A Post! My Favorite TJ’s Products and 2 New Recipes

by Lauren on September 9, 2011

I realized today that I haven’t done a “regular” post in nearly 2 weeks!  My goodness, I knew something felt off.  Here is my redemption post….

Even though I’m still a bit out of sorts, I do have a few notable things to share with you all.

First up, my “favorite” Trader Joe’s Products.

On the way back from the beach, Toly surprised me by asking if I wanted to stop at Trader Joe’s.  Who was he kidding, that is like asking a drug addict if he wants coke.  (Haha, excuse my extreme analogy)

Thrilled I was, but totally caught off guard, I quickly determined a list in my head of my “must haves” so that I was sure to remember these things upon exiting the store.

So what are they?  Well, I’ll show you…

Sunflower Seed Butter

My "crack"

It’s a little embarrassing how fast I go through this stuff.  I find myself putting sunflower seed butter on just about anything these days.  I guess it’s my love of the sweet/savory factor that has me inhaling this nut butter but the creamy consistency paired with the salty bite has hooked. I’ve tried other varieties and Trader Joe’s wins hands down for taste and for price.  This stuff usually goes for around $9 in the health food store.  TJ’s sells it for $4.

Edamame Hummus

I recently tried this hummus and feel in love.  Dare I say it’s even better than Sabra!!  I swear it tastes like creamy avocado with a spicy kick.  It would make an incredible base for a sauce on your favorite noodles.

Hummus Salad Dressing


This was a brand new product to me but one that has quickly become a must have.  How many of us use hummus for our salad dressing?  Well Trader Joe’s has once again catered to our eclectic taste and made our lives 10x easier. Just pour, minimal mixing required.

Soft Multigrain Rustico Bread

Earthy, Nutty Goodness

I’ve tried many kinds of TJ’s breads but this one remains my favorite.  It’s deeply earthy and full of grain, seeds, and nuts.  I tend to only be drawn to breads with a hearty texture and one that has a lot to offer.  This one does the trick.

And now, just for fun, Toly’s favorite product….

Shortbread Cookies

He is known to put down the entire container in less than a week.  The boy ALWAYS requests these when I do my stock up trips.

Orange Chicken

Self explanatory.

Those are just some of my staples.  I probably have a handful or two more but I’ll save those for another trip.

Aside from the blog work, traveling, and maintaining an overloaded work schedule, I’m still finding time to cook.  Let’s face it, this girl has to eat and eat well so cooking is right up there in my high priority list.

Some worthy meals this week…..

Sweet and Sour Tempeh

Adapted from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan

  • 1 package of your favorite tempeh
  • 2 sweet potatoes (peeled, cubed)
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 orange pepper
  • 1/2 large eggplant (cubed)
  • 1/2 C ketchup
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 2 T Tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 T orange juice
Combine vegetables and tempeh and season with salt and pepper.  Place in a baking dish.  Combine remaining ingredients, mix well and pour over vegetable mixture.  Bake at 450° for 45-50 min.
I served this over brown rice and spinach.
Another wonderful recipe I discovered….

Zucchini Banana Bread Oats

Adapted from Oh She Glows

  • 1/3 C Oats
  • 1/2 C Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Ripe Banana
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C grated zucchini
Combine oats, milk, banana, salt and vanilla.  Let oats come to a slight boil and reduce heat to simmer for 10-15 min.  Fold in the zucchini and warm for 5 min.
Toppings included: Sunflower seed butter (obviously), blueberries, granola, pumpkin seeds
I am all about the addition of vegetables in my oatmeal.  It’s usually pumpkin, carrot or squash but the zucchini was a nice touch.
That’s all for now.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Name your FAVORITE Trader Joe’s Product, if you had to pick just one. 

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Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews September 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Yum! I want to try that edamame hummus : ).

Leslie September 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Lauren- do you have the nutitional information for any of the above-mentiobned products?

Lauren September 10, 2011 at 5:58 am

Leslie- The Sunflower Butter has 190 cal and 16g of fat per 2 TB and the hummus has 90 cals and 8g of fat per 2 TB but both are great on the nutritional aspect. Sunflower Butter is an awesome source of vitamin B Complex, Vitamin E, minerals, Phytochemicals, amino acids and also healthy fats. And edamame is rich in carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients, particularly folic acid, manganese and vitamin K. You should definitely check them out!!

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glidingcalm September 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

i want some of those oats!!!

i also need TJ’s and tempeh back in my life, STAT! :)

Lauren September 10, 2011 at 5:54 am

They were fantastic! And I agree, TJ’s has some incredible tempeh. Have a good weekend my dear!

Clare @ Fitting It All In September 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

You’re making me miss TJs! I love that Sunflower Seed Butter. Their triple layer hummus is my fav!

sarah@spinach and spice September 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

So much good food in one post! If I HAD to choose, I’d say sunflower seed butter! Did you hear they are coming out with a new line of PB’s in October?!

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I looove the peanut butter brittle… YUM!

CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ September 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Oh my gosh, JUST one?! Are you crazy?! There are like a million I love!!! I do love the Cats for People cookies! They taste like animal crackers with cinnamon!
And I am going to cheat an name two more…the low fat blueberry bran muffins and high protein banana chocolate chip muffins are pretty much to die for…
I must get my hands on that sunflower butter though! I buy it occassionally at giant but it is sooo expensive!!!

Lauren September 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Oh wow, I forgot about those Cat cookies. Another AMZING cookie are the chewy cherry trail mix cookies. (not sure if that is what they are called) And the muffins…..you are right! TO DIE FOR! Although I’ve never seen the banana chocolate chip. That sounds amazing.

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