I need your help guys! Are you all Trader Joes fans? I’ve always heard people talking about how great Trader Joes is, but I’ve never lived very close to one, and I’ve only been a handful of times. BUT — in a very exciting move — a brand-new Trader Joes just opened up a few blocks from my apartment. Given how much I’ve complained about my annoying on-foot grocery store commute, you can imagine how excited I am.
So, guys — what should I check out at the new neighborhood TJ? All my favorite food bloggers are always talking about their preferred TJ treats, but I’m a total novice. I’m sure I’ll be making a trip there soon, so let me know what I should check out!
And, as a thank-you-in-advance, here’s the best vegetarian meal I’ve made in awhile!
1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed in a mesh strainer
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 large egg
2/3 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flour
6 sandwich buns, along with desired toppings
1. Add quinoa to small saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover pan, and cook 12-15 minute, or until water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
2. While quinoa cooks, heat oil in small pan over medium heat, then add onion and garlic. Add pinch of salt and sauté until onions are softened, 5-6 minutes.
3. Remove mixture into a large bowl, then add black beans and mash together using potato masher or fork, until pasty mixture forms. Stir in tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, chipotle, cumin and pinch of salt. Stir in cooked quinoa, oats, and flour until well mixed. Form mixture into 6 equal patties, compacting them with your hands as much as possible. Place patties on baking sheet or large plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour (or up to overnight)
4. To cook preheat oven to 400. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and place the patties on the sheet. Cook 10-12 minutes–until patties are golden brown and crispy– then carefully flip over and cook another 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a large pan or griddle over medium-high heat, heating patties 4-6 minutes per side or until slightly golden. Serve on buns with desired toppings.