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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition

Yes, I quit the baking thread a long time ago, and it has really helped.--Good work on turning things around despite the storm-craze.

Jan 26, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Thanks for the details. I definitely would not want food-oriented cards--especially because my family told me before Thanksgiving: "It's not always about the food"... so apparently they aren't into food.

Currently they have some very beautiful nature-oriented blank cards at my TJoe's.

Jan 25, 2015
GraceW in Chains

'Check ingredients' for Gluten

Thank you so much for your reply. I found your information very helpful because I don't mind reading every label.. I just didn't know what other words to look for besides 'wheat,' barley', etc.

Thanks!

Jan 25, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

'Check ingredients' for Gluten

I thought only obvious processed foods with wheat and other grains would be gluten-containing foods. However, I have recently been told to check the ingredients on other seemingly GF things--flavored coffee, tea, sauces, marinades, deli meat, soy sauce, etc.--because they can have gluten-containing ingredients. What exactly am I looking for? Any notice of other names/ingredients would be helpful.

I am just confused about these additional, hidden sources of gluten.

Jan 25, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

Gluten-free crackers for cheese course?

I have to agree with Pamela... I love Crunchmaster crackers, and if you have a Sam's membership, they also have them there.

Jan 24, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

BOXED HOLIDAY CARDS?!--We didn't even have those at our TJoe's. Maybe they were testing them out at select stores.

The french macarons are obviously better FAR BETTER than the meringues, but if you like really sweet things, almost like a hardened marshmallow then you might like the meringues. I have also crushed them up and had them with strawberries.

Jan 24, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

YAY-The greeting-cards just get better each month. I always buy at least one default BIRTHDAY card to keep in my office desk.. but this month a lot of the 'Thank you' and Valentines cards were very pretty.

YAY-Cara oranges. Taste like candy--almost too sweet.

YAY-Vanilla meringue cookies. I dip them in coffee and then sprinkle unsweetened cocoa on them. (Plus they are gluten free.)

YAY-All smoked salmon at TJ.

YAY-Truffle marcona almonds. Worth $7, I think

NAY-A lot of items were missing at my store... including the French brown butter popcorn which I promised to a friend and gluten free mac & cheese.

Jan 24, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Trader Joe's did that to me.. years ago I had an uncooked hunk in the 'Just Chicken' package .. and it was all so nasty that now I am back to no-chicken, only fish.

Jan 19, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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The definitive gluten free "BEST OF" list! Please add your favorite retail GF stuff.

Glutino Yogurt Covered pretzels.. very expensive but worth it. If you need a sweet indulgence, these have a great crunch and delightful yogurt taste,

Jan 17, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition

In case this is relevant to anyone--I think bone broth (despite the horrid taste and bad smell if you warm it up) is really helping. I feel full and satisfied, especially in the morning when medication makes food not appetizing. I have also noticed my nails and skin have improved.

Whole Foods is the only place that has it, for about $5--although I am sure you can make your own. It has 9 grams of protein in 1 cup.

Jan 16, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

NAY-Medium tail-off shrimp.... medium? These should be called 'Micro-shrimp tail-off shrimp.' They taste fine, but I suppose next time I will be buying the large shrimp.

Jan 11, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

AHhhhh! I already need more popcorn chips.. the bag only lasted one day!

Jan 11, 2015
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

YAY-I think? for the Himalayan Salt with Truffles--I am not sure what to do with it. But I did something pretty sinful. I put it on the kettle popped popcorn-chips... it made them even better. But I couldn't recall if people hated this product or not...

YAY-frozen strawberries are always a dollar cheaper than any other store.

YAY-Shrimp stirfry, plus more shrimp, plus lots of frozen vegetables... this is pretty much the majority of my dinners

YAY again-Kettle-popped popcorn chip things.. I am not tempted by any sweets, candies, etc., as long as I promise myself a bag of these for $1.99

Jan 10, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

Maybe a year ago I had the almond danish ring, and it was extremely dry and gross. I did not think it was worth the calories or money.

