I’ve been a fan of Trader Joe’s for a long time, and thought it might be fun to share some of our favorite items from there. I don’t know how Patrick and I would have survived if it were not for TJ’s quick and mostly healthy meals, which we lived on while working 80 hours a week in residency! This Thai Red Curry Sauce is a great one to have on hand for quick dinners…you just sauté up a protein and some veggies, then add the sauce and let it simmer away into spicy, yummy goodness.
Our protein of choice for this sauce: tofu!
I love cooking with tofu! Not only is it a great source of soy protein, but it’s low in fat, cholesterol, and calories, provides calcium and iron (depending on the brand) and is very inexpensive. I use extra firm tofu for my stir-fry recipes as it holds up the best to that type of cooking. I cut it into cubes, and sauté over medium high heat in a non-stick pan with a little oil. The goal is to brown all the edges, so it requires turning each cube 6 times…it’s a process, but you’ll be happy with the result! The tofu will be crispy on all sides and ready to take on the sauce :)
Mmm…get to your nearest Trader Joe’s, or find a friend who will mail you a bottle, and try it out! It comes in green, yellow, or red curry, but our favorite is the red one. Since we’re moving to Hawaii in a few months, I will have to stockpile all my TJ favorites before we leave :) Hawaii doesn’t have a Trader Joe’s, although you can be sure I will be lobbying for a store to be built there very soon!
What are your favorite Trader Joe’s items?