Turkey Cranberry Apple Sausages with Brussels Sprouts and Squash

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I went into Trader Joe’s looking for the perfect fall recipe. I usually follow my father’s golden rule “from Labor Day on, no turkey until Thanksgiving,” but when I saw that the Trader Joe’s employee handing out free samples of turkey sausage, I had to give in early (shh… don’t tell him!)

At first bite, I knew that Trader Joe’s Uncured Turkey Cranberry Apple Sausages would be the perfect staple in the fall recipe I was craving. I grabbed a stalk of TJ’s Brussels Sprouts and a package of Peeled & Cubed Butternut Squash, and ran toward the register, suddenly hungry for dinner.

The end result was a fantastic fall recipe, a perfect combination of roasted goodness with a hint of sweet from the brown sugar and cranberries. Here’s my recipe for Turkey Cranberry Apple Sausages with Brussels Sprouts and Squash. I typically cook for two, and this recipe was just enough for dinner and leftovers for lunch the following day:

Ingredients

·      1 package of TJ’s Uncured Turkey Cranberry Apple Sausages
·      1 stalk of TJ’s Brussels sprouts
·      1 package of TJ’s Cut Butternut Squash
·      2 teaspoons of TJ’s Organic Grade A Maple Syrup
·      4 tablespoons of butter
·      TJ’s Organic Brown Sugar to taste

images from traderjoes.com


Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and heat a pan over medium heat.
2. Once the pan is heated, add the butter and sausage to the pan and cook until brown.
3. Once it’s cooked all the way through, cut the sausage into bite sized pieces.
4. Slice the brussels sprouts into bite sized pieces.
5. Put the browned sausage, brussels sprouts, and cubed squash into a bowl and toss with Organic Grade A Maple Syrup. Add more syrup to taste, if needed.
6. Place everything on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with Organic Brown Sugar and place into the oven.
7. Roast for about an hour until the vegetables are fully cooked.
8. Enjoy! 

Recipe thanks to Keri Ann O'Riordan 




Glazed Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Doughnuts

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By Mary Shirley
I've been making Cookie Butter and Cocoa Swirl Cookies and Cookie Butter Pound Cake, but I wanted to get away from Cookie Butter for a while and try some other things Trader Joe's has to offer! So, Trader Joe's Glazed Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Doughnuts were born. Trader Joe's Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake DoughnutsThese were delicious and so easy to make! I wasn't sure how a boxed cake mix would work, but these doughnuts didn't taste or feel like a doughnuts shaped cake. The glazed helped give the doughnuts a bite and more of a doughnut feels. And, I think the cinnamon crumb also added a dimension. I will just say, I ate four immediately after taking these photos, which means my husband only got two. He's lucky even even got two! I will definitely be making these again. Trader Joe's Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Doughnuts-5

Trader Joe's Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Doughnuts

(Makes 6 Doughnuts) Ingredients: Trader Joe's Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Doughnuts-7
  • 1 box Trader Joe's Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Mix
    • 1 1/2 cup cake mix
    • 1/2 cup crumb mix
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (can substitute Soy milk or regular milk)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Doughnut Glaze

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk (can substitute Soy milk or regular milk)
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix the cake mix (not the crumb mix), milk, vegetable oil, and egg until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, melt the butter. Using a fork, mix the crumb mix and butter. This will be lumpy, that's okay.
  4. Grease a doughnut pan. I used Trader Joe's coconut oil spray.
  5. Pour the cake mixture into a ziplock bag and cut the corner of the bag to make a homemade pastry bag.
  6. Pipe a thin layer of cake batter into each section of the doughnut pan. Then add a layer of the crumb mixture followed by another layer of cake batter. Do not fill to the brim or overfill because these will rise like cake.
  7. Place in oven and bake for about 18 minutes. Doughnuts will not brown, but do the toothpick test to ensure they are done.
  8. While doughnuts are in the oven, mix the confectioner's sugar and milk in a medium sized bowl.
  9. After removing doughnuts from the oven, place on cooling rack.
  10. When doughnuts are cooled enough to handle, but not completely cool dip each each side of the doughnut in the glaze mixture. I coated each doughnut twice. Place on cooling rack to cool and excess glaze to drip off.
  11. Enjoy.
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Soft-baked Snickerdoodles- Gluten Free

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My plan was to write about these delicious cookies while eating a few and unfortunately I am unable to do so because someone (I will find you) ate all the my cookies. I was told about these soft, chewy cookies one afternoon by a fan of Trader Joe's. I immediately jotted them down in my mental Trader Joe's List and 2 days later I totally understood what the hype was about. Their name on the box is a mouthful, but describes the cookies to a tee with the exception of not mentioning they are extremely addicting and extremely at risk of getting eaten by those around you; so be careful and choose a good hiding spot.

Trader Joe's Soft-baked Snickerdoodles Chewy Sugar Cookies Dusted with Cinnamon Free of the 8 Common Allergens Vegan Option No Gluten Ingredients Used


Picture from: http://injohnnaskitchen.com

The last time I bought these ( I'm still steaming over the fact I only had 2 from the entire box of 12) the guy working the register provided me with a fantastic tip- heat them in the microwave for a few seconds, put them on top of a scoop of ice cream with Cookie Butter on top. How was that mental picture? I about died imaging how the whole ménage à trois would go down and how it would be repeated until every last cookie was delivered into the pit of my stomach. So naturally, I paid and jolted out of Trader Joe's before I took his advice and packed on a delicious 10 pounds. (But seriously, I am going to try this sometime soon.) If you beat me to it, leave a comment about your euphoric experience.
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