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The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Culinary Tour

June 28th, 2018 Posted by Connected Meals 1 thought on “The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Culinary Tour”

International Flavor Tour 

If your summer plans don’t include international travel then climb aboard the Veggie Express. These 14 meals will take you on a culinary tour that includes flavors from China, Japan, India, Italy, Mexico and America. This plant-based and gluten-free meal plan is new and available for all our app users to enjoy. To go along with our class we’ve called this meal plan the Natural Grocers Veggie Express. All the ingredients, needed for the week, can be found at Natural Grocers. However, if you don’t have a Natural Grocers near you don’t fret, because comparable ingredients can be found at other grocery stores.

It is the first plan in our new Express series where the Core Meal can be completed in under 40 minutes, and the Fresh Dinners provide options for 10, 15, and 20 minute meals. We can’t forget to mention the Carryouts that can be assembled in 5-8 minutes while you clean up from dinner. The Carryout is the perfect travel meal and makes a terrific lunch or dinner.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

Don’t Miss the Connections

Speaking of Carryouts, make sure you schedule some into your itinerary this week. The Carryout is like a quick side trip that solves the unhealthy lunch problem. Every dinner destination has a connection to a Carryout that shouldn’t be missed. Here at TimeChop, we take our Carryout meals very seriously. Full of flavor, color, and packed with nutrient-dense veggies and powerful proteins, these meals make for great photo opportunities. Remember to share your favorites and tag them with @timechopapp and #mytimechop.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

Veggie Express Travel Tips

Even if you aren’t living a vegan lifestyle this meal plan is worth trying. We don’t think you’ll miss the meat, and we’re convinced you’ll spend less time in the kitchen this week. You may even notice a difference in your grocery bill as eliminating animal products is often less expensive. There’s nothing to lose (maybe a pound or two) and so much to gain. How about vibrant health for starters. You’re welcome. We love you too!

The Veggie Express is a 5 Country Tour

Start Your Journey at Grand Central Station

The Core Meal is like Grand Central Station. It’s where your tour begins. Our new  Veggie Express Meal Plan starts the week with an exceptional black bean and quinoa patty. The patty is used in the Core Meal in a classic American-style burger with a side of sweet potato fries. The connected Carryout is an added attraction in the form of a BBQ burrito as bold as Texas. It’ll take 5 minutes to put this grab-and-go lunch together using patties you made with the dinner, baby spinach, avocado, and a smoky ketchup to give it that barbecue vibe.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

Mexico

As mentioned above, the Veggie Express Meal Plan starts the week with a flavorful, versatile and easy to make veggie patty. The patty makes a terrific taco filling. We pair the tacos with an easy red cabbage slaw and some pico de gallo making it a 10 minute Fresh Dinner for your busiest night. It makes sense that we make a connection here with a Quinoa Taco Salad Carryout.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

China & Japan

Continuing on the Veggie Express Culinary Tour, we make stops in China and Japan. We add some Asian flavors to the veggie patty and create vegan Chinese lettuce wraps, aka San Choy Bau. That’s four different meals from a delicious and nutritious homemade vegan patty! We aim to please and sometimes we even amaze ourselves.

But wait, we don’t stop there. As delicious as the black bean and quinoa patty is we like variety in our week as much as the next nutritionist. With that in mind, we tantalize your tastebuds while streamlining your time in the kitchen to give you more choices for the week. The Veggie Express Meal Plan offers four more Fresh Dinners and an awesome line-up of our signature Carryouts; Mason jar meals to go. Although, we describe these meals with adjectives like easy and express they are not plain. 

