Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants

o.m.g.  Have you ever tried TJ’s Chocolate Croissants?  If you haven’t… go out and buy them now.  Then we can talk.

Dave and I have discovered a new favorite breakfast in bed item.  These croissants are NOT healthy.  But they are delicious.  Delicious enough for you to forget about how bad they are for you.  Sometimes you need a treat like that!

We love eating these bad boys on Sunday mornings after we sleep in.  They are perfect for the occasion because all you do is take them out of the freezer and let them sit on a baking sheet overnight.  Then, when you’re ready to eat them, you bake them in the oven for under an hour.  You don’t even need to do anything!

It’s amazing how much they rise overnight.  So cool.

They are hot and gooey on the inside and crispy crunchy flaky on the outside.  YUMMY!

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When you wake up to a face like this, it's hard to get out of bed in the morning!!

When you wake up to a face like this, it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning!!

Lunchtime Tuesday, Week 7

Well, there’s a reason the last Lunchtime Tuesday I wrote for you was almost an entire month ago:  I am no longer eating lunch!

Before you get your panties in a twist, “Beth you have to eat!”  Yeah, I know I do… if you’ve been paying attention at all: HELLO, I LOVE FOOD!  Hear me out:  I mentioned last week that I have been trying to lose another 5 pesky pounds that I just cannot get movin’ on.  My trusty dietitian,  John (commonly referred to on here as “John the Dietitian”.  Yup, I’m creative) motivated me to try something new.

That something new wasn’t exactly a welcome idea over here.  John suggested that I switch up my breakfast (new recipe here, looooving it) and replace my typical lunch with a protein drink.  I not only thought that protein drinks would gag me out, blech… but there was no question in my mind that I’d be left starving and wanting “real” food.

I am super pleased to finally report that I was wrong.  I was totally wrong.  I can do it!  And I have.  Not only has this saved me time and stress packing lunch the night before, but it has absolutely helped me to lose 2 pounds already!  I am seriously full after lunch, and sometimes don’t even feel like I need a snack between lunch and workout (something I ALWAYS did before).

A big part of why I love my new plan is because I found a seriously delicious protein drink.  If you’re going to try this out at any point, you should find Calnaturale’s Svelte.  The taste is amazing, I have tried all 4 flavors and really enjoy each of them (Cappuccino & Vanilla are my favs!).  Here’s a little info about what’s inside:

Svelte

1 16oz Drink (Chocolate)

260 Calories

10g Fat

9g Sugar

8g Fiber

16g Protein

It’s Organic, Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free in four flavors:  Chocolate, French Vanilla, Cappuccino, and (wait for it…) Spiced Chai.  YUM.

Flavor of the day! Happy Tuesday people!

Not too bad, right?  I love it!  I originally was going to just do this lunchtime makeover for the remainder of the month of October, but I’m still goin’ strong!

OH, and please let me mention that I will fully endorse ANY food that tells me I’m “Lookin’ Good”.  Just putting that one out there, people.

What are you having for lunch today?

Here are some new puppy pics for you 🙂

Mr. Marty is getting so big! We love playing with this fuzzy little guy 🙂

Stelly smiles for the camera! Is she a cutie, or what?

 

Lunchtime Tuesday Week 5

It’s boot weather in Philly!  That means take out your scarves and pumpkins too!

This Sunday, temperatures dropped to like, 50 degrees and I couldn’t be happier.  I guarantee this will only exist for another month or so, before I become the most miserable person ever when there’s frost on my car in the morning.  But for now… yay for boots, scarves and pumpkins.

My other favorite fall happening would be the beginning of soup season.  Soup is awesome.  Yay for soup.  Here are a few of the soups I’ve made since I’ve had the blog:

Corn & Potato Chowder

Creamy Tomato Balsamic Soup

 

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

During my typical Lunchtime Tuesday, I try to have a healthy but super protein packed or filling meal, as I workout for 3 hours or so at night.  Today, I was contracted for my second job (Driving my boyfriend Dave around with his broken ankle) and am not going to be able to workout.  Sadface.  But, in terms of eating, that meant that I didn’t have to worry and I could just do something quick!

SO, if you haven’t heard about this yet, I think it’s pretty interesting and I’m going to share with you.  Apparently, Campbells Soup isn’t doing so hot (ha, get it) and in order to pick up business from a younger crowd, they started making two new lines of soups.  What are they inspired by?  Food Trucks.  Their new soups are easier to make and are inspired by ethnic ingredients and recipes.  Read about it here.

I’ve tried the “Go” line which I loved:  the Chicken Quinoa with Poblano Chiles.  It was spicy, healthy, and so easy to eat at work… you microwave the whole thing in the bag!  MMM!

