he Healthy Lazy Chef here and I'm at it again! And in this series I'll be embarking on some Trader Joe’s food reviews. Each blog, I’ll not only review one item, but will give you my tips on how to make it even better. I've given myself the challenge of making every meal less than 10 minutes to prepare and I'm also making sure that most items can be stored or cooked ahead of time - taking your healthy, yet lazy cooking routine to a whole new level!
Additionally, I’ll include some of my shopping insights (which is mostly my inner monologue) on what I'm looking for when I'm shopping for certain items and give you ideas on how to elevate the dish to not only make it taste better, but also more well-rounded for overall nutrition!
Cauliflower rice has been all the rage and it looks like it's here to stay. There are certainly some mixed feelings on cauliflower rice. Done right, it can be a nice fluffy rice substitute making second and third helpings guilt-free. Done wrong, and it can be mushy, flavor-less trying-too-hard-to-be rice leaving you unsatisfied. Let's see how our Trader Joe's brand does!
It's a great combination of nutrient-dense foods, which is something I always look for because it gives you the most bang for your "vitamins and minerals" buck, but on the flip side there is a lot of the same mushy texture and flavor. Tahini can be pretty overpowering and the single flavor profile is strong throughout. On it's own this would be a good snack item, but since it’s relatively low in protein and carbs, it wouldn’t be substantial enough for a meal.
3 out of 5 stars
The dish needs different textures, some sweetness and umami to balance out the tahini. It also needs more substance to be a whole meal. Here's what I did!
The peas and corn will give it a nice pop of color and contrast in texture so it's not just mush. The ground beef will add some much needed protein to the dish and the rice will add carbohydrates to balance it all out giving you a solid all-star meal.