What I do have time for is a quick trip though Trader Joe’s to pick up some prepared items that make my dinner look super fancy, and best of all very healthy.
As we roll into Fall, Trader Joe’s is rolling out their Pumpkin products. I snatched up pumpkin crackers, pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin chocolates and pumpkin ravioli. As I checked out, I made sure to tell the checker that I scored on all the pumpkin products. The checker looks at me and says, “Oh, you haven’t even scratched the pumpkin surface. We’ll be getting in 78 different pumpkin products this year!”
What the what? Ok, I’ll have to come back then. For tonight, let’s see what I was able to shake down pumpkin style.
The Trader Joe Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli are fresh and you’ll find them near the cheese. They are orange on one side and yellow on the other. Filled with a creamy pumpkin spice filling, they are delicious tossed with a little buter. Make sure to prep these last if you are making other things as they only need three minutes in boiling water!
I sauteed up some spinach and diced mushrooms (also, thanks to Trader Joe’s) in a little olive oil and garlic.
I’ve been a big fan of the riced cauliflower that TJ’s has been selling, but was excited to mix it up with riced broccoli. The riced broccoli was prettier with the green, but too hard and fibrous for me to want to buy it again. Bummer.
I simply layered the fresh goodies on top of each other and topped with a little shaved Romano cheese. Dinner was met with rave reviews!
Again, I’d like to take ANY of the credit, but I really can’t. Thanks to Trader Joe’s for letting me have a night off from cooking. Now to plan another visit so I can find the other 73 Pumpkin products at Trader Joe’s.
Here’s the nitty gritty on all the extra nutrients I was able to cram into this dish as well. Three ravioli have about 166 calories, and the rest is veggies. The entire dish is less than 300 calories, including the little bit of olive oil and romano cheese.
Mushrooms are a good source of B-vitamins (riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin), iron, and selenium.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium and folate. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), potassium and copper.