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Category Archives: Trader Joes Tuesdays

Trader Joe Tuesdays – Eggplant Cutlets and Roasted Garlic Marinara

Sharing another favorite from TJs! Not making this one complicated… there’s two things to purchase and there’s too many ways to eat these breaded eggplant cutlets! Video below of what we did: Photos by: Jeffery & Natalia Cruz

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! – Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken & Vegetable Fried Rice

Ingredients: 1 bag Trader Joe’s Fresh Frozen Pineapple Tidbits 1 bag Trader Joe’s BBQ Chicken Teriyake 1 bag Trader Joe’s Vegetable Fried Rice Take out a frying pan and start cooking up the chicken. In a separate pan start heating the fried rice. Mix the pineapple with the

Trader Joe’s – Favorite Snack Bars

Just a quick post today about what I’ve mandated in my pantry. A few months back I tried a box of these Trader Joe’s (organic) Chia Bar’s… ohhhh my gosh. I might have devoured three in the first sitting. SO ADDICTING and delicious! Seriously the perfect snack, even late at

Chili Jam & Pecan Flat Bread – Trader Joe’s Tuesday!

Another fun, simple, and delicious appetizer from Trader Joe’s! There’s a bit of a kick to it, but wow does this pair well with some red wine! <3 Ingredients: Trader Joe’s Hot & Sweet Chili Jam Trader Joe’s Traditional Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s Tuesday’s – Kati Pouches With Mango Ginger Chutney

Another fabulous dish to share from Trader Joe’s! I would set up these kati pouches for some after school snacks for Amelia – serve them with a side of mango chutney and you’re good to go! Ingredients: 1 box Trader Joe’s Kati Pouches (frozen section) 1 jar Trader

Trader Joe’s Tuesday – Spelt Risotto With Chickpeas and Ham

Ingredients: Trader Giotto’s Spelt Risotto with Vegetables and Chickpeas 1 Pack of Healthy Ham from Trader Joe’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil Directions: Pour 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in to a frying pan/wok. (Preferably something non-stick if you have it!) Add a tablespoon

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Garlic Naan Open-Faced Cuban Sandwich

OoooOoOh Trader Joe’s Tuesday’s are back! Well, they never really went anywhere in our home because that’s where I shop 90% of the time. (Except for those 2 months I was out of the country… Manila should reeeally look in to getting one of these…) – Anyhow! We all

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Braised Beef Roast

Who doesn’t love a good braised beef roast? It’s good all the time, but especially on cold days for some reason. Trader Joe’s.. this one was so good and I was able to spare myself hours from the kitchen prepping one of my own from scratch – which I don’t mind doing

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Fire Roasted Green Chile Cornbread

This was a perfect side dish we had the other night..and then in to the following morning, and throughout the day we were snacking on it. Super tasty! Just make sure you take it out of the oven in time if you don’t want the corn on the top to be too hard. My husband wasn’t a fan

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Carnitas Dipper Casserole

Sharing this yummy casserole from the other night! Trader Joe’s… you’re really the best! <3 Ingredients: 1 bag Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Dippers 1-2 pkg Trader Joe’s Carnitas (*We used two because..well, more meat.) 1 jar Trader Joe’sĀ  Enchilada Sauce 1 bag

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays- Garlic Eggplant Zucchini Bake (with Chicken Sausage!*)

First Trader Joe’s Tuesday post of the New Year! I’ll do my best to stick with this every Tuesday. I think I go in there too often that the samples are starting to be the same and so I have to get a little more inventive or brave enough to ask more random employees to help me put some

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Talia’s Favorite Cheeses!

Whenever I have a wine night or gathering of any sort, I always have some type of cheese spread out along with all the red wine. I love just about all the cheese at Trader Joe’s but I do have some favorites. I highly recommend these ones, best to pair along with just about any wine! 1,000

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Lentil Bruschetta with Feta Cheese

Holiday parties all around and last minute appetizer meals – we’ve got you covered! This one will go on a list to be another favorite, that’s for sure! Super easy to make – paired perfectly with these crackers too! Ingredients: Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils – 1

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Three Bean Salad

Sharing a Three Bean Salad I had to make a couple weeks ago when family got together for Thanksgiving. A cousin of mine was planning the menu and I asked what we could bring. She assigned me with: Three Bean Salad. I’ve never had a three bean salad. Honestly never even heard of it! I was up

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Samosas with a Mango Ginger Chutney!

