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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer - May

So, it's been awhile!  I'm much more consistent over at my other blog, though the content is completely unrelated to Trader Joe', not necessarily helpful (although good :)). 

A note to say that TJ's Fearless Flyer is out for May!  You can find a copy at your local Trader Joe's store or online here (just select your state).

A friend who works at TJ's just told us how a woman came in and said that, to her, the Fearless Flyer is like porn...  Maybe I should have her post a few entries here. 

Hope you are also enjoying your Trader Joe's shopping - I know I continue to!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Passing along a post...

from Beth at Recipes, Deals etc.  Thanks Beth! 

She reviewed Trader Joe's Multi-grain Pancake Mix.  I can confirm the fact that this mix is great!  Before I started making my own whole wheat pancakes from scratch we bought this stuff and it is good.

Especially paired with their 100% real maple syrup...

You can find her review of the pancake mix here.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Trader Joe's Fruit - Ends & Pieces

I feel almost bad (but not really) that we happened upon these at our store.  I've been hoping, dreaming that maybe one day we would get the "ends & pieces" of Trader Joe's fruit bars.

Low and behold, I happened to go down that specific aisle and there they were!  I bought 8 wondering if I should have gotten more or, better yet, bought all that was available.

These, basically, are what they say...the ends and pieces they cut off of the fruit leathers/all fruit bars that they sell.  I talked about them in this post.  Evee thinks that they are candy and they really are that delicious...all while being 100% fruit and goodness for you.

The "ends & pieces" are sold for 1/3 of the price of the other "fruit leathers" and i think taste just as good or better.  The only downside is that they come few and far between, which obviously makes sense but is sad none the less.

If you happen to come across them at your own store, my only words to you are this: STOCK UP!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easy Trader Joe's Meal - Recipe

A friend just passed along this recipe from the demo station at Trader Joe's.  It is SO simple, cheap, and really easy.

Use a package of Trader Joe's refrigerated pizza dough or make your own pizza dough.  We bought their garlic and herb's amazing and is $.99.  Yup, $1!

Stretch that out to a square or rectangular...not too thin, but with a lot of room to spread toppings.  Put a layer of cheese.  I used Trader Joe's Mozzarella cheese.  I thought it was a good choice.

I had made BBQ chicken in the crockpot.  You can also buy TJ's own pulled BBQ chicken for $4.99/lb.  It was really simple to make in the crockpot though.  Just bought their chicken breasts for $2.99/lb and a bottle of TJ's BBQ sauce.  Put it together on high for about 2 hours.  Stirred it around and it shredded super easily.  So delicious.  You could also add onions right into the crockpot.  I forgot and caramelized some on the stove in olive oil instead.

Add the BBQ chicken and onions on top of the cheese and roll the whole thing up.

Bake it for approximately 20 minutes at 400 degrees (or until slightly brown on top). 

It makes a good amount of food, is delicious and doesn't take much time at all.  Our friends have tried a couple of vegetarian varieties that have also been delicious.  Really, you could put whatever kind of toppings you'd like.  It's like a Stromboli. 

Happy shopping and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wonderful Fruit

I love summer fruit!  I am thrilled that different fruit is starting to come with the changing of the seasons.

This past week at our local Trader Joe's I picked up 4 pounds of strawberries for $7.99 ($2/lb.).  They were gone in 3 days.  The pictures don't do them justice!

I also grabbed a cantaloupe and am just waiting for it to fully ripen as well as the normal bananas we always get. 
(Mango was actually on sale for $1 each at our local Whole Foods this week...yum.)

I'm thrilled about summer coming.  It gets me excited to see some cheaper prices on fruit we love and miss over the winter months.  It makes me happy thinking about farmer's markets and gardening again.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Trader Joe's Culinary Compendium

This Trader Joe's goody recently came through our mailbox.  In their own words, it's
"A concise collection of our culinary creations (and more curiosities) crammed into this handy almost pocket-sized guide."
It's volume #3...I was trying to remember if I've received one before, but then realized that this is the most recent "fearless flyer".  If you would like to view your own copy, you can do so here.  Or just go to your local store to pick up a paper copy.

Some fun finds...
  • Buttermilk biscuits ($2.69 for 16 ounces) - page #4.  This is a simple find, I know, but one I didn't realize they had in stores.  I recently saw a breakfast recipe using biscuit dough but didn't think I could get it from TJ's.
  • Organic Baby Spring Mix ($2.69 for 5 ounce bag) - page #9.  This is a summer favorite.  
  • Sesame Soba Noodle Bowl with Asian Vegetables (8 ounce bowl for $2.99) - page #11.  Something we might not get for awhile, but was interesting to make note of...sounds very tasty and perfect for a lunch or dinner on your own.
There are many other things - juices, pre-made items, snacks, etc.  These are just a few things that stuck out at me while looking over the booklet.

Another fact that many Trader Joe's fans probably know, but some may not, is also written on the cover...
"In order to be adorned with the Trader Joe's name, a culinary creation must contain only the finest quality, natural ingredients.  Our name assures that there are NO artificial flavors, colors or preservatives; No genetically modified ingredients; and NO added trans fats.  Trader Joe's - what a name."
I leave it at that.  Happy shopping!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I'm always happy to see other reviews on Trader Joe's Products.  I am much braver with Trader Joe's products and ingredients, since it's very hard to go wrong.  Especially with the simple fact that if you do get something that you just don't like you can always take it back (amazing!).  But, still, there is a lot to chose from! 

Here are reviews from this past week...oddly, mostly from the same site, but still helpful...