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Tonight for dinner I am making, a veggie stir-fry using a bunch of stuff we picked up at Trader Joe’s today. (I am a TJs addict.) In the mix are onions, peppers, mushroom, bok choy, carrots and snow peas. I’ve put them in a sauce with soy, basil, siracha and terriyaki.

I’m serving it over some doctored up Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Blend. I made it with some chicken broth, scallions, basil, garlic and sirracha.

Part of my move towards getting back on track with healthy eating is trying to have at least one vegetarian meal a week.

I love Trader Joe’s Chicken-less strips because they are a lot more versatile and sturdy than plain tofu. Sometimes I’ll go to the store and pick up some tofu and think I’ll figure out something to do with it, but I never do. With the chicken-less strips, I just substitute them in a dish where I’d use chicken. Taste wise – they won’t fool anyone into thinking they’re chicken, but they’re still delicious. The strips taste like slightly spicy tofu.

Overall, dinner was delicious. We are out on the front steps since it’s so hot inside today.

I packed up the leftover for lunch and I’m so looking forward to enjoying them later this week.



Cristen, a New York City school teacher who loves to cook, even if she's not always amazing at it. Lives in Queens with her husband and two pit bulls. Total cheese addict. Fan of anything savory and sweet, espescially Thai food. Likes to eat seasonally. Trying to be a locavore. Learning how to explain what she likes in a red wine: dry, medium bodied with hints of fruit. If I could only have one network on my TV, it would be the Food Network. I cannot get enough of competitive cooking shows like Top Chef and Iron Chef. I adore Anthony Bourdain more than I probably should.

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