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Old 10-06-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
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Anyone else find Trader Joes to be a great answer for being to lazy to cook? Their frozen food sections really have everything and a person can warm up food in minutes. What do you guys think?

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Old 10-06-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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I love Trader Joes. My favorite is their croissant's that you bake fresh. After eating those, it's hard to go back to the packaged kind. I also love their orange chicken.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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I love to shop at TJ's but they've got serious parking problems, at least the one in Silverlake, where I go.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:29 PM   #4
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TJ's is always in my head when it comes to food items. For example, my roomie doesn't like black beans (which I love for mexican meals), but likes refried beans. TJs has refried black beans. Voila. They have some killer salad dressings, including a pear vinagrette with gorganzola cheese and a low-fat parmesan ranch dressing. Also I love their 100 calorie pack cookie snacks, and the price is right. Big thumbs up for TJs from this working chef.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:31 PM   #5
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My Trader Joe favorites?

All of their ethnic "simmer sauces"
Frozen potsticker dumplings
Frozen eggrolls
various noodles & noodle mixes
Asian dipping sauces
various pickles
pasta sauces


Frankly - there are very few things I've bought from Trader Joe's that I haven't enjoyed.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:36 PM   #6
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couple years back i did a whole christmas eve dinner with frozen stuff from tj. they have lots of products in small serving sizes. it was well received . don't get there very often. it is way on the other side of town.

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Old 10-06-2008, 07:05 PM   #7
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I love TJ's, as well. Is it true that it is owned by Aldi?
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:05 PM   #8
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I am a HUGE TJ fan!! favorite items....? Where shall I begin....
Frozen terriyaki chicken breast in strips
Frozen Tempura!!! Awsome!
frozen veggie birds nests
ALL THEIR CHEESES!
fresh bread very yummy!
pea crisps (chip section)
simmering sauces!
frozen individual servings of Jasmine rice or brown rice
decent wines at great prices
ok I think you guys got the point...or shall I go on?
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:12 PM   #9
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I love Trader Joes. My favorite is their croissant's that you bake fresh. After eating those, it's hard to go back to the packaged kind. I also love their orange chicken.
I love Trader Joe's underbaked breads that you just put in the oven and bake fresh. I also like combining their orange chicken with their shrimp fried rice haha. O and I cant forget about their chips and salsa. I always buy a jar of salsa and the organic corn tortilla chips.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:15 PM   #10
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My list almost mirrors BreezyCooking's. My favorite, for a quick healthy meal, is their simmer sauces. I always have Trader Joe's frozen veggies on hand so What I do is set the rice cooker before I leave for work and have it have the rice done at a specific time (usually 6:30). I cut up some chicken and cook it up in a frying pan then add one of the simmer sauces and a few handfuls of frozen veggies and cook until the veggies are heated. Serve over the rice and you have a healthy delicious meal for very little money and in very little time.

If you do not have time to make the rice then you can use one of TJ's already cooked rices. We really enjoy one of the wild rice blends. There is also a grain mix that has Israeli couscous and 3 other grains that is delicious and cooks up in minutes.
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