Trader Joe’s Dinner – Chile Lime Chicken Burgers & Beer Battered Onion Rings

 


Firstly, I want to point out that these two items are quite possibly two of my favorite items that Trader Joe’s sells – both of which are available in their freeze section.  The greatest thing about this meal is the fact it takes little to no time at all to throw together.  The burgers are raw, so after defrosting in the fridge for 2-hours, they cook up in under 15 minutes – usually everything (burgers and onion rings) are finishing up around the same time.
The Chile Lime Chicken Burgers {which are 3 points plus for 1 or 7 for 2 if you’re “hangry”] are a fabulous invention by the masterminds at Trader Joe’s.  It’s a classic chicken burger – and I admit when I first purchased these (I’ve repurchased quite a bit) I was skeptical of the flavor.  I’ve purchased plain chicken burgers from the store and they’re always blah. You an season them to death but they always end up tasting like a plain chicken burger.  These are just perfectly seasoned and delicious.  The flavors that make up the burgers are not over powering, they’re just great.
The Beer Battered Onion Rings [which are only 4 points plus for 3 oz] are frankly the best frozen onion rings I have ever had and that’s saying a lot!  Usually frozen onion rings are well, disgusting, or mediocre but these are just plain delicious. I spray a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray, layer out my onion rings and I spritz the top of them with spray.  Typically I flip them a little more than half-way through cooking time.  They just come out nice and crispy, the onion inside the ring is plentiful, soft and not overpowering.  The flavor is delicious; they’re mildly sweet but just overall perfection.  They’ve been a continuous staple in my freezer since I first tried them – but sadly, we finished the last bag so that means they’re on my “To Buy” list for Trader Joe’s.
We ate this on simple toasted bread (I had mine on light Italian bread) topped with a little tomato, lettuce, mustard and a pinch of ketchup. Delish!  Overall dinner was 9 points plus and delicious!
QUESTION:
Have you tried either of these Trader Joe’s products?

New England Style Roast Beef Dinner (Take-Out)

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In the New England area there are two styles of roast beef.  Cold (which you can get from the deli at a market OR if you’re at a sandwich shop it’s listed under “cold sandwiches”) or hot (which is typically sold at certain roast beef sandwich shops because the roast beefs are slow cooked all day, shaved upon order and put onto a roll).
I don’t enjoy cold roast beef — but I on the other hand I LOVE hot roast beef.  Hot roast beef sandwiches are typically made with BBQ sauce (a particular brand, it’s runnier than regular BBQ sauce and spicy), but folks can also order them with horseradish, mustard and mayonnaise– as well as sides such as lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese.  I was craving a roast beef sandwich and it sounded delicious to my boyfriend so we decided that was going to be what was for dinner. Hot roast beef sandwiches (typically) come in 3 sizes, junior, large and super (which means it’s served on an onion roll).
Since we were having dinner with my mom we ordered a roast beef dinner – which came with a small size salad, onion rings and French fries for all to share.  Sandwiches – we ordered a junior with sauce and cheese, a super with mustard and onion and a super with bbq sauce, horseradish, onion, lettuce and tomato.
About 3 bites in and I was TKO’d, so I ended up putting my sandwich into the fridge and enjoying it as a s few smaller meals the next day.  Since I only ate, not even ¼ I said it was 5 points plus – typically, if I was to eat the whole thing (due to the BBQ sauce and the roll) I say it’s anywhere between 18-19.  And if I want to get technically, I DO sometimes take the meat off the bun and weigh it.
As a side note, I do make hot roast beef sandwiches at home — but the cheap mans way out. I take thin and trim deli roast beef and lightly warm it up in the oven/toaster oven and then add my condiments to it.  It’s then a much “healthier” alternative because I’m using point friendly items.  But nonetheless – both ways are delicious!
QUESTION:
Have you ever had a New England style roast beef sandwich?