Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Convenience products for gourmets"

That's what I recall as a description of Trader Joe's mission, from a New York Times article a couple of years back. I almost blush to admit how many of their products show up in my cooking, but if you can have convenience and healthy, tasty food, what's not to like?

The above photo of a mid-week supper includes butternut squash pureed with spices (cinnamon, cumin, ginger, a dash each of nutmeg and cayenne)-- the squash already peeled and cut into cubes at TJs. The veggies consist of leftover steamed Brussels sprouts mixed with a frozen TJ vegetable mix called "soycotash." And the fish--grouper from Luken's at Findlay Market--is topped with Joe's artichoke and red pepper bruschetta sauce.

If you want to convert to a more healthy diet but don't want to take up cooking as a vocation, you could do worse than to spend a half hour or so looking closely at TJ's produce, pantry, and frozen food aisles. And no, I am not on their payroll!
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