Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Two all-Trader-Joe's meals (or almost all)

Once in a while, I plan a dinner for Nina that is all Trader Joe's stuff, just for fun. But sometimes, one that is all TJ's, or very nearly so, just kind of happens without planning. That's because such a large fraction of all the things I have in the cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer are TJ's that I pick an entree, a side dish, a salad, a juice, and whaddyaknow--it's all TJ's.

That has happened two weeks in a row now. 

Last week: 

The pasta is TJ's Organic Pasta--Vegetable Radiatore. The sauce is TJ's Traditional Marinara. The fake meat is not a TJ's product, but a ground beef substitute from a company called Beyond Meat. On the side are TJ's Snow Peas. The salad is one TJ's Mega Crunchy Salad with a Bite, split between us. The juice is TJ's Lemon Ginger Echinacea. 

This week: 

We've got TJ's Organic Tricolor Quinoa topped with TJ's Soy Chorizo. On the side is a brand-new TJ's product, Julienned Root Vegetables. The salad is TJ's Sorrento Baby Arugula Blend, with TJ's Raspberry Viniagrette dressing, plus a handful of non-TJ's dried cranberries. The juice is TJ's Garden Patch. Not shown are the appetizer of TJ's New York Extra Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese on TJ's Rosemary Italian Style Crackers. Finally, we had a dollop of TJ's Unsweetened Apple Sauce for dessert, also not shown. 

We've got so many reviews to write! 


  1. Just want to say that I really enjoy your website - I stumbled upon it by searching a Trader Joe's product that you reviewed here. Keep the informative reviews coming! I visit your website often now and very much appreciate that you post reviews almost daily!

  2. Thanks for the kind words. It's nice to know somebody's looking in.

  3. If you all aren't already posting to Chowhound's monthly Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY threads, you definitely should do so. There are plenty of us there who are avid TJ's fans and everyone would welcome your product input and a mention of your website in order to check out more product reviews.

  4. I had never heard of such a site. I just took a look. I don't think it's the sort of thing I'd enjoy participating in. Unorganized, unmoderated forums like that kind of drive me crazy. It would be great if it were kind of like a book club, with everybody trying the same product in a given week or month, then comparing opinions about it. But when everybody is just randomly saying which of 4000 products they like or don't like, it gets to be too much noise for my OCD-ish brain.