I love the blog world – it is chock full of support, encouragement, friendship and great ideas. Recently I stumbled upon Erica’s blog, For the Sake of Cake, and discovered that there is a Trader Joe’s cookbook! How did I not know this?
My fingers quickly traveled to amazon and within a few clicks the I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook was en route to my house. Today I was blessed with a snow day, which meant I could snuggle up with my heated throw, a large mug of coffee and sift through my new cookbook without a care in the world. Cleaning and lesson plans can wait, thankyouverymuch.
After reading the acknowledgments and introduction (a sign that I really am a food blogger), I began planning my next shopping trip to my favorite destination. Hunger struck about halfway through the delicious looking recipes and I decided to whip up my own Trader Joe’s creation.
When I visited my friend Veronika last spring I discovered the wonders of Trader Joe’s tart plain non-fat yogurt and how it turns an average smoothie into an epically delicious treat. When our Trader Joe’s finally opened this fall I immediately purchased a container.
Into my magic bullet went the tart yogurt and other Trader Joe’s finds: frozen wild blueberries, half a banana, and a splash of almond milk.
Added to the mix were a few frozen hand-picked strawberries from this summer, a dash of vanilla bean paste, and some spinach* for good measure.
Mmmm, ugly but delicious.
Snow Day Smoothie
1/2 cup Trader Joe’s tart plain nonfat frozen yogurt
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/3 cup almond milk (or other milk of your choice)
1 cup fresh spinach
In blender, food processor or magic bullet, add all ingredients and blend until you’ve reached the desired consistency. If you’re using a magic bullet, add everything but the spinach and blend, then add the spinach and blend again.
What is your favorite Trader Joe’s staple?