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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Hip Hip Hooray for April showers! For most of us, the rain is much welcome after an extended stay by old man winter. Soon, the rain will pass, the flowers will bloom, and the asparagus will finally grow north of the border :) Perhaps you'll be stuffing Easter baskets with the treats and goodies that grace the upper shelves or preparing a fancy and fabulous meal for Passover or Easter.

What items have you tried recently and would you rate them a YAY or NAY?

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  1. Yay: the Queso Cheese Dip has only 15 calories and 0.5 g fat (0%) in 2 Tablespoons! And there's actually some Vitamin A (4%), Vitamin C (2%) and Calcium (2%)! I just had some on a chicken breast sandwich (it actually was very good on the sandwich) and afterward thought I would read the nutritional label to see how much damage I had done. What a pleasant surprise! I sure hope this isn't yet another case of TJ's mistaken nutritional labeling.

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    1. re: AmyH

      Not to make you paranoid, but there have been issues/discrepancies with some labels (especially condiments) in the past. --Regardless, I hope it is correct!

      1. re: GraceW

        Yes, I know. Which is why I said I hoped it wasn't yet another case of it.

      2. re: AmyH

        Agree, YAY - Queso Dip. I probably won't buy it too often because of the ingredient list but this tastes very similar to Tostitos and is awesome for a weekend treat (suzigirl, pay attention!).

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          Oh oh. I'm going to have to look for that. I just bought the fat free spicy black bean dip but I haven't opened it yet. I am hoping it is junky in a good way.

          1. re: suzigirl

            I'd love to know what you think. I didn't care for the black bean dip. Shockingly, it had too much vinegar for me.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              Well, I couldn't help but dip a spoon in to find out what I thought. It's hard to believe it but you are right. I took three bites to be sure. And for the average palate that might actually be painful if you weren't expecting it. My mouth is still watering. It has a good flavor that is overwhelmed by the vinegar. Big fat NAY.
              I tried the Cuban black beans that you like. Very good. Not overly salty. YAY

              1. re: suzigirl

                Ooh, I am somewhat pleased that I'm not the only one. I tried it multiple times over multiple days and I couldn't get over that vinegar. Glad you liked the black beans. You reminded me, I can't wait until 6am to get my favorite black bean salsa from the Farmer's Market.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  It kind of surprised me that I found it too vinegary. I worked at a restaurant many years ago that served rwv and raw onions with their black bean soup for the diner to use at will. I loved it but that dip was too much.

              2. re: fldhkybnva

                I didn't like this at all either .

        2. Not new, but new to me. Yay ~ Triple Berry Frozen Fruit.

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          1. re: mcel215

            I like the mix in the Very Cherry version better.

            1. re: RussTheRaccoon

              I am so sad that it has blackberries in it (I'm allergic.) I don't think they have anything else with cherries.

          2. YAY for the Vegetable Biryani. I really like all of the frozen Indian entrees, but this was the first time I had tried this one (I think it's new-ish?). I had it with plain Greek yogurt on top. Really good!

            And I've YAYed it before, but I'll say it again - I love the Soft & Juicy Mandarins. Better than any citrus candy I've had.

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            1. re: aching

              The vegetable biryani is yummmm!! I am of Indian origin and love the flavors and composition of this frozen meal. The dumplings are delicious. I need to buy some more soon !

              1. re: aching

                Just tried that -- very good. Only downer is that it's one of those devious "one box is two servings" TJ Indian dishes, like the also-delicious palak paneer.

                1. re: Bob W

                  It's not a downer if you never look at the nutritional information, like me! =)

                2. re: aching

                  That line of Indian entrees is very good and prices are so low that you can do several at a time and have a feast, not forgetting some Naan on the side.

                  1. re: aching

                    I tried the biryani last week and I really liked it. I added some steamed cauliflower and roasted green beans to bulk it up and I was able to get two servings out of it (otherwise I would have had the whole tray.) I didn't care for the lima beans, but I guess that's what the dog is for.

                  2. Yay to the dried white peaches. They tasted a lot like dried apricots to me, but they were very good since I love dried apricots!

                    Yay, to the chocolate covered coffee beans (according to my son who eats 'em)

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                    1. re: roxlet

                      I've loved those peaches for years. Single-ingredient wonders.

                      1. re: roxlet

                        these white peaches...from Okayama, perchance?

                        1. re: BuildingMyBento

                          I couldn't say...they are long gone!

                          1. Nay to the unsulfured dried apricots, I guess they are better for me health wise, but I just don't love the taste, so maybe it's more my palate than a nay, I'll continue to eat them and see if my taste buds adapt....

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                            1. re: geminigirl

                              I quite like the unsulfured dried apricots. Sweet and not too dry (like TJs unsulfured prunes tend to be). They are a routine purchase for me.

                              1. re: geminigirl

                                I bought a bag of organic turkish apricots over the weekend..haven't opened it yet but I will use it for tagine mainly.

                                1. re: Monica

                                  pantry staple for me! most recently, I've thrown them (chopped up) in muffins.

                                  1. re: rynnyb

                                    the apricots are also wonderful chopped up in zucchini bread

                                2. re: geminigirl

                                  If I didn't know what kind of fruit these were I wouldn't have been able to tell. They weren't bad really, they just didn't taste like apricots.