The flavors from China and Japan can also be explored in the Tempeh Stir-Fry Fresh Dinner, and two Carry outs; Ginger-Miso Slaw and Shiitake Miso Soup.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

India

As vibrant as the country itself, the flavors in the Turmeric Carrots & Chickpeas will eagerly greet your tastebuds. Roasting brings out the sweetness of the carrots, and the turmeric-tahini sauce and fresh basil bring the meal together like a well written travel guide. We packed in as many nutrients as we could into this light (but protein-filled) dish. The amazing sauce, made for the dinner, is repurposed in the Turmeric-Carrot Tahini Bowl Carryout. These two connected meals are plant-based perfection where turmeric reigns supreme. It’s a super hero spice with enormous anti-inflammatory properties.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

Italy

For a dinner with fresh Italian flavor try the Balsamic-Tomato Rotini. A flash in the pan with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and garlic is all it takes to turn some cherry tomatoes and baby spinach into a delicious sauce. We add Natural Grocers‘ great northern beans to the tomatoes and top it all with fresh basil for a meal that has all the macros (protein, carbs, and healthy fats) and a lively dose of micro nutrients. We used Natural Grocers’ new gluten-free, brown rice rotini as the base under all that goodness. The connected Carryout extends your time in Italy with the Balsamic Bean & Spinach Salad.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

Familiar Places

Sometimes we enjoy the comfort of a familiar place. That’s what the Polenta with Black-Eyed Peas & Spinach is for us. We cut prep time by using pre-cooked polenta and we add some sweet potato fries and smoked paprika for the comforting familiarity they bring to this meal. The Sweet Salad Bowl is the connected Carryout you’ll want to be sure and visit.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

A Return Trip to the Kitchen 

As explained in our previous post, 4 Steps to Vibrant Health, we want to get people back into the kitchen. We believe that cooking at home is the ultimate in self-care. It gives you control over the ingredients you consume, and empowers you to have a positive impact on your health. This meal plan shows you how easy it is to create a versatile veggie patty using only 9 ingredients compared to the 29 ingredients in a popular frozen veggie burger. It’s a good place to start when you don’t want to spend time cooking, but you know it’s the healthier and cheaper option.

The veggie patty is also the star of the class we are teaching at Natural Grocers. Check our events calendar to see when we’ll be at a Natural Grocers near you. Our demo class, Simple Meal Planning for Vibrant Health, is free to the public. No reservations required and you’ll get to sample some sweet potato fries, a simple red cabbage slaw and the black bean and quinoa patty.

The Veggie Express is a 6 Country Tour

Chef Notes

We carefully select our fresh and perishable ingredients for optimum use throughout the week in our connected meals. We don’t want you to buy a head of cabbage or a bunch of cilantro and only use it one. Our aim is to eliminate the frustration many solo/duo cooks have with tossing un-used produce that spoiled before they could eat it. That’s the beauty behind our connected meal system: minimal waste.

That being said, we don’t know how many meals or servings you will plan, and extra food at the end of the week could happen. Here are a few suggestion on how you can put them to good and tasty use at the end of the week.

  • If you aren’t vegan you can use leftover black bean and veggie patties in an omelette or scramble with any combination of extra veggies. Or whisk them up with the eggs, some spinach, chopped bell pepper and smoked paprika. Then divide the mixture up between muffin cups and bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes.
  • Extra corn tortillas? Everything tastes good inside a tortilla. Remember to use extra cilantro.
  • If you have leftover tempeh you can create a hash by frying it up in a little coconut oil with any chopped carrots, celery, cabbage, or whatever you like. Top it with the smoky ketchup and sprinkle with pumpkin and/or sesame seeds. 
  • Make a super “Fridge Clean-Out” salad. You should know by now that anything can go into making an awesome and filling salad. Don’t forget the fresh herbs.

Suggestions and Comments Wanted

We want to offer meal plans that meet your needs, tastes, desires, dreams…. Seriously, we want to know what you want, so don’t be afraid leave a comment with a suggestion or two.

Just for fun what’s your go-to 10 minute meal? It might become part of our next Express Series connected meal plan.

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4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors

4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors

May 18th, 2018 Posted by Connected Meals 2 thoughts on “4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors”

Fresh Island Flavors from Your Own Kitchen 

Straight from the TimeChop Kitchen comes a new connected meal plan that will transport you to your favorite tropical beach. Fresh island flavors unite in easy one pot/pan meals with gluten-free ingredients found at your local Trader Joe’s. 

