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Whether you have been reading my blog since it began back in August or have only been following along for a month, one thing that I am fairly certain you have learned is that I have a serious love for Trader Joe’s and nearly every product that I purchase there.  I swear, every time that I walk into the store there is something new that I just have to try!  It is like the food is calling out to me or something ;).  As a result, I try quite a few new TJ’s products on a monthly basis.  About a month ago I decided to start sharing my experiences with and reviews of some of these products, specifically those that make up main dish meals.  My first review of an Indian dish called Biryani was a delicious one.  Are you ready for a second installment of Trader Joe’s Tuesday?  I sure hope so, because it is a good one!

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Trader Joe’s Tuesday: Organic Superfood Pilaf + French Yellow Beans

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For my main dish I selected Trader Joe’s Organic Superfood Pilaf.  I am not going to lie, anything with “superfood” in the title is likely to instantly draw me in.  And when I looked at the ingredients list I was not only impressed, but also incredibly intrigued.  It sounded delicious!

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This pilaf, which comes frozen, contains tri-color quinoa, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, onions, red peppers, extra virgin olive oil, and spices.  The ingredients list is full of whole, all-natural foods, and every ingredient is organic and vegan.  I was pretty much sold by the ingredients list and picture alone.  Oh, and if you can empty the package into a skillet and turn on your stove, then you can cook this! 😉

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I bulked up my superfood pilaf by adding broccoli slaw that I had leftover in my fridge.  I also jazzed things up a bit by adding Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.  The package states that this pilaf serves three (which is likely accurate if you are serving it as a side), but I had plans to eat it as a main dish and hoped to get two servings out of it.  I was certainly happy that I added the broccoli slaw into the mix because without it, I think I would have been left unsatisfied and a bit hungry.  My additions, however, were delicious and satisfying!

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I served the pilaf alongside roasted French yellow beans.  This was the first time that I had ever seen yellow beans in a grocery store, and since I am all about trying new products, I was super excited to cook with these.  The package provides instructions for steaming or sauteing the beans.  I, however, decided to roast them.  I sprayed the beans with olive oil cooking spray, sprinkled them with black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, and onion powder, and roasted them for about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F.

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These yellow beans tasted very similar to their more popular counterpart, green beans, but with a slightly sweeter taste.  I really enjoyed them and definitely plan to purchase them again the future.  Unfortunately, they are a bit pricier than green beans :(.

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I was extremely pleased with this meal.  I think that the pilaf on its own would make for a delicious side to a main meal, and with a few additions (like the broccoli slaw that I used), it makes for the perfect meal.  The yellow beans complimented the pilaf nicely, and I was loving all of the “superfoods” that I got into one meal.

So…the ultimate verdict:  Go buy one or both of these!  They are both delicious, as nearly every product from TJ’s tends to be! 😉

