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A Trader Joe’s Asian Inspired Night…

Posted Oct 02 2012 6:51am

Hi there!  Happy Tuesday to you!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  What did you do this weekend?  I just want to start off by saying thank you so much for all of your kind words about my first major recap of our wedding.  I really appreciate everything that all of you said.  I worked extremely hard on every single detail of our wedding and I am very proud of it. I cannot wait to go through and show you more pictures and details.  I will be following up with another post very soon.  In case you missed it, I recapped our getting ready pictures and pictures that were taken before the ceremony yesterday.

Last night, I really had no clue what to make for dinner.  Mike and I had originally planned on a dish that we wanted to try making but he had to run to the eye doctor after work to check his new trial contacts.  He didn’t want me try the recipe without him.  So we are going to make that tonight.  Instead, I browsed the entire house and freezer trying to come up with some ideas.  I didn’t feel like cooking anything too elaborate.  So I started roasting up some vegetables. I roasted green beans, carrots, mushrooms, and butternut squash.  I then looked into our freezer and remembered that the last time Mike and I went to Trader Joe’s together we got a few items that we had never tried.  I decided to make it an Asian inspired evening, all thanks to Trader Joe’s!

We had a bag of Edamame in our freezer that was dying to be used.

Love Edamame!

All I did was throw that into a pot of boiling water until it was cooked and not frozen anymore.  Once it was done, I put it in a bowl and tossed the edamame with some sea salt just like you would get at an Asian or Japanese restaurant.


Steamed Edamame tossed with sea salt

Are you a fan of edamame?  I actually really like it a lot.  It’s fun to eat and it tastes great too.  Sea salt is a must on top.  It gives it more flavor.  I can’t believe it took me so many years to try it!  I’m glad that I finally did.  It’s a must when dining at a Japanese restaurant.

I also noticed a bag of Vegetable Goyza in the freezer so I decided to make that in the microwave.

Thai Vegetable Goyza from Trader Joe’s

Better view of the entire bag

The best part about these Goyza is that right on the bag it says No Preservatives and No Artificial Ingredients.  I REALLY like that about most of Trader Joe’s products.  I have to be really careful because of my stomach and knowing that there aren’t any of those types of ingredients in the food makes it a winner in my book!

While the goyza was cooking, I steamed some white rice so that it could be the base for our dinner.  I also took out Goyza sauce from Trader Joe’s that we had sitting in the pantry.

Gyoza Dipping Sauce

Now it was time to assemble!  I used the rice as a base layer in a large bowl.  Then I added the vegetable goyza, and tossed in some of the roasted vegetables that I made.  Once everything was in the bowl, I poured a little bit of the goyza dipping sauce in and mixed everything together!  It was quick, easy and simple.  Plus, it tasted great!  I called it my Asian Goyza Bowl!

My dinner bowl

I was so impressed by the vegetable goyza!  They are so good!  They tasted fresh and had just the right amount of vegetables inside.  It makes for a great entree or even as an appetizer for entertaining.  If you did that, you could use the goyza sauce just for dipping for your guests.  I really enjoyed this.  Now, I’m hoping to get back to Trader Joe’s sometime soon so we can buy another bag of this stuff.  It was that good!  Have you ever tried the vegetable goyza from TJ?

The rest of the evening, we spent catching up on the tv shows that aired Sunday night.  Mike was watching the Eagles game when they were on.  So I watched something that I wanted to watch on the dvr.  So last night, we watched Once Upon A Time, Revenge and the first 15 minutes of 666 Park Avenue.  I have to say I was kind of bored through Once Upon A Time.  I don’t know why.  I guess the first episode back should have been stronger. I don’t know?  Sometimes that show is hit or miss with me.  I either love it or I’m bored the entire episode.  Revenge on the other hand, always keeps my attention!  I love that show.  I am a fan of Emily Van Camp ever since she was on Brother’s and Sisters.  Speaking of which, another actor from that show, David (I can’t remember his last name) is on 666 Park Avenue.  I’m not sure how I feel about that show yet.  I think I need to watch a little bit more to make a final decision.

Well, that is all I have for today folks.  Have a lovely Tuesday!

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