Cooking with Trader Joe's

>> Wednesday, January 27, 2010

During a recent visit with my cousin I discovered that Trader Joe's has a cookbook
(Well, two actually, however this is the one I really investigated){amazon for $19.77}

I realize some of you may not have a Trader Joe's near you or maybe you haven't even heard of Trader Joe's but I have to say that as a working Mom, Trader Joe's is many things dear to me.
a) Its easy!
I can buy frozen meals that are completely ready aside from a short amount of time with a frying pan.
b) It's healthy!
Many organic and fresh products means healthy.
c) It's affordable.

When I saw that Tracy had the cookbook, I became mildly obessed with scouring the pages.
I also took the time to write some down so I could test them before making the investment in the book.

I've tried cooking from cookbooks but I always need 50 ingredients that end up going bad before I can use them in another recipe. Not only have the recipes I have tried been AWE-SOME they have had minimal ingredients, have been beyond easy, and they make me feel both healthy & successful.
I'm pretty sure I just struck culinary gold!

Here are 2 recipes I tried and L O V E D.
You give them a shot and decide if this cookbook could make you feel like a brand new woman :)

Pasta Alla Checca
8 oz linguine pasta
1 8 oz container refrigerated Fresh Burschetta Sauce
1/4 cup grated parm cheese
1 8 oz container Ciliegine, fresh mozarella balls
1/4 cup chopped basil

1. Cook pasta
2. add burschetta and parm cheese. mix well to coat pasta evenly
3. Stir in mozzarella balls gently. Top with basil and serve

Chipotle Turkey Chili

1 1/4 lb ground turkey
1 medium onion chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz can organic black beans
3/4 cup refried black beans
1/2 cup chipotle salsa
2 tbsp barbecure sauce

1. heat olive oil in medium saucepan over med heat. cook onions 5 mins. add ground turkey and cook until brown. add ground cumin and cook 1 min longer
2. add remaining ingredients. refried beans need to be broken up and stirred into the chili and dissolved.
3. when chili comes to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 mins.
4. garnish with cheese and serve.


KarenSue January 27, 2010 at 3:41 AM  

I have never been to Trader Joe's. I think the nearest one is in Atlanta. That's an 8 hour drive! A woman in the check out line at Publix had a Trader Joe's bag. I have heard and read so much about them. I want to go. I will be getting this cookbook.
Happy day to you.

Shannon January 27, 2010 at 7:03 AM  

I have that book! And loooooooove it.

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things January 27, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

oh. my. mouth is watering.

WOW. I need to read my own book... ;)


Anna Liesemeyer January 27, 2010 at 7:23 AM  

seriously?? I LOOOOVE Trader Joe's!
Thanks for the tip and recipe-yum!

stephanie January 27, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

omg i'm hungry now. i LOVE trader joe's (but we don't have one in alaska). i went to one when i was in the seattle area - and bought tons of meringues!

Mary (Mary's Monday Musicology) January 27, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

And now I'm starving! I love Trader Joes and don't know what I would do without one nearby. My heart belongs to Joe.

Megan January 27, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

Yummmmm! My dilemma as to "what's for dinner" is solved! Thanks!

Prolific Living January 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

And to think that my cousin Deana wrote this book. I am ever so proud of her! Go Trader Joe's and Go Deana!!!!

Jennifer January 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

you are a girl after my own heart! I have been meaning to lot into this cookbook. I HATE cooking this may really change my life. Do you remember the month when they published full meals in the Flyer. That was the bomb I bought every ingredient. :)
I will be ordering this cookbook.

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