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  • jumpeatrun June 11, 2013, 7:34 am
    TJ's is literally the best store ever! It was basically the only place I shopped in NYC, but Denver doesn't have one, so that last 6 months of my life have been pretty sad. haha. They are building one now, so hopefully it will be dine within the next year!!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 11, 2013, 12:39 pm
      I don't know what I would do without TJ's now that I have it. Thank goodness they are building one in your area!
  • Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet June 11, 2013, 7:35 am
    I've never seen yellow beans! I like the fact that you said they taste sweeter. I may have to go find them!
  • Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers June 11, 2013, 7:46 am
    I haven't seen that superfood pilaf. I'll have to keep my eye out for it!
  • Her Happy Balance June 11, 2013, 7:49 am
    I'm intrigued by the yellow beans. Green beans are one of my favorite veggies, and with the slightly sweeter taste, these yellow beans could end up being a forerunner! Must try!
  • Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie June 11, 2013, 8:47 am
    I absolutely love TJ's. I haven't been in awhile, but I think it is definitely calling to me to find some great meals like this!
  • Erin June 11, 2013, 9:19 am
    Dang if it didn't have the onions and peppers I would eat that every night of the week!!
  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan June 11, 2013, 9:19 am
    I love your Trader Joe's posts! I normally wander through the aisles tossing random items in my cart, but you help give me direction :-).
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 11, 2013, 12:42 pm
      Oh trust me, I think that we ALL have those moments! So many of the products are just impossible to resist!
  • cakesandbeans June 11, 2013, 9:31 am
    We're in the same boat, I am obsessed with TJs. I love them, how unique they are, the products they offer, wide range of diversity in their food & their samples, and of course how easy dinner can be made :) I love TJ posts because it gives me something to look for the next time I go! The pilaf looks delicious!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 11, 2013, 12:43 pm
      Their products are definitely very unique and different...which is probably why I love going there so much!
  • megbek June 11, 2013, 9:54 am
    I love the Trader Joe's posts because I love TJ's so much and you always share things that are new to me! Yellow green beans?! Yum.
  • Brittany June 11, 2013, 10:16 am
    Yayyy I love TJ's!! That superfood pilaf must be new! It looks delicious!
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog June 11, 2013, 10:34 am
    You find the best things at TJs! I really need to start going there more often. The pilaf looks like it would be the perfect weekday meal and could be transformed into a lot of different options depending on what you added in.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 11, 2013, 12:45 pm
      It is definitely very versatile. And yes, you need to go there more often. It is pretty much a weekly adventure for me! ;)
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen June 11, 2013, 12:33 pm
    Yum! So easy too. TJ prepared food is the best!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 11, 2013, 12:45 pm
      SUPER easy! I love to cook but I definitely have my "lazy" nights. This is perfect for those nights.
  • Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) June 11, 2013, 12:39 pm
    Never been to TJs but it sounds fab..almost as good as Whole Foods ;)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 11, 2013, 12:46 pm
      Such a bummer that you cannot go to TJ's :(. And yes, TJ's and WF are both pretty much awesome!!
  • makingthymeforhealth June 11, 2013, 1:35 pm
    Trader Joes is so awesome, I just had a frozen pizza from TJ's last night and it was so good! I'm definitely going to check out that quinoa pilaf on my next trip, it sounds so tasty!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 11, 2013, 3:30 pm
      What kind of pizza was it? I have been really curious about their pizzas but have not tried any yet.
  • IHeartVegetables June 11, 2013, 2:16 pm
    Ohhh I haven't seen that superfood pilaf yet! That sounds AWESOME! I'm going to have to stop by there on my way home!
  • dailycupofkate June 11, 2013, 2:41 pm
    Yum, buffalo coleslaw sounds delicious!
  • lifeaslisaknowsit June 11, 2013, 3:21 pm
    LOVE anything from Trader Joe’s! :-)
  • Kelly @ HIdden Fruits and Veggies June 11, 2013, 4:42 pm
    That pilaf sounds amazing! I wish other grocery stores would get on board and have some tasty things like this -- the best I get are just bagged mixed veggies.
  • NDBalances June 11, 2013, 4:51 pm
    looks yummy - i also love adding my own personal touches to pre-prepared foods, it's a chance to bulk them up with some additional nutrients :)
  • Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen June 11, 2013, 6:00 pm
    I also love TJ's! I don't remember seeing the superfood pilaf, but I will check next time I am there. It looks delicious and I can't wait to try it!
  • Natalie June 11, 2013, 9:08 pm
    wish there was a TJ in Canada :( Looks delicious!
  • Melani @ beautifullynutty June 11, 2013, 9:25 pm
    That pilaf looks FABULOUS! I need to put a Trader Joe's run on my to-do list!
  • Kathy @ Food Wine Thyme June 11, 2013, 9:32 pm
    I can totally taste this wrapped inside a sprouted grain tortilla. I am actually salivating. :)
  • Jessie June 11, 2013, 10:15 pm
    Ah, after reading this post you have me dreaming of the day when were visiting the states in September & I get to walk into Trader Joes again!!! :)
  • GiGi Eats Celebrities June 12, 2013, 1:03 am
    I am obsessed with french yellow beans, love them roasted!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl June 12, 2013, 12:10 pm
      I am glad to hear that I am not the only person who has tried them! They were SO delicious roasted.
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats June 12, 2013, 2:02 am
    That looks great, I wish we had Traders Joes here!
  • Meredith June 12, 2013, 6:08 am
    Looks delicious Hannah, I can not wait to step foot in a Trader Joes the second I'm back home in the states!!
  • kimathungryhealthygirl June 12, 2013, 6:48 am
    I really want to try that pilaf now! I've never had yellow green beans, but if they're sweeter than green beans, I definitely want to give them a try! Thanks for sharing some new to me TJ's products.
  • Alex (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) June 12, 2013, 7:17 am
    I know I've whined about this before, but why isn't there a trader joe's around me?! ;) At least there's one near my college so I can try some of these products this fall! I'm especially intrigued by that pilaf. And I've never even seen yellow beans in stores before!
  • Katherine June 12, 2013, 8:52 am
    I seriously need to move somewhere near a trader joe's!
  • Julia June 12, 2013, 9:02 am
    Ooooh that superfood pilaf looks great! I love trader joes. I always end up spending 10 times what I should and stock the kitchen for weeks!
  • jessiebearwhat June 12, 2013, 10:17 am
    I have never heard of yellow beans! Haha I love trying new food!!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health June 12, 2013, 1:25 pm
    TJ's never cease to amaze me. I love the idea of their pilaf.
  • Alyssa @ Road to RD June 12, 2013, 4:57 pm
    I haven't had pilaf in such a long time! You've inspired me to make some soon!
  • Brittany Trentham (@batrentham) June 12, 2013, 7:50 pm
    I'm like you! I haven't found anything at TJ's I didn't like!
  • Tara June 12, 2013, 9:24 pm
    TJ's is also my food market of choice! It's cheap and the quality is still great. I actually posted about changing out my grocery list, so this was an awesome post! Thanks.
  • Angela @ Another Bite Please June 13, 2013, 12:32 pm
    that pilaf looks so good...Trader joes is as dangerous as Target.
  • Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) June 13, 2013, 6:13 pm
    It's been a while since I've gone to Trader Joe's and I don't think I've seen either of these. I'm going to have to add them to my next shopping list!
  • lattesandlaughs June 13, 2013, 7:19 pm
    I love Trader Joe’s Organic Superfood Pilaf! I was also sold based on the word "superfood" and even my kale-hating boyfriend liked it. I mixed the leftovers in with my salad the next day for lunch and it was delicious!

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