Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great week!
As promised, I have some loot to share with you guys from my trip to Nashville last weekend…and I know you guys are just dying to see it!
Reason #436 food bloggers/readers aren’t considered “normal”
But that’s ok, our abnormal world is more fun and MUCH MORE delicious! 😉
First up, Trader Joe’s!
My usual staples: unsalted almond butter, olive oil, extra-firm tofu, unsweetened organic applesauce, and tomato paste (am I the only one who loves this JUST because it comes in a tube?) along with a “few” extras…
I got some freeze dried fruit for some baking experiments I have in mind, the crescent rolls were a result of having a total “omg, I’m craving buttery deliciousness” moment, and the peanut sauce was just something I HAD to have! 😉
I also HAD to have that Island Soyaki sauce after hearing Emily rave about it!
Corn tortillas because I’ve been craving tacos like nobody’s business…
And my FAVORITE mints and MORE mint…because the Mint Chocolate Chip Parfait was only the beginning! 😉
Next up, it was onto Whole
I always head straight for the bulk bin section to restock my supply of rolled oats and whole wheat pastry flour, but this time, I also picked up two containers of TVP! I made Laura’s chick-less nuggets a few weeks ago and have been CRAVING them like crazy!
Cute AND delicious!
After stocking up in the bulk section (and maybe stealing a couple of nibble of chocolate covered almonds and honey sesame sticks) I wondered over to the produce section. When I saw that they had golden beets, I just couldn’t pass them up…so pretty! I also picked up a nice assortment of fresh figs, two perfectly ripe nectarines, and one pink lady apple.
Then I headed over to the cold section on a mission…I’ve been looking for a good, minimal ingredient ricotta for a few weeks now and I FINALLY found it! I really want to add it to pizza…maybe with a bit of pesto and some sun-dried tomatoes?…but we’ll see if I can keep my spoon out of the container long enough first! 😉
While I was cheese-hunting, I also spotted some new-to-me yogurts and omg, I’m sorry Chobani, but I think I’ve found a new favorite!
The 365 brand is AMAZING!
Both the fat free and the low fat only have 2 GRAMS of sugar and the consistency is so thick and creamy…I didn’t want them to end!
On my way out, I hit up the “snack zone” and picked up some new bars, a package of hemp seeds, and two sample packs of hemp protein…I’ve heard a lot about hemp lately, but have never tried any so I’m excited to see how these taste!
I also spotted these guys on the very top shelf…I almost missed them…and actually, I wish I had. They were definitely better after a few seconds in the microwave…the peanut butter was just ok, but the pumpkin didn’t even taste like pumpkin!
But one thing that WASN’T disappointing…
the BEST purchase of the day (next to the yogurt):
It’s a little sweeter than my favorite coconut peanut butter, but so rich and so creamy, and it was the PERFECT topping to Sunday morning’s pancakes!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go raid the kitchen for random dippers! 😉
What are your Whole Food’s/Trader Joe’s “staples”?
Have you found any new favorite foodie items lately? Do share!