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Showing posts from April, 2018

Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry

It's hard to believe, for strangers and myself at times, that I've been married for almost three years and that this blog as been around for longer than that. And in the past few years of marriage, I am blessed and thankful to say that A and I have hardly ever argued, which is kind of what we both expected given our temperaments. But the one time we did have a semi-serious but mostly facetious argument was about rice. Yes, rice is a very touchy subject in our household. There is only one thing, in A's mind at least, that constitutes rice - white rice. And if there is one thing, out of all the not-white-rices that I like to eat, that is definitely NOT rice - it's riced cauliflower. Please note the distinction between riced cauliflower (an acceptable term in our house) and cauliflower rice (oh no you do not say that in this house...NOOOOOOOO). 

Trader Joe's Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl

These days, in a meager attempt to eat healthier, waste less food, and generally spend less on unnecessary things, I haven't been making it around to TJ's as much (once every two weeks as opposed to multiple times a week LOL :P). So yes, I usually see things on social media before I know to look for them in store.  And when I saw this, I thought to myself, oh no. I can't believe they went there. I can't believe I'm going to spend a good amount of money for a small amount of food. Such was actually the case. 

Trader Joe's Seasoned Kale Chips

I have long avoided Trader Joe's kale chips because the only thing I like more than spending money is saving it. And to me, spending extra on a small 2 oz package of something easily homemade with minimal effort is enough to solicit an eye roll, unless the product tastes better than what I can replicate in my humble kitchen. In any event, these plopped into my hands by way of a friend. Who am I to refuse a Trader Joe's snack? :P

Trader Joe's Gochujang Spicy Korean Style Hot Pepper Paste

As far as Korean or Korean-ish things from TJ's, I've tried Korean-style sausages, Korean-style BBQ sauce, pajeon or Korean pancake, and even kimchi (gochujang almonds too, but I don't really feel like that counts...). Although not all attempts at replicating Korean or Korean-ish/Korean-American cuisine have been particularly successful IMO, I definitely appreciate the attempts. And now the fact that a distinctly Korean condiment has landed on TJ shelves means that the forward thinking TJ's buyers think it's ready for middle America. That's awesome. :P 

Trader Joe's Cheddar Rocket Crackers

I have a confession to make. In the two weeks since a Whole Foods (affectionately known on this blog as Whole Paycheck) opened near my house, I've been there three times. How many trips have I made to Trader Joe's? Zero. And the worst part is this - I don't feel guilty. Is this micro-cheating? Is this the beginning of a Whole Paycheck blog? Noooooooooo. At the end of the day, the only thing I like more than spending money is saving it, so I'd say TJ's still takes the edge. Especially when delicious snacks are involved.