What You Need to Try from Trader Joe’s

I’ve been hitting up Trader Joe’s pretty hard lately. I love how it’s a small-format store and doesn’t take me eight minutes to trek all the way back to the produce area if I forgot something on my list. I love their produce selection and lots of other things which is why I decided to share my favorite Trader Joe’s items with you. Here we go:

Frozen roasted vegetable pizza (no cheese) — You guys. This is amazing. I can eat pizza without getting an angry stomach ache and without sacrificing  great flavors. Try it at your house, add even more veggies and sprinkle a dash of red pepper flake.

Three-flavor layered humus — That’s right! The bottom layer is cilantro lime, next its regular humus (boo) and the top is roasted red pepper. It’s perfect for dipping pita chips, carrots and celery. I’m addicted. The “party style” tub of humus is tempting…but I don’t have a family of eight so I know that’d end up in the trash. And I can’t let TJ’s down like that.

5-lb bag of grapefruit — YUM. Do I need to say more? I’m turning into my grandpa and eating half a grapefruit most mornings. Come to think of it… I love the taste… and I love the smell in soaps and perfumes. (Remember Gap’s “So Pink” body spray from back in the day?!) I also love the bold color. I should find a grapefruit-colored dress! Maybe I’d be taking this grapefruit thing too far. Whatever.

Cage-free eggs — I like buying cage-free eggs there. Then I know I’m not making chickens uncomfortable at the expense of my obsession with scrambled eggs and omelets. I can pay one extra dollar to give the chickens a little wiggle room and a better quality of life.

ASPARAGUS — It’s really good. Drizzle that bundle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic and bake it in the oven for a while.

Orange Juice carton (with calcium) — I’m not wild on orange juice. The pulp messes with my stomach and I can only have small quantities (don’t judge). I do love their orange juice with added calcium! Gotta squeeze that in whenever I can since I’m dairy-free. The pulp-to-juice ratio is spot on. (Tip: Do not offer me a mimosa. I will kindly refuse it and ask for a Bloody Mary. It’s not you, it’s me. Really.)

Okay, I’ll cool it here. I could go on and on but I’m not sure how much you’d like that. What do YOU like to buy at Trader Joe’s? Let’s hear it!

Easy Homemade Corn Salsa

My chickpea salad recipe from Friday’s post went over really well, so I thought I’d test the waters and use my own photos and recipe instructions. I made a homemade corn salsa from scratch yesterday and it turned out pretty good for just throwing a few things together. I have a feeling that in the summer this recipe will taste way better once I can get a hold of fresh corn and tomatoes–yum. But for now, cans of veggies (or even frozen veggies) will have to do.

Easy Homemade Corn Salsa

Easy Homemade Corn Salsa 

What you’ll need:

– 2 cups of corn (no-salt added from a can and rinsed first, or frozen)

– 1/2 a can of black bean (rinsed first)

– a handful of fresh cilantro (chopped)

– 1/2 cup of white onion (chopped)

– 1 tablespoon of Kraft Light Italian dressing

– 1 cup of canned diced tomatoes with green chilies

– dash of salt and pepper

How to make it happen:

Dump all of the above ingredients into a mixing bowl. Stir thoroughly so the ingredients are all scrambled. Add more cilantro or Italian dressing to taste. Chill in fridge for 1-2 hours, or until cold.

Easy Homemade Corn Salsa

I love cilantro so I went a little overboard with it.  You don’t have to use diced tomatoes with green chilies either. Tomatoes aren’t in season right now in Minnesota so I used what  I had in the cupboard. I like the green chilies because it gives my salsa a little kick. If you wanted a mild taste, just stick with plain tomatoes.

Tips:

If you’re using canned corn and beans, make sure you rinse them underwater first. It’ll strip off some of the sodium.

If you’re using frozen corn (which is actually a healthier option!), make sure it’s thawed out first so your salsa isn’t watery and pathetic.

Easy Homemade Corn Salsa

Tadaa! Now you have an impressive and relatively healthy salsa to share. The best part of this recipe? I already had all of the ingredients in my kitchen. Mix and match, work with what you got. Now, where are those addicting Tostitos chips?

A Super Yummy (and Healthy) Chickpea Recipe

You know how on Pinterest you save recipes and over time completely forget to make any of the recipes you’ve saved? Well, last Monday I sifted through all of my cooking pins and found a recipe that looked very tempting. I wanted something that was dairy-free (for me) and vegetarian (for my roommate), so we could both eat something fun while we watched The Bachelor with glasses of red wine.

We made this delightful cilantro lime chickpea salad from the Oh She Glows blog.

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Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad // Image and recipe source: Oh She Glows

If you like cilantro or lime or anything with a bit of bite, this recipe is for you! We were obsessed. I had leftovers for lunch the next day and I was (sadly) counting down the hours until I could eat it again. Is that embarrassing to admit? Whatever. As a team we whipped up the salad and served it over brown rice so our meal would be a little more substantial.

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Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad // Image and recipe source: Oh She Glows

YUM. This recipe is probably  meant for summertime but I don’t see a problem with eating it in the winter. Speaking of cooking, what’s on your menu for the Superbowl this Sunday? Last year my buffalo chicken dip was a flop so I’ll need to think of something new.