Curry Powder – TJ

Curry Powder – TJ

Curry powder is a bit different from brand to brand and chef to chef – as it is a combination of several spices and herbs. My favorite to use in my Curry Zuna recipe is Cost Plus World Market. It is a bit smoother and has a slight hint of sweetness that Trader Joe’s curry powder is...
Couscous – Whole Wheat – TJ

Couscous – Whole Wheat – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells whole wheat couscous – a one pound box for only $1.99. Couscous is a tiny pasta that doesn’t need to be cooked. Simply add boiling water to it, stir, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing! Then, stir in finely chopped greens, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, etc… Delicious hot or cold, even as a topping for my Crazy Salad Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar Way...
Coconut sugar – TJ

Coconut sugar – TJ

My first choice for a sweetener is fresh fruit, then dried, (I use some date sugar = powdered dates). Next in line for sweeteners is coconut sugar, we use a small amount in certain recipes. Costco carried organic coconut sugar for a while, but I haven’t seen it for at least a year. Trader Joe’s carries small pouches of coconut...
Chocolate chips -TJ

Chocolate chips -TJ

Semi-sweet chocolate chips at Trader Joe’s are free of any animal products! A few might find their way into the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Foodie Bar Way cookbook – that is, if you decide not to make the Carrot Cake version of those oatmeal...
Colorful Carrots (organic) -TJ

Colorful Carrots (organic) -TJ

These organic carrots are both colorful and delicious. Trader Joe’s sells them in their refrigerated produce area. Use them to make a variety of recipes in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook, like Curry Zuna (watch me prepare this on Good Day Sacramento TV), or make my Zippy Carrot Slaw (watch me whip this up on California Bountiful...
Greens – ready to use/eat – TJ

Greens – ready to use/eat – TJ

I buy lots of greens, including kale and mixed greens, to enjoy throughout the week in our Smoothie Foodie Bar, Crazy Salad Foodie Bar, and, well, greens can be incorporated into nearly every meal! Lot of ideas for you in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook, including Thin Crust Kale Pizza (watch me make it on California Bountiful TV)!  Trader Joe’s has a good selection! I keep my greens in our garage fridge so that they stay colder (fridge in the house gets opened a lot during a typical morning and...
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...
Almond Milk – refrigerated -TJ

Almond Milk – refrigerated -TJ

Trader Joe’s carries a large variety of non-dairy milks – some are in shelf-stable boxes that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened, while others in are in cartons in their refrigerated sections. Do a taste test to find out which you enjoy the most! Check out this article that I wrote about how to make trying new foods...
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...
Zucchini – (organic) – TJ

Zucchini – (organic) – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells organic zucchini (also known as summer squash) on a consistent basis, and I find it tends to be less expensive than at the supermarket/grocery store. Some of the zucchini (as well as some sweet corn and papaya*) grown in the US is from genetically engineered (GE) seeds. If you want to avoid this, buy organic. *All commercial production of GE papayas is in Hawaii. However, most of the papayas sold in the continental United States are imported from Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean (and not genetically engineered)....
Sausage, store-bought, plant-based options – TJ

Sausage, store-bought, plant-based options – TJ

There are several plant-based sausages available in the refrigerated area in the produce aisle at many grocery stores. While I don’t typically eat them (since they include oil), they are a “sometimes food” for my husband and kids, with one link flavoring dinner for all three of them (some of their favorite Pasta Foodie Bar combinations). Be sure to avoid varieties that include “isolated protein” as an ingredient. They freeze very well and Trader Joe’s tends to have the best...
BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce

When purchasing BBQ sauce, look for one that does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup or artificial sweeteners. Also, tomato puree should be the first ingredient! Then, you can compare sodium levels if you are trying to decide between a few choices. I will be sure to put a homemade BBQ sauce in the next book! Let me know if you have a great...
Bread – Lavash – Whole Grain

Bread – Lavash – Whole Grain

My very favorite Lavash bread is Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Lavash, it is $1.99 for bag of 6 large pieces (makes 12 Thin-Crust Kale Pizzas!) and I love to use it to make my Cinnamon Chips for our Dessert Nachos!!! I buy several bags when I go to Trader Joe’s. When I get home, I cut the pieces in half across the middle and wrap in plastic, 4 pieces per pack, then back into the zip top bag and into the freezer. They are much easier to store in the freezer this way (when left whole, they can get wedged between other items and crack across the middle or along the...
Coconut water

Coconut water

I like to use coconut water for some of my smoothies (see the Smoothie Foodie Bar), so I keep small containers of coconut water in my pantry. Larger containers of coconut water saves on packaging, but once opened, need to be kept in the refrigerator and used within a...
Tofu – Organic (sprouted if possible)

Tofu – Organic (sprouted if possible)

