My Top 10 Favorite Trader Joe’s Items!

Good Morning Everyone!

Today’s post isn’t going to be very rambly. Instead, I want to share with you some products I’ve been using for the past couple of weeks. Summer time around here means fast meals and plenty of time outside. It means lazy days and lots of time to read. If you’ve been following along you’ll notice I’ve been devouring books like crazy. Now that summer is slowly drawing to a close and the school year is just upon us, I want to share with you 10 products I’ve been making meals with that you can find at your local Trader Joe’s. I hope you enjoy them! 😉

~The Noob Chef ❤

Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto

Oh, how I swoon over an easy pesto pasta! Normally pesto is made with Parmesan cheese, but this vegan version from Trader Joe’s is delicious, thick, creamy and perfect with your favorite pasta… even gnocchi too! 😉

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Scallion Pancakes (Pa Jeon) 

If you like Asian food, you are sure to swoon over these scallion pancakes. They are loaded with vegetables and can be baked instead of fried without tasting a bunch of grease. Pair these with some rice noodles, or a bowl of rice and you’re set for dinner in under 20 minutes!

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Organic Spinach and Ricotta Pizza

I must confess that I think ricotta cheese is divine. I know… it’s far from vegan but there’s something amazing about ricotta cheese on pizza that makes me go “mmpf!”. If you love this pizza then you’re sure to love my ricotta, smoked salmon, and chive toasties. Try them, I promise you it’s worth it! 😉

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Miso Ginger Broth 

I have been craving miso soup for weeks now, but somehow my local grocery store didn’t have white miso paste. Not wanting to go out of the way to the Asian supermarket I decided to try Trader Joe’s miso ginger broth. This broth did not disappoint and had plenty of miso to make my soup taste delicious! Is it exactly the same as homemade miso soup? No… but if you’re in a jam or are feeling under the weather it’s a great substitute.

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Middle Eastern Flatbreads 

Do you want to know what tastes better with a fish taco than corn tortillas? Middle Eastern flatbreads! These flatbreads remind me of a Navajo Flatbread I made once from a Jamie Oliver cookbook. They are slightly thicker which holds the taco beautifully. They have a pinch of salt which makes them tasty and perfect for dipping into hummus, Trader Joe’s Roasted Eggplant Spread (yum!), or for any wrap you’re craving. Okay… I’m salivating now.

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Thai Vegetable Gyoza

Can we all pause here a moment and sigh with absolute bliss at all that is gyoza? Whoever invented gyoza needs to be kissed, because they are one of my favorite Asian foods… period. A tiny little dumpling that has vegetables… maybe a bit of meat or seafood… all tucked up and pinched together in a perfect, little pocket… Mmm!! These gyoza have carrot, cilantro, parsley, zucchini, and daikon radish for crunch. Personally I deviate away from the package instructions and bake mine at 400 degrees (F) for 18 minutes on an ungreased baking sheet and they become crispy and not greasy. It’s amazing and the family chows down every time.

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Sliced Brioche Bread

At 180 calories per slice I have to be careful not to eat too much of this fluffy, perfectly buttery bread. But, my friends… if you eat nothing else from Trader Joe’s… I urge you to try this bread. You don’t need to butter it. You don’t need to put it into a sandwich. Just peel off the thin paper wrapping around each slice and bite down. Close your eyes and float away into perfectly moist, buttery heaven. That’s how good this bread is. Trust me.

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Mushroom and Black Truffle Flatbread

My family loves appetizers. A cup of tea and a few appetizers quickly becomes supper for us on lazy, summer evenings. This flatbread does not disappoint! The black truffle has a strong, earthy flavor (as expected) but not overwhelmingly so. And the mushrooms lend the perfect balance to this yummy, basically pizza appetizer. 😉

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Organic Pesto Pizza

Speaking of pizza… this pesto pizza was totally a hit around here too! I’m not usually a fan of frozen pizza’s. But I was impressed at how fresh this pizza tasted even though it was from a box. At $3.99 USD per pizza, it’s a great option for weeknights or when the craving for pizza strikes!

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Trader Joe’s Lowfat Yogurt 

And last but not least we have yogurt. I’ve been reading up a lot on the importance of keeping your gut healthy. Probiotics are a great way to keep the bacteria in your gut at healthy levels, and yogurt is an easy way to make that happen. I wanted a yogurt that wasn’t too sweet, but still had the probiotics I was looking for. These yogurt cups met the criteria and tasted great! If you’re looking for an easy, snack option for the family that isn’t loaded with sugar.. give this yogurt a try.

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Stay tuned for more recipes to come! I hope you have a wonderful weekend everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤

 

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