Like most people who move to California, I eventually became a disciple of shopping at and all things Trader Joe’s. I will admit, though, you more than likely won’t get it the first time you walk in the door. Your first thought will be, hold up…this is it? But once you start learning your way through the aisles and become familiar with their products (the majority of the products are their own brand), you’ll be addicted. I had a Ralph’s walking distance from my apartment in Studio City and a Kroger a few blocks away here in the M Streets, but both then and now I shop(ped) mostly at TJ’s. I was beyond excited when they started opening in DFW, especially the one on Lowest Greenville. Since it’s mere minutes away.
You’ll quickly discover they’re extremely price friendly on the majority of products, not just the wine! Buying organic at TJ’s is often cheaper than buying non-organic at regular grocery stores. This is super helpful because I try to eat at home as much as possible these days, both for cost and health conscious reasons. And since this is more or less a health, wellness and happiness blog, I have to include TJ’s, as they make eating well so much easier. But don’t get me wrong, folks! I know about and have consumed the Cookie Butter, dark chocolate pistachio bark, multiple types of brie cheeses and the peanut butter and jelly chocolate bars. You could also easily weigh 479 lbs. shopping there if you let yourself (pumpkin butter, anyone?) But TJ’s really and truly make eating yummy and healthy food simpler. Many of their veggies are already sliced/cut/chopped/shredded, packaged and ready to go. I love it, because as much as I adore cooking, my kitchen is the size of a postage stamp, I have a thousand animals who like to crowd the chef and try to participate and we all of course get pinched for time. Last weekend, while admittedly shopping for notsohealthy items for Super Bowl recipes, the Cruciferous Crunch Collection caught my eye. It has all my absolute favorite veggies…IN ONE BAG. Kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and two colors of cabbage already cut. I had to refrain from going through the entire bag in two days. There are multiple ways to eat it, but my favorites so far? One, sautéed in olive oil and mixed with toasted pine nuts and quinoa and two, blended with hummus and spread on organic multi-grain toast (both from TJ’s as well).