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With the warmer weather coming up, here are a few quick meals I've come up with using foods from Trader Joe's.
Some you might like, some not so much, but it should give you other ideas for quick and simple meals.

I'm seriously addicted to these little rice balls. I've used them in many a stir fry dish. They are so good with this sweet chili sauce--I use that sauce on almost everything.

Have you tried the creamy polenta?

One of my favorite snacks.

An excellent sandwich--trust me on this one.

Another winning sandwich combo.

You simply must try this salad dressing--it's that good. Very gentle pear flavor, with the just the right amount of gorgonzola. So good!

This is what I use for ALL my pizzas. Thanks to Esi for turning me on to it. I buy this in bulk.

From around the web:

The perfect lunge

50 awesome pre and post workout snacks. Great list.

Outside Magazine breaks down some of the best diet plans. Well I shouldn't say diet but more of a lifestyle eating. They were tested for a year.

Chicken & cashew lettuce cups (bookmarked!)

Bratwurst foodporn. Bratwurst in pretzel bun (from serious eats)

Mini taco salad bowls!! (thanks Pam)

Houses on their own tiny islands.

Anyone tried the Tracy Anderson method?

New York's state prisons (now closed) for sale as a home? Hmmm.

30 minute chickpea, coconut, cashew curry.

Chocolate cupcakes with biscoff buttercream! (from the little kitchen)

Hot Dog cookies! I just love these. (from CakeSpy)

Double dark chocolate granita.

How to make a succulent sea terrarium. So cute.

How to make Chaat. A lot easier than I thought.

One of my friends turned me on to this ginger beer. It's so good. If you love ginger, then you're going to love this.

Anthropologie, one of my favorite places to not shop at because of the high prices. But I do love admiring their new arrivals from afar. I just adore this dress for summer.

Everyone needs a long black skirt. This is perfect for almost any top; casual or dressy.

This bathing suit is so retro it's adorable. I'm tempted to get it.

They are lounge pants, but I would totally wear them as regular pants since the colors are so summer.

Have a great weekend kids!


  1. Oh my gosh, I'm in love with that swim suit - SO adorable!!!

  2. oh my goodness, i need to find that ginger beer!

  3. that salad dressing from TJs is so good and the spicy-lime rosemary mixed nuts are amazing. If you've never had them, I doubt you will ever buy those almonds you just showed again. They are that good. So addicting. Seriously the best spicy/flavored mixed nuts I've ever had!

    And Biscoff frosting...YES!

  4. We're finally getting a Trader Joe's here in Austin. Can't wait!

  5. oooh champagne pear vinaigrette! that sounds so delicious! TJ's is so amazing;) great post! i'm so glad i found your blog!

  6. I hsven't bought that mozzarella in ages because it is dangerous for me to have it in the house. Thanks for the shout out!! xo

  7. i forgot all about those rice balls! yum.

  8. You and I have similar tastes for Trader Joe's products! Thanks for adding me to your line-up sweet thing.

    I am loving that long black skirt - so cute! The hot dog cookies would make my kiddos smile.


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