dinner and a workout

15 Mar

My beloved Trader Joe’s has added some more vegan goodies to their store and I am here to share them with you. I swear to my cats that I am not paid by them, because that would be my dream job, rather I am a fanatical shopper who you have the fortune or misfortune of reading the blog of. 🙂

First off-


Chicken-less Stuffed Cutlets. Chikey-style cutlets, stuffed with black beans and corn in a flavorful red sauce with mild jalapenos. Unlike most TJ’s finds, a little pricey for regular consumption, but again it’s convenience food so there you go.


Black Cherry Gel Cups. Imagine my surprise when my eyes honed in on that little “V” in the bottom left hand corner. Vegan jello cups! Bestill my heart! They have black cherry and peach mango. With Jim not being the biggest fan of mango, I went with black cherry.

So, how do you make dinner and fit in a workout in 30 minutes?

1.) Rinse 1 cup quinoa thoroughly and toss in your rice cooker. Add 1 2/3 cups water. Set it and forget it. 🙂

2.) Do 1 level of the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Work-out DVD (22 minutes), which I will now admit is a great workout, but I still think she’s mean. 🙂

3.) Quinoa will be done, open lid and let set.

4.) Place water in a pot with a steamer tray and bring to a boil. Add pre-washed green beans and put a lid on it!

5.) Cut a little air vent in the Chicken-less Cutlets bag and microwave for 2 minutes.

6.) Plate it all up and nomnomnom. Also remember to drink plenty of water!


The cutlet was pretty darn good. The sauce was plentiful and tasted great and the cutlet itself, while a little smaller than I’d imagined, was very tasty and packed full of beans and corn. We ate the quinoa in the most simple way possible, but in a way we’d never tried- with a little pat of Earth Balance melted on top and a sprinkling of salt. So good! Who’d of though that something that small would make something uber good, but it certainly did!

One step dessert: Peel back foil from gel cup. Serve.


The gello has a good texture and excellent flavor. It is thickened with carragennan and is all natural, of course. I can’t wait to try the peach mango. I’ll get it next time and what makes it better is that I won’t have to share with Jim!

Oh, and while you’re hanging on the interwebs, check it: my brother in Minneapolis has started his own vegetarian food blog. He is a cook of the most virtuous variety, he actually cooks with what he has in his kitchen. If only I were that smart and economical. He’s a newish cook who likes to break all the rules (or stray from the directions to his liking), and he’s documenting his experiments in his Veggie Lab. Check out his blog and show him some love, he’s new to this whole food blogging thing and is still finding this sea legs.


11 Responses to “dinner and a workout”

  1. Courtney March 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    What fun–I love finding new products! Now that Trader Joe’s is finally in MN, I will have to keep my eyes open for those :o)


  2. Gina March 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    Weird, I bought an almost identical product at my local natural foods store, that was also new this week. It must be the same cutlet in different packaging, its seriously the exact same thing!! I have yet to blog about it though, I’ve totally been slacking *sigh*

    • krispycheks March 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

      What brand is it, Gina? I’m always trying to figure out what brand things are on Trader Joe’s, but I’m thinking this one is regional because I don’t remember ever seeing it.

  3. Liz² March 15, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    this reminds me of how I was fed growing up, and damn was it good! I can’t believe you found gel cups, too, that looks so yummy right now. Wish I had a Trader Joes around!

  4. Celine March 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    I’ve never been into jello, but you know I can’t not try these gel cups the next time I drop by TJ;s. thanks for the review!

  5. jessy March 16, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    oh sweet jeebus, i need to hit up my local trader joes! hooray for a good workout & a super quick ‘n tasty dinner! going to have to try some e.b. on quinoa now! mmmmmmmmmm! your green beans are totally calling my name, too! ahhahaa! yay!

  6. DJ Karma (VegSpinz) March 16, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    Dole makes a “Fruit Gel” that’s vegan too. Those cutlets look delicious, and I’ll make sure to stop by your son’s blog- can’t have enough veggie bloggers around! 😉

  7. DJ Karma (VegSpinz) March 16, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    *oops, sorry- I meant “brother” not son!!

  8. Vegyogini March 16, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    I picked up a package of those cutlets last week and will break them out for a couple lunches this week. I’ll keep my eyes open for the gel cups; I’ve never looked for them before. Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places ever!

  9. Vegan Vice March 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Thanks for the perfect reason to get myself to Trader Joes while in CA — JEL CUPS!! That’s some vegan magic.

  10. shellyfish March 18, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    I do indeed miss TJs here!

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