Tag Archives: Trader Joes

homemade: what’s in the fridge “pizza”

12 Jan

I have been trying to new years resolution myself into eating healthy these past few weeks and on the whole I have been succeeding. (yay me)

However, despite one random run to Trader Joe’s this past weekend, I haven’t done much grocery shopping. I strive to be a person who, like the Europeans, goes to the market for fresh fruits and veg a few times a week, but often my grocery story visits turn into a bi-monthly occasion. This, as you can imagine, leaves me with little to work with on ‘Downton Abbey Night’….

Enter the what’s in the fridge “pizza”

yes, that is the glow of Downton in the back...

1 Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain tortilla

1 handful soy shredded blend cheese

2 smallish fresh tomatoes

some marinara sauce

4 slices of Columbus salami (and a few eaten but not on the pizza…)

micro greens to garnish

Preheat the oven to 350. Place the tortilla on a baking sheet and spread on a semi-generous amount of marinara sauce. Top with “cheese”, sliced tomatoes and salami. Bake in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melty. Garnish with the micro-greens (they add a nice, peppery flavor) and slice into quarters.

Voila! So delish, easy and totally last minute!


healthifying my life

26 Sep

WHEW! It has been a whirlwind this past week- thus my lack of posts. But despite my exciting, yet busy, schedule I have been making a concerted effort to eat and be healthier in general.

Since I’ve been attempting to ride the healthy train these past few weeks, I stopped at my local Trader Joe’s for some yummy inspiration and came out with quite a few items to healthify my life.

The raw agave, walnuts and ground flaxseed have been added to my instant oatmeal making for a delicious and nutritious (haha.)  spin on my usually boring oats.

The kale is steamed, the brown rice is heated (thankgodinheaven for TJ’s frozen brown rice), the baked savory tofu is cubed and the edemame is spooned all into a little Gladeware of goodness.

I made my very own dressing from tahini, olive oil, pepper and a biiiit of rice milk. Shake it all up and you have a ridic good, fast and easy lunch on your hands.

Pair with a 6am hot yoga class three days a week and your mom will think you changed your name to Moon Flower and only wear Birkenstocks and stopped shaving your legs and may or may not have a boyfriend from a commune named Running Wolf…

That’s not such a bad thing though, it is?


Moon Flower

semi homemade: whole wheat gnocchi with chevre-spinach tomato sauce

1 Sep


A quick trip to TJ’s yielded a great haul- whole wheat gnocchi, TJ’s tomato sauce, Silver Goat herbed chevre (goat cheese) plus a few other yummies.

Bolstered by a glass of Layer Cake red awaiting my arrival in the kitchen, I whipped up a delish dish with some of my finds.

Adding 3 cups of spinach to the mix boosted the nutritional value as well as lowered my carb count…I was able to stretch this into 3 meals and needless to say, I am quite pleased with myself thank ya very much.



In the mix:

1 package whole wheat gnocchi

1 jar TJ’s classic pasta sauce

~1/4 large roll of Silver Goat herb chevre

3 cups spinach

salt for water

Boil 1 gallon of salted water for the  gnocchi. While boiling water, begin to simmer the sauce adding chunks of the goat cheese, stirring until it becomes a part of the sauce. Add in the spinach allowing it to cook down. Once water is boiling, add in gnocchi and boil for about 2 minutes until the gnocchi float to the top. Drain and add to the sauce. Garnish with a bit of goat cheese and savor!

BAM- comfort food at its best. I’m already looking forward to the leftovers for lunch…

simply homemade: bonding pasta

4 Aug


Waking up slightly groggy this morning was surprisingly enjoyable as I knew it came from a fun night spent chatting and sipping wine with my adorable roommate.

I was ravenous upon getting home from work and trolled the kitchen for whatever food I could find. All that was around was a measly 1/3 bag of brown rice pasta and some left over veggies. I decided to make some pasta for myself and upon her arrival, the roomie. With so little pasta left (hardly enough for two growing girls…), I beefed it up with all of the ripe things lying around that were just screaming to be eaten.


In the mix:

2 small servings of brown rice pasta

2 ripe red tomatoes

2 large handfuls of arugula

1/4 red onion

2 tablespoons evoo

garlic salt

salt and peppah

shaved Parmesan cheese to top

Boil the pasta in salted water until al dente. While that is cooking, sautee the sliced onion in the evoo until soft, adding in the tomatoes, salt pepper and garlic salt to taste, allowing the tomatoes to simmer and shake until soft as well. Throw in a splash of white wine and the arugula, letting it wilt a bit and turn bright green. Toss with the hot pasta and top with the Parmesan.

I chose to serve ours in bowls to up the coziness factor, as well as copious amounts of New Zealand white wine and some damn good conversation…

Do the same, you can thank me later.

semi homemade: burratta and arugula pizza

2 Aug

In much need of some comfort on a dreary Monday, I called mom and begged her to make me dinner. The proposed solution? Homemade pizza. Yes. Please.

Armed with whole wheat dough from TJ’s and a bevy of fantastic topping ideas we set to work on creating the most delish pizza ever.

There was even enough left over to take to work today for lunch. Can it be 1pm yet please?!

In the mix:

1 package whole wheat pizza dough

3/4 ball burratta cheese, sliced

caramelized onions (mom made these before hand- I hear a sprinkle of sugar went into the pan….)

sauteed onions (also made before I got there)

1/4 jar tomato/pizza sauce

fresh arugula

1/4 bag mixed shredded Italian cheeses

Follow directions for the dough, flouring and letting rise for 20 minutes. Spread some cornmeal on the bottom of the round pan and stretch the dough to fit. Spread a bit of olive oil over the dough and spread evenly with sauce. Distribute most of the caramelized onions and top with some cheese, add mushrooms and some more cheese. Bake in hot oven for 5-6 minutes. Sprinkle on a bit of arugula, then pull apart beautiful burratta slices and distribute the blobs lovingly over the pizza. Bake for another 5 minutes, top with more arugula, and bake for another minute or so. Remove from oven and let set for a few minutes before cutting and serving and enjoying with wild abandon.

Oh so affordable, fun and utterly bellissimo!






semi homemade: yogurty goodness

28 Jul

pure nutrition

With a new work schedule and significantly less time in the mornings, I have taken to eating breakfast at work instead of making poached eggs on toast at home as I did before classes.

Luckily, my office has some good options such as oatmeal and Eggo waffles, but on certain mornings I prefer to bring my own Greek yogurt and spice it up a bit.

This morning I went with a very light sprinkling of Kashi GoLean Crunch and a drizzle of agave nectar from TJ’s. It was delicious and filling- not to mention ridiculously full of protein!

Eat breakfast people- there are many easy solutions for the most important meal of the day!



What’s your favorite breakfast solution?