I buy organic oregano at Trader Joe’s or Cost Plus World Market and sprinkle it on my salads, into dressings and in a bunch of other recipes!
I buy fresh organic mint every week, either at the supermarket, or at Trader Joe’s (if I am planning a trip there). I pop open the containers and am careful to get the best looking leaves, as some have molded in the packages. The organic mint that I have purchased at Trader Joe’s always seems to last longer, esp. when I keep it in the crisper drawer in the garage...
I typically purchase dried basil at either Trader Joe’s or Cost Plus World Market, very reasonably priced, though it is also available at local supermarkets, as well.
I buy triple washed organic salad greens (16 oz container) every week for my Crazy Salad Base. I am very picky when I choose the container, and every once in a while, I will find leaves that have already started to decay. I will typically throw away a few leaves, but if many are in bad shape, I will return the container and get a replacement. (Yes, this is a hassle, but less frustrating than picking through each leaf and wondering if my lunch salads are going to go bad before I get to enjoy...
Trader Joe’s now carries zucchini in the freezer aisle, grilled without any oil!
I buy organic edamame (soy beans) out of their shells for our Un-Fried Rice Foodie Bar. They are ready after being cooked in boiling water for 4-5 minutes.
I was so excited to discover that Trader Joe’s now carries frozen cauliflower grilled without any oil.
Peas are a great source of protein and an extremely tasty addition to any salad (you’ve might have been missing out all of this time)! I keep several bags of organic peas in the freezer, so I can add them to any recipe on the fly.
Trader Joe’s sells dried mango (without sulfur or sugar). They are chewy and delicious!
Trader Joe’s sells wonderful dried pineapple, without any sulfur or added sugar. I like using this dried pineapple when making a carrot cake version of my oatmeal cookies!
Every time I go to Trader Joe’s, I always check to see if they have any bags of organic pears (2 pounds/bag). I let them ripen on the counter until the stem end gives to a little pressure and then I keep them in the bottom drawer of the fridge.
Trader Joe’s sells these tasty organic fruit spreads that are sweetened with juice, unlike most jam/spreads (sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or white sugar). Use a clean knife, being careful not to contaminate the spread in the jar (esp. with a knife used to spread nut butter or cut...
Ginger root can be purchased fresh in the produce aisle and kept in the freezer, or powdered in the spice/baking aisle.