4 easy trader joe’s meals

Last year, I shared a 5 trader joe’s meals (5 ingredients or less) and it’s been one of my most-popular posts ever since! It seems like we are all looking for quick meals that come together in minutes – I get it.

And I’m back with some more. I visit Trader Joe’s a LOT. It’s two blocks away and now that shopping involves schlepping a stroller + car seat up stairs…I’m there even more because I can only carry one bag (max) at a time. (Is it ridiculous that I still get a bit nervous to leave the house?!) Maybe you shouldn’t answer that…

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Ideally, each of these meals would have a vegetable component, but some of these are lacking a bit. So to add a quick vegetable side, try salad greens with dressing (I love their refrigerated Cilantro Dressing), roasted broccoli, or sautéed green beans. If you are really desperate, carrot sticks always work in a pinch, too!

Country Potatoes with Eggs:

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The Country Potatoes with Haricots Verts & Wild Mushrroms is one of my new favorite items from Trader Joe’s, it’s SO good! Simply prepare the potatoes as instructed and fry or scramble an egg to serve alongside. It is suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Turkey Bolognese Pizza:

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You know I love my tortilla pizzas! (Pesto Pizza / Healthy Taco Pizza) and I thought trying the bolognese sauce would be a great way to switch up flavors, and get an extra boost of protein. Simply bake the tortilla until crisp (at about 400 degrees), top with sauce (drained as much as possible!) and cheese and bake until cheese has melted. (Brown rice and sprouted tortillas are my favorite to use.)

Falafel Sandwiches:

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If you’re looking for a vegetarian lunch or dinner, this is about as easy as it gets! Whip up a quick cucumber sauce, heat up the falafel and pita and your meal is on the table. Combine one container of greek yogurt, a minced clove of garlic and 1/2 cup shredded cucumber with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dried dill, salt & pepper in small bowl and set aside. Heat falafel (takes 2-3 minutes in the microwave) and pita (in oven or microwave) and serve with cucumber slices.

Penne Peperonata with Sausage and Spinach:

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I branched out and tried some of the frozen pastas that Trader Joe’s stocks in it’s freezer cases. I didn’t have high hopes going into it and frozen pasta has always seemed a bit ridiculous – it’s so easy to make! Well, it’s delicious. And it’s easy. Remove casing from hot italian sausage (or use sliced chicken sausage) and heat over medium heat until cooked through. Drain and set aside. Prepare pasta as directed. Toss hot pasta over spinach (or try arugula!) and top with sausage.

PS. Looking for more? 5 trader joe’s meals (5 ingredients or less) 

daily eats: april 15, 2015

Wow! Demi and I had a day yesterday. She spent most of 8am-1pm attached to me – eating. She typically eats pretty frequently during the day but this was not how we normally spend the morning. (And hopefully it isn’t a regular occurrence!) I can’t say I blame her though, just like her parents, she really enjoys her food. :)

beverage: morning coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

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breakfast: silver hills sprouted herb’s garlic bagel + cream cheese + avocado + tomato slices. In between nursing sessions for Demi, I had a few minutes for breakfast. This is one of my favorite meals right now, and calorie-dense meals are currently what I’m going for. I now understand what people mean when they say they don’t have time – or hands – to eat.

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lunch 1: sautéed kale + slow cooked beef. Before my parents left (tear!) I sautéed some kale, cut up some carrots and slow cooked a piece of beef to fill my fridge with some proteins and vegetables. (Both have been lacking lately.) They all came in handy today and I ate some vegetables! Yay!

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lunch 2: carrots + cheese + olives + pita chips. This is my favorite snack right now and I have it on a daily basis. :)

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snack: 2 pieces of peanut butter ‘eggs’ (recipe from minimalist baker). I didn’t shape them into eggs and dip in chocolate (mostly because I’m lazy) but I’ll definitely make the easy ‘bar’ version again. (I’ll add a few more dates than the recipe calls for to make them a touch sweeter!)

