One unrelated quick thing: Today is the last day of the semi-annual Lilly sale! If you haven’t shopped it before, it’s one of two times a year they mark down products and everything is hugely on sale. I got an $88 top for $34 so that’s an indication of the gems you can find :)
Trader Joe’s favorites
Sweet Corn Burrata & Basil Ravioli: Hands down the best pasta I’ve had from TJ’s! The store manager told me it’s seasonal and will likely be gone by mid-September, so pick it up now if you see it. I’m literally hoarding it and we eat it with olive oil, fresh parm, and black pepper.
Laughing Cow cheese: An old favorite that’s available at TJ’s! We have it on hand at all times and while I typically eat it in omelettes or with crackers, but it’s delicious baked into chicken, in a grilled cheese, and with most savory things.
These Peanuts Go On A Date Bars: These intrigued me for a couple of weeks before I finally picked up a box. If you like peanut butter, they are so good! They’re a little more unique than your standard granola bar and are a good meal supplement or quick snack if you want something less hearty than an RX bar (which is usually my go-to “bar”).
Steel Cut Organic Oats: Steel cut oats are always such a treat when you go out, partly because they’ve always intimidated me preparation-wise and partly because the number of toppings that typically accompany the dish. It’s so much cheaper to make them at home and there are actually some easy recipes online! We use this one and while it definitely takes time upfront, it’s well worth it when you have a hot breakfast for the week. I like to top mine with chia seeds, raisins, and other dried or fresh fruit.
Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry: I think this fried “rice” is one of the best things to ever come out of the TJ’s frozen section! I’ve been buying the regular riced cauliflower for awhile but this one is Asian-inspired and contains both some veggies and tamari + sesame oil + ginger for an enhanced flavor. We regularly eat it with fish and a side of some kind of sauce (my favorite is the Thai Sweet Chili!)
Roasted Plantain Chips: A surprisingly not-bad-for-you snack option…we’re always looking for inexpensive but healthy-ish snack food because J likes to mindlessly munch on things but isn’t picky about what they are. These are super cheap and so good…I like making a little mix with almonds and the tamari rice crackers mentioned below!
Soy Creamy Mini Vanilla Sandwiches: Another one of the best things to come out of the frozen section! These are the best post-dinner treat or sweet snack (and are only 90 calories). The soy ice cream definitely tastes a little different than non-soy but it’s not bad if you don’t expect it to be identical. We literally always have these in the fridge and they’re the perfect portion if you have a ridiculous sweet tooth like I do.
Multiseed with Tamari Soy Sauce Rice Crackers: Another healthy-ish snack option. They’re pretty salty so I prefer them in moderation, but they have a great crunch (perfect if you want something like chips) and are really flavorful.