4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors

1. Start with an Awesome Core Meal

Our connected meals always start with a Core Meal to delight your taste buds and impress your toughest critic; you. We promise that this one won’t disappoint. Chicken drumsticks are so easy to cook and Trader Joe’s has organic free-range drumsticks for under $2.00 a pound making them very budget friendly. We created a spice blend to rocket these to the next level and then baked them with sweet potato, asparagus and pumpkin seeds. Finally, we topped everything with two sauces made with fresh island flavors that will have you seeing palm trees, white sandy beaches, and turquoise water.

4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors

2. Use Tropical Fruit and Coconut Whenever Possible

If you’ve ever traveled to a tropical paradise then you know that fruit is king. Mangos, papaya, pineapple, kiwi and more are available fresh on every corner. Trader Joe’s has made adding some of this tropical sweetness a breeze with frozen pineapple tidbits and frozen mango chunks. Yes, fresh is usually more flavorful, but when you want to save time and enjoy island fresh flavors this is the next best thing. You’ll love them in the Caribbean salsa that tops tostadas, salads, fish and chili. In the same fashion, Trader Joe’s unsweetened coconut flakes sprinkled over just about anything will increase the island vibe and get you swinging your hips.

4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors

3. Mix Fresh Herbs and Lime Juice into Everything

The connected meals this week will use a combination of fresh cilantro, mint and parsley. They add bright flavors to everything from salsa to sauces and chili to salads. In addition, we have included just enough lime juice to give these meals that signature tang. The island green sauce, made with the Core Meal, uses lime juice and all three herbs. It will have you humming your favorite Bob Marley song before you finish eating your meal. Or maybe even Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry Be Happy.

4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors

4. Create The Perfect Spice Blend

We took Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Seasoning and spiked it with smoked paprika, ground ginger and cumin. Then we added just a hint of sweetness with coconut sugar. We’d like to add that once you create that perfect spice blend make sure you use it generously. You might find yourself wanting to add this to everything, so don’t be afraid to make extra.

4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors

It’s Time To “Lime”

This week we kept dishes, carbs and time consumption to a minimum and flavor on overdrive. The fresh island flavors will transport you to a dreamy vacation without the jet lag and put you in a party mood. These plant strong meals give you important nutrients in every bite. You’ll have some meals with chicken, a couple with fish and then seven vegetarian options. All of that with just one trip to Trader Joe’s. 

4 Steps to Creating a Week of Meals with Fresh Island Flavors

Chef Notes

We carefully select our fresh and perishable ingredients for optimum use throughout the week in our connected meals. We don’t want you to buy a bag of broccoli or a bunch of cilantro and only use it one. One of our goals is to eliminate the frustration many solo/duo cooks have with tossing un-used produce that spoiled before they could eat it. That’s the beauty behind our connected meal system: minimal waste.

That being said, we don’t know how many meals or servings you will plan, and extra produce or meat could happen. Here are a few suggestion on how you can put them to good and tasty use at the end of the week.

  • Use leftover eggs in an omelette or scramble with any combinations of extra veggies. You can use leftover beans and cheese for your own take on huevos rancheros. Don’t forget about using the Chile Lime Seasoning.
  • Extra cod? How about some fish cakes? Chop up extra parsley, bell pepper and onion and combine them with an egg and some flax meal or almond flour/meal. Combine with the flaked fish until you can form a patty. You can pan fry in a little oil or bake it in the oven. If you want more fresh island flavors top the fish cakes with a combination of pineapple, mango, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
  • If you have leftover chili, cabbage, and the green sauce then you have a power meal. Mix the green sauce with the cabbage to make a slaw. Heat the chili and eat it with the slaw. Sprinkle on pumpkin seeds and the Caribbean salsa if you have any. We had some greens and extra salsa to make our super delicious chili salad.
  • Make a super “Fridge Clean-Out” salad. By now, you should know that anything can go into making an awesome and filling salad. Don’t forget the fresh herbs.

Suggestions and Comments Wanted

We want to offer meal plans that meet your needs, tastes, desires, dreams…. Seriously, we want to know what you want, so don’t be afraid leave a comment with a suggestion or two.

