Happy October, mama! aka Pumpkin Month
If you read my last Trader Joe’s post you’ll see I love a good simple, TJ find for a meal or snack BUT… I don’t love to go there. So here is my once a month TJ Haul because… PUMPKIN everything!
I bought all of the pumpkin items I could get my hands on. Some great, some not so awesome. I’ve broken the items down into categories, hoping to simplify it all. The recipes are in bold to make it easy!
Some of these items I make just for Max and some we share for lunches. They are all easy to prep and then divide for each day.
Butternut Squash: Roast on 425 for 20 min, sprinkle with cumin and garlic powder
Ravioli: Prepare per the package and add desired amount of sauce or even just butter
I haven’t tried the pumpkin butter yet… if you have a suggestion on what to eat it with, do tell! The rest of the items are self explanatory and perfect for cozy weekend mornings by the fireplace with a cup of hot coffee.
I use left over fried rice from dinner, add the chickenless chicken and bam… easy peasy lunch
When prepping the one pan meal with chicken sausage for dinner, I pan fry the other half of the chicken sausage so that it’s ready to use with the salad for lunch the next day.
Roasted Chicken: Pound chicken breast, prep pan with olive oil, lightly season with the herb and provence seasoning, then roast at 420 for 20 min (or until done). Prepare gnocchi per package directions– except use olive oil instead of water.
Cauliflower Fried Rice: I purchased the ends and pieces pack of bacon this time DO NOT FOLLOW MY LEAD. It was GROSS. Use the regular applewood smoked bacon and cut it yourself. I cut up the bacon with scissors, fry it and set it aside. Add garlic and cauliflower rice to the pan (after draining the grease) and then add the veggies, some ginger seasoning, soyaki sauce, and a bit of coconut aminos– cook until done. Add the bacon back into the pan and it’s ready to eat!
Roasted Veggies with Chicken Sausage: I used jalapeno sausage this time but if you don’t like spicy, the apple one is really good. You can use any veggies you want, I just suggest getting as many pre sliced as possible because… TIME. I used zucchini, brussels sprouts, and carrots this week and I season with the TJ’s everyday seasoning. Roast at 420 for 15 min, stir, and roast for another 15-20.
Chicken Tortilla Soup: Place 1.5 chicken breasts, a jar of green salsa, 2 packets of sazon, 1 packet of taco seasoning, 1 diced onion (I get pre-cut), 1 tablespoon minced garlic, and 1/2 box of chicken stock into the crockpot. Cook for 3-5 hours– shred the chicken with 2 forks, add the remaining chicken stock and a can of black beans. Cook on low for another 1-2 hours. Serve with sour cream, avocado, cilantro, cheese, and tortilla chips.
Chickenless Chicken Tenders. Prepare tenders per package directions. I bought the frozen mashed potatoes and they were fine, but not great. To make them a bit better, I used chicken broth instead of water. For the cauliflower, I used the TJ’s vegan pesto and roasted them per the package directions. I also make a homemade chick-fil-a sauce or dairy free ranch to dip the tenders in.
Chick-fil-a copycat sauce: 1/2 mayo and 1/2 TJ’s Carolina BBQ sauce
Dairy Free Ranch: 1/2 mayo and 1/2 coconut milk, add fresh dill, garlic powder, and pepper.
I used the mini pumpkins to decorate around the house and I top off my coffee at home with a few dashes of the pumpkin pie seasoning.
I plan to serve the soup with grilled sandwiches or salad for an easy Sunday meal, after church.
A little tip to making the hummus taste homemade: add fresh lemon juice and a bit of olive oil when you serve it.
I wouldn’t buy the pumpkin tortilla chips and salsa again- they were fine but not worth buying again.
I don’t like the pumpkin spice perfect bar, but I love the chocolate pb one and they are much cheaper at TJ’s that anywhere else.
What goes best with Fall and pumpkin everything? Fall style, of course! If you’re looking to revamp your fall wardrobe, schedule a FREE call with me… I don’t bite! 🙂 Or maybe you just want to join the cool moms and get on our list?!
Hope you have a great week! If you want to see the haul- check out my instagram stories!