Grocery Shopping on a Sunday Morning

I love grocery shopping.  I really do.  Sure, sometimes it seems like a chore.  But I mostly enjoy the process.  In Chicago, I have a great pick of places to shop, including Trader Joe’s and Plum Market.  I don’t go to either place every week (Mariano’s and Whole Foods are in my rotation too).  But when I do, I always find something new.

There’s been a lot written about the cult following of Trader Joe’s and the fan favorites, including recent posts by What’s Gaby Cooking, Refinery29, Popsugar, BonAppetit and Thrillist.  Believe me.  People are obsessed with this store.

Here’s a look at my weekend stop at Trader Joe’s. I started off picking up riced cauliflower.  You know the cauliflower trend has hit it big when you can find ready-made riced cauliflower that can be used as a substitute for rice and pasta, or turned into pizza crust (which I did later that night.)  I bought this fresh version and the frozen below.



You can find lots of conveniently packaged vegetables, like these seasoned brussels sprouts that are already for roasting.


I picked up these rainbow carrots, which we’ve enjoyed raw and roasted with a bit of olive oil, maple syrup and sea salt.

IMG_2486We love pomegranate, and how handy to have the seeds ready to toss into salads or to top vegetables — like this Ottolenghi eggplant dish that I’m dying to make.

I didn’t buy these, but intrigued by Green Plumcots, a cross between a plum and apricot.  Has anyone tried these?IMG_2496

I didn’t buy these either, but intrigued by all the freeze dried vegetables that were packaged as snacks.


I liked this whole wheat pizza dough…


And picked up this 10-minute farro, which has become one of my favorite whole grains.  You must try Charlie Bird’s farro salad.


I ended up buying some plain boneless chicken breasts (conveniently packaged in individual portions), but I thought this spatchcocked lemon rosemary chicken was fun.  I’m wanting to do my own spatchcocking very soon!

I like to make my own hummus whenever possible, but this sriracha version was tasty.  Anything sriracha is good to me.
And who doesn’t love cookie butter?  It’s a Trader Joe’s classic.  These chocolate bars are filled with cookie butter, which is an incredible concoction make with Speculoos cookies.  Ah-ma-zing. IMG_2497

Do you have any favorites from Trader Joe’s?













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