A Fast Vegetarian Meal Thanks to Trader Joe’s

by Dagmar Bleasdale on January 29, 2012

I love Trader Joe’s grocery stores — their products are fabulous, cost less, and they carry imported German cookies and chocolates I grew up with.

But my favorite part is that all “Trader Joe’s” brand products contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, no MSG or trans fats, and are sourced from non-genetically modified ingredients. So I can buy non-organic food at Trader Joe’s and be assured that I’m not buying GMO food, which is really important to me.

I used to get most of our food at the Trader Joe’s down the street when we lived in Los Angeles. Our Trader Joe’s is further away here in New York, but I still buy about half of our food there.

The other day I was inspired to cook myself a healthy lunch after coming home from working out. I’m working out twice a week now and trying to drink more water and eat more protein to lose the extra 10 pounds I put on last year.

I wanted to cook something I could make quickly that was high in protein but vegetarian.

Fast Vegetarian Meal Thanks to Trader Joe’s

All I did was combine two Trader Joe’s items — their frozen Quinoa Duo…

…and their firm, ready-to-eat Organic Baked Tofu.

I used a little bit of coconut oil in the pan, cut the tofu in cubes, and browned them first. Then I added the quinoa. Because the tofu is already marinated, I didn’t add any salt or spices.

After I put it in my favorite bowl, I added a few slices of avocado, and voila — I had a healthy, vegetarian meal after only ten minutes. My kind of cooking :)

It was delicious!

What’s you favorite vegetarian dish?

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Heidy@The McCallumsShamrockPatch January 21, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Wow this recipe for a Fast Vegetarian Meal looks wonderful ! Thanks for sharing it with us!I hope to see you this week on Thursday the 22nd at 8 pm est time- Monday 9 am est. I can’t wait to see what you bring this week!! Remember you can add up to 3 links “Anything” goes on #PureBlogLove recipes, crafts, diy projects, or informative tips and tricks you name it!!!



Cathy January 13, 2015 at 7:04 PM

What a great recipe thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


Valerie March 23, 2012 at 3:45 AM

That looks delicious!!!

I’ve recently begun to cut tofu into squares, bake them 15, turn them and bake another 17 min and dip them in General Tso sauce. YUM.

Have you ever tried Pasta Slim? It’s extremely low calorie noodles (about 40 calories for 8 oz). It takes some getting used to, but I like it.

Have a good day!


Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network March 10, 2012 at 9:02 AM

That looks so good, it’s making my tummy rumble just looking at it- gotta try this one!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us on Natural Mothers Network Dagmar!
I am really looking forward to hosting the Seasonal Celebration Linky Party #7 going live tomorrow and hope you’ll pop over sometime-you’re always welcome!
http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/category/seasonal-celebration-sunday/ Have a great weekend!
Rebecca x


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