Trader Joe’s MUESLI CEREAL


Muesli is a classic cereal invented all the way way back around 1900 by a Swiss doctor. Muesli is a blend of whole grains, seeds, fruit and nuts.

Ingredients: Whole grain oats, sunflower seeds, raisins, rice crisps, pumpkins seeds, coconut, dried apple, sliced almonds

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muesli

Trader Joe’s version of Muesli is quite good, and super Healthy stuff! One caveat about Muesli. You do need to let it soften up a bit. It needs to sit for at least 10 minutes mixed in your choice of milk or yogurt, or kefir. The longer the better. So actually the way I really enjoy Muesli is to mix some up the night before as “overnight oats” and that way its very soft and ready to eat in the morning. “Overnight oats” is not complicated. Just put some muesli/oats in a container and cover it with your choice of milk or plant milk and let it sit in the fridge.

When I eat it, I add fruit (banana, apple, berries) and a bit of something crunchy as a topping like TJ’s Grainless Granola.

A 16 oz bag is about $4.

Contains no added sugars

RAVE

TJ’s Sierra Nevada WILD LITTLE THING BEER


Sierra Nevada WILD LITTLE THING ALE

Very drinkable!

The can says Wild Little Thing is a “slightly sour ale”. I think that is a brewing method more than a description of it’s taste. I didn’t find it terribly sour at all but perfectly balanced. I was a little surprised as it was different (and better) than the design lead me to believe. Tasting it, I thought this is really, really good! Even delicious, it was a bi† fruity, neither too bitter nor too sweet, but has a nice balanced taste. It has a lovely rosé color, with a small pale head and tiny bubbles. A highly refreshing and “easy drinking” ale. It was delicious with and went well with our tacos that night.

I would buy again no question.

https://sierranevada.com/beer/wild-little-thing/

“This slightly sour Wild Little Thing has just the right smack of tartness for serious refreshment, while guava, hibiscus and strawberry lend fruity-sweet depth and a bright pop of color.”

Sierra nevada’s description

TJ’s CAULIFLOWER CRISPS SNACK


GLUTEN FREE CRACKERS / SNACKS. With Cauliflower, brown rice, coconut milk, seeds and seasonings

Personally I’m not Gluten Free myself but saw these and wanted to try these for review, and review is taste-wise, these are excellent, delicious crackers, even quite tasty plain by themselves. When I tried them with a small slice of cheese they were even better. Very yummy. Still the reality is price-wise, these crackers are a bit expensive. You don’t get very many for your money, the whole package has only about 30 crackers in it and trust me, these things went down fast and easy. They’re just about one bite. So very good, but would I buy them again? I doubt I will, not because they’re not good, they’re super tasty crackers, I just deem them too pricey. But again I do not have to be gluten free, but if you are and you want yummy Gluten Free crackers, these are terrific if pricey.

TJ’s Savon De France Oatmeal Exfoliant FRENCH SOAP BAR


Trader Joe’s OATMEAL EXFOLIANT BAR, ALMOND GINGER SCENT, SAVON DE FRANCE, FRENCH MILLED SOAP

MADE IN FRANCE

This is a nice fancy French soap with a subtle natural fragrance, nothing overpowering or fake-y. The bar is huge, and I do mean huge, it’s over a half pound! I was even thinking about cutting it in half but I figure it will just wear down to size on it’s own. It’s not melting fast on me though, like a lot of fancy soaps do. It makes a very rich sudsy lather. Nothing too scratchy either, as far as “exfoliant bar”, just a few nubbins you can see of oatmeal, but they don’t scratch your skin. $2.99 for 8.8 oz (249 gr)

TJ’s CERTIFIED ORGANIC THAI JASMINE RICE (NEW)


New Products: Trader Joe’s ORGANIC JASMINE RICE

Thai Jasmine Rice is wonderful, one of the tastiest kinds of long grain rice there is besides Basmati rice.

TJ’s has had regular Jasmine rice for a long time. Now the are also offering this new organic version. The package says “Product of Thailand” and “Certified Organic”.

