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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:06 pm 
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The falafel wrap is so sad. I bought one once because I was starving and therefore willing to eat cold falafel, but it was not enjoyable experience. I have a bag of the frozen falafel balls in my freezer and have been avoiding them for months because I assume they are the same as what's in the wrap.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:24 pm 
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Well, the taco bell by my house is open on Thursday.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:44 pm 
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It wasn't bad! I had one last year and I bought another this year. I prefer stuff made from scratch, but I didn't think it was any worse than Tofurky.

You might actually like it.
Yeah, we've had this conversation before (maybe even in this thread), and the consensus seems to be no consensus: some people like them, some people hate them, and some fall somewhere in between. I'm in the "like and prefer them to Tofurky" camp, and have taken to stockpiling a few when they're available because A. my kids love them, and B. they make a good lazyish night dinner with some potatoes or rice and a vegetable or two on the side. My advice would be to cook one ahead and see what you think. As for the gravy question, the roasts come with a packet of gravy which is fine, but is far too meager a quantity for a family of gravy-gluttons like mine, so I make my own and add the packaged stuff to it.


I'm in this camp. I accidentally cooked mine slightly differently last year, but still really liked it, and will try to squeeze a few in my freezer this year for exactly this reason.

But I'm also firmly in the gravy glutton camp--make more gravy! You'll be glad to have it. There is no such thing as too much gravy. MMmmm.

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The Korean Seaweed Salad is delicious. Spicy and delicious. The seaweed rehydrates nicely in just a few minutes and the sauce is addictive. They would be a perfect desk staple, for when you don't have time to grab lunch but want something tasty and filling. I want more now.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:12 pm 
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Dr. Apricot wrote:
It wasn't bad! I had one last year and I bought another this year. I prefer stuff made from scratch, but I didn't think it was any worse than Tofurky.

You might actually like it.


I think the texture was a big thing for me although I wasn't a fan of the taste. I meant my warning mostly because I personally wouldn't risk cooking it on TG and to have a backup plan. Tofurkey is definitely my favorite roast but I like all others (field roast, Gardein) so I was surprised I didn't like this.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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linanil wrote:
Dr. Apricot wrote:
It wasn't bad! I had one last year and I bought another this year. I prefer stuff made from scratch, but I didn't think it was any worse than Tofurky.

You might actually like it.


I think the texture was a big thing for me although I wasn't a fan of the taste. I meant my warning mostly because I personally wouldn't risk cooking it on TG and to have a backup plan. Tofurkey is definitely my favorite roast but I like all others (field roast, Gardein) so I was surprised I didn't like this.
I absolutely agree that trying something for the first time on the actual holiday seems like a risky enterprise; definitely do a test run first. Everyone's tastes are different, and you wouldn't want to be stuck eating PB & J!

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I just wanted to make sure that there were a variety of opinions--for the historical record! And yeah, I tried mine before the holidays last year.

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How much is this roast? I'm all set for Thursday, but if my TJ's has one this weekend I might pick it up. Keeping it in the freezer for a lazy dinner sounds perfect and not-too-risky


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Amy wrote:
How much is this roast? I'm all set for Thursday, but if my TJ's has one this weekend I might pick it up. Keeping it in the freezer for a lazy dinner sounds perfect and not-too-risky
They're about $10; we usually buy a few at a time. I'm planning a butternut lasagna for our Thanksgiving main dish, but I'm feeling pretty lazy tonight, and all this talk about roasts is making me think I might pop one in the oven for dinner!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Cool, thanks. I want one for dinner too! I think it was the thought of adding potatoes that did me in.


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The new canned dolmades are good. The chocolate swirled cookie butter is exactly what I needed. I have been melting chocolate chips and mixing that in with my cookie butter. Now I have it in one easy jar! Except, I feel there is a bit too much chocolate to cookie butter, so I end up spreading a little plain cookie butter on my toast and then topping that with the chocolate swirled stuff. It's still easier than melting chocolate chips.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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ashley wrote:
The falafel wrap is so sad. I bought one once because I was starving and therefore willing to eat cold falafel, but it was not enjoyable experience. I have a bag of the frozen falafel balls in my freezer and have been avoiding them for months because I assume they are the same as what's in the wrap.


They're not! I think the frozen ones are much better than the ones in the wrap. You should try them.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
The new canned dolmades are good.


That's good to know! I bought a can a few weeks ago - I really wanted their fresh ones (they were so good!) but they didn't have any. I wonder if these are replacing them?


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ashley wrote:
The falafel wrap is so sad. I bought one once because I was starving and therefore willing to eat cold falafel, but it was not enjoyable experience. I have a bag of the frozen falafel balls in my freezer and have been avoiding them for months because I assume they are the same as what's in the wrap.


They're not! I think the frozen ones are much better than the ones in the wrap. You should try them.

Oh, good! This gives me hope!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:49 pm 
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i like the frozen falafels! i've never had the wrap but i sure won't now, heh.

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i forgot about the can of dolmades i bought last week!

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I like the frozen falafels MUCH better than the wrap!

Desdemona--what kind of gravy did you make to go with the roast? I did the chickpea gravy from AFR last year, but it was too thick and rich. I think I want something a little more like a classic gravy/what the roast comes with.

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Not that you asked me, but my favorite is the golden gravy from Real Food Daily. I think it's definitely like a classic gravy.

http://www.food.com/recipe/golden-gravy-312205


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They have all the fancy holiday foods out now. Hello, trio of toasted nut oil! I haven't tried it yet but it is hazelnut, pistachio, and walnut. I am tempted to get the salt pack too...

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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Does the TJs silken tofu have some level of firmness? I am guessing it is soft now given how my cheesecake is not setting.


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I used that in my pumpkin cheesecake and it set beautifully, fwiw.

The TJ's stuffed roast was really good!

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Hmmm. I can't quite figure out what it was.


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I finally went to a Trader Joe's - we don't have them in Canada, but I was in Detroit last weekend - and I got Peppermint Joe-Joes. Um, those things are dangerously good. Good thing I got 3 boxes.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:57 pm 
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I keep waiting for more posts about TJ's Vegan Mozzarella Shreds. I'm not a big fan of Daiya, and I can't get the Vegan Gourmet stuff. When combined with crumbled Tofutti Mozz slices, I think the VG stuff is superior in taste and texture to Daiya.

TJ's is in Greenville, SC.. Which is a good 35 minute drive for me, but there's also a great Indian restaurant and a Wholeturds right near by.

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The roasts tasted kind of like a McNugget with celery and cranberries inside. Not bad, but not Thanksgiving-y? The gravy didn't help pull it together either. I'll eat my other roast. . . But I'm good without buying it ever again. . .

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