I move into my new place June 1st which means for the past month, I’ve made due with the cooking basics– salads, easy stir-fries, and Trader Joe’s. Rather than begin to stock a kitchen with pantry essentials, I’ve relied on simple, no-recipe meals. Here are a few of my Trader Joe’s staples.
1) Steel-cut oatmeal
I ate a lot of this stuff in college and I’d forgotten how much I love it. It’s $1.59 for a carton of two servings. The oatmeal is steel-cut (my favorite!) and lightly sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup, which means a quick 3 1/2 minute microwave and it’s ready to eat!
A recent Trader Joe’s discovery I made was the frozen falafel. I love falafel. I’ve never made it before and I hopefully will someday but for now, you can’t get much easier than this. Buy some pitas, lettuce, and a carton of whichever TJ hummus suits your fancy (I love edamame and chipotle pepper) and you’ve got a delicious lunch.
3) Quinoa Duo
I have a quinoa obsession and this frozen dish includes two of my favorite veggies: zucchini and sweet potato. A friend introduced me to this in college and now it’s always in my cart. Try eating it with plain greek yogurt!
4) Lite Kettle Corn
I love these portion-controlled mini kettle corn bags.
5) Nonfat Plain Frozen Yogurt
Since moving to NY, I’ve been faced with the night-time dilemma that Pinkberry is only a mere 4 blocks away. Forget about my waistline, I’m more worried about my wallet. While I admit the chain fro-yo is better, this is a delicious alternative. It’s creamier and perhaps a bit tarter.
(And if you feel like splurging, I recommend Mango Mochi or Molasses Chews!)