Living in New York City is great…until you have to go grocery shopping. Then I’d rather be living in Connecticut. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get my point.
Grocery shopping in New York can be a daunting task–elbowing and pushing your way through the crowds is hardly relaxing. But every now and again, you strike gold, discover an amazing new food, and if you’re lucky, live to tell about it.
I had one such day on a recent Sunday afternoon at Trader Joe’s on the Upper West Side. I came across three amazing new foods that I now cannot live without, and I think you’ll find them equally satisfying.
Beans in a Box
Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils ($3.59)
Beans you can heat in the microwave, add to soups, or eat cold–it’s that easy. As many of you know, beans are an amazing food–full of protein, low in fat and an ideal substitute for meat in any dish. Cooking beans from scratch can take hours and I rarely find lentils canned. Problem solved. These keep in the refrigerator for days.
The Better Instant Oatmeal
Trader Joe’s Frozen Steelcut Oatmeal ($1.59)
Steelcut oatmeal takes forever to cook, so it’s usually a weekend thing for me. Until now, that is. It takes 3 minutes to heat these frozen blocks of magical oats to creamy perfection, and there’s no pot to scrub afterwards (bonus!). You get all the benefits of this fiber-rich food without the fuss. Give it some pizzazz by adding chopped walnuts and dried cranberries.
Chocolate in the Raw
Emmy’s Dark Cocoa Macaroons ($4.oo)
Decadently rich and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate morsels. I have nothing more to say. Other than the fact that they’re completely raw, 100% organic, vegan and gluten-free. They’re also super low in sugar–only 4 grams. Plus, raw cocoa is high in magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, and a ton of vitamins. That’s a good reason to indulge.
Do you have any grocery store secrets to share with us? What’s been filling your shopping cart lately and how can we get our hands on it?