TJ’s finally have directions and ratios written on the package which seem about right to me. On this package they list a 1:2 ratio (1 cup of rice to 2 cups water/liquid) and cooking 15-20 minutes. Personally I rinse Jasmine rice very minimally, about once instead of the standard 2-3x to preserve as much of that delicate jasmine aroma as possible. It’s organic and as far as I can tell, quite clean, you don’t have to go overboard washing this rice. Washing rice these days is mostly about removing excess starch anyway.

$3.49 (2 lb bag)

BTW where do you store rice? I have taken to keeping it in the fridge if it has space. otherwise, in a dark cool pantry in another zip lock bag.

How To Make Elote / Mexican Street Corn (Recipe)


Easy and everything you need at Trader Joe’s

If you’ve been in a Trader Joe’s you’ve probably seen that word – ELOTE – all over the store. TJ’s has a bit of an obsession with Elote. Just in case you don’t know what Elote is, “Elote corn” is a typical Mexican street food, being corn on the cob sprinkled with spices and cheese, served from street vendors carts. In Mexico City there are probably as many Elote carts as we have hot dog carts in NYC.

Elote corn is delicious, slathered with mayo, lime juice, dusted with chile powder and sprinkled with Mexican Cotija cheese. MEXICAN STREET CORN is not hard to make yourself, and conveniently, you can get everything you need at TJ’s. I just made some a few days ago with some really fresh corn and it was so yummy I thought I would share how to make it. You need: Fresh corn on the cob, Everything but the ELOTE SEASONING, CHILE LIME seasoning, some mayonnaise, fresh lime, and Cotija cheese (like a Mexican parmesan). As far as mayo, TJ’s Chile Lime Mayo might work great or Suzi’s Organic Mayo.

SHOPPING LIST: fresh corn, Everything But The ELOTE SEASONING blend, Mexican Cotija cheese (or Parmesan), Lime, Mayonnaise (Chile Lime Mayo?), optional, CHILE LIME seasoning

RECIPE – ELOTE / MEXICAN STREET CORN

If you can grill the corn, great, but steamed corn is fine. Cook the corn. When done, hold it with tongs (or spear on a chopstick) or just put it on some foil. Slather some mayo all over with a spatula (mayo is authentic but if mayo turns you off, just use butter). Next sprinkle on a generous amount of Everything But The ELOTE Seasoning all over. Next sprinkle a good amount of grated TJ COTIJA cheese (or Parm or Asiago). A squeeze of fresh lime. OPTIONALLY; if you want even more spice add TJ’s CHILE LIME Seasoning blend an/or a little hot sauce of your choosing. Done! Enjoy!

Does Trader Joe’s have an ELOTE obsession?

https://www.traderjoes.com/home/discover/entertaining/we-like-it-elote

https://traderjoes.com/home/products/pdp/059063

Watch how fast this Elote vendor is !

   

TJ’s (fresh) SALMON BURGERS


“Made with Norwegian farm raised salmon” Ingredients include – Salmon, parmesan cheese, salt, panko breadcrumbs

Trader Joe’s SALMON BURGERS are in the fresh fish refrigerated section. They come packaged on a plastic tray with plastic wrap around them. They’re pretty soft and removing them from the package was a little tricky without breaking them. I ended up carefully cutting around the plastic wrapping with a sharp knife, till they were free. They kind of wanted to fall apart on me just trying to get them out, and I ended up sliding a spatula under each one to lift it out. So be warned, they want to fall apart on you. Frankly if this was my recipe, I would have put an egg plus some more binder (bread crumbs / panko) in the mixture – hmm, that may not be a bad idea, I may do exactly that next time and re-shape them.) I am guessing TJ’s wants you to see they are mostly fresh salmon with little binder, however in this type of “burger” made with ground fish, binders do keep things together.

I cooked these pan fried, in a tablespoon of butter first dusting them with some panko breadcrumbs all over before sautéing them. They are a bit under seasoned so I would give them a hit of salt and pepper. I could not taste Parmesan cheese though it’s listed as an ingredient probably as a binder.

“Cook 4-5 minutes, flip and cook another 4 minutes or to desired doneness.”

We did serve them as burgers on toasted hamburger buns and they were pretty good. I put some Tzaziki sauce on them but realized what I should have used: TJ’s Tartar Sauce – Of course that would match with these! I will get some for when I have these again. These were pretty good as burger on a bun but they might be equally good without bread just served on their own with some sides (rice, potatoes, veggies…?) and some lemon. They do need a bit of some sauce to liven them up, and next time I will try them with tartar sauce which should match perfectly with these salmon burgers. And don’t forget fresh lemon which will perk these up. Maybe a pinch of hot sauce too.

