We’ve got a little sweet, a little savory, and a little crunchy in this month’s edition of Trader Joe’s favorites. A few of these are weekly staples and one of them is something I’m branching out with…can you guess which one?
This teriyaki and soy sauce combination has fresh garlic, ginger and even sesame seeds. I use this all the time on veggie stir fry bowls and also love marinating meat with it. Just toss any chicken, beef, pork or shrimp in a plastic bag and marinate in this sauce for a couple of hours before grilling up this summer!
Melange a Trois frozen peppers
I’ve raved about freezer staples before and these peppers are something I always have on hand. They defrost quickly in a skillet and add extra flavor to everything from scrambled eggs in the morning to pasta dishes for dinner.
Unsalted Dry Toasted Slivered Almonds
These nuts have the perfect crunch for my workday salads, but because they’re not flavored they go equally well in my morning oatmeal with raisins. Toasting the almonds brings out an enhanced flavor, but are neutral enough to work in a variety of dishes. I love the Trader Joe’s nut section and buy a different bag of mixed nuts for snacks every few weeks.
Organic Chia Seed
Chia seeds are a superfood with crazy health benefits, but they can be pricey at some places. Thanks to TJ’s you can snag them for an affordable price. At under $5.00, this bag of chia seeds is a bargain and lasts me several months. I add a tablespoon to my smoothies and make chia seed pudding for breakfast. They are full of fiber and help me stay full and energized.
Creamy Salted Almond Butter
If you watch my Snapchat stories (GourmetGab), you’ll see me snack on peanut butter probably too often at work. I’m working on acquiring the taste for raw almond butter since it’s full of healthy fats and an alternative to PB. This salted version is slowly converting me!
NOT MY FAVORITES
Not all my finds at Trader Joe’s this month were winners, though. I tried the pre-cooked rice noodles and I wasn’t thrilled with the taste and texture. Regular rice noodles cook so quickly anyway, I would rather just buy the dry version. I also explored the corn and wheat tortillas. When I went to fold my tacos, the tortillas broke. Not worth it to me!
Did you try any Trader Joe’s favorites from April or March? Or have you tried any of these items above? I would love to hear in the comments section below. I’ll be back with more favorites June (my birthday month!), but you can also see what I’m cooking from Trader Joe’s on my Snapchat account: GourmetGab.
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