 

Note: TimeChop is not affiliated with Trader Joe’s. All other products, brand names, company names and logos are trademarks of their respective owners, used merely to identify their respective products, and are not meant to connote any sponsorship, endorsement or approval.

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5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

April 19th, 2018 Posted by Connected Meals 0 thoughts on “5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan”

A New Addition to Our Growing Lineup 

The TimeChop Kitchen has been busy creating this Easy Lean Proteins connected meal plan. Low on time for errands this week? Try this “one stop shop”! Like our Fast & Fresh Trader Joe’s connected meal plan, everything can be found at Trader Joe’s. We’re all about Italian-Asian fusion, lean protein, and adventurous flavor.

5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

1.  Easy Lean Proteins

You might not think of meatballs as lean, but we are here to prove you wrong. Meatballs are the star of the Easy Lean Proteins connected meal plan. You’ll make them with the Core Meal and enjoy them again in two Fresh Dinners and one Carryout. They are made with ground turkey and a hidden trove of veggies. We crafted a multi-cultural delight. They pare with the homemade Italian style tomato sauce and are equally satisfying when drizzled with an Asian inspired ginger glaze. 

Additionally, the plan features center-cut pork chops, sweet Italian chicken sausage (nitrite & nitrate free), and six vegetarian meals.

5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

2. More Time Savings

Are you hungry and short on time at the end of the day? The Fresh Dinners in the Easy Lean Proteins connected meal plan can be on your plate and ready to eat in 20-30 minutes. That’s a complete meal to nourish your ravenous soul and satisfy your impatient tastebuds.

The time savings is even more apparent when it comes to lunch. When creating your menu for the week make sure you schedule the Carryouts to follow each Fresh Dinner. When you do this you can quickly assemble a delectable lunch for the next day in under 10 minutes, and be the envy of your lunch squad.

The Fresh Dinner and Carryout is like a motorcycle with a side car. Our method of building tomorrow’s lunch from tonight’s dinner is the cornerstone of the connected meal system. Insider tip: A Carryout doesn’t have to be lunch. If you already have a lunch date you can just as easily have the Carryout for dinner. How awesome would it be to come home after a long day and have dinner waiting for you in the fridge? Additional tip: You can schedule it for any day after you make the Fresh Dinner.

5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

3. Everyone Needs to Eat More Veggies

Have you heard that, according to Center of Disease Control (CDC), only 9% of American adults eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables needed to meet their nutritional needs? It is our mission to help you increase the amount and variety of vegetables in your meals. Maybe mission is a strong word, but we really want to make eating veggies easy and ensure that you can check off several servings in each meal.

With twenty-two fresh ingredients from the produce aisle in this meal plan, variety is taken care of. You might even learn how to love a new vegetable. Ever wonder what to do with that large, white, bulb with the stubby green stems and fern-like fringe? It’s fennel, and we put it to good use in the meatballs, tomato sauce, roasting it, and tossing it raw into salads. 

Trader Joe’s makes some veggies so easy to use there’s no excuse not to eat more. For example, shaved Brussels sprouts, broccoli slaw, mirepoix and roasted golden beets all make getting your RDA of veggies a slam dunk. Trader Joe’s did some of the prep work so you can get them into your meal and mouth faster.

5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

4. Spectacular Salads

TimeChop salads are like fine art masterpieces. They are created from a palate of vibrant colors, varied textures and rich flavors. Full of vegetables with the addition of proteins and carbs they are the real full meal deal. This is not a side dish to push to the corner of your plate. Our salads have power and punch to fuel your body and mind. Remember, our Carryout salads are connected to a Fresh Dinner and take less than ten minutes to create when you make them as you clean up after dinner.

5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

5. Fantastic Flavor Boosts

Let’s be honest, convenience and healthy don’t always go hand in hand. We’ve scoured the store, reading labels and then testing products in our TimeChop kitchen to find that balance for you. When reading a label we ask ourselves, “Is this something I could make at home?” With that in mind, we look to find a secret sauce or special ingredient that will add flavor and save some time in the kitchen.

This Easy Lean Proteins connected meal plan utilizes four terrific Trader Joe’s products for adding flavor. We love their Almond Butter Turmeric Salad Dressing, Yuzu Hot Sauce, Onion Salt, and Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Blend.

