I’m not vegan nor am I vegetarian. I’m skeptical at best when it comes to those items as far as taste goes. So I picked up Trader Joe’s Vegan Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels. I’ve had Morningstar Farm’s “chicken” burgers and they weren’t bad. So I gave this a shot. What it is “chicken” thats been battered and fried the way you would get in a Chinese restaurant. It was completely surprising to me that it was very good. You might even be able to sneak it past a regular carnivore without them knowing. It wasn’t as thick as a regular nugget, nor was it as moist, but when you cut it open it does look like chicken. So here is what you get for $2.99…
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Summer doesn’t last forever. But the flavors of summer should. Fresh fruit is one of those classic summer flavors. The mango flavor in Trader Joe’s Mango Macarons were bright and refreshing. This flavor has been in Trader Joe’s for a while, so hopefully it will stick around. Here is what you get for $4.99 per box.
The pros: These are a solid choice in the freezer section. They are seasonal. The entire package is the same flavor
The cons: If you do not enjoy the flavor of mango, then reach for the Macaron Variety Pack or the Chocolate and Vanilla package.
Craving chocolate and crunch at the same time? Love chocolate lava cake and pillowy soft macarons? Look no further than Trader Joe’s Molten Chocolate Macarons. You get two large macarons that go into your microwave. It’s the taste of a large macaron and a center that will remind you of a chocolate lava cake….
Trader Joe’s is so good about expanding the culinary horizon beyond what you find in the traditional supermarket. If you’ve ever been in a Trader Joe’s, keeping most items stocked is a challenge even for the best run store. Some days you can find an item, some days you can’t. In the freezer section, next to the Indian entrees was something I hadn’t seen before: Bibimbap. If you have no idea what this is, it’s a Korean dish with beef, rice, and veggies. I’ve never had it elsewhere so I have nothing to compare it to. So here is what I had while enjoying Trader Joe’s Bibimbap Bowl…
I’ve reviewed other Trader Joe’s Gnocchi such as Trader Joe’s Gnocchi alla Sorrentina and Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Sage (which for the record is my absolute favorite). So being unable to find my favorite flavor that I had purchased the week before, I picked up the Sorrentina and this one, Trader Joe’s Gnocchi alla Gorgonzola.
Gorgonzola is similar to blue cheese, just an Italian variation. So I was curious by this one. I found this to be completely confusing flavor, but my husband loved it. If you like a gnocchi alfredo with the subtle taste of bleu cheese this is likely for you. Blue cheese of any variety has the potential to overwhelm any dish, but that was not the case here. It was enough blue cheese to muddle the alfredo flavor.
So what do you get for $2.99?…
Even breakfasts can be a lazy event for me. I want something filling and not something that will cost me an hour workout later in the day. If you enjoy oatmeal in the morning and enjoy the texture of a risotto you’ll probably like Trader Joe’s Frozen Steel Cut Oatmeal. For $1.69 you are paying for comfort of knowing oatmeal with texture (unlike instant oatmeal) is ready in under 4 minutes or less. There is no way to get steelcut oatmeal ready in that amount of time. It’s still less than what you might pay at your local McDonalds and for far less in the calorie count. Don’t let the picture on the package fool you either, you’ll have to add your own brown sugar and fruit if you so choose to….
This is one frozen entree that is frequently unavailable is Trader Joe’s Palak Paneer. I wasn’t sure what to think of it just looking at the package. I’ve enjoyed their other Indian dishes such as the Trader Joe’s Vegan Tikka Masala, Trader Joe’s Lamb Vindaloo, Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken, Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala and my personal favorite the Trader Joe’s Paneer Tikka Masala Review. What I enjoyed most about the Paneer Masala was the Spinach flavored rice and the Paneer itself. This one is called Palak Paneer because Palak means Spinach. Can this dish be supplemented, yes, the back of the box give you recommendations to serve this with rice. Being that this is my lunch I’m having it without, but I’d highly recommend this with rice….
As we head towards colder weather, is there anything more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of risotto? If the idea of slaving over a stove for at least 20-30 minutes doesn’t do it for you, Trader Joe’s Asparagus Risotto package will get it down to 5 minutes flat in a microwave. The taste was as close to homemade as I’ve ever had and is one of the best risottos I’ve had in the freezer section. My only regret is they only offer the Asparagus which some people might not find appealing. But it is definitely an item that should not be overlooked while in the freezer section at Trader Joes….
Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs. The ultimate oxymoron. I grabbed this bag on a whim after trying the Trader Joe’s Vegan Tikka Masala. I have to be honest, if some had given me the Tikka I would have never have known that meat was not a part of it. So I figured, why not give another Vegan dish a try. I don’t feel like I’m eating rabbit food on this one. So here is the breakdown of what you are getting:…
Yes, I know I reviewed other varieties of macarons from Trader Joes. I’ve even included a recipe to make your own macarons. I am very well aware that I’ve encouraged people to Deep Fat Fry your Macarons. This review is on Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Macarons a seasonal flavor that makes an appearance in the fall.
However, like Christmas in August, it’s September and everything is coming up Pumpkin. It’s still early and I haven’t had my fill of pumpkin just let, I figured I’d give these a go. They can easily be missed in the freezer aisle at Trader Joe’s as the box, if not looking closely looks a lot like not so seasonal Mango Macarons….
I’m not vegan and for the most part I’m very doubtful when it comes to trying anything labeled as such. I have the image of bunny food and tofu and the knowledge that I will walk away less than satisfied. But I was wrong with Trader Joe’s Vegan Tikka Masala.
This dish took me by surprise. The “meat” fooled me. If you had put this dish in front of me and not told me it was vegan I would have been none the wiser. The meat tasted like a perfectly shaped meatball. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything at all. This is a standout in the Indian section as is Trader Joe’s Paneer Tikka Masala and Trader Joe’s Fish Korma Curry….
Another day, another excuse to not get my kitchen dirty. I love gnocchi. I know how to make it. It takes time which quite frankly I don’t have. There are a lot of high quality gnocchi products in the market. Many of which requires a pot of boiling water which in hot weather is unappealing to do. Enter Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Sage.
I’ll admit, I love all things sweet potato. Especially fries, but that will be another post. So let’s break down the product from Trader Joe’s. …
I’m not always the best about packing my lunch. It’s good to have certain meals available in the freezer at work. This is another selection from the Indian food in the Trader Joe’s Lamb Vindaloo. My full thoughts follow the pictures below….
So another box from the Trader Joe’s frozen Indian cuisine. I can honestly say I’ve never had Butter Chicken out. It also goes by another name murgh makhani, but that is no where on the package. What does Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken consist of? Plain Basmati rice and a spicy chicken curry. How spicy is this batch? As spicy as mild chicken wings in a bar, where there is heat but there is no pain….
There are times company comes by expectedly or without any warning. Whatever the case is, there are handy items to keep in the freezer if you are just having a cup of tea and want something sweet. Be warned, if you are not familiar with macarons, they are light and somewhat sweet, they are not made with regular flour like most cookies, they are made with almond flour. So if you have a nut allergy, steer clear….
Welcome to another edition of “I’ve had a long week and I need to pull something out of the freezer.” In one of my most recent trips to Trader Joe’s involved stocking up for what is turning out to be a crazy week. I love ordering Paella out, but there are 2 types of Paella. Real Paella and seafood with rice “paella.” The later is totally fake. Trader Joe’s Seafood Paella is pretty good for a freezer bag….
If you are like me, Indian was not a familiar flavor in my household growing up. In fact, in an Irish-American household salt and pepper were exotic and frequently only placed on the table at holidays. They were frequently not passed around, nor were they used in my lifetime.
That same salt and pepper shaker were my grandparents, which means that that salt and pepper is likely half a century old if no longer. In other words, it probably wouldn’t taste like much. So Indian is definitely a foreign, but now much embraced flavor. So I ventured outside of my comfort zone and tried Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala. I’m glad I did….
I’ve reviewed Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala in the freezer section. In actuality, Trader Joe’s Paneer Tikka Masala was the first Indian food I tried from their line of Indian cuisine in the freezer section. I looked at the picture, had no clue what Paneer was. I falsely assumed it was chicken somehow I was genuinely fooled. It could very easily pass as the most tender chicken you’ll ever eat (it’s cheese by the way, not chicken). Paneer for anyone who is unfamiliar with it, is like a cottage cheese that is pressed into cubes much like a ricotta salata….
It’s completely possible that you have relied on a freezer meal at least once or twice in your life. I’ve eaten things like Lean Cuisines and SmartOnes in an effort to deal with both laziness, not packing a lunch regularly, not wanting to go out to lunch and not wanting to spend $10 on lunch. Yes, even a lazy dinner can be added to this list.
Now, Trader Joe’s Shrimp Tacos were awesome, but I will warn you, they are a bit misleading if you go by the picture alone….