Tag Archives: Trader Joes

Make These : Easiest Black Bean Tacos Ever.

24 Nov

TJ-organic-black-beans

I am obsessed with this ‘I can’t believe it’s not a real recipe’ for black bean tacos. I don’t really like beans but I adore black beans and in this recipe they make the perfect ground beef replacement.

This recipe I just kind of made up, it makes about 6 tacos which serves 2 hungry adults. I get all my supplies for this recipe from Trader Joe’s because they have organic taco shells and organic black beans at really great prices and their taco seasoning mix is spicy which I love and their salsa is chunky.

For well under $10 you can have this amazingly healthy and tasty dinner in about 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

1 Package of taco shells

1 Jar of salsa

1 Packet of taco seasoning mix

1 Can of black beans

Directions:

Open beans, drain out the liquid and dump them into a pot which will be simmering over med heat

Open salsa and drain out excess liquid, add to beans in the pot.

Open taco seasoning mix, use about .5 the package, mix into pot then adjust to your taste preference.

Simmer over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.

Toast the taco shells for 2 minutes in an oven set to 350.

Remove taco shells, fill with the goodness and then enjoy the easiest black bean tacos ever.

Stay Chizzle,

M.

Taco Shells

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Trader Ming’s Ginger Peanut Noodle Salad.

30 Jul

While shopping at Trader Joe’s last week, I came across a ready-to-eat meal of Ginger Peanut Noodle Salad. Being that I am obsessed with all noodles in the sesame, ginger and peanut realm, I knew this would be right down my alley. It’s a very simple and basic recipe, it’s just some spaghetti with soy sauce, rice vinegar and peanuts, it’s a bit high in sodium because of the soy sauce, other than that there is no salt added. These noodles can either be eaten cold or warm, I opted to keep them cold cuz I think these types of noodles are better cold. They always seem more flavorful, but that could just be me.

The package is 10 ounces and is the perfect thing to eat as lunch on the go. High in protein, 11 grams and offering up 3 grams of fiber, this noodle salad is all natural with no preservatives. You can add some tofu to this to up the protein content even more, chop some fresh scallions over it or even serve it as a side dish. Anyway you eat it, I am sure you will like it cuz it is simple and good. Nothing crazy, nothing fancy and sometimes that is all one needs πŸ™‚

I Taste Just Like Candy…

20 May

So if you read this blog on the reg you know by now I have a bit of a sweet tooth and I don’t ever deny it what it wants. I have learned my lesson many times. You all know what I’m talking about, don’t act like I’m crazy lol. Those times when all you want is a candy bar or some dang Swedish Fish but you try to be all ‘healthy’ and eat some prunes or maybe an orange to satisfy the sweet tooth. Then it fails and you end up eating mad fruit, then maybe some random chocolate chips and yet a half hour later you still find yourself walking to the nearest Bodega to cop some Swedish Fish? Don’t tell me I am the only one???? Lol.

That dilemma above is why I love this new Trader Joe’s find so much. Freeze dried red seedless grapes. They are my new addiction, my new candy, my new love. I mean I cannot get over these things. They are like these candy coated balls of goodness yet all it is are freeze dried red grapes. Its amazing what freeze drying does to grapes, I have never seen anything like it before. So delicious. You MUST try them if you like candy. If you don’t like candy then you may want to pass these up and get that checked out πŸ˜‰ Since this is 6oz of real fruit, it can be counted towards your daily needs. And we have a winner.

 

Trader Joe’s Falafel.

15 Apr

Since going veg I have become a complete and total falafel addict and snob. I love falafel so much. This is most defiantly something the pre-vegetarian me would have never eaten, right along with hummus. Such a cryin shame huh? Now a days I eat falafel about once a week. warm up some pita and add a gallon of basic hummus and I am a happy camper. I don’t even put it together as a sandwich/pita type deal, I just rip the pita and shove the falafel in the hummus then in my face. Its a very sexy experience πŸ˜‰

Anyways when it comes to frozen falafel Trader Joe’s wins, there is just something about the taste and texture of these little bundles of joy. They are very hearty and filling but that did not stop me from eating 5 the other night. The serving size is 3 and in that you get 300 calories, 6 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein and a decent amount of vitamin c, iron and vitamin a. These particular falafel are all natural with no preservatives, vegan and cook up easily in the oven in 15 minutes. You can also microwave them in under 3 minutes for a super fast lunch or dinner.

Look for them at Trader Joe’s in the frozen foods section next time you are swinging through. AddedΒ  bonus is they are only like $4.00.

Trader Joe’s Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert.

2 Apr

Um, so I don’t know when my Trader Joe’s started carrying this stuff but I do know that if it goes the way of the coconut milk mochi, I will be devestated. This is the most amazing coconut milk based, store bought frozen dessert ever. Nothing I have had comes as close to being soft serve as this stuff, it is so addictive and I am very upset I only bought one container 😦

Made from all natural ingredients this Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert is pint sized, made from coconut milk and delivers everything you want from your ‘ice cream’ and then some. I bought the chocolate on but I also saw a strawberries and cream one there. If it is anything like the chocolate then my waist line and hips are in t.r.o.u.b.l.e. I have zero self control with frozen confections like these.

While chowing down, bear in mind that coconut milk is not fat free, in fact it is quite high in saturated fat. Sure it’s not as bad as the saturated fat that comes from meat but you know what I’m saying. Each serving is 180 calories and 9 grams, 2 grams ofΒ  fiber and 2 grams of protein. All in all it could be a lot worse, so keep an eye out for this and enjoy πŸ™‚

Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger.

10 Mar

The only thing ‘burger-like’ about this Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger is its shape, other than that, it’s a whole other playing field. This frozen vegan patty, is potato based and spiced with Authentic Indian Spices. It also includes some bell peppers, green peppers, carrots and green beans. Whatever it contains tastes super good and passes my taste test πŸ˜‰

Although low in protein and fiber, 2 and 1 grams respectively, once you add a deli flat and some greens and whatever else you plan to top it with, you are sitting in a much better position nutritionally. There are only 120 calories per burger and 4 come in one box. This is not a ‘mock meat’ product, this is something both veg heads and carnies will enjoy. I am not a huge fan of Indian food but I do like a few dishes and this burger just happens to catch the essence of them all .

Next time you are swinging through T.J’s pick of a box of these in the frozen foods section. They are the perfect mid-week, lazy dinner meal, they can be shoved in a pita or chopped on a salad. They have so much flavor I am sure they would even do fine on their own.

Oh Tangelo.

27 Feb

Recently at Trader Joes I had been seeing these citrus type fruits for .69 cents each. They were labeled as ‘Minneloa’s’ so I assumed they were just some new fancy hybrid. Turns out I was wrong and Minneloa is just a type of Tangelo, which is something that I have heard of before. Needless to say, these Tangelos have been amazing and I am now obsessed.

Deutsch: Die Minneola ist eine Zitrusfrucht mi...

The Minneloa Tanglo is a cross between a Dancy tangerine and a Duncan grapefruit, this fruit was released in 1931 in Florida. The name Minneloa comes from the same named town in Florida. Tangelos tend to sick out from their fellow citrus counterparts due to their ‘stem in neck’ situation they have going on and simply because they appear to be too big to be oranges yet too orange to be grapefruits πŸ˜‰

Now besides tasting delicious, Tangelos are also quite good for you. In only 70 calories per piece, you get 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, 100% of your daily Vitamin C needs and 80% of your daily Folate needs. These citrus guys are also no slouch when it comes to Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins B6 and A.

So next time you are grocery shopping keep an eye open for Tangelos because to put it simply, they are the ish.

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