5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

And One More Thing; Did We Mention the Meatballs?

They are just that good! You’ll want to add them to every meal, but that would be a lot of meatballs. If you do end up with extras don’t be afraid to have some with breakfast or put them in the freezer. You’ll love being able to pull them out and thaw for a quick meal. Try tossing them into a soup!

5 Healthy Reasons to Love Our Trader Joe’s Easy Lean Proteins Connected Meal Plan

Side Note

We carefully select our fresh and perishable ingredients for optimum use throughout the week in our connected meals. The reason for this is so you don’t buy a head of lettuce or a bunch of basil and only use it one. We want to eliminate the frustration many solo/duo cooks have with tossing un-used produce that spoiled before they could eat it. That’s the beauty behind our connected meal system: minimal waste.

That being said, we don’t know how many meals or servings you will plan, and extra produce or meat could happen. Here are a few suggestion on how you can put them to good and tasty use at the end of the week.

  • Use the egg whites in an omelette or scramble with the chicken sausage, spinach, shaved Brussels sprouts and parsley. Don’t forget about using Everything but the Bagel seasoning.
  • Toss romaine lettuce into a blender with some celery, mint and any frozen or fresh fruit you might have and blend up a smoothie. Add in some of those hemp hearts for protein and flax meal for extra omega-3’s. 
  • Make a super “Fridge Clean-Out” salad. You should know by now that anything can go into making an awesome and filling salad. Don’t forget the fresh herbs.

Suggestions and Comments Wanted

We want to offer meal plans that meet your needs, tastes, desires, dreams…. Seriously, we want to know what you want, so don’t be afraid leave a comment with a suggestion or two.

 

Note: TimeChop is not affiliated with Trader Joe’s. All other products, brand names, company names and logos are trademarks of their respective owners, used merely to identify their respective products, and are not meant to connote any sponsorship, endorsement or approval.

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Potatoes, The Grand Illusion

March 5th, 2018 Posted by Connected Meals, Health, MoJo Working 0 thoughts on “Potatoes, The Grand Illusion”

I’ve been able to spend a good amount of time recently with some of my very best friends. Because of TimeChop, health and diet are a frequent conversation. One thing I’ve realized is that our love for potatoes, one of my favorite foods, is a siren song pulling us towards an awful crash on unhealthy rocks. (more…)

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4 Highlights of Our New Trader Joe's Connected Meal Plan

4 Highlights of Our New Trader Joe’s Connected Meal Plan

February 14th, 2018 Posted by Connected Meals 1 thought on “4 Highlights of Our New Trader Joe’s Connected Meal Plan”

TimeChop Kitchen Notes:

Our new Connected Meal Plan is destined to please our Trader Joe’s fans. We’ve created this meal plan to be fast and fresh, using only food items that can be purchased at Trader Joe’s. Sure, you can buy some of the ingredients elsewhere if you want, but the beauty of this meal plan is that you can go to Trader Joe’s and get everything on your shopping list. There are 4 highlights, aka features and benefits, we believe will speak to you.

1. Save Time Shopping

First of all, when you use the TimeChop app to plan your week of dinners and lunches, you will have an automated shopping list. Armed with the shopping list on your phone you will confidently enter your favorite Trader Joe’s store knowing exactly what you need. The shopping list is conveniently divided into grocery store sections which makes moving through the store even easier. No more aimlessly wandering the aisles trying to plan your meals. You can even check things off of your list as you put them in your cart! Plus, Trader Joe’s smaller size store’s make finding items easy and getting in and out fast.

4 Highlights of Our New Trader Joe's Connected Meal Plan

2. Fast Meal Prep

Secondly, we are featuring some of our favorite Trader Joe’s products that will help you get a healthy meal on the table faster. Frozen organic brown rice is ready in 3 minutes and the only ingredient is organic brown rice. Trader Joe’s green goddess salad dressing is ready to go and it doesn’t contain the added sugar, sodium, gums and preservatives found in most store-bought salad dressings. Plus it’s perishable and we think that is awesome!

