Health, Nutrition, Adventures in Improvement. . .
Ha! It took me a while to figure out what those grape leaves were, beyond shiny packages. I am off my game.CPK salad looks great.Try as I might, I've never been able to get everything I need for a week at TJ's. Not to mention their produce is not really my favorite - I've found it goes bad too quickly, or isn't enough, or the excessive pacakging just frustrates me. But I love seeing a cohesive haul like that, and can't wait to see the goods pop up in yr meals throughout the week!
I definitely will not do it regularly, but it was definitely a fun experiment! The asparagus and broccoli are the only items I've cooked thus far - I've actually purchased asparagus from TJs previously - and they are in great shape! I passed on the bagged greens because while a good price, I like to wash and chop my own kale. I'm most excited to try the chopped veggie mix, as it included a couple of items I rarely pick up.
Yay grape leaves!!! I'm sure you knew I'd zero in on those immediately ;) Trader Joe's actually has pretty good, inexpensive grape leaves. Still jealous of the chai!! The CPK salad looks great, that's one of my favorite salads to get out when it's done right.Trader Joe's definitely has its strengths and I'm with Maud with the produce not being one of them. The Gardein knock offs are a really great deal there though, super inexpensive. I find it great to stock up on pantry items at Trader Joe's and do produce at Whole Foods. Things like almond butter, vanilla extract and other expensive items like that are so much more affordable at TJs :)
Wouldn't you know - these grape leaves are from Whole Foods! Ha! I'll have to look for them at TJs. Now that the pandemonium surrounding its arrival in town has subsided, I can go when I want. ;) I definitely prefer to pick my own produce, but this was a fun experiment! And the brussel sprouts are huge!! Good to know on the baking supplies!
I'll break with the herd -- I like a lot of TJ's Produce. The Organic Gold Potatoes, the Teeny Tiny Taters, the Bananas, the bagged Salads and Broccoli Florets. Don't be like me and eat the entire bag of Orange Chicken, you'll feel very bad afterwards.I'm overdue for one of those CPK Salads. Probably in a couple weeks I'll be picking up carryout for my Friday lunch with Mom.
Advice on the Orange Chicken is noted. I think I remember when that happened...GUESS WHAT I JUST LEARNED?! You can swap out meat for avocado on any of their salads, for free! (This is according to my source, hopefully it is the same at all CPKs.) I wish I had known, but despite its looks - this was not their best roasted veg salad.
Shen is right about the bagged salads for sure! I forgot to mention those but they are very affordable and fresh. The frozen fruit is also really affordable and great to have on hand!
Now that's some good looking shopping! I'd love to have somewhere that had interesting and cheap stuff near me, particularly those chicken bits. Always good to have some ready made stuff in the freezer for when the cooking muse is absent! Also, chai = yum!
Nice haul! I can almost get all my groceries at TJs. I have to say though its a local produce situation not specific to TJs- so your produce could be awesome. I really like the cruciferous crunch blend for a quick stirfry or i treat it like a massaged kale salad. The tempeh is a great price there, more often than not i cube it and toss with soy vay (also at tjs) and bake. And did you notice the wonderful clearly marked "V" in a circle on TJs stuff?? Clearly labeled vegan food!! Be sure to investigate the tofutti and soy ice creams this summer.....Ttrockwood