Easy Healthy Bouillabaisse French Seafood Soup Using Trader Joe’s Seafood Blend







Easy Bouillabaisse

Serve with bread: After you put the seafood in the soup, preheat grill or oven broiler to medium-high. Spread cut slices of bread with olive oil and lightly salt. Place on grill.Grill 2-3 minutes or until golden. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 Leek chopped, save some of the fronds for garnish
  • 1 small fennel bulb, core and chop
  • Leek split in half lengthwise and then split each half in half
  • 1 large pinch saffron, soaked in 2 tablespoons orange juice for 10 minutes (optional)
  • 1 orange zested and 2 Tbps orange juice
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, in juice
  • 8 oz bottle clam juice
  • 1 cup stock
  • Trader Joe’s Seafood Blend of shrimp calamari and bay scallops
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, leeks, and fennel and sauté until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add the saffron, orange zest, tomatoes, stock and clam juice.
  3. Bring to a boil and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half, about 20 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add the seafood and parsley. Stir, reduce heat, cook until seafood is cooked, about 2 minutes. Do not overcook the seafood or it will be tough.
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High Fat and Deforestation: Two Things Hiding in Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy Broccoli Florets


I’m ashamed of Trader Joe’s. I’m typically a TJ fan and as a dietitian, I frequently recommend food products that they sell. But not this product.

A client recently showed me her “healthy” broccoli snack from Trader Joe’s. The packaging boasts: “A delicious way to get more vegetables in your diet”. My client had assumed that she had wisely chosen a healthy snack. But not so.

Turn over the package, read the nutrition label and you will see that the tiny 1.4 ounce package of these florets contains a whopping 15 grams of fat and 30% of the DV for an adult for the whole day…And not just any fat…palm oil, a poor choice for heart health. broc

And what’s more, from a health standpoint, palm oil is particularly high in saturated fat. Diets high in saturated fat can lead to elevated cholesterol level and a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Over time, this can lead to heart attack or stroke.

In addition to the nasty health implications, there are environmental concerns about how palm oil is produced. Palm oil production is responsible for significant forest destruction in the tropics and extensive carbon emissions. That’s why the Union of Concerned Scientists is calling on companies that “use major deforestation drivers such as palm oil to adopt strong deforestation-free and peat-free sourcing policies.” According to the Rainforest Action Network, Trader Joe’s does NOT have a zero-deforestation commitment for their products.

Palm oil can be produced without deforestation—and many companies have begun to make public commitments to use deforestation-free palm oil in their products. Here is a list of some of the notable ones:


So please, Trader Joe’s, join the other forward-looking companies and make a commitment to not only source palm oil that does not contribute to deforestation but to use other, more healthy fats in your products. Stopping deceptive labeling couldn’t hurt, either.

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Choosing Healthier Frozen Dinner Entrees: Spotlight Trader Joe’s Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

lasagna front lasagna labelTrader Joe’s Roasted Vegetable Lasagna made with multigrain noodles makes for a great last minute dinner entrée. And it is super delish. Just add salad, cooked vegetable, whole grain bread, fruit and/or milk for a complete dinner.

One serving provides 30% of your days’ worth of Vitamin A, 15% of your days’ worth of calcium, 5 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein. All this nutrition for only 240 calories, 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 480 mg of sodium. Typically frozen meals are high in sodium so 480 mg isn’t all that bad. Surprisingly, most home-cooked meals contain 1,380 mg of sodium.

When determining if a frozen entrée is “healthy, the FDA has labeling criteria:
<500 calories
< 480 mg sodium
< 15 grams of fat
<5 grams of saturated fat
>4 grams of fiber
At least 10% of two or more of Vitamins C and A, calcium, iron, protein and fiber.

Happily, Trader Joe’s Roasted Vegetable Lasagna fits the criteria.

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