We use TJ’s chile lime seasoning blend in some of the recipes to save time from measuring multiple spices. The steamed lentils, found in the produce area, are a quick add to a Carryout salad. The Core Meal features Trader Joe’s frozen wild Argentinian red shrimp that are peeled and deveined making your prep time a breeze. You’ll start your week with a delicious meal that pairs the shrimp with Trader Joe’s vegan kale, cashew & basil pesto, red lentil pasta, broccoli and butternut squash.

4 Highlights of Our New Trader Joe's Connected Meal Plan

3. Fresh Flavors

In addition, the fresh veggies with every meal and south of the border flavors are a hallmark of this Trader Joe’s connected meal plan. Make the Shrimp Tacos for dinner and then throw the connected Carryout (Tropical Rice Salad) together while you clean up and you’ll have two meals that scream freshness. The shredded green and red cabbage, cilantro, roasted tomatillo salsa verde and frozen mango chunks will give you visions of sunshine and palm trees.

We amped up the freshness meter in our Chicken Verde Chile by adding in zucchini and broccoli. The connected Carryout, Bean & Chicken Bowl, takes 10 minutes to prep. You’ll have a fresh lunch that uses the chicken you poached while making the chile and adds in sugar snap peas and TJ’s cruciferous crunch.

4 Highlights of Our New Trader Joe's Connected Meal Plan 4. Wellness in Every Bite

Furthermore, the ingredients used in the recipes are full of antioxidants and immunity building vitamins and minerals. You’ll do your body good. Give your immunity the boost it needs with ingredients like cabbage and butternut squash. Fight inflammation, the root of most diseases, with broccoli, arugula and the cruciferous crunch. We like to pack veggies into our meals because their value to our health really can’t be understated. Vegetables are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that work inside our bodies to keep us from getting sick and maintain a healthy weight.

According to ChooseMyPlate.gov “people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.”

4 Highlights of Our New Trader Joe's Connected Meal Plan

Trader Joe’s Promise

If you’ve shopped at Trader Joe’s then you have probably seen this sign. They have it prominently posted near the checkout lines. It’s their product guarantee that assures us that we can find clean, real foods on their shelves. Every Trader Joe’s private label will be free from: artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, partially hydrogenated oils, and MSG. That’s a promise that makes us, at TimeChop, do our happy dance.

4 Highlights of Our New Trader Joe's Connected Meal Plan

The Trader Joe’s Fast and Fresh Connected Meal Plan

As you can tell we’re pretty excited about our first Trader Joe’s meal plan. Hopefully you have a TJ’s close to where you live, and whether you are a seasoned Trader Joe’s shopper or not, we believe you will love the meals in this connected meal plan. From the Core Meal to the Fresh Dinners and Carryouts it’s all good.

Be on the lookout in March for another Trader Joe’s Connected Meal Plan. Do you have a favorite product from Trader Joe’s? Leave us a comment below letting us know what it is and how you use it. Maybe we’ll include it in the next meal plan. Be well.

TimeChop is not affiliated with Trader Joe’s. All other products, brand names, company names and logos are trademarks of their respective owners, used merely to identify their respective products, and are not meant to connote any sponsorship, endorsement or approval.

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Gluten Freedom in a Connected Meal Plan

TimeChop Kitchen Notes: Gluten Freedom in a Connected Meal Plan

January 18th, 2018 Posted by Connected Meals, Solo Cooks 0 thoughts on “TimeChop Kitchen Notes: Gluten Freedom in a Connected Meal Plan”

Something for Everyone

At TimeChop we strive to make clean eating simple and attainable for everyone. With this goal in mind we created a Connected Meal plan that makes eating gluten-free a breeze. Whether you are celiac, gluten sensitive, or just want to try a week of gluten-free eating you’ll love that we took care of all the substitutions for you. Now that’s what we call gluten freedom!

Gluten Freedom in a Connected Meal Plan

Toasted sweet potato slices replace bread in the open-faced pork hash sandwich.

Gluten Freedom

At first glance this meal plan might look just like the Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Veggies. However, there are several meals in that Connected Meal plan that include gluten in the ingredients. We rewrote those recipes to be gluten-free so you can experience gluten freedom! This means you won’t have to make changes to the grocery list or make substitutions in the recipes.

