I love Autumn…especially at Trader Joe’s! Here are my Favorite Trader Joe’s Fall Items with tips on how to use them. Some of these things, like the spiced pumpkin seeds, are only available at this time of year!
1. Flowers and Pumpkins
2. Basil Plant
Pluck off the larger leaves, rinse, and pat dry. Stack the leaves and use scissors to cut thin strips over tomatoes, pasta, whatever! I do this all year long.
2. Roasted Red Pepper Soup
This is a great lunch or first course with a small dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream and cracked pepper.
3. Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
So good on salads, especially this Autumn Pear and Arugula Salad.
4. Trader Joe’s Olive Oil Spray
5. Heirloom carrots
So pretty! I serve them as crudites or roasted in the oven with olive oil.
6. Honeycrisp Apples
Delicious snack when on the go.
7. Vacuum-packed lentils
These are in the refrigerated vegetable section. Make a healthy salad by adding: chopped carrots, celery, red onion, parsley, drizzles of olive oil and red wine vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
8. Fontina cheese, prosciutto, and fresh pizza dough.
9. Dark Chocolate lace cookies
10. Frozen almond croissants
Take them out the night before to freshly bake in the morning. Great for when you have house guests.
11. Uncured Apple Smoked Thick-sliced bacon (sprinkle with pepper)
The pepper adds a little taste and texture. I bake the slices on a rack and pan in the oven. You could also drizzle with honey.
12. Bruschetta Sauce
Makes a great appetizer on toasted baguette slices or as an addition to scrambled eggs.
13. Fall Zucchette Butternut Squash Pasta
I serve these with peas (frozen and added to the pasta water at the end to lightly cook), a little olive oil and butter, shredded parmesan and sliced fresh basil.
14. Rosé Wine From Provence
I like it all year round–sometimes it’s sold out though.
15. Spatchcock Lemon Rosemary Chicken.
We make this often, many times instead of store-bought rotisserie chicken.
Tip for a crisper skin: Remove the lemon slices even though the directions above say to leave them on. Sprinkle with black pepper. Cook at a higher temperature (425 degrees–preheated) for 20 minutes and then reduce to 350 degrees for the remainder.
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Did I miss anything? What are some of your Favorite Trader Joe’s Fall Items?