Today for my lunch, I tried out the Butternut Squash variety from their Gourmet Bisque collection.  It is soooo yummy!  It’s low in calories and fat, super filling, and delish.  I ate it in my Stella mug today for lunch along with some Reduced Fat Triscuits.  Perfect!

 

 

Trader Joe’s Mahi Mahi Burgers

OOOH.  Just tried an awesome new Trader Joe’s product:  TJ’s Mahi Mahi Burgers.  TJ’s sells a box of 4 of these frozen burgers for $6.99, so it’s a great deal and it’s pretty delicious.

The first time I tried one of these burgers, I seasoned it just a touch and ate it plain.  It was so good!  The burgers are already pre-seasoned so they are nice and yummy- you don’t have to do anything else to them while cooking if you don’t want to.  This time around, I cooked the Mahi Mahi burger on the stovetop with some Sweet Chili sauce and Teriyaki.  I toasted a Whole Wheat English Muffin and sauteed some Zucchini on the side.  Delish!

Trader’s Tots

I’ve been on a major breakfast potato kick lately.  I’ve been dying to make my Breakfast Baked Potato again!  Last month, I made the BEST breakfast I’ve ever made (unfortunately, it was when Dave was in Vancouver and I was all alone) using Trader Joe’s Shredded Potatoes.

Last weekend, I decided to try TJ’s Potato Tots instead.  They are awesome.  I cooked up these babies along with some scrambled eggs and bacon.  Potatoes make the whole breakfast process take more time, but they are well worth it.  One of my fav blogs, “What’s Good at Trader Joe’s” gave these Tots 10 out of 10, something i RARELY see them do!

You can cook these in the oven, but I recommend doing them in a skillet with some oil.  I have personally been using Sunflower Seed Oil (also from TJ’s), but Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil will do just fine.

Get the oil nice and hot and carefully add the potatoes.  They might splatter just a little depending on how much ice flakes are on there.  Mine weren’t too bad.  Let them cook in the oil for like 5-8 minutes, then season them with Salt/Pepper/Smoked Paprika/Garlic… anything your little heart desires.  Carefully flip them over and cook the other side for 5-8 minutes.  I seasoned this side as well, but that all depends on how you like them!  I also prefer mine to be pretty crispy so I kept them cooking just a little longer before removing them onto some paper towels to dab off the grease.

These Tots are simple but taste really yummy.  They’re a great shortcut if you don’t have the time to cut up fresh potatoes and deal with all of that kind of stuff (like me!).

Wasabi Gouda

Say CHEESE!

My parents have raised me to love GOOD CHEESE!  We love going to DiBruno Bros, the Italian Market, or anywhere really… that has different cheeses.  We love to try new ones, and a great place to do that is Trader Joe’s.  TJ’s Cheese Selection is fantastic.  Their cheeses are at least a few dollars cheaper per pound than anywhere else.  It makes it a lot easier to try new things!

This time, we bought a hunk of Manchego (my fav!!!!!!!) and we tried their new Gouda Cheese w/ Wasabi.

The Wasabi Gouda is delish.  It’s super creamy but you can definitely taste the wasabi in there.  It isn’t very spicy, but it’s really flavorful.  We ate a lot of it on it’s own and the rest on plain Triscuits.  You don’t need much else with such a yummy cheese!

Trader Joe’s Shredded Hash Browns

It’s been a while since I’ve introduced you to a new TJ’s item.  These frozen potatoes are so amazing, I had to break out and make a new post!

So, I’m not sure what makes THESE frozen potatoes different than most other frozen potatoes, but what I do know… is that they are delicious.  SO: I looked it up on TJ’s website after writing this… here is what makes them so special:

… is made without artificial ingredients, preservatives or partially hydrogenated oils.

Perfecting hash browns has been a goal of Dave and I for years.  Every time we’re motivated enough to make a nice big breakfast on the weekends, we try a different way to hash-brown.  We’ve sliced them thin like chips, we’ve chopped them up into chunks, and we’ve even shredded our own potatoes, but it never works well.  They end up in a huge clump, not crispy, too crispy, too greasy, etc.

With these potatoes, we made the perfect hash browns this weekend.  I’m telling you, perfect.  All I had to do was heat up my new cast-iron skillet, add some Sunflower Seed Oil (you can use any kind, but this is the new one I have… from TJ’s actually!) heat it up & add the potatoes w/ some salt and pepper.

The key here is to let the potatoes be.  Don’t move them around, don’t chop them up… just let them cook.  Once the bottom is nice and crispy, flip them around and cook the other side.  That’s all you need to do.  They turned out freakin’ fantastic.

I give these an A+!  OH, I forgot to mention… they’re only $1.69 for a 20oz bag!

Yummy!

There they are all crisped-up on the left side. We had a delicious breakfast with a tomato omelet, bacon, and some fresh multi-grain french bread!