I love Trader Joe’s. While I have to go out of my way to get to one sometimes (and for whatever reason every Trader Joe’s seemingly has awful parking), I love the variety and selection of food I can find there.
I want to talk about the Just Chicken package. That’s what it is – Just Chicken. No spices, seasoning, or sauces. It’s just chicken you can use for soups, wraps, salads, or whatever your heart desires.
I decided to try something new for dinner because while we have a pretty healthy diet, it can get rather boring eating the same thing over and over. So I bought the stir fry kit but really, I had no idea what I was going to do with it.
Then I remember the Just Chicken and it was like, voila!
Adding the chicken to the stir fry was no thang at all.
The stir fry kit came with its own sauce so I didn’t have to make any or add anything else. All I did was add the chicken. And omggggggggg, it was so yum!
And for more detail…
The next recipe comes in the form of the Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch. Personally like this recipe because I feel I can get all of my yummy, crunchy goodness in one bag. It’s a half-slaw, half-salad and it can be eaten as either a main dish or a side.
Recently, I received a very generous gift from the great folks over at Daily Kneads bread. Now, I’m going to keep it one hundred like I always do – I never heard of them. So, naturally I was a little apprehensive about trying a product I never heard of.
The struggle is real. “Eat your vegetables” is a battle cry heard in most households and around most dinner tables. My brother and I are no different. Between us we have five kids, aging parents and four cultures. We love to eat well and encourage our children to do the same. We don’t always succeed.
Growing up, good food and good bread was always a staple. As our parents and grandparents began aging they moved away from the heavy Eastern European foods to a more nutritious and balanced life style. Using less meat and fats and adding more vegetables and whole grains into our diets. Bread was ever-present. As parents, my brother and I are committed to sustain the ”better for you lifestyle” and pass it along to our children.
My family has many food restrictions. As a trained chef, a food tinkerer and a self-proclaimed foodie I always try to make life easier and tastier with these limitations. Like most families we value convenience and look for short cuts, and I realized we were becoming a statistic and eating more bread then vegetables.
In fact, Americans consume 62% of their recommended daily vegetables, and much less if you take away potatoes and corn. We do consume 110% of our daily recommended carbohydrates. Actually, Americans consume over 300 million sandwiches every day.
I decided to change course and come up with a Life-Hack to eating more vegetables. Driven by our family’s passion for bread and our desire to eat more vegetables, I brought the vegetable bread idea to my brother, who is also my business partner, and he was sold. He loved the idea, and after all, we are in the bakery business. But that wasn’t enough, we needed a proof of concept. We decided to keep it simple. We sampled our new concept to our families, our friends and our colleagues. As the results came in we knew we had a winner.
Our team set out on a two year journey to develop what is now Daily Kneads Whole Grain Vegetable Bread. There were three objectives 1. Create great tasting bread. 2. Make an All-Natural product, using whole ingredients, no artificial flavors and colors. 3. Infuse a serving of vegetables in a serving of bread.
Today, Daily Kneads is selling sliced bread, flatbreads and will shortly launch an Oatmeal Vegetable cookie. Enjoy our products at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily Kneads Bread will satisfy the most daring and the pickiest eaters. Now, eating vegetables is fast, convenient and delicious.
Bread is the essence of life. Eating good bread daily satisfies. Eating Daily Kneads Bread gratifies.
Pretty dope, huh?
Now I’m a person who’s easily impressed. It really doesn’t take much to impress me. I’ll see a car and go, ‘Ooh shiny!’ (Really, I do.) However, just because I’m impressed that people have figured out a way to incorporate veggies in bread, it doesn’t mean I’ll try them…
…unless if they’re yummy and then I might…
So, first, let’s begin with the sliced breads. The breads come in different flavors and we chose Spinach & Leek and Red Pepper.
And in case if you’re wondering if it really looks like that in person, it does:
The one thing I do love about Daily Kneads is how colorful they are!
The difference with Daily Kneads in comparison with regular white or whole-wheat bread (or any other bread, honestly) is you have to pair the food with it just right.
You’re probably not going to want to do peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on this, but this would make a kick-ass roasted turkey and guyere cheese sandwich:
My husband made himself a turkey sandwich with the spinach and leek bread and he said it came out excellent. The bread was a nice pairing with the turkey and other veggies he had on his sandwich.
Win-win for all!
Next up, we tried the flatbreads – sweet beet and tomato basil. Because they were flat breads, we did something a bit different. We used some cashew cheese and combined it with tomato and spinach:
While it is recommend to eat the flat bread warm, I believe giving it a light toast brings out more of the flavor. The cashew cheese worked very well and this could be used as a vegetarian option for sandwiches or appetizers.
The reason I’m not promoting this as a vegan option is because Daily Kneads is manufactured in a facility that also processes products containing milk. So I have to give that warning to those who are vegan or follow a vegan diet.
Overall, I do recommend the breads. They’re healthy for you, but they’re also pretty delicious. I know how sometimes eating healthy means getting rid of flavor, but not necessarily any more. I found a ton more sandwich ideas and flatbread recipes online to get creative.
Plus, who knew how good vegan cheese would taste on a flatbread?
I have a feeling this bread will come in very handy the next couple of days with leftovers. 🙂
For more information on Daily Kneads and where to purchase, visit here.
Special shout-out to Gabby, for her assistance and just being awesome! You’re amazing! 🙂 xoxoxo
Okay, so let me start off by saying I personally didn’t try this. Not that I didn’t want to, but I literally just had Panera and was rather full. However, the hubby was starving and well, we didn’t have dinner made at home (that would be my fault).
So, a hungry hubby + not a lot of time = I need to think pretty quickly. Off to Google, I go.
I recently bought portobello mushrooms to use for mushroom burgers. Again, time was of the essence and who knew how long those were going to take. So I decided to do something different.
My friend, Dana, recently posted a pic of a portobello mushroom topped with guacamole. Okay, I have avocados. I think I have something going on here.
Can I tell you how much I love Google again?
I found this amazing recipe and my hubby loved it! He said it was filling and furthermore, it is so flippin’ simple! So simple! To all of my vegan friends and followers, I found something awesome for you to try. It can work as either an appetizer or a full meal.
I had an extra dinner roll so I added to the plate. Maks ate it up!