Tomatoes – Fresh (organic) -TJ

Tomatoes – Fresh (organic) -TJ

Trader Joe’s carries a variety of organic tomatoes, though once you grow your own, a store bought tomato will never measure up! Don’t keep tomatoes in the fridge, as they lose flavor quickly! If you haven’t made my Tomato Almond Pesto recipe for The Foodie Bar Way cookbook yet, don’t delay… our Hagenburger’s Party Pasta is my husband’s favorite...
Lemons – (organic) -TJ

Lemons – (organic) -TJ

I have a good friend with an amazing lemon tree, but when her tree isn’t producing, I will pick up a bag of lemons at Trader Joe’s. I enjoy lemons in a wide range of recipes from smoothies and salad dressings to Jicama Chips and even my Dazzle Berry Dessert Sauce (all recipes in The Foodie Bar Way). If I am not planning to use them in the next day or two, I put them in the fridge (in one of the...
Limes – (organic) – TJ

Limes – (organic) – TJ

Trader Joe’s often sells organic limes in bags. If I am not planning to use them within a day or two, I store them in the crisper drawer in the refrigerator. Limes are key for my Cowboy Salad Foodie Bar and several other delicious recipes in The Foodie Bar Way, including Cilantro Lime Rice (watch me make in on California Bountiful TV) and Creamy Cilantro Lime...
Kiwi (organic) – TJ

Kiwi (organic) – TJ

Whenever I make a trip to Trader Joe’s, I buy a bag of kiwi! I also buy them at our local supermarket and sometimes at Costco (4 pound package). Let ripen on the counter. When the kiwi begins to soften (each may ripen at a different time, so check them each day), put it into the fridge (if you don’t eat it right...
Cranberries (frozen)

Cranberries (frozen)

Cranberries can be purchased either frozen (all year round) or fresh (typically in the produce area around the holidays in Nov/Dec) and put directly into the freezer in their original package (no prep necessary). When you take out the amount you plan to use for a recipe, just rinse them using a sieve or...
Dates – Medjool

Dates – Medjool

Medjool dates are very plump and sweet, while also being larger than the Delget Noor variety. I typically purchase them at Costco in a plastic tub. I remove the pit and little crown piece (if still on the date), which is easiest when they are still at room temperature, transfer them to a quart size zip-top freezer bag and keep them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator (lasts for months and months, can also be frozen). Then, they are ready to use and I don’t have to worry about a stray pit that would ruin a recipe (and maybe even my blender if I am making a sauce or...
Mango – Organic – Frozen

Mango – Organic – Frozen

Fruit will have the highest level of phytonutrients when it is perfectly ripe, so buying frozen mango only makes sense (as the mangoes sold fresh in the store are picked unripe, or else they wouldn’t travel well).