Sharing another favorite find from Trader Joe’s today! This one is just too easy. Got a holiday party coming up? These are a real treat! One bite in and my husband and I looked at each other thinking, “we should have baked both boxes!” Our kids had just finished having lunch and

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Scallion Pancakes and Fresh Beet Salad

I know I skipped a couple Tuesdays for these posts you love and long for. šŸ˜‰ I have two recipes then today, both pair perfectly with each other and make for a light and tasty lunch! Keeping it light and simple today, just like the food here. Scallion Pancakes Ingredients: Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s – Chicken Gyoza Potstickers With an Island Soyaki

Here’s a company we shouldn’t boycott…ever! šŸ™‚ Ohhh.. when it comes to boycotting businesses I just think.. what are people doing with their lives? Last weekend it was non-stop on my newsfeed about the stupid RED CUP AT STARBUCKS. Truly, who cares! They didn’t say they hated

Trader Joe’s Tuesday – Truffle Salami and Caramelized English Cheddar Cheese

Whether you’re hosting or whether it’s just close to 5 o’clock and you wanna feel like a fancy-pants at home – pour the wine and cut the cheese people! This fantastical Truffle salami and English Cheddar with caramelized onions truly hits the spot.. every time. I always have

Garlic Chicken Sausage Potato Scramble

For today’s Trader Joe’s Tuesday post, I want to share with you another yummy recipe I got from the sample section at my local TJ’s. This one was quite good and can be a great side dish for the holidays. We just had it for lunch along with a side salad. Definitely filling. I wanna

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Spicy Shrimp Penne Arrabbiata

Another Trader Joe’s Tuesday post! This one is another super simple post, and I don’t know if they’ve skimped with ingredients lately but I’ve been going in there and the samples seem to have gone to ___ since the original recipe for this was just the shrimp and the penne

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Chicken Parmigiana

This one is almost too simple I hesitated posting it because I didn’t want people to think I was THAT lazy. Like it almost needs an explanation prior and some sort of saying from me that I do in fact cook for my family, like, regular meals that consist of more than 10 steps to prep, and more

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! – Spicy Peach Quinoa Salad & A Reminder to Never Criticize the Cook!

Finally caved and cooked up a dish with quinoa. I don’t know about your family, but growing up we had a set number of dishes. My mother only attempted new things maybe once or twice a year, because well, she didn’t have to. There were already about 20-30 dishes she perfected and we

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! Carnitas Lasagna Casserole ?

Tuesdays are becoming a favorite around here. Days when Mom gets adventurous and tries something new – from the Trader Joe’s sample section of course! But before we go in to a recipe, I want to tell you about life at home these days. You guys know Amelia started school already –

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! Sweet Potato Mahi-Mahi Goodness

Another quick and fun Trader Joe’s post for you all! This one is definitely more of an appetizer – I repeat, do not serve this for dinner or you will confuse your family! I almost did, and thankfully, thankfully Dominos was there to save the day! Ever have those days where your mind

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Pastrami Wraps and the Face Painting Fail

Is it Tuesday already?! Well it’s Talia here with another TJ Tuesday sample I wanna share with you! But first! Let me show you some classic Pinterest-y FAILS where I didn’t quite #nailit on face painting day. I use this app called Geo_Qpons and it gets me these 40-50% off one item at

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Italian Chicken Casserole

Ahhhh.. casserole. I know some of you are loving these TJ Tuesday posts and I’m really loving your feedback because it keeps me going back there and giving them all my money. Here is another super yummy dish with about 5 ingredients. I’m not the biggest casserole person, but once again,

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! – Shepherd’s Pie with Pot Roast!

Back from Manila and I took the first whole day with my family. By Day 2 you know I just had to check out my favorite: Trader Joe’s! Okay so I get there super excited because you know, it’s been almost a month and ohhh what have I missed! I don’t ever want to go straight for the

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays! – Best Crackers EVER!

Another “TJ Tues with Talia Cruz” for ya! This one is super simple… I think the longest part about this little appetizer is picking out which red wine would go best with it. Can’t go wrong with a cab or pinot if you ask me! I can’t ever leave Trader Joes without

Trader Joe’s Tuesdays – Fish Taco Night!

It’s Talia here! And on Tuesdays we highlight our local Trader Joe’s and their awesome sample station! This fish taco night recipe is so easy and so yummy, since trying this out in June I’ve had to make it at the house about 6 times. The kids love it, and the husband too. Super

TJ Tuesdays – Sprouted Red Rice and Chicken Curry

I think by now everyone who knows me knows of my love for Trader Joes. I mean, I love that place. I am there perhaps 4 times a week. Usually it’s my go-to since I think they have the best organic milk for the kids, and Seb goes through a few gallons weekly. So I tell my husband I’m off