Jan 09, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition

Thanks, I am trying to incorporate bone broth into my daily diet. We shall see.

Jan 08, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition

I found out I have a digestive disorder so I am just trying to 'eat simply'--focus on eating protein when I can. I did try to eat normal foods during the holidays.. but it is always painful. Otherwise, yay: liquids and protein in small servings through out the day.

Despite this limited diet, I doubt I have lost any weight because I haven't been exercising much--due to pain or lack of energy. I am taking a protein-supplement too, so maybe that will kick in one of these days.

Stay healthy and strong.

Jan 06, 2015
GraceW in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015

YAY--Chocolate Babka. This is so much better than that chocolate ganache ring. I brought it to our Christmas Day brunch.. the entire thing was gone in 2-3 minutes.

Jan 02, 2015
GraceW in Chains
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Schaumburg restaurants

Yes I agree with Yu's Mandarin--it is always full of people because it is delicious.

Dec 30, 2014
GraceW in Chicago Area

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I think maybe there's a box of chocolate near Valentine's.. but not really much else.

Dec 22, 2014
GraceW in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

YAY-All of the seasonal products are basically gone at my TJ's.. which means it is a safe place now.

YAY-Shrimp stirfry.. it is just shrimp with vegetables.. but the pepper seasoning is amazing, and I bought it with the Beijing vegetables with sauce, so if you mix them together it is all excellent.

YAY-Greeting cards. I pretty much say this each month, but love'em.

Dec 22, 2014
GraceW in Chains

Weight Watchers Foodies - From the Frying Pan into the Fire Edition! December 2014 [Old]

Oh man. Due to multiple days of medical procedures, I wasn't allowed to eat Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, or today... I could only eat Tuesday. I am so hungry!! I definitely plan to snag an extra Christmas cookie this year. :)

Dec 18, 2014
GraceW in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

No I believe they didn't include the greens--they were in a bag. However, I'd rake any radishes, over none.

Dec 17, 2014
GraceW in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

YAY YAY YAY-Trader Joe's finally has radishes! I am not sure if they are only seasonal or what, but I love radishes so this was great.

Yay-ish-Trader Joe's white chocolate chips are good. They don't taste too, too sweet to me.

Yay-Scone mix. I don't like scones and don't eat them, but I needed a gift to go in a box with tea and coffee.. so I made the boxed chocolate chip scones (added in the rest of those white chocolate chips). The scones took 2-steps and will definitely be enjoyed by my scone loving friends.

Dec 14, 2014
GraceW in Chains

Coffee Before Your Meal - Love it !

I always drink coffee--especially with dinner. People think it is odd--especially because no one drinks coffee in my family. But I don't care. Coffee is my only remaining pleasure.

Dec 07, 2014
GraceW in General Topics

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Pierre Herme-pate de fruit were out of this world--very expensive but WORTH every penny.

Dec 05, 2014
GraceW in France

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Yes, the danish chocolate ring is smaller and NOT a kringle. It is in a plastic, clear box. I had it a long time ago (maybe last year? or several months ago), but for me it was NAY NAY NAY.. not worth the calories because it was dry and tasteless. Very dry.

Dec 03, 2014
GraceW in Chains

Weight Watchers Foodies - From the Frying Pan into the Fire Edition! December 2014 [Old]

When someone offers me treats.. I just think: "No, save room for Christmas--everything tastes better on Christmas."

It really helps.

Dec 03, 2014
GraceW in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Yes, I bet the wreath is low-carb.

Weight Watchers Foodies - From the Frying Pan into the Fire Edition! December 2014 [Old]

Due to illness, I have been mostly eating soft or liquid-type food. Thanksgiving was scary because I had solid food, but I am getting back on my liquid-plan now to avoid digestive-problems.

Regardless, my main plan is still this; the holiday is one day. Celebrate on that day; there is no reason to have treats beforehand (especially if/when they cause me pain).

Dec 01, 2014
GraceW in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

Then maybe hop over to the "BEST SEASONAL/Holiday thread" too... Enjoy!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/992585

Dec 01, 2014
GraceW in Chains
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