The Other TJ in My Life

You are all probably well aware of my love affair with a certain Trader Joe, but there’s another TJ vying for my affection: TJ Maxx. I’ve been frequenting TJ’s aisles since high school; I learned early that its racks harbor the best bargains in town. Not only can you find Seven jeans for approximately 30% of their original price, but you can also score sweet activewear for mere pennies. Exhibit A:cimg7224

At last, I found my beloved Nike running shorts at a reasonable price! Original price: $40.00. TJ Price: $7.99. I also snagged an Under Armour shirt and a pretty coral-colored sports bra. I will be struttin’ my stuff on tomorrow’s morning run, for sure:)

Do you shop at discount stores? What are some of your favorite bargains?

Alright, enough of my gushing over TJ. Here are the edibles:

Thursday

After a little digging in the cookie jar (yes, I do keep my protein powder packets in the cookie jar), I came up with another Vega Smoothie Infusion. The rest of the components were determined by the almost empty bags of frozen fruit in my freezer. Yummers.

Leftovers Smoothie: Vega Smoothie Infusion, mango, pineapple, peaches, soymilk, & Mango Coconut Melange granola

Leftovers Smoothie: Vega Smoothie Infusion, mango, pineapple, peaches, soymilk, & Mango Coconut Melange granola

Friday

We’ve made it to J already! I decided to combine challenges this morning in that I completed “J” in my alphabet oat challenge, and I tried a new food, as suggested by CCV. I combined the jicama with apple & cinnamon and nuked it for a a few minutes in the microwave to achieve an apple pie-like consistency. I did a little research about jicama flavor pairings and found that it accompanies citrus flavors well–hence the orange zest. Although jicama takes some peeling and chopping, I’d consider including it in my diet again; its taste reminds me of an apple-potato hybrid. Have you ever tried jicama? How do you enjoy it?

"J" Oats: oatbran with almond milk, jicama, apple, cinnamon, cashews, & orange zest

"J" Oats: oatbran with almond milk, jicama, apple, cinnamon, cashews, & orange zest

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For lunch, I derived inspiration from the Body Mind Soul blog and made Ranch Tofu. For the ranch flavor, I used a teaspoon of Simply Organic‘s Ranch Dip seasoning. I love savory breakfast food, any time of day.

Ranch Tofu with broccoli; shredded potatoes with salsa; greens with almonds & dates; orange

Ranch Tofu with broccoli; shredded potatoes with salsa; greens with almonds & dates; orange

dates+almonds=Caroline's crack combination

dates+almonds=Caroline's crack combination

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Snackage with Oikos:

Plain Oikos

Plain Oikos

served with strawberries & walnuts

served with strawberries & walnuts

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I’ll save the full review for my upcoming comprehensive Greek yogurt review, but I’ll tell ya this: two thumbs up in the creaminess department. Thank you Stonyfield!

For dinner, I called forth my Southern roots again and prepared some beans n’ greens, along with a sweet potato. Superb.

Southern Goodness: blackeyed peas & collards; sweet potato with cottage cheese & cinnamon; salad with Woodstock dressing

Southern Goodness: blackeyed peas & collards; sweet potato with cottage cheese & cinnamon; salad with Woodstock dressing

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Ciao for now, bloggies.

18 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    FoodsThatFit said,

    I love TJ Maxx for their cheap kitchen stuff🙂

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    Umm…TJ Maxx is the BEST!! In fact, I’m now inspired to go tomorrow. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

  3. 3

    Christina said,

    I LOVE Tj maxx. You got some cute stuff!

  4. 4

    foxyfritter said,

    Hi, I read random food blogs, (not a food blogger, just entertaining..) and I saw you asked about jicama. I am really into jicama and surprisingly most people don’t know how amazing it tastes when you cook it in the oven. I’m usually too impatient so I’ll nuke it in the microwave for about 10 minutes. It tastes like a light and sweet white potato, and very fibrous. I usually dip it in ketchup like fries, but it tastes good with all kinds of condiments…Jicama is a really underrated veggie!