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dinner: wine + salad with italian dressing + frozen pizza (topped with mushrooms, pepper, onion and parmesan). I mentioned that we’ve been so spoiled with food and meal from family and friends…and believe it or not, but I’ve been craving frozen pizza! It was time.

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thoughts on the day: I’m happy that I got a few vegetables in throughout the day, in addition to dinner. As always, it doesn’t matter if I’m pregnant, breastfeeding, or not, I listen to my body and try to balance mostly healthy food with fun food. If I’m hungry, I eat. If I’m not, I try not to.

asparagus & garbanzo bean salad

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Guess who hasn’t cooked a thing since having a baby? ME!

Now that’s not to say we haven’t been eating well, because we have. Between my parents, our cousins and friends, we’ve been SO well-fed and SO spoiled. (Not quite as spoiled as Demi though, packages arrive on a daily basis for that girl!)

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This salad was the last thing I made before I went into labor and I will definitely be making it again soon for a few reasons:

  1. My favorite spring vegetable is without-a-doubt, asparagus. Now is the time to eat it!
  2. It combines my favorite salad toppings. (hard boiled eggs! feta cheese! garbanzo beans!)
  3. I definitely need more salad in my life. Vegetables have been seriously lacking lately.

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This salad requires a bit more than most of the salads I make, but it is SO worth it and it’s full of so many tasty things.

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Butter lettuce, asparagus and radishes act as the vegetable base for this salad. We’ve got green, we’ve got crunch and…asparagus. See above.

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And for flavor, protein and texture I topped the vegetables with hard boiled eggs, garbanzo beans and some thinly sliced feta cheese.

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Then there’s the dressing. You can go a few ways with the dressing. My personal favorite is green goddess, but it is an extra step. You could also use french (Richie liked it with his homemade french dressing) or a simple shallot vinaigrette.

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It’s pretty on a plate and is perfect for company. Serve with some crusty bread and some grilled protein like chicken or fish.

It makes me excited for salad.

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Asparagus & Chickpea Salad
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 4 oz radishes (about 1 cup thinly sliced)
  • 1-15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 oz feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in medium-sized sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add asparagus and cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Set aside and let cool.
  4. Divide lettuce leaves on 4 plates.
  5. Top with radishes, chickpeas, hard-boiled eggs, feta cheese and asparagus.
  6. Top with fresh ground pepper, a sprinkle of salt (if desired) and drizzle with dressing.
Notes
Dressing not included in nutrition facts.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 203 Fat: 7 grams Carbohydrates: 24 grams Sugar: 3 grams Fiber: 7 grams Protein: 12 grams

 

baby update: demi

I’ve been at a total loss for how to sum up the last two weeks. Like, I try to start typing but nothing sticks on the screen. I think that a) I’m really emotional b) I’m not sure words can express how I feel and c) we have a baby, WHAT?! (And thank you for all of the sweet congratulations!) 

I can’t believe that she’s been part of our life for two weeks and at the same time, I can’t believe that it’s only been two weeks.

Demi

What a ride life with a newborn is. What they say is true: your heart explodes with love you didn’t even know was possible, all you want to do is stare at the most-precious thing you’ve ever laid eyes on….and of course, sleep is severely lacking. (Though I will say that I don’t at all mind waking up to look at her sweet face in the middle of the night.)

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We’re settling into a routine which sometimes means all we’ve done before noon is eat (mostly her) and after a somewhat rough start with breastfeeding (she lost too much weight, my milk wasn’t in yet and we had to supplement with formula for about a day) we’ve really hit our stride and it’s getting easier each time. (Side note: I really expected breast feeding to be easy, but we both had a lot to learn. AND, a visit from a lactation specialist was priceless.)

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Simply put, it’s been amazing. Before she came along, I thought we would bring her into our world. But it turns out she brought us into hers.

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