Ready Made Dinners

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I’m sure most of you can relate, there are some nights where food is the last thing on your mind. While I try and steer clear of frozen meals, sometimes, it’s a must. This meal exceeded my expectations. I found a sweet and spicy ‘chicken’ at Target and paired it with fresh green beans (with a brown butter sauce, topped with toasted almonds) and Trader Joe’s Quinoa Pilaf which had a subtle curry undertone.

We all need meals like this from time to time and I feel these products were great at getting the job done!!

Grilled Asparagus and Chik’n Salad

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With all of the heavy winter foods, my body was craving something on the lighter side. I’ve been in the mood for asparagus so I grabbed some frozen grilled asparagus from Trader Joe’s last week. I sautéed chik’n strips along with the asparagus and cut up the romaine. The dressing I used was amazing. Trader Joe’s makes a hummus dressing that’s vegan and healthy; win-win! You can find it in the refrigerator section. I totally recommend you try it out.

Curious Curry

Today’s just been one of those days, starting with the ominous sighting of a black cat before work. After work – dead car. Returned home to have a $20 late fee for a cookbook I rented from the public library. Outrage. So needless to say, I wanted a meal that was no fuss.

I came across a curry simmering sauce at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and decided to try it out tonight.

I cranked up the radio, prepped my veggies and began steaming onions and garlic. In the end, I had added: red and yellow peppers, asparagus, broccoli, baby bok choy, celery and carrots.

 

When everything was soft I added the simmering sauce. While that was simmering away, I cooked some tofu which was in a quick-marinade (Bragg’s liquid aminos, sesame oil, rice vinegar and red pepper flakes) back while I was prepping veggies. After the tofu browned, I plated up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall the spice level is perfect. Unfortunately I must have had a partial moment of blindness when buying this sauce because I loathe cilantro and this sauce is full of it. Somehow it didn’t trigger my gag reflexes like cilantro has a tendency to do. It tasted more tropical, with hints of lime and lemongrass, and less like what I connect curry to taste like. I’d definitely recommend this sauce if you are in a pinch for something quick.

Cheers to a better tomorrow 🙂

Dutch Love

Holland isn’t just windmills and pot brownies…They’re also the creator of Speculoos (spay-cue-loose). I tried this wondrous spread a few years ago when my Dutch friend brought a jar back. It only took nanoseconds and I was hooked. The spread has a consistency that is similar to peanut butter but the taste is like a graham/ginger cookie. Added bonus: it’s VEGAN!

Unfortunately I couldn’t find it in any US stores. So, I was only treated to the spread on rare occasions when my friend had it. However, that was then. Now I can thank Trader Joe’s for offering this new treat for all to try. It’s a bit spendy, $3.70 a jar, but it’s worth every penny. Seriously this is one staple that I would bring with me on a deserted island; I will eat this on my death-bed; it is not to be overlooked.