Gluten Freedom in a Connected Meal Plan

Core Meal

In the Connected Meal system each of our meal plans starts with a Core Meal. This Core Meal’s star is the pork tenderloin. Pork tenderloins are incredibly easy and quick to cook. If you use a meat thermometer you will end up with a perfectly cooked and delicious piece of meat that makes you look like a star chef. The leftover pork is very versatile in other recipes which makes it a great choice for a TimeChop Core Meal. Along with the pork you’ll make extra ginger-orange dressing and cook extra Brussels sprouts, baby potatoes and brown rice to be used in other meals throughout the week.

Gluten Freedom in a Connected Meal Plan

Gluten-free pasta replaces tortellini in this sausage stoup (stew/soup).

Fresh Dinners

After you choose a CoreMeal to start your week you can choose up to 6 Fresh Dinners. Three of the dinners in this gluten-free Connected Meal Plan will put the leftover pork to use in tasty meals like hash, tostadas, and fried rice. The Rainbow Quinoa Bowl and Carrot-Zucchini Rice Patties are vegetarian and the Sausage Stoup uses gluten-free pasta in a comforting warm bowl with Italian sausage and veggies. Look for the extra Brussels sprouts, baby potatoes and the ginger-orange dressing to be used in the Rainbow Quinoa Bowl.

Gluten Freedom in a Connected Meal Plan

Collard greens replace the whole wheat tortilla for a gluten-free wrap.

Carryouts

Carryouts are our answer to lunch on the go. These are the time saving heroes of TimeChop. Each dinner has a connected Carryout that can be prepped and ready in under 10 minutes when you do it before cleaning up after the connected Fresh Dinner or Core Meal. Unlike a leftover that is a reheated copy of a dinner, our Carryouts use some of the ingredients prepared in the dinner along with a few fresh items to make an entirely new and tasty meal.

TimeChop App

We are excited about the TimeChop app, and believe the patent pending Connected Meal system is pretty awesome. It’s the perfect solution for the solo and duo cooks who want to eat healthfully but struggle with finding time to plan, shop and cook. With TimeChop you can plan an entire week’s worth of lunches and dinners in 5 minutes. The automated shopping list makes your trip to the grocery store fast and efficient. You’ll never stand in front of the fridge at the end of a long day and wonder, “What’s for dinner?”. When it’s time to cook you’ll know you have all the necessary ingredients and you’ll have an easy to follow recipe at your fingertips.

Our users tell us that they are saving time and money using TimeChop. Download the free app on the Apple App Store and you’ll have instant access to two free Connected Meal Plans and all of the features and benefits TimeChop has to offer.

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3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned from My Mother

3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned From My Mother

December 13th, 2017 Posted by Connected Meals, Startup 0 thoughts on “3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned From My Mother”

Kitchen Lessons

There are 3 basic kitchen lessons I learned from my mother; plan, variety, and moderation. While we were celebrating her 95th birthday last week it occurred to me that her kitchen lessons are something I have integrated into the connected meal system for TimeChop, our new mobile app.

3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned from My Mother

What is TimeChop?

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that we have been busy creating a solution for solo/duo cooks to eat healthy meals. It all started over a family dinner conversation six months ago with our two college-age boys (young men). It occurred to us that there is a need for an app that can help the solo cook plan, shop for and prepare healthy meals (using real ingredients). With overweight and obesity rates at epidemic levels in the US, we were excited in the possibility that we could help so many people to lead a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Back to Mom and Her Kitchen Lessons

Over the past 6 months while my husband worked on the business end of developing the app and the boys helped us with user experience ideas, research, and surveys, I put these 3 kitchen lessons into practice as I created 6 Connected Meal Options built from  84 recipes.

3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned from My Mother

1. Make a Plan

Mom always knew what was for dinner. She shopped once a week and used everything she bought. Letting food spoil in the fridge and then having to throw it out was not a consideration. As a child of the great depression, there are some things that you just don’t forget. As she grew older and married, she ran her household like