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Trader Joe’s Uncured Sliced Pastrami

pastramiboxTrader Joe’s All Natural Uncured Sliced Pastrami is not preserved, you must keep it refrigerated below 40ºF at all times, according to the front of the box.  TJ’s is very serious about their deli meat. I’ve bought pastrami at my local grocery store before when I had a craving for it, but never really expected much in terms of flavor. I could have gone to the deli for better pastrami but that gets expensive fast! TJ’s Uncured Sliced Pastrami is the best pre-packaged deli meat I’ve tried.  Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Uncured Sliced Pastrami”

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Trader Joe’s Pastrami on Brioche Toasts

I like to call these, Pastrami bites! These are a great snack or lunch depending on how hungry you are at the time. The Pastrami Bites were created out of necessity when we ran out of bread and wanted a late night sandwich. I went to the fridge and pantry and pulled out the following ingredients: TJ’s Uncured Sliced Pastrami, TJ’s Brioche, TJ’s Yellow Mustard, TJ’s Sliced Muenster cheese, and TJ’s Sauerkraut with Pickled Persian Cucumbers.

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Trader Joe’s Gin and Watermelon Cooler Drink

I’m going to call this drink, TJ’s Watermelon Cooler Tonic. This is a very refreshing drink I made this weekend for friends joining us for a BBQ feast. This will be my go to drink while at the pool this summer. Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Gin and Watermelon Cooler Drink”

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almond Laceys

frontTJ’s Dark Chocolate Almond Laceys are permanently on our weekly shopping list. Each week we buy one for my husband to take to work. This is his afternoon pick me up snack. Who can blame him, they are very satisfying. You get toffee and chocolate all in one. They are thin and crunchy. There is also a milk chocolate version of these cookies for those who don’t like the bitterness of the dark chocolate. Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almond Laceys”

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Trader José’s Carnitas (with recipe)

Trader José, no way? That right, Trader Joe’s uses different names for different ethic foods. Trader  José is the name on many of its’ Mexican foods. Trader Giottos’s is the name for their Italian food, Trader Ming’s (Chinese) & Trader Jacque’s (French) there are many more names but I won’t go into all of them, the list is long.

Growing up the only taco I ever knew was from a box. My childhood taco consisted of ground beef, sauce from a packet, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and a hard taco shell. It was so yummy! Great childhood memories. But now I’ve tried the not out of the box taco and there is no going back. Continue reading “Trader José’s Carnitas (with recipe)”

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Trader Joe’s Ts & Js Sour Gummies

useforfrontI’m a child of the 80’s and I ate a lot of candy and watched a lot of TV (Nickelodeon, mostly). Heck, my parents would give me money to go to the gas station or store down the street to buy candy with friends. Oh, I miss those summers. My go to favorites were always banana flavored Laffy Taffy and WarHeads. It was so much fun to see who could keep the super sour WarHeads in their mouth the longest. I’m proud to say I usually won.

Now, as an adult I still eat a lot of candy and watch a lot of TV. BUT my taste in candy has changed. Except for the fact artificial banana flavor is still my favorite  flavor. Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Ts & Js Sour Gummies”

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Trader Joe’s Creamy Polenta with Spinach & Carrots


TJ’s Creamy Polenta with spinach and carrots was recommended to me by my best friend Bradley. I’ve always been a fan of ready made polenta. This is the first time I’ve bought it frozen. Polenta is not hard to make from scratch but having it ready-made is a time saver and I can’t really tell a difference in flavor. One bag is big enough for a family of four. Half the bag is perfect for my husband and I to not have leftovers. Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Creamy Polenta with Spinach & Carrots”

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Trader Joe’s Citrus Chicken Salad

TJ’s Citrus Chicken Salad is a great lunch for work or home. This salad has so many different ways you can make it your own. If I’m eating it at home I like to add extra lime juice. The lime slice is often tiny and does not add much flavor. I also like to add a little extra cilantro. It’s even better when I can heat up the chicken in a pan or in the microwave. Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Citrus Chicken Salad”

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Trader Joe’s Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries (aka not Pop-Tarts)

boxfrontWhen I wake up in the morning the first thing I think about is, how can I best consume a whopping 400 calories on breakfast?  Alright, I don’t but lets just say I was surprised to see how many calories are in one package. It’s 200 per pastry that’s 400 if I eat the 2 pastries in a pouch.

Then I was even more surprised when I compared them to a real Pop-Tart, they are pretty much identical in calories and carbs. By the way, on the Pop-Tart’s nutritional info webpage it’s pretty terrible because they state how Pop-Tarts are a great source of real fruit, vitamins and minerals. Yet among all the terrible ingredients they still use artificial coloring like Blue 1. I sound like such a millennial, I know. Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries (aka not Pop-Tarts)”

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Trader Joe’s Candied Pecans


I love these nuts! Giggles to self. These are a great snack for those who are A) not allergic to nuts and B) not diabetic. The bag says it all: great for salad or snacking. I use these most often chopped up in an arugula salad. When I snack on these I try not to eat too many since they are high in sugar and the bag is a bit small. I could say more but these are just plain good yummy nuts. Continue reading “Trader Joe’s Candied Pecans”