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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

I would probably die. Almond butter loves me too much, but that sounds AMAZING!

Apr 10, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

YAY-Dates+dill covered goat cheese+candied pecan+Prosciutto... Stuffed/wrapped dates. I made this for Easter, and it was well-received. You just make a cut into the date, take out the pit, stuff it with some goat cheese, stick in a pecan and wrap in prosciutto. I left some unwrapped too.

Apr 08, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015

The warm weather does make me want to workout more so that's grand, but despite all of my efforts, working-out just doesn't seem to show. My new trick is, (besides saving more indulgent and rich dishes for the weekend) if/when I consider buying something really unhealthy, then I return to the fruits and vegetables section and see how much 'good, ripe' fresh fruit I could get for the same amount that the 'unhealthy' item costs, and then usually I switch it out for something healthy.

I will say I have also been trying to schedule/organize nice, 'splurge' dinners with friends which keeps me motivated to workout and eat healthy around those.

Apr 04, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Can't Wait Until Spring Edition! March 2015 [OLD]

Is there a link to the APRIL thread? I searched and could only find old threads...

Apr 03, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

That was the last non-gf item I had months ago.. and maybe that is adding to it, but I recall it was AMAZINGLY chocolatey. (Good thing the gf-flourless cake is amazing otherwise I might miss the babka.) I also brought both items to a party recently, and people loved both of them!
Trader Joe's really does have some amazing chocolate items!

Apr 01, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Anyone else have an odd craving for bananas today? Just curious.

I HATE BANANAS. Please feel free to have all of my share of bananas in the world.

Although I recently had a 3-day craving for m&ms... all I wanted was m&ms. It was bad. So at least your craving is healthy!

GF Expo

Thank you so much for your review! I definitely think I might go because I am new to it as well.

Mar 30, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

GF Expo

The GF expo is coming to my town soon... is it worth the cost? Has anyone gone? Please let me know if you recommend it or not.

Mar 29, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

The other two TJoe's in my area are also out..and they said if you want it, call ahead because it was the most popular item for the month.

Mar 28, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

FYI--If you want the eggplant (in the can), you might want to call ahead. I went to pick it up for a party.. and the TJ's said it was on back-order until May.....

Mar 27, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

FYI: It is not labeled as Kosher--only labeled as Vegan.

Mar 18, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Yes, they had the Jelly Beans, but they were $3.99 or $4.99--and that seemed rather expensive for me (when I'd probably only want 10 or so and then have enough).

Mar 18, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Peanut Butter and. . .

I will also put it out there that my best-friend in college used to make pb&j omelettes.... super odd, but it was actually kind of good.

Mar 16, 2015
GraceW in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I am almost positive that it is... I can check the can tonight.

Mar 16, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

You don't really 'need' to prepare it. It comes in a can with tomatoes and onions--so you can either eat it out of the can or incorporate it into a dish (like pasta or with pita bread, maybe?).

Mar 15, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Chunks of eggplant... however, you could easily break it up because it is very fluid.

Mar 15, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Yes--not even on the website yet.

Mar 14, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I think that it should be called "yummy dinner in a can."

Mar 14, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

YAY-Grecian style eggplant with tomatoes (in a can)--very tasty albeit oily.. I just love eggplant.

NAY-Brown rice bars. I had one and almost broke my teeth! I never take things back, but I hope to return them.

NAY-Inner bean. Eww, I guess if you like refried beans you will like these. I was grossed out.

(They were out of the kettle-style popcorn-chips.. NOOOOO, they're my favorite weekend treat!!!)

Mar 14, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Peanut Butter and. . .

Peanut butter and fig spread (either the WHF one or the TJ one)

Peanut butter, chex cereal, and chocolate chips... MUDDY BUDDIES. I think I go through peanut butter super fast when the muddy buddies addiction strikes back up again.

Note: because I could go through a jar a week, I don't even buy it anymore. If/when I have a craving I get one of those single-packs by Justin's.

Mar 13, 2015
GraceW in General Topics

$40 for Two Croissants... Would you buy that?

Wow--$60 bagel would also be impressive.

Mar 09, 2015
GraceW in General Topics

$40 for Two Croissants... Would you buy that?

I don't know.. especially the second picture, they just don't look that big to me. It looks like a sandwich.

Mar 09, 2015
GraceW in General Topics
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$40 for Two Croissants... Would you buy that?

I absolutely cannot believe--even though these are supposedly giant--that these two croissants from WS are $40! Wow; I think I paid like 1-2 Euros in Paris for a croissant.. do we really need $20 croissants here?

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Mar 08, 2015
GraceW in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

The kind in the tube.

Mar 08, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

UNDECIDED???-Partially popped popcorn. I won't be buying them again, but this might be the first product in TJ history that I just have no decisive YAY or NAY on because I kept eating them, but I am not sure if I liked them.

YAY-Organic Polenta. It's gluten free, organic, and kosher. I haven't been super into polenta since college (where it was often the vegan option), but I will definitely be buying this again.

MEH-Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies in the paper-bag in the bakery section. These were just too rich/heavy for me. However, they remind me of the big brownie hunks that were in B&Jerry's ice cream (if I remember correctly).

Mar 06, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Old Brownie recipe, bad results lately?

If you want to use Baker's... I had good luck with this recipe when I was growing-up. I think there was a change in Baker's chocolate in the last few years, but with 2 cups of sugar, you don't notice a thing.
http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/b...

Mar 03, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Can't Wait Until Spring Edition! March 2015 [OLD]

There is definitely a lot of winter left. I stopped weighing myself because I don't believe the number reflects obvious progress--my clothes fit better, and I feel better--that is what matters.

I still take Saturday as an off-day and can have whatever I want, but I do make it to the gym every day which I think makes the big difference because then everything that I eat I know in the back of my mind I am double-checking myself: "Will this fuel my body or make me feel gross?"

I plan to make some (gf) breaded eggplant stacks this month whenever I get enough free-time.

Mar 02, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Yes, that is one of the things that I REALLY miss, and I wish they made a gluten-free version.

Feb 26, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The Winter Doldrums Edition! February 2015 [OLD]

All the best with your knee replacement! Feel better!

Feb 24, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

One more addition--
NAY--Trader Joe's Caramel sauce (probably had a fake-sounding French name)--originally I was going to put this on the brownies. However, I tasted some on the back of a spoon. Nasty: too sweet.

(Querencia, I love that stanza. Thanks!)

Feb 21, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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