I can’t believe I actually have a food post to share with you guys. It’s a rarity these days, I know. I have just been waiting to be inspired. I’m glad it happened!
Truthfully, this recipe isn’t anything spectacular on the surface. Just a few ingredients I threw together that ended up tasting great. And it’s good for those of us who like to save money on meals :)
“Soyrizo” with brown rice & veggies (about 3-4 servings)
- 1 package of Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo (aka vegan spicy faux sausage) – $1.99 by the way!
- Organic brown rice (I cooked 1 cup + 2 cups water in my steamer/rice cooker, not sure how much that came out to)
- 1 package of Steamfresh garlic baby peas & mushrooms – $1.49
- Steam rice first since that takes a good 45-50 minutes (but is so worth it to me)
- Remove soy chorizo from casing (you have to squeeze it out) and begin heating in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat
- Cook peas & mushrooms in the microwave per the bag’s directions
- Add cooked peas & mushrooms to chorizo on the stove and mix together well until everything seems to be cooked enough
- Place a scoop of brown rice in your bowl, then add a couple scoops of chorizo-veggie mixture and stir :)
It’s also not the most attractive thing but it’s tasty (spicy!), cheap and filling! I can’t put a price on the brown rice really since I just used a cup dry and I buy a huge bag that lasts me forever. But based on the other two ingredients, I’m guessing this meal would only cost $1-2/per serving.
It could easily feed you and a couple of friends or you and your kids or just you for 3 meals like me :)
I used cereal bowls but they were piled pretty high! The above picture was taken about 2/3 of the way through lunch today, when I had the bright idea to blog about this new “recipe” of mine.
- My first visit to Trader Joe’s (seesaraheat.wordpress.com)
Well, there was no way I was going on opening day or even the weekend because I knew it would be crazy busy. I went today around 4:00 and while the parking lot was crowded and there were plenty of people in the store, it was easy to get around and I didn’t have to wait in line but for a few minutes to check out. I went up and down every aisle and was there less than an hour. Score!
So what did I get?
- Diet root beer (6-pack)
- Roasted veggie no cheese pizza
- Strawberry and peach soy yogurt
- Non dairy creamer (for Josh)
- Edamame with red chile and garlic (so excited to try this!)
- Frozen veg panang curry with rice
- Chipotle pepper hummus
- Veg soy chorizo
- Masala veggie burgers (4-pack)
- Twin pack of sprouted tofu
Now for the really shocking part. How much did all of this cost me? I would have expected much more than $26!!!
Granted, I only got stuff for me this time and didn’t happen to need any produce but I still can’t imagine ever spending more than $50 here in a single trip. I would bet that the same stuff above at Whole Foods or another grocery store would have run me more like $40. I was happy.
A couple of things worth noting: the roasted vegetable pizza was the most expensive thing on my receipt at $4.29. The Amy’s roasted veggie pizza I usually buy which is almost identical is $6.49 and that’s at Kroger where it seems to be the cheapest. On the down side, I didn’t realize it until I got home and drank one that the Hansen’s diet soda contains Splenda. Stevia is the only “artificial” sweetener I like to use but I guess even that has some drawbacks. Still, I won’t buy those diet root beers again.
I wasn’t going to but since I was already there, I decided I might as well stop into the wine shop and see what was up. It was really small but they had a great selection, many “Available only at Trader Joe’s” wines and while they did have an expensive section, most were well under $10. I decided it was time I met this Chuck guy everyone talks about.
I got the two above bottles plus a nifty little Trader Joe’s wine carrying bag for $7. Yep, I guess that’s why they call it Two Buck Chuck. I tried half a glass of Shiraz tonight and it was just as tasty as one I would have paid a lot more than $2.99 for. I foresee some Christmas presents coming ;)
A lot of my friend’s don’t get the hype over TJ’s and think the last thing Louisville needs is another grocery store and another store on Shelbyville Road at that — the place is already known for horrific traffic at certain times of the day. Also, a few friends were turned off by the packaging of produce — many items are already placed in plastic containers or bags. I can see their point, but at the same time, having exactly 1 lb of organic grapes in a container seems like a time and cost-saver to me.
I found a couple of articles about the store to be really interesting. First, The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe’s — I need to go back for the falafel and veggie burritos, definitely! Another, a local article entitled Seven Things That Make Trader Joe’s Different, pointed out some things about this store I can really appreciate. No sales, no coupons. You will always know how much everything costs and how much you would spend. I can dig that.
What do you think? Do you have a Trader Joe’s in your area? What do you like/dislike about it?
- Very exciting weekend ahead (seesaraheat.wordpress.com)
- How to survive your first trip to Trader Joe’s in Louisville (ashleeeats.com)
Wait, what blog is this? Who am I? Where have I been? Ha ha!
Sorry for the sporadic posts about who knows what all the time. I feel like that’s the new purpose of this blog. It’s no longer a food only blog, no longer a chronicle of my past weight loss or the many races I have ran, but instead just random — just like my life :)
This weekend there are some very exciting things going on that I felt the need to tell you about.
First, today, the very first Trader Joe’s is opening in Louisville (first for Kentucky too)!
Notice the teeny sign at the bottom and then check it out in the background :) If you are interested in seeing what it’s like right now, check out Ashlee’s photos on or search #traderjoeslou on Twitter.
I’m waiting until Monday to go because I saw the pictures of the line this morning for the grand opening (you would have thought it was Black Friday) and my good friend Mari says to avoid that place at all costs on the weekends. And when Mari tells you something, believe her ;)
Another cool thing going down this weekend is the Mighty Kindness Harvest Hootenanny at the Louisville Nature Center (across from the Zoo).
It’s a free community festival featuring all sorts of things — music, art, crafts, food, coffee, workshops, yoga, massage, etc. I will be there with the Louisville Vegetarian Club selling vegan baked goods and of course, promoting a plant-based diet.
There will be trick-or-treating, food trucks (can’t wait to eat Morel’s again!), and so much that there’s no way I could contain it all in this post. You will just have to come!
However, since I am not above a shameless plug (or two), I have to tell you my friend Kristin will be there selling her crocheted goods and jewelry at the KB&T booth :) You can also check out her esty site if you can’t make it on Saturday.
Last but not least, on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. my church, Hunsinger Lane Baptist, is having a Fall Festival! And I’m in charge!
There will be a lot of stuff for kids as you can see above so if you or anyone you know has kids, bring ‘em on out! We will also have adults there hanging out and socializing. I’m hoping to make a lot of new friends through this event. Everything is free! This is my first year being the director and I have learned a lot already and have a lot of ideas for next year.
As you can probably guess after reading this post, I have taken a day off on Monday to recover (and make that inaugural trip to Trader Joe’s)!
Have a great weekend :) What are your plans?
- My favorite things about Fall (seesaraheat.wordpress.com)