5 trader joe’s meals (5 ingredients or less!)

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Deep question of the day: where do you guys grocery shop?

 5 Trader Joe 's Meals (5 ingredients or less!) | A Nutritionist Eats

I tend to shop based on proximity, but the store has to have the natural and organic selection of foods I’m looking for or it just won’t work. In my current neighborhood (West Hollywood!) there are quite a few options within walking distance. I tend to visit most of them (Whole Foods, Gelson’s and Bristol Farms) on a pretty regular basis to see what new foods are out there, but Trader Joe’s is, without a doubt, a weekly stop for me. I can find most of the things I need – and for a pretty reasonable price – but I’ve got to admit that I love the frozen and convenience foods that Trader Joe’s offers. (If you’re ever wondering how something is, just ask. I’ve probably tried it!)

Recently, my friend Lynn and her husband came up with this super-clever buzzfeed video featuring Trader Joe’s mashups:

I loved the video and the premise –  it’s absolutely what inspired this post!

I started brainstorming some of my favorite trader joe’s combinations that fit the following criteria:

  1. under five ingredients (all but one are made with three ingredients)
  2. fairly healthy (all of them come in under or around 500 calories)
  3. include a vegetable (because every meal should!)
  4. delicious (again, because every meal should be!)

Here are the 5 Trader Joe’s meals that I came up with:

Classic Southern Dinner:

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Let’s start with an easy, classic meal: bbq chicken breast, mac & cheese and collard greens. Prepare the mac & cheese and bbq chicken as directed and lightly steam or saute the collard greens. *I really like their “reduced-guilt” mac & cheese, but have yet to try the gluten-free variety!

Palak Paneer Eggs:

 5 Trader Joe 's Meals (5 ingredients or less!) | A Nutritionist Eats

Why have I not combined Indian food with eggs before? Ah-mazing. Top cooked palak paneer with a fried or poached egg and serve with hot naan. This will definitely become a regular in our meal rotation – perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Tortilla Pizza:

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Tortilla pizzas are one of my favorite meals and considering that I’ve eaten them on  regular basis for years, it was a no-brainer. When topped with sauce, arugula, cheese and turkey meatballs, this is a particularly filling pizza. Simply bake the tortilla until crisp, top with sauce, cheese, arugula and warmed meatballs and bake until cheese has melted. (Brown rice and sprouted tortillas are my favorite to use.)

Chimichurri Rice & Sausage:

 5 Trader Joe 's Meals (5 ingredients or less!) | A Nutritionist Eats

Chimichurri rice is a somewhat new item and I’m so glad I finally put it in my cart – it’s delicious (so is the kimchee rice!).  When it’s combined with chicken sausage and a vegetable, you’ve got a balanced dinner that comes together in minutes. Slice and saute the sausage and rice as directed while you roast the broccoli in the oven.

Pasta with Mushrooms & Parmesan:

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This vegetarian meal is delicious and simple. And absolutely OUTSTANDING if you add a drizzle of truffle oil or sprinkling of truffle salt. Simply prepare the pasta and mushrooms as directed and top with a sprinkling of cheese. Use your favorite pasta variety.

Got any favorite quick meals to share? 

P.S. I’m really sorry if you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s! Come visit and I’ll take you on a tour. :)

daily eats: 4.2.14

Not to be all, “I’m so busy!” because everyone is, but what a crazy few weeks it’s been. After our trip to Mexico, we had Richie’s parents visiting (which kind of was like being on vacation in LA – and tons of fun!), my brother was here for a few days and now we’re getting ready to go on another trip next week. It’s all been a really fun and enjoyable “crazy” so in other words, I’m trying to balance vacation eating and drinking with lots and lots of kale. (And I managed to eat kale at all three meals on Monday!)

workout: 50 minutes on the treadmill (3.65 miles). It honestly felt great to get back to the gym. Even though I worked out using dvd’s last week, it isn’t quite the same for me. 

beverage: coffee + 1/2 and 1/2

breakfast: the most random breakfast known to (WO)man. Almonds + carrots + cheese stick. I didn’t really pack a breakfast this morning and my green smoothie was frozen solid so I snacked my way through it!

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lunch: salad greens + 1 Tbsp olive oil dressing + 3.5 oz deli turkey + 1 Tbsp of a fun mayonnaise recipe I’m working on. This lunch was simple, light and tasty.

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snack: I had an afternoon appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor so after that was finished, I headed to the natural foods store across the street to pick up some of the items she recommended and…let’s be real. I love perusing health food stores. I picked up some kombucha (on sale!) and drank half of a bottle on the drive home. When I arrived home I snacked on some sweet potato hummus (didn’t like) + pita chips.

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dinner: glass of wine + 2 chicken drumsticks + green beans + raw sauerkraut  + scoop of cookie butter for dessert

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approximate nutrition stats: 1,483 calories, 76 grams fat (51%), 88 grams carbohydrates (26%), 18 grams fiber, 26 grams sugar, 76 grams protein (23%)

thoughts: It’s a lot different from my last daily eats post, that is for sure! I think this is a good example of how some days are higher calories and others (like this one) are lower in calories. After a week+ of eating and drinking more than normal, my body doesn’t want and/or need as much food. Oh, and fiber is low! 

question: I’m thinking about creating a few meal plans (general ones) for my site, is that something anyone would be interested in? If so, what type of meal plan would you be looking for (vegan, gluten free, paleo, weight-loss/1800 calories, etc.)?

 

guinness lamb stew

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St. Patrick’s Day recipes aren’t complete without some Guinness, am I right?

And it turns out to be a pretty versatile ingredient, as evidenced by desserts like Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes.

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My Guinness recipe – Guinness lamb stew – came from a hybrid of lamb stew and shepards pie. Ground lamb is combined with a few vegetables, guinness (obviously!) and thickened with a “roux” of sorts that doesn’t even require a separate pan. And instead of adding potatoes to the stew, I served the stew ON mashed potatoes. Because in my opinion, mashed potatoes > potatoes. And wait, there’s more. I topped it all with some irish cheddar and green onions.

Guinness Lamb Stew | A Nutritionist Eats

My red-headed, Irish husband was in heaven. And I was too, there is something so satisfying about comfort food and this stew…is the definition of comfort food. Ohhhhh my guinness. It really is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

If you can’t find ground lamb (or it’s too expensive) just use ground beef. It won’t be the same, but it will be just as tasty. (And it’s the type of recipe that is great made a day or two in advance.) Sláinte!

nutrition facts: 689 calories, 36 grams of fat, 35 grams of protein, 43 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber

Guinness Lamb Stew

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Keywords: soup/stew entree fall winter

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered (about 3 cups)
  • 1 lb carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 30 oz Guinness stout (about 5 cups)
  • 15 oz can of french onion soup (about 2 cups)
  • salt, pepper & red pepper flakes
  • 6 servings mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded irish cheddar
  • sliced green onions

Instructions

Heat a large pot over medium heat.

Melt 1 Tbsp butter and add lamb to pot. Cook until brown, about 5-10 minutes.

Add onions, carrots and garlic to pot.

Sprinkle flour and add remaining 3 Tbsp of butter to meat and vegetable mixture.

Stir all ingredients until combined.

Add guinness and soup and bring to a boil.

Turn heat down to low and let lightly simmer for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Taste and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Spoon stew over mashed potatoes and top with shredded cheese and green onion.

*Best if made a day ahead of time!

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