Friday, August 02, 2019

In My Kitchen with Trader Joe's


This month my kitchen has had many old standbys prepared for dinner but we did manage to try some new items from trader Joe's store. Some were great and some weren't.

The salmon and sprouts were a success and absolutely delicious. Doug grilled both and it was an excellent meal.

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Orange Chicken is a customer favorite at Trader Joe's and it's certainly one we will purchase again.  I added a bag of stir fry veggies to the chicken as it cooked and it was better than the take-away we usually buy for a Friday evening.  Thanks to my friend Stacey in Texas for telling me about this Orange chicken. We also made pot stickers and it was a perfect meal.

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Below:  These were the non-winners in the kitchen this month.  The Creamy Pink Primavera pasta sauce was listed as a T.J. customer favorite so we gave it a try.  Oh, it was so bad.  I mean the kind where you are about to scrape your tongue it was such a bad taste.  I should add, this is our opinion and taste buds. :-) Obviously for it to be a fan favorite someone loves it.  We resorted to opening a jarred pasta sauce that's in the emergency supplies to put on the remaining angel hair pasta after binning the original meal.

The Crunch Rolls used to be good but this batch was dry.  Probably I am done buying them.


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Hummus! I love hummus. Here is a sandwich I made with a tomato basil hummus spread.  Lettuce and tomato on toasted bread.  Easy lunch to take to work.


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I'll share this sandwich with Deb for Souper Sundays.

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Linking up with:

Beth Fish reads Weekend Cooking Series
Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for Souper Sunday
Sherry at Sherry's Pickings for her IN My Kitchen Event

14 comments:

Mae Travels said...

Trader Joe’s sells a lot of my favorites too. I have read bad things about their tomato products,though, so your pasta experience confirms them. And I just came back from a total failure of TJ’s — they have NO charcoal! I had to go to Whole Foods for it, which is very expensive.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Vicki said...

Costco used to sell a great Orange Chicken but they don't anymore which made me very sad. I love Brussels Sprouts and those look really good. Even though I'm not a fan of fish I do have some salmon, cod and flounder in my freezer and have been making it more often.

Beth F said...

We love Brussels sprouts too. I usually roast them, but may try grilling them. We buy only a very few things at Trader Joe's. I don't know why the store never really clicked with us.

Beth F said...

Yes to TJ's cheese! We also get a salsa, the harvest grain mix, the barley and farro, and no-salt tortilla chips. I need to do more exploring of the store. They've been here only a handful of years and I don't think I've ever just wandered around to see what's really there.

judee said...

I am a fan of Trader Joe's . However, there are things I really love but I do find some things that are duds! I stopped buying their pasta sauces long ago. I couldn't find one I ever liked.

Jackie McGuinness said...

I just finishing saying to Beth that hummus has been on my mind to make for a while...

Trader Joe's, we don't have any in Canada, I keeping saying, and it falls on deaf ears, that I want to check it out next time we're in the States.

Orange chicken, I still make my mother's original recipe from the 70s, but upgraded.

Claudia said...

No Trader Joe's here, and I've never heard of Shrimp Crunch Rolls! Doesn't sound as though I'm missing much.

Marti said...

Wow these all look delicious!

Carole said...

We don’t have Trader Joes and I’ve never been to one - would be great. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

Tiffin Fiona said...

I like a milkshake or smoothie with oats in it. It's a great breakfast option in summer. The beetroot tortillas are fun and would make any burrito look good with bright greens enclosed. I've done a bit of fried rice recently as a way of using up what's in the fridge. I don't know why we don't make it more often.

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(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I usually buy canned goods at Trader Joes, and I love their instant oatmeal. I have it for breakfast every morning.

Deb in Hawaii said...

The salmon and Brussels sprouts looks delicious as does your sandwich with the hummus. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

Sherry's Pickings said...

I love brussels sprouts and i love salmon so that would be a winner for me, not that i've ever thought of putting them together:-) Hubby does some wonderful roasted sprouts for dinner now and then. What exactly is trader joe's? a grocery store, a deli? they make ready made meals? have a great month, and thanks for joining in IMK. cheers sherry

Stacy said...

Woop! I made the blog! Good to know, about the pasta sauce. How disappointing! Now I'm hungry for more TJ's orange chicken! AND dark chocolate peanut butter cups. TJ's and Costco are farrrrr for us, but Sam's is just an hour away and we are going to check it out soon. It's been over ten years since we've been there.

A trip to Ybor City Tampa

Last week we were able to head south and enjoy some time with Doug's brother his wife in Tampa. That was so much fun seeing them again....