Trader Joe’s Greens, Beans and Grains. Trader Joe’s does a great job catering to the vegan and vegetarian demographic. Just walk down the food aisles and ponder the plethora of options. This is especially true in the frozen section. Vegetarian pizza, vegan hot dogs, chickenless chicken strips. The list goes on for a long time and vegans every where rejoice at shopping at trader’s. Why not? The prices are good and they have a great selection if prepared foods to cater to vegetarians. For full disclosure, I am not a vegetarian but I do eat a wide variety of food and do enjoy many vegetarian/vegan meals.
As with most of the best vegetarian food at Trader Joe’s, this is in the freezer section with the rest of the vegetarian food. I was intrigued by it because it wasn’t your typical Indian dish but supposedly inspired from West Africa. It contains kale, garbanzo beans and peanuts over couscous. I saw some tomatoes in there too.
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Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream. I am a little late on this review, but wanted to make sure I got every single Trader Joe’s speculoos product in the blog. God knows we need more speculoos cookie butter products! In fact, I was talking to one the checkers at my local Trader Joe’s the other day and mentioned that no matter how much speculoos flavored products they throw out there, they just can’t keep them on the shelf! It has really taken the world by storm…
I could say I told you all so, but I told you so! Trader Joe’s might as well spin off a new line of stores called the Everything Speculoos stores. I predicted two years ago they would come out with an Ice Cream (Trader Joe’s can send me a check for suggesting it so long ago!). So now we have four different cookie butters in the jar, cookie butter chocolate cups, plain old speculoos cookies and god knows what I missed. Trader Joe’s will continue to capitalize on this phenomenon for the foreseeable future. I think they could easily have two different ice creams. One with the chocolate swirl and the regular one. But why stop there? Cookie butter pumpkin pie! Speculoos Cookie Butter Xmas house kits! Speculoos flavored bagels? Speculoos bars? Speculoos flavored cheese? Cookie butter flavored syrup (to put on your ice cream!)The possibilities are endless!
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Trader Joe’s Hatch Valley Salsa. I read recently somewhere that production of chilies in New Mexico is at an all time low and they are actually worried that they are going to eventually lose their reputation as the best place to get authentic chilies. There is one thing that might save that repuation and get more acres of chilies planted and that is the Hatch Valley, New Mexico. I firsted starting hearing about these wonderful chilies a couple of years back. I don’t think they were much known outside of New Mexico until recently, but are quickly getting a nationwide reputation as the best chilies in the country, maybe the world.
Hatch Valley, NM is claimed to be the perfect climate for chilies of all types. Think of Hatch Valley as a terrior like wine (Burgundy, Champagne, etc) and in the Hatch valley they grow many types of chilies. Recently the big gourmet grocery stores around here in the Seattle area have started carrying Hatch chilies in the summer when the big harvest happens. They are generally Anaheim style chili peppers, long and light green. I’m sure you can get all types of different chilies from the valley but these seem to be the most popular. There might be a red variation but I’ve never seen them in person.
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