Well my shopping excursion to Trader Joes was great! When I went in NYC, it was usually to pick up one or two items; I never did a ton of shopping there, because I preferred to have my groceries delivered. But since I’ve become more focused on eating whole foods, I’ve come to appreciate everything about the store–specifically their awesome prices and the attitude of everyone who works there!
I picked up many goodies on my trip, and I actually made a really simple but delicious dinner all from items I bought there. I decided to share the recipe (which was, of course, inspired by Ellie Krieger). I love this recipe because it’s so easy to halve or even make a single portion. My mom called me right before I started cooking to say my aunt and uncle were coming to dinner, and I had no problem accommodating everyone. This is the recipe for four, but don’t hesitate to play around with the proportions!
Trader Joe’s Baked Sausage and Tomatoes
Two cans TJ’s no salt added diced tomatoes
One package TJs Italian flavored chicken sausages, sliced into 1/4 inch thick medallions
3 cups spinach
2 cups mushrooms
1 c diced white onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 c feta cheese
Fresh basil and parsley
Ground black pepper
Ground sea salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Saute the garlic and onion in a nonstick pan for three minutes. When starting to become fragrant, add the chicken sausages, mushrooms, spinach, and tomato sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes, letting the mushrooms become soft and the spinach wilt.
Here’s the pre-feta picture…
Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 pan and spread evenly. Fold in basil and parsley. Top with feta and salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the feta is melting.
While it was baking, I prepared a side of couscous and a side of chickpeas. This was one of the easiest dishes I’ve made, and it turned out great! The family was impressed, but we all know that’s just Trader Joe’s magic at work.