  5. 5

    Emily said,

    Caroline,

    I haven’t been to TJ Max in ages! I could really use some new workout clothes too.. thanks for the reminder! Can someone say retail therapy?

    Do you have any big plans for summer? Internships or summer jobs maybe? Or just chillaxing after all that hard work?

    And cottage cheese + sp? MUST TRY NOW!

    TGIF!

    With Love,

    Emily

  6. 6

    lesouefsbrouilles said,

    whoa i need to go to a tj maxx asap!! savory breakfasts are the best!

  7. 7

    Lauren said,

    I do shop at TJ Maxx & Marshalls – I’ve picked up some amazing buys at these discount stores!

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    ksgoodeats said,

    Sweet potato with cottage cheese and cinnamon – I hope you don’t mind if I just happen to drive down to your house and join you for these delicious meals😉

    I love TJ Maxx but I haven’t been in years! There’s a new one opening by my house, uh oh!

  9. 9

    *Gasp* another TJ in your life? What does Trader Joe’s think about this?😉

    Caroline, do you know how much you rock for being brave enough to try jicama in your oats?! I love the creativity! I bought jicama a few weeks ago, but just ended up putting it in a stir fry (raw, at the end) because I ddn’t know what else to do with it.

    I’m excited for your upcoming K oats. Watch out if you decide to use kumquats– they’re sour! But have you ever tried kabocha squash? It’s rich and velvety and would probably be really good mixed into oatmeal. Other than that, the only K thing I can think of is Kit Kats… not all too healthy, but hey, it’s chocolate! Oh no wait, kiwi starts with k. Kiwi oats? As I said, I’m excited to see what you make!

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    verbalriot said,

    I love all the new clothes! I definitely need to invest in some new workout gear!

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    Amanda said,

    I would love to try Jimica!!! I just always forget to pick some up at the co-op when I’m there.

    I shope TJ Maxx for bags..you can always find something there!

    And I see that you use the same dressing I am in love with!! Woodstock!! I can’t not have it in the house right now!!!

    Amanda

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    OrangePop said,

    TJ’s, Marshalls, Ross… all worthy in my book!!! I find the best things there, if I look well enough. I find most of my yoga apparel there, too… oooh, & shoes!
    I’ve had a “Jicama-Citrus-Salad” from my work/health-food store & it’s awesome. It’s basically sliced jicama, yellow peppers, maybe lemon juice, cilantro, scallions… I don’t remember what else, but it’s so refreshing & crunchy!

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    janetha said,

    AHHH i LOVE TJ MAXX! and ross, and marshall’s, and nordstrom rack. i am a total bargain shopper, it is something that takes patience and time to sort through everything, but it is so worth it. more bang for your buck.

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    glidingcalm said,

    bahahaha! i ADORE tj maxx! LOVIN THE THREADS!

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    Jen said,

    I wish we had more discount clothing stores around here. It feels so good to find a major steal!!

    I’ve tried jicama at a restaurant before, but I’m not sure how I’d use it in a meal if I ever got my hands on some. But your alphabet oats are quickly proving that anything goes in oatmeal.😉

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    elise said,

    DUDE! those are some MAY-JAH buys at TJ maxx!! i dont really ever go, but ive been a few times and theres never been anything THAT good…

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    Marianne said,

    I’ve had jicama before – I find it to be very refreshing, but without alot of flavour on it’s own. One of my coworkers is from Mexico, and she said they cut it into sticks, then dip it in lime juice & chili powder. I think it would also make a great slaw with carrots & apples😀

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    […] 27, 2009 · Filed under Uncategorized Remember a few weeks ago, when I told you about the other TJ in my life? Well, I have been tempted by Mr. Maxx yet again. This time, rather than scoring cheap workout […]


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