If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you have likely seen Trader Joe’s products scattered throughout. My love of Trader Joe’s runs deep. I love that I can walk in and find products that you can’t find anywhere else. And they’re good! And they’re good for you! And (most importantly) they’re affordable!
I thought that today I would share some old favorites and new finds with you, and then maybe you can tell me what your favorite finds are.
Love # 1 – Trader Joe’s brand Sprouted Rye Bread
Nutrition stats per slice: 60 calories, 1g fat, 130mg sodium, 7g carbs, 3g fiber, 5g protein
This bread is an old favorite of mine. I’ve loved it since I tried it. I love the flavor of rye bread, but it is unfortunately almost never whole grain in grocery stores! So we have here a partially sprouted (partially flour) bread that’s full of fiber, protein, and flavor. I just can’t stop myself from going back for more. (And why would I want to?)
See below the second love for one of the ways I love to use it.
Love #2: Trader Joe’s Fresh Goat Cheese Medallions
Nutrition stats per 1oz. medallion: 70 calories, 6g fat, 60mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 5g protein
If you’re familiar with goat cheese, you know that it can have a very strong flavor. I chose this product mostly because I wanted to get more goat milk based foods in my diet (apparantly it’s good for you). I am sooo glad that I bought this cheese. It is so creamy, only mildly goaty, and has a great nutrition profile. It went wonderfully on my…
Tomato, Basil, & Goat Cheese Egg Sandwich (served on Trader Joe’s Sprouted Rye Bread)
Step 1: Spread a thin layer of spreadable butter w/olive oil (or just plain butter) on both sides of two slices of bread and cook each side on a skillet.
Step 2: Spread a goat cheese medallion on one slice of the bread.
Step 3: Cook an egg over medium in the pan sprayed w/cooking spray.
Step 4: Top the goat cheese with basil leaves, tomato slices, and the egg.
Step 5: Eat up and enjoy the ecstasy in your mouth.
Love #3: Champagne Pear Vinaigrette
This dressing is pretty sweet, so if you’re not into sweet dressing, this may not be for you. The gorgonzola in the dressing adds the perfect touch to any salad. I think probably my favorite part of this dressing is that it isn’t “light,” but it is.
|side salad w/champagne pear vinaigrette
Love #4: Organic Baked Tofu (Savory Flavor)
Nutrition stats per block: 150 calories, 5g fat, 540mg sodium, 13g carbs, 3g fiber, 16g protein
If you don’t like tofu, you will like this tofu. It has a thicker texture than the regular stuff and loads of flavor. It’s a little high in sodium, but well worth it to plan into your day.
I made Quinoa & Savory Tofu Salad
with this delicious goodness. This meal is sort of like tabbouleh on steroids. My changes to the recipe: I lowered the oil by 1 tbsp, replaced the bell pepper with sugar snap peas, and replaced the cucumber with zucchini.
served up over a bed of romaine lettuce
This is a meal that I seriously crave every once in a while. It packs excellently for lunches and will make you the envy of your coworkers (or classmates).
So there you have it. A small selection of my Trader Joe’s food loves. Don’t forget to tell me what your favorite brands/products are.