Have you ever been stuck on the starch part of dinner? Bored of rice? Tired of pasta? Sick of the same potatoes, quinoa, and couscous? Feel like having fun? Well, then go to the Trader Joe’s frozen food section and pick up some Trader Potato Tots. Yes, these will remind you of the school lunches and TV dinners from your childhood, but because they’re from TJ’s the bad stuff is gone and only delicious, crunchiness remains. Be the dinnertime hero and go for tots – your kids will be impressed!
I know I’ve talked a lot about pumpkins recently, but every year, from October until the end of November, I can’t get enough. I’m the person who gets super excited about Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, the person who eats pumpkin pie for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving, the person who actually orders the pumpkin pancakes. And now, I’m the person who makes pumpkin muffins. Trader Joe’s seasonal Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix is super easy to make and quick to bake. The muffins only take about 20 minutes to put together and come out deliciously light with a hint of spice. They are ideal to grab in the morning or for an afternoon snack, not to mention the Thanksgiving potluck at school. And if I can make them, well, pretty much anyone can.
Trader Joe’s Sweet and Salty Kettle Popped Popcorn Chips with Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Whole Quinoa and Sunflower Seeds!!! That’s a mouthful, no pun intended. Seriously though it’s a lot to say, but they’re so yummy. Sounds like a weird combination and I guess it is, but they are REALLY tasty. Good snack to munch on and through into lunches, fabulous.
Almost as good as the original!
One of my most favorite decadent treats is Garrett’s Popcorn from Chicago – especially the Garrett’s Mix. If a popcorn could be considered luxurious, this is it. With a just right savory/sweet combination of carmel corn and cheese corn (which sounds weird, but is amazing) it’s so good and completely addictive. Sadly, the things that make it so good, also make it super high in calories which is not so good.
Luckily, my addiction is kept in check by two things:
1. You can only get it in Chicago or order it online – so it’s totally inconvenient.
2. It’s ridiculously expensive for a snack that disappears in like, two hours.
For these reasons, I could only enjoy my Garrett’s fix a couple of times a year, making it practically guilt-free. It was the perfect balance.
I was in TJ’s last week and in the chip aisle was my worst/best nightmare: Trader Joe’s Chicago Mix Popcorn!!!!!
It’s great. It really is. The perfect indulgent snack. Try it if you dare – but don’t say I didn’t warn you…
The other night my husband made a salad with dinner. Okay, you say “who cares”, but It had a few new veggies in it other than our go to celery and cucumber. (I know we are boring, really just lazy) He picked up Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix at Trader Joe’s. Sprucing up our salad with a medley of broccoli, carrots, green cabbage, red cabbage, jicama, green bell pepper, radish and celery. It comes all chopped and ready to add to whatever you like. How do you like that for lazy, I mean easy!
Weekday mornings in our house are rushed to say the least. They start around 6 and go, go, go ‘til we all exit at 8. It’s harried and there is NO time for grown-ups to eat. My problem? I am a die-hard breakfast eater. My solution? I always bring my breakfast to the office and dig in when I get to my desk. Of course this mobile breakfast plan of mine creates a problem of it’s own – it requires easy to tote and easy to eat (i.e. not messy, no cooking necessary) ways to break the fast. Sure, there’s always the old stand bys: bagels, hard-boiled eggs, Rob’s banana pancakes, but now there’s something new: Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin Toaster Pastries. They are exactly what they sound like – Pop Tarts with pumpkin in them – and they are delicious. Just the right amount of icing, an almost cookie-like pastry texture, and a pumpkin pie filling. For a no-time-having, pumpkin-flavor-obsessive* like me, they are the perfect fall morning fast breaker.
(Oh and they don’t need to be toasted to be yummy, so in a pinch you can toss them at the kids on the way to school and still feel like they’ve had a healthy breakfast.) YAY pumpkin-time!!!
*Whatevs John Oliver, I thought we were friends…