Dudes…Trader Joe’s is always awesome, but it’s awesome DELUXE during the holidays, which is when they reach the peak of their awesomeness because their shelves are packed with seasonal goodies and treats. MMM!
Here are three I’ve been loving lately…
1. Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal
This first one comes in a box with eight pumpkin-flavored packets of what’s essentially next-level upgraded instant oatmeal. It’s on the sweeter side, but it isn’t too sweet (to me), and I love the little bits of pecans.
Sometimes I’ll make it on the stove, or sometimes in the microwave, and I usually use coconut milk (something called “Coconut Beverage,” which comes in a carton in the TJ’s dairy section) to thicken it and make it creamier than it is if if you make it with water.
When it’s ready, I put in a big honkin’ scoop of peanut butter and a quarter cup of whole milk, and it’s enough to keep me going till lunch.
I served it to some house guests a couple weeks ago for breakfast, and everyone was like, “WHAT?! This is the best oatmeal I’ve ever had!”
I have to agree. It’s the best oatmeal I’ve ever had.
2. Organic Pea Soup
Here’s another new fave I just recently tried. I started seeing it at the store about a month ago. It’s their Organic Pea Soup, and it’s next to the pre-made salads, sandwiches and wraps at my TJ’s.
It’s SO GOOD.
You know what they say about soup… The key is time. I think the yummiest soups have so many layers of flavor and taste like they’ve been simmering FOR DAYS. This pea soup tastes like that. It tastes deep, hearty, thick and smoky, like grandma got up at the crack of dawn and cooked it on low heat all day long.
It’s filling, too. I usually get two meals from a single tub.
I like to serve it with a hunk of fresh French bread and a big salad.
By the way, TJ’s also has other yummy-looking soups in the same area, but the only other one I’ve tried is cauliflower…and it was gross! It was bland and kinda lumpy.
3. Rice Pudding
I don’t know if this one’s strictly a fall deal, because I think I’ve seen at other times of year, but I just discovered it, so it counts! 🙂
It’s like super terrific tapioca pudding that isn’t chewy or glue-like in texture…if that makes any sense.
It’s a little like coconuts and vanilla, and it’s juuust a bit sweet, so it really hits the spot when I get a hankerin’ for dessert after dinner. I put a few scoops in a small mug and have it with a cup of Trader Joe’s Berries and Cherries Herbal Tea.
Voila! Sweet tooth satisfied.
Alright, who else is hungry now??
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,