My favorite water-packed tofu is Trader Joe’s Organic Sprouted Tofu. I comes in a 2-pk so that you only need to open 1/2 of the package if you are making a small amount of a recipe (from the book: Scrambled Taco or Sofritas). Store in the fridge or put it straight into the freezer. If you freeze the tofu, once thawed, it will have a very different texture – very spongy and the water can easily be squeezed out of it. This is a great option for crumbling in the food processor (pulse) and then adding to...
Tempeh

Tempeh

Trader Joe’s Organic 3 Grain Tempeh is my favorite – an 8 oz package provides 40 grams of protein, is only $1.99 and it freezes perfectly. We make a batch of Austin’s Seasoned Tempeh every other week and enjoy it on sandwiches and in our Crazy Salad Foodie Bar. Many grocery stores carry tempeh in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle, with the tofu, wonton wrappers, miso,...
Sunflower Seeds – TJ

Sunflower Seeds – TJ

I use raw sunflower seeds in a variety of dressings and sauces and recommend them in place of nuts (for those with nut allergy). They are sold in bags (great price at Trader Joe’s) and in bulk (supermarket). I keep them in the freezer.  ...
Potatoes – sweet – orange colored flesh

Potatoes – sweet – orange colored flesh

These sweet potatoes are delicious and commonly labeled as “yams” – though true yams are very large roots, can weigh over a hundred of pounds, are white in color, and commonly grown in Africa, Asia or the Caribbean.  If you plan to roast them whole, but have had these orange colored flesh sweet potatoes and thought they were a bit stringy, try the light colored flesh varieties – as their texture is ultra creamy. Enjoy an easy recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Fries from The Foodie Bar Way or my website (www.TheNutritionProfessor.com). Experiment with steaming them for a few minutes (just slightly tender – not fully cooked), before seasoning them and putting them into the oven to get crispy. Keep them in a cool, dark cabinet away from onions until you are ready to use them, checking them daily to make sure they don’t soften and begin to...
Potatoes – Sweet – Light colored flesh

Potatoes – Sweet – Light colored flesh

When many people think about sweet potatoes, they might picture a bright orange dish on the Thanksgiving table. However, these sweet potatoes with light colored flesh are VERY creamy when cooked (the orange colored flesh can be a little stringy, and are great when cubed or cut for roasted “fries”). If you haven’t tried them – do so right away! They are the star of our Southwestern Loaded Sweet Potato recipe in The Foodie Bar...
Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Your peanut butter should have 1-2 ingredients – peanuts (and maybe salt). That is it! No other ingredients are needed! I usually buy peanut butter, at Trader Joe’s (organic if they have it in stock). We like the chunky variety. If you are used to the “no-stir” kind, full of unwanted ingredients, don’t worry – this will only take mixing it initially, then keep it...
Pasta – You have options!

Pasta – You have options!

My Pasta Foodie Bar includes many different noodle options – some of which are pictured below: Whole Grain (durum wheat), Edamame & Mung Bean, Edamame, Quinoa & Corn. Also look for noodles made from black beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and lentil. The ingredient list may surprise you… (some only have 1...
Brazil  Nuts

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are tasty and a phenomenal source of the mineral Selenium. In fact, you wouldn’t want to eat too many, and put yourself at risk for developing a toxicity! 4 a month (at one sitting) have been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. You can also make my Brazil Nut Parm recipe and sprinkle on your favorite pasta dish. We keep them in the freezer (as we do with all nuts, and most whole grains and seeds). Trader Joe’s has a good price and sometimes you can also find these in bulk, but make sure they are fresh (and don’t taste...
Mushrooms – fresh

Mushrooms – fresh

Fresh mushrooms can be purchased at any grocery store, though I buy a 24 oz container of them at Costco each week for my Garlic Mushrooms (recipe in The Foodie Bar Way) and on my website (www.TheNutritionProfessor.com). When choosing white button mushrooms, always look for the package with the largest mushrooms, (most health-promoting power). If I am lucky enough to find them at Farmers’ Market (see below), then I certainly pick some up. Keep them cool (right into the fridge, not left on counter), to maximize nutrient content.      ...
Marinara (tomato) sauce

Marinara (tomato) sauce

Growing up in an Italian family, we always made our “red sauce” from scratch, so I am pretty picky. While I love to make my Quick Tomato Sauce (in The Foodie Bar Way), I always have a few jars of Trader Joe’s Organic Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms on hand. Not only is the flavor great, but the ingredients are organic, it does not contain any oil (quite uncommon), the mushroom pieces are super tiny (a plus for my son who doesn’t like to eat mushrooms when he can see them) and it sells for less than...
Lentils – green – whole

Lentils – green – whole

While there are a variety of lentils, these green whole lentils are perfect for the Cauliflower Lentil Filling in The Foodie Bar Way’s Nacho Foodie Bar, because they hold their shape. Do not substitute red split lentils, as the texture (very soft) will disappoint you. Red split lentils are great in the Seasoned Lentils recipe in the cookbook, or in a marinara sauce, as they get very soft and completely lose their...