitas: Not just a seasonal snack

Thanks, Maria!

Snow Peas: Snack of the day from Trader Joe’s

5 Apr

Coming clean: I sit at a computer during the day and at night. And on weekends. For work. For fun activity and personal projects.

It’s my writing tool, my publishing platform, my darkroom, my editing suite, and theater, television, radio, jukebox, newspaper, magazine, universal messaging system …

And then there’s the smart phone and tablet for those moments I stray from the mother ship.

The sad truth. There it is.

And when I’m working, playing, watching, listening, processing and creating, I often like to snack.

Even though my habits are more sedentary and less healthy, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about what I eat. I strive to live up to my mantra: “Snack smartly.”

This week’s smart snack from Trader Joe’s: Snow peas.

Snow peas, please

Smart snack: Snow peas

With bags of chips, cans of nuts and boxes of cookies, I have to ration my intake very consciously. If not, the entire contents of each container quickly and mysteriously vanishes. How does that happen?

Watching or rationing is not required when eating snow peas, the prototype healthy snack. Check out the related links below to find out just how healthy.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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

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Related links:

Snow pea nutrition count

Snow pea recipes (allrecipes.com)

Spicy snow pea and sesame stir-fry recipe (Chow.com)

Christmas classics: Chestnuts, candy cane coal and gingerbread cookies

24 Dec

On the day before Christmas, we’re running around getting last minute gifts, making sure we’ve seen all the holiday movies, sung our favorite carols and put our cards in the mail.

It’s also time to make sure we’ve had a taste of our favorite Christmas dishes before the season’s over!

Here are a few things you may have missed, and that Trader Joe’s makes easy to serve:

Chestnuts always make me feel like I’m in 18th Century Europe. If you’re a Martha Stewart disciple, TJ’s offers chestnuts in the raw.

raw chestnuts from Trader Joe's

Chestnuts in the raw

However, at this late date, I know I don’t have time to roast them in the oven, let alone over an open fire!

If you’re like me, you might opt for Trader Joe’s package of peeled and cooked chestnuts for any recipe need, or just for warming up and pretending they came from a German vendor at the Kindlmarkt.

ready to eat chestnuts

Chestnuts, ready to eat

Gingerbread men are another holiday treat. These cookies fall on the list of things we love but only eat during the winter holidays. And we always wonder why that is…

cookies of gingerbread

Little gingerbread men will give you your gingerbread fix

And who doesn’t want to miss out on getting their yearly lump of coal?! Trader Joe’s turns a frown upside down, makes lemonade out of lemons and takes a sad looking thing like a chunk of coal and makes it delicious, too!

Trader Joe's makes coal delicious

Because you’ve been so good this year: A lump of coal for you!

Thanks, again, Trader Joe’s!

Merry Christmas to everyone from Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Related links:

Chestnut Growers, Inc. – recipes and information

Chestnut recipes and tips from Epicurious

Health.com: Healthy holiday chestnut recipes

It’s pumpkin time at Trader Joe’s!

3 Oct

Leaves changing color, school back in session, November elections just around the corner. Nothing says “It’s fall” like stores pulling out the pumpkin products!

And Trader Joe’s is no slouch in the autumn-alert area. TJ’s announces it jubilantly, and provides a tasty array of boxed, bottled and binned deliciousness:

The walrus knows: It’s pumpkin time at Trader Joe’s

Autumn announcement:  Trader Joe’s raises the bar in pumpkin products

Pumpkin bread made easy

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter: Spread the joy

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix: The better breakfast batter

And from the produce aisle…

Seasonal produce: Pumpkins in the raw

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

And thank you for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s! Have you found other pumpkin products at TJ’s to recommend? If you’ve tried any of these, what did you think? What do you do with your pumpkins?

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Related Links:

What’s Good At Trader Joe’s, pumpkin pancake mix review

Phoenix New Times recommends: TJ’s Pumpkin Greek Yogurt

Pumpkin recipes


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