It’s here! Trader Joe’s has made its way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Halloween 2013 to be exact, and I have been tasting my way through it ever since. With their fun Hawaiian shirts and friendly smiles – it is definitely a place to check out – if you haven’t already!
You walk in and immediately see the colorful selection of fresh flowers and you can’t beat the price! If you are looking for an instant pick-me-up look no further. Their produce is just beyond the flowers and I have already found a few favorites. Lately I have been grabbing their pre-chopped and seasoned Brussels sprouts. Full of Vitamin C, which is important for joint protection, also having cancer preventative benefits – I love roasted Brussels sprouts and for just fifty cents more you can have them ready to bake – how easy is that?! Their organic pre-chopped kale is pretty great to have handy too. Add to your smoothie for a nutrient boost, bake it making easy Kale Chips in minutes (recipe below), or try this Sautéed Kale and White Beans recipe featured on WebMD.
I love adding dried cranberries to muffins, breads, and salads, and their orange flavored variety is so yummy. In fact, they have a great selection of dried fruits including wild blueberries and mangoes. A friend had a cheese and Kalamata olive board (so good!) at a party, and she added their Juicy Dried Mango pieces to the board. Creamy, salty, and sweet – what a combination – I might have eaten half of the board!
There is also a great selection of hummus – so many tasty flavors, with heart-healthy fiber, this is a go-to snack on its own or you can mix up your Mediterranean Layered Spread by choosing fun new flavors. Some of y’all on Twitter recommended the Cilantro Jalepeno Hummus and that is definitely on my list to try next visit!
I like to keep this Curried White Chicken Deli Salad, packed with flavors and spice, with a touch of sweetness, on standby for a quick lunch. On a bed of lettuce, whole wheat bread and paired with my warm Quick Shrimp, and Corn Soup, this convenience item made a quick budget-friendly gourmet style lunch. Their almond butter is a delicious pantry staple to add a little variety to your PB&J, smoothies or baked goods.
I can’t wait to hear your favorite finds and add them to my list!
Kale Chips from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook
Crisp and crunchy; melts in your mouth. No-fuss, simple, fun recipe.
Makes 8 servings
1 bunch of curly kale, washed, dried, torn into 2-inch pieces
Salt to taste
1. Preheat oven 400°F. Line baking pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Spread kale on prepared pan in single layer. Coat kale lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Season to taste.
3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until kale is crispy and edges brown.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 19 Calories from Fat 0 Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 17mg Carbohydrates 4g Dietary Fiber 1g Total Sugars 0g Protein 1g Dietary Exchanges: Free
Find more of Holly’s fun delectable dishes here.