I think it goes without saying that Trader Joe’s has a great selection of meats, cheeses and vegetables. I am going to tell you about a few products that I buy from Trader Joe’s that are low carb, and great to keep in the house or in my Keto Cooler!
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ROASTED SEAWEED SNACK: In the beginning there are sheets of seaweed, also known as nori, cultivated, harvested, dried, roasted, and packed exclusively for Trader Joe’s. After harvest, the nori is dried and roasted with a touch of oil (sesame & canola) and sea salt, then cut into strips. That’s it. That’s the magic that makes these simple little snacks with an Asian influence so mesmerizing; the magic that gives them their light, airy crunch and their intriguing, nutty flavor.
Two things, however, are most magical about these snacking sensations. One, each serving (about half a package) has only 30 calories. Two, an entire package can be yours for a mere 99 cents. We’ll warn you, though; the magic within each package of Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed Snack also makes them irresistible, utterly craveable. People can’t get enough. Customers have been known to buy them by the case, lest they spend a moment without their favorite seaweed treat. It’s true.
They’re portable, too. Pack them in your lunchbox, backpack or briefcase. They make excellent gifts for all the important people in your life, no matter what the occasion. And they won’t cost you a fortune – as promised, each package is 99 cents, every day, only at Trader Joe’s.
ROASTED AND SALTED MARCONA ALMONDS WITH ROSEMARY: True Marcona Almonds are grown only on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. They’re shorter and flatter than California almonds, with a distinctive flavor and a light, crunchy texture. We’ve taken that flavor profile a step up by adding whole dried rosemary to the mix. The nuts are roasted in expeller pressed sunflower oil, dusted with sea salt and sprinkled with whole rosemary. They’re a real treat. You can use them in recipes (just the thought of Green Beans Rosemary Marcona Amandine makes us smile), present them as an hors d’oeuvre or eat them right out of the bag. They’re excellent with a glass of crisp white wine – perhaps a Sauvignon Blanc or Côtes du Rhône. We’ve found them to be quite addictive; you may want to err on the side of caution and have several bags on hand in case of emergencies. And napkins. You’ll need napkins. Trust us on this one.
We haven’t seen Rosemary Marcona Almonds anywhere but Trader Joe’s. In fact, we haven’t seen any Marconas in most markets – when you can find them, though, they tend to be very expensive. At Trader Joe’s, we have them at a great price. We’re selling Rosemary Marcona Almonds in six ounce bags for the terrific everyday price of $4.49 each.
SEA SALT AND TURBINADO SUGAR DARK CHOCOLATE ALMONDS: The venerable almond is a force to be reckoned with, no matter how it’s presented. Whether raw or roasted, bare or salted, the almond scores points for flavor, texture and even nutritional excellence.
Perhaps, then, it is hubris to assume we can improve on the amazing almond. But assume we did, and achieve we have. Trader Joe’s Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds start as California-grown dry roasted almonds. We drench them in luxurious dark chocolate, and then gild the lily – just a bit – by dusting the chocolate with turbinado sugar (often called “raw” sugar, turbinado crystals are larger and darker than white sugar) and coarse sea salt produced from the natural evaporation of San Francisco Bay seawater. The almonds are crunchy; the chocolate is creamy; and the sugar and the salt add tantalizing coarseness that tickles the tongue. Each almond is bite-sized, and each bite is an explosion of flavor and texture in your mouth. A single serving is 13 almonds for 210 calories, giving you plenty of opportunity to indulge, without really being too indulgent. And our price isn’t indulgent at all. We’re selling each 10 ounce tub (about seven servings) for $3.99.
HOT AND SPICY CHICKEN WINGS: Perhaps you associate spicy wings with a certain American city. At Trader Joe’s, we’ve been wowed by spicy wings in cities all over the globe, so when we named our Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings, we decided to forego location-based naming and really focus on the chicken itself. And that chicken? It’s good.
Trader Joe’s Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings Sections are made with wings (cut into sections; thus the required “Sections” in their name) from chickens raised on 100% vegetarian feed and never given antibiotics. The chicken is moist and tender and really flavorful; the wings are basted in a hot & spicy sauce that gets heat from cayenne pepper & chili pepper extract, and a slight vinegar-derived tang that provides a phenomenal finishing flavor touch. The party is ready to begin when you serve these Hot & Spicy Wings with sliced Organic Celery Hearts and Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing. The wings are fully cooked and fully seasoned, so all you have to do is heat them in the microwave or conventional oven (we prefer the bit of crunch they take on in the conventional oven).
So shuffle off to Trader Joe’s and grab yourself some Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings. We’re selling each 16 ounce bag for $5.99.
ORGANIC RICED CAULIFLOWER: The Italian supplier who makes our Grilled Cauliflower (non-organic) also makes a number of organic cauliflower products. In the process, they end up with lots of left over florets and trim. Rather than waste these perfectly good organic vegetables, we put our heads together and came up with a new product made from this extra cauliflower… but we wouldn’t describe our new Organic Riced Cauliflower as “leftovers.”
With some restaurants now serving what they’re calling “cauliflower couscous,” many people have been attempting to make their own version at home. This is certainly doable, but it’s difficult if you only have a cheese-grater. And even with a food processor on hand, it can be time consuming. Thankfully, we’ve done the work for you, grating this 100% Organic Cauliflower to a couscous-like consistency, so you can focus your brainpower on what to serve with it!
Pour some frozen Organic Riced Cauliflower into a non-stick pan and heat it over medium heat, just until any residual water has cooked off. After that, the sky’s the limit… Mix it with fresh-chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime for Baja-style “rice.” Top it with spicy curry or beef bourguignon. Serve it with Kung Pao Chicken or in a burrito with black beans and cheddar cheese. Make a low-carbs “risotto” by sautéing onions in olive oil and white wine, and then reducing the mixture before adding in your Riced Cauliflower. Heat until it reaches the desired consistency and finish with grated Parmesan cheese and butter.
The only thing “leftover” about Trader Giotto’s Organic Riced Cauliflower will be the wad of change you hold in your hand after only paying $1.99 for the twelve-ounce bag.
FRENCH GREEN BEANS: These legendary legumes are true Haricots Verts from a longtime supplier in France. Delicately sweet, the long, slender bean pods balance crisp snap and fresh flavor beautifully. Washed, trimmed and individually quick frozen, they’re ready to cook when you are. And nothing gets us cooking quite like their price: each 24 ounce bag is only $1.99.
What do you like to buy at Trader Joe’s?