Two salmon patties cost $6.29 (just over $3 each) I would buy these again.

SHOPPING suggestion: Salmon burgers, buns, tartar sauce, lemons, lettuce.

TJ Mediterranean Style Hummus


Trader Joe’s sells SO many varieties of hummus. They may even have too many…. Don’t even get me started on “chocolate hummus” which I think is a crime against nature. Anyway this one is My TJ hummus. My “Go To” favorite. I think it’s their best one, one reason being that this “Mediterranean Style” hummus includes TAHINI in the ingredients. Incredibly, at least to me, is that some versions of hummus on offer at Trader Joe’s do not have Tahini in the ingredients. I don’t get this as Tahini (sesame paste) is an integral part of a hummus recipe and it is why it tastes good. I can only imagine some people don’t like tahini or its calories? Or an allergy? OK that must be why TJ sells hummus both ways, with or without it? Anyway their “Mediterranean Style” hummus is very tasty. It is a little fancier as on top they have a few pine nuts and spices. This is the way hummus is normally presented. When you serve it put it in a shallow bowl. A squeeze of 1/4 lemon would be good IMO (mix in juice). Run your spoon to make a circular groove all around the hummus and add a pour of your best EVOO. Sprinkle a bit of spice (Ajika for example, or ground cumin or zaatar) all around the perimeter attractively. Voila!

Serve with warm pita or naan or other flatbread.

The Mediterranean Style hummus costs about $4 for a 16 oz tub (it’s 50 cents more then the regular one with no tahini).

BTW, you can easily make hummus (which I occasionally do) Here’s a good recipe

https://www.themediterraneandish.com/how-to-make-hummus/

https://www.thespruceeats.com/our-favorite-hummus-recipes-4164898

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/what-people-get-wrong-about-making-hummus/2015/09/04/72c7c844-4dc5-11e5-902f-39e9219e574b_story.html

TJ’s Organic Corn Chip Dippers


GLUTEN FREE. ORGANIC.

We know Trader Joe’s carries a ton of all kinds of chips. These are one of my favorites out of all of them. So why are these corn chips are so good? I think a big reason is they only have 3 ingredients! They list : organic yellow corn, organic sunflower oil, sea salt. That’s it. They must be using the best organic corn they can find, these chips have a super tasty corn flavor. These chips are both thick and a bit curved. They’re thick enough to stand up to any dip you put them in, such as guacamole, salsa or what have you. Even on their own with nothing on them, they still taste fantastic. They have been $1.99 (forever) but I bought them last week and I got yet another case of TJ inflation sticker shock to see TJ raised the price of these. They’re now $2.29.

Match the plain corn chips with CHIPOTLE BLACK BEAN DIP – an excellent combo

Beside this plain version, TJ has a spicy variation, the delicious “Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers” (Elote aka Mexican street corn flavor) which is an amazing chip, those are loaded and I do mean loaded, with spices; these cost a little more than the plain version, Elote chips are now $2.69 (also up 20 cents). The Elote chips are excellent and pretty spicy. Personally I love them with, among other things, cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, in other words something plain as they bring plenty of spices on their own.

You can’t go wrong with either variety. Here’s what TJ has to say about them: https://www.traderjoes.com/home/products/pdp/092482

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Need a recipe for GUACAMOLE?

Trader Joe’s British Style CRUMPETS


Did you know that TJ sells “British Style Crumpets”? Maybe you didn’t even notice them, near the English Muffins. Well you may want to try these crumpets if you have never tried them. They are delicious and and quite different from English Muffins or most toasted breads. Crumpets are soft and full of holes almost like a pancake. Crumpets unique hole structure makes them great at absorbing melted butter of course as well as jam going into all those glorious holes. That is what makes them so scrumptious. Toast these up gently, until slightly golden brown, then top with good French or Kiwi butter and your favorite jam (or marmalade). They are both a bit soft and a bit crunchy, a fantastic combo. These crumpets are about $3.29 for a pack of six crumpets that come in two sealed plastic compartments. Personally I cut them in two and freeze one for later.

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