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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:57 am 
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So i read an article that I found on this thread about how TJ's stuff is all just repackaged brand name foods. Does anyone know what their non-dairy cream cheese is? It is so not tofutti. I looked at the two containers side by side and the main ingredient in the TJ brand is coconut oil which is tastier than soybean oil found in the tofutti. Just curious if anyone knows bc I've never seen anything other than tofutti, although maybe i'm just sheltered.......

It's Galaxy brand.


Thank you :) I bought tofutti first, then the TJ's stuff, then tofutti again (convenience) and I was like, ugh, this stuff is gross next to the TJ's stuff. So I was curious what it was.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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It'd be awesome if they'd team of with Daiya for some vegan cheese in TJ's.

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but I did see some new-to-me dark chocolate covered nuts/toffee bits.



I was there a few hours ago searching desperately for these! What sort of packaging do they come in?


I saw mixed nut chocolate snack thingies in a plastic bag above the frozen items, near the chocolate-covered pretzels. No toffee though, boo! Just what sounded like the floor sweepings of a nut factory.


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I love the organic sprouted tofu. Its extrafirm and cubes up incredibly easy and is very high protein and easy to throw into anything.

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I like the sprouted tofu as well. It is Wildwood but about $2 cheaper at TJ than Raley's so score!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Somehow I think the TJ's vegan cream cheese is even better than the Galaxy branded stuff. Maybe they add discount magic!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Somehow I think the TJ's vegan cream cheese is even better than the Galaxy branded stuff. Maybe they add discount magic!


Ive never had the branded galaxy stuff but I love that the TJ's stuff melts into the bagel I am eating. It reminds me of real cream cheese.........mmmmmmmmmmmm good.


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jdfunks wrote:
but I did see some new-to-me dark chocolate covered nuts/toffee bits.



I was there a few hours ago searching desperately for these! What sort of packaging do they come in?


I saw mixed nut chocolate snack thingies in a plastic bag above the frozen items, near the chocolate-covered pretzels. No toffee though, boo! Just what sounded like the floor sweepings of a nut factory.


aw, shiitake! sorry to get anyone's hopes up. I didn't study it enough since I don't eat most nuts these days.

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Finally got the cherry chocolate chip ice cream. It's probably one of the most amazing things I've ever eaten. I don't even like cherry flavored stuff (I normally hate it) but this is so perfectly smooth and tasty. The texture is great.

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are there actual cherry pieces in it? i hate cherries (i know) so i've always avoided it on principle, but if it's just smooth cherry flavor + chocolate chips, then i'd try it.

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i remember cherry chunks, kinda squishy, which threw me off, i do not like mushy texture in ice cream.

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Yeah there are some whole cherries in it. I actually enjoy them in this ice cream though. It's worth a try since TJ's will always accept returns.

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I love:

Indian packaged curries: Chole and the Eggplant one.
Thai peanut noodles in a box
Jo Jo's
Tofurky slices
Fake cream cheese
Seeded baguette
Garlic hummus
Pita chips
Soy chorizo
Vegetable masala burgers
Frozen fruit
Ezekiel bread
Rice milk
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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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I'm eating some of their Japanese fried rice right now for lunch. It's nomlicious! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Nick wrote:
Yeah there are some whole cherries in it. I actually enjoy them in this ice cream though. It's worth a try since TJ's will always accept returns.

Or, if you asked, you could probably get a TJ's employee to open up a carton and give you a sample. They love to open things up and let people sample.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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I tried the fresh pasta and I don't really care for pasta. I actually liked it. I didn't read what the packaging said for servings but it was 4 servings for us.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:17 pm 
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I saw canned coconut cream today! I didn't buy any, but I do tend to buy a few cans a year for random recipes, so yay! I think it was $1.49

I bought:
grapefruit juice
breaded tenders
corn chip dippers - I love these and frequently got disappointed with their tortilla chips' crunch factors
tots - it had been too long
coconut vanilla milk
chia seeds
chocolate chips - my cashier, also vegan, remarked on the recent 'controversy' over these and all the calls and mass-buying folks had been doing - she told me they were still vegan
applesauce
tempeh
cava
and cat treats, but, ya know....

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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I have been doing really well on my all TJ's budget. I go 2x a month and get everything I need, and don't shop elsewhere except for the one off item. It has saved me so much money and I never have produce just spoiling on me because I have a better handle on what I spend and I am still getting yummy stuff.

Here is the stuff I love:
The Vanilla Soy Creamy is insanely good. Its the creamiest icecream I've ever had. Its flavor is like a really excellent custard (not filtered ;) ).

Organic Veggies esp the pre-cut lacinato kale, spinach, pea shoots and shredded cabbage for easy greens and the $4.99 for 3 organic peppers (tri-color).

Ezekial sprouted sesame bread and raisin bread and the quinoa bread. They're a bit expensive but its an easy way to add a little extra protein for the kidlet.

I also really like the Tofu Burgers (embarrassingly, I can eat them raw) and the high protein and sprouted tofu, both of which are so easy to put into meals.

Love the canned fire roasted tomatoes with jalapeno or plain for a quick Indian, Mexican or Italian dish. Love all the canned, organic beans.

I had the Mandarin Chickenless Nuggets and they were so good. I added half a bag of frozen broc florets and it was better than our local vegan Chinese place. So yummy and easy - total go to treat. Also love the Chickenless Tenders and the Masala Dosa.

I like their instant Colombian coffee, which has saved me from feeling like I need a SBux ice coffee over the summer. And they have fair trade chocolate that goes well with it.

And the seaweed. OMNOMNOM the seaweed. If you're into spicy get the wasabi.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Also notable: one of my local TJ's (the Holgate, for those in PDX) recently renovated and has wider aisles, more end-of-aisle sections and most importantly, an entirely separate half freezer aisle for the frozen vegetables and vegetarian products.

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I also really like the Tofu Burgers (embarrassingly, I can eat them raw)

And the seaweed. OMNOMNOM the seaweed. If you're into spicy get the wasabi.

That's not embarrassing. Those things are really good cold strait out of the package! I feel like the ingredients are pretty simple and I should be able to recreate something like them myself for cheeper, but I haven't been able to yet.
Yes, the see weed!

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The vanilla soy ice cream is truly one of the greatest things I've ever had. The texture is phenomenal. As Tofulish said, it's like custard.

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I went to TJ's over the weekend and forgot to look for the cinnamon rolls. SAD!!


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I'm oddly in love with the sweet Bread and Butter Pickles. I don't usually like sweet pickles, but I love these.

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The canned Coconut Cream is delicious! I'm gonna try whipping it and I think it would be awesome to make it into ice cream.

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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
I'm oddly in love with the sweet Bread and Butter Pickles. I don't usually like sweet pickles, but I love these.


good to know, Rhizo. i cannot find bread and butter pickles i like, i'm totally gonna try those. w00t!


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