Butterball Turkey Polska Kielbasa

Growing up kielbasa (the full fat kind) was a classic in my household. We’d eat it grilled, fried, or boiled and typically alongside pierogies or on a sandwich.  Since I don’t typically eat full-fat meats any longer, I’ve switched out for leaner alternatives. One of those alternatives is turkey kielbasa. One of the brands I purchase is Butterball Turkey Polska Kielbasa.
The only true difference I can tell is that 1) it’s less greasy, 2) it’s not as tough and 3) I don’t get heartburn for days after eating it.  I definitely enjoy the absence of heartburn because as much as I enjoy kielbasa I hated the burn a few hours after eating it.  These days, I fry up my kielbasa in a non-stick skillet to get a nice “crisp” on the outside. I typically throw onions and peppers into the mix to bulk up my meal, plus it’s a great way to incorporate vegetables into the dish.  I typically cook the kielbasa up in chunks or I dice it up – it truly depends on my mood or how much I have to stretch it.
On this day I enjoyed my kielbasa with onions and peppers alongside some sautéed fresh vegetables and some Ore-Ida Simply potato wedges.  Great meal even without the bread!  A 2 ounce serving is 2 points plus values, or if you’re counting calories it’s 100 calories per serving.
What is your favorite brand of kielbasa?

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Trader Joe’s Chicken Parmigiana with Marinara Sauce

I’ve seen this Chicken Parmigiana with Marinara Sauce at Trader Joe’s countless times but just hadn’t picked it up until recently.  I was really in the mood for chicken parm, but since my boyfriend isn’t a fan of cheese, it just made a little more sense to pick this up to have and share with any willing parties (which happened to be my mother).
I’ve tried the eggplant towers from Trader Joe’s and was a huge fan, so I went into the chicken parm with high hopes and I can firmly state I was not let down.  The whole dish was just superb and a great treat.  The chicken is moist and easy to cut (I didn’t need to use a knife even after microwaving the dish).  It’s covered in a delicious thick sauce, which in my opinion is phenomenal and packed with flavor. It’s then topped with a thin layer of cheese.  Quite yummy!
There are 2 servings in the container, with 8 ounces being a serving size.  I found each of the chicken cutlets were roughly the same size, the sauce being evenly distributed amongst both pieces brought each serving close to the 8 ounces.  A serving is 9 points plus, which may seem high but when factoring a 6 ounce piece of chicken, breaded cutlet, sauce and cheese – it’s well worth it.  I did enjoy mine alongside a tossed salad which made it a complete meal without needing to have pasta.  It got two big thumbs up from both my mother and I.
Have you tried the Trader Joe’s Chicken Parmigiana?

Trader Joe’s – Trader Giotto’s – Eggplant Parmesan Towers

I’ve seen this Trader Giotto’s – Eggplant Parmesan Towers refrigerated dish at Trader Joe’s for months on months and I’ve always said “next time” because my meals for the week were rather planned out. I picked this up and decided I’d have lunch with my mother.  The dish serves 2, so sharing is caring, particularly with something you would gladly eat two servings of if it was sitting in the refrigerator.
The box describes the dish as eggplant made with romano, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese and Marinara sauce.  These particular cutlets are breaded (there is another eggplant dish – frozen at Trader Joe’s that has grilled eggplant in it).  I make homemade eggplant once in a while because it reminds me of my grandmother, but I felt purchasing this not only simplified the process BUT it also eliminated the massive amounts of eggplant that typically stay when I make homemade eggplant.
Heating can be done in either the microwave or the oven, but I decided on the microwave (I was hungry).  It turned out pretty delicious!  Serving size was ½ the tray – 7 ounces.  My mother was equally impressed and she really enjoyed it as did I.  The flavors were perfect all the way through.  A perfect Italian dish that was satisfying and hit that eggplant parmesan craving over the head.
A serving size is 8 points plus, which I felt was justifiable for a cheese filled and sauce and cheese covered, breaded eggplant dish.

Trader Joe’s – Trader Giotto’s – Chicken Marsala

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I picked up this Trader Joe’s Chicken Marsala in the refrigerated section during one of my recent grocery hauls.  I was eyeing the chicken parmesan but since my boyfriend doesn’t like cheese, I didn’t want t be stuck eating both servings – so I opted for this.  It had a similar fried chicken quality, so it would curb that food want.  Sure, my boyfriend doesn’t like mushrooms either, but if you don’t put them on the chicken the flavor isn’t there.
The dish is provided containing two servings (which I admit are two large pieces of chicken).  Since chicken marsala is not something I would make at home, I felt this was a justifiable purchase.  I heated the dish up in the microwave per the package directions – 2 ½ minutes later it was done and ready to be served.
My boyfriend and I ate it alongside some green beans.  It was undoubtedly filling – I had half my serving and had to wait a while before I could read the remainder.  The chicken wasn’t dry – which is sometimes the case when you have to heat poultry in the microwave.  The sauce was flavorful and the provided mushrooms in the sauce were just enough without being overpowering.  Sauce wise I felt there was more than enough sauce for both cutlets (to drizzle over the top or to even drizzle over some pasta on the side if you fancy that).
I gave this two thumbs up.  Weight Watchers Points Plus wise – the serving will cost you 8 points plus – but it’s definitely worth it!
What is your favorite Trader Joe’s meal?