Health & Wellness Living in Recovery

Good Eats: Trader Joe’s Edition

I’m not entirely sure what it is, but there is something so invigorating about grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. The staff is great and they have endless food to choose from. From fresh produce to meals you can just grab and go, Trader Joe’s has definitely become one of my favorite spots. What makes it even better is the unique recipes they have on their website – they even give you the option to build out a grocery list based on their given recipes! Who doesn’t love direction when shopping for food and cooking? Read More

Who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s?

I’m not entirely sure what it is, but there is something so invigorating about grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. The staff is great and they have endless food to choose from. From fresh produce to meals you can just grab and go, Trader Joe’s has definitely become one of my favorite spots. What makes it even better is the unique recipes they have on their website – they even give you the option to build out a grocery list based on their given recipes! Who doesn’t love direction when shopping for food and cooking?

What makes Trader Joe’s recipes and food so great?

First and foremost, is how quick I can put together a quality meal. Sometimes I find myself so engulfed in my work that I simply forget to eat, and when the hunger pains kick in, I need a meal as quickly as possible. However, I still want to make sure the food not only tastes good, but is good for me too – this is where Trader Joe’s steps in. Recently, I added two amazing recipes to my archive: Morning Muffin in a Mug and Caprese BLT.

First the most important meal of the day:

  1. Let’s gather all the ingredients:
    1. ½ cup TJ’s Gluten Free Organic Rolled Oats with Ancient Grains & Seeds
    2. ¼ cup TJ’s Unsweetened Applesauce
    3. 1 to 2 tablespoons TJ’s Honey
    4. 1/8 teaspoon TJ’s Salt
    5. ¼ teaspoon TJ’s Baking Powder
    6. ¼ teaspoons TJ’s Ground Cinnamon
    7. 1 TJ’s Egg
    8. Handful of fresh TJ’s berries (optional, but amazing!)
  2. First, mix all of your ingredients in a microwave safe coffee mug. Keep stirring until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Place the mug in the microwave on high for 4 minutes, or until the mixture is no longer wet on the surface – depending on your microwave wattage, times may vary.
  4. Once done, carefully remove the mug and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then, toss on some fresh berries, drizzle on some more honey – or not – and voila, breakfast in 10 minutes.

Next, let’s make some lunch:

  1. Let’s get those ingredients:
    1. 1 package TJ’s Turkey Bacon – or whichever you prefer.
    2. TJ’s Whole Grain Bread
    3. TJ’s Fresh Pre-Sliced Mozzarella Cheese Log (super convenient)
    4. 4 TJ’s Kumato Tomatoes, sliced
    5. TJ’s Fresh Basil, rinsed and dried
    6. TJ’s Organic Baby Lettuce (I actually opted for spinach)
    7. TJ’s Balsamic Glaze
  2. Fully cook your bacon of preference. Once done, let it cool, tear each in half pieces and set to the side.
  3. Next, toast your 2 slices of bread – or more, if you’re feeling extra hungry or are cooking for others. Layer the basil and baby lettuce (or spinach, like me) on one slice of toast, followed by the bacon, mozzarella, and tomato. Drizzle some of that balsamic glaze over the stack and top it off with the other slice of bread.
  4. Keep building the masterpieces we call sandwiches and enjoy!

These are just two of many delicious – and quick – recipes that this unique grocery store has to offer. Check out some more for yourself!