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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:04 am 
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They do not contain amaranth or quinoa - so they are not Gardein!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:49 am 
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I have tried the Chicken-less Strips and I don't think they're repackaged Gardein, but I didn't like them. I can't really say how they compare to Beyond Meat because I haven't tried it, but they're definitely chewy in a Gardein-esque way (not exactly though). The thing I really didn't like about them was the flavor... it seemed sort of "off" to me. To each their own, though!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:54 am 
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I was thinking of smothering the chicken-less strips in buffalo sauce and using them in wraps and salads and stuff. Hopefully that will mask any "off" flavor they may have.

In other news, I surprisingly like the Trader Joe's Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk that comes refrigerated. I'm wondering if this is another re-package situation.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:38 am 
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I actually think Gardein the product/protein, has a deal with a few sources to be sold before it's actually branded and completed 100% as what's labeled in stores, so it wouldn't surprise me if what TJ's has is still 'Gardein'y before the ancient grains, if that makes sense. If you're talking about the strips in the fridge, I don't think those are Beyond Meat based on my experiences.
But, it is 2013 so maybe it's some other brand getting its chicken on...

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The strips do taste funky on their own....Kinda chemical like...I like them tossed in BBQ sauce and put on a pizza...The steak strips have a less offensive taste.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:50 am 
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I think the refrigerated chick'n strips are Morningstar, or at least very similar to theirs. They were around before I ever saw Gardein or Beyond Meat. I like them! But I know quite a few people who don't. I'm not hard to please with food, apparently.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:35 pm 
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I'm pretty sure the chicken strips are Lightlife chick'n smart strips, that's the brand they used to carry before they had their own. They might be Yves brand too, they come in that same refrigerated style package, but have never compared the ingredients.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:35 pm 
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karichelle wrote:
The vanilla tub is marked as discontinued on the tag -- it's the only Whole Soy product the Louisville Earth Fare carries. Up until the last sale ended they still had the "sale" tag up with an empty shelf. Now it's a full shelf with a discontinued tag.

There are a lot of items our store doesn't carry that the larger ones do. Field Roast is one. Of course now that doesn't matter since I can no longer consume gluten, but it was disappointing at first.


well my earth fare hasn't had whole soy the past few times i've been there :( so ibought the soy delicious coconut yogurt instead. i was hoping i would hate it, but i love it. it's a total splurge at $1.99 for a little cup, that cocnut banana strawberry flavor, oh so good! i hope the big tubs of plain or vanilla come back to earthfare or trader joe's real soon. did not see them at tj's last time i was there. i saw coconut yogurt (one flavor) at my tj's but didn't go over to inspect to make sure it was for real vegan and not coconut/dairy.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:53 pm 
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So, did I hear something about vegan quiche at TJ's?

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:35 am 
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WHAT?! Did you??

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:42 am 
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Well, Tofurkey has a vegan quiche now, right? Interesting... Not really something I'd buy, but I'll keep an eye out for it on my trip grocery shopping today!

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Mr. Shankly wrote:
So, did I hear something about vegan quiche at TJ's?

Don't toy with my emotions! I would be pretty excited if I could get quiche at TJs.

jdfunks wrote:
Well, Tofurkey has a vegan quiche now, right? Interesting... Not really something I'd buy, but I'll keep an eye out for it on my trip grocery shopping today!

You're going today? The suspense is killing me! Quiche!!!!

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I looked for it today in the fridge & freezer sections, but didn't see anything.....

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Help! I asked my husband to pick up the roasted rep tapenade and he picked up some other pepper spread that look like it could be really hot? Is it really hot? I can handle medium type hot dishes/ foods. Anyone try it?


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:11 pm 
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Feeling lazy so I'll be making the Chicken-less Orange Chicken from TJ's over some rice tonight. I'll report back with a brief review.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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The orange chicken was pretty good.. What you'd expect from TJ's. As with most faux meat stuff it's pretty processed so I wouldn't eat it often but it definitely tasted good and will buy again and stash in the freezer for when I need something quick and convenient.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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I love those things. They're not staples, of course, but they're nice to have around. I tend to eat them when I'm too tired from a long ride to really cook, since they have a decent amount of protein, and combined with some brown rice and a bit of greens or broccoli, make a not-too-shabby recovery meal.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:17 am 
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I don't like sweet savory things so I've bought those before but never used the sauce. I like them.

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I just tried those for the first time last week and loved them. First time I just ate them over some quinoa, second time we added them to the TJ frozen pad thai.

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I just tried those for the first time last week and loved them. First time I just ate them over some quinoa, second time we added them to the TJ frozen pad thai.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:14 am 
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Those are fun! We used to buy them now and then, but I don't go to TJ's much in the summer unless I'm restocking on toilet paper. Julialegume totally makes them without the sauce and dips them in Sriracha, I think. I'm way more partial to the crispy strips, myself. Those really come in handy when I'm super busy.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:11 am 
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I recently saw the chocolate covered banana slices for the first time in the freezer section, they're called Gone Bananas I think. Anyway googling tells me these aren't new but I guess I just never noticed them- I was interested because I saw that Dole has a similar product and was going to look for them in a regular grocery but I'll definitely try these instead. Anyone ever tried them?

ETA: oh doh, I see linanil already mentioned these waaaay back in this thread (page 26 to be exact)

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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When I was in TJs yesterday I looked at the chicken bits, I see they changed the recipe - took out the ancient grains or so my my blurry eyesight lead me to believe . However comparing them to Gardein - the Gardein wins out on healthy factor: lower fat, lower cal, lower sugar (TJs - 17g, Gardein - 1g)...I will stick to the Gardein!

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^ For both the mandarin ones? I think the Gardein numbers are not counting any sauce.

I just had the TJ's version last night- love it! I can't get good (/junky) Chinese takeout, and this kind of makes me feel like I'm having it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:32 am 
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Yes, the Gardein says without sauce, however the sauce is only 30 calories for 2 tablespoons, making a serving 180 calories compared to TJs one serving at 320 calories...

I have only had the Gardein one, I like adding Sriracha, rice vinegar and braggs to the mix...The bits do not stay crunchy but it is good with some broccoli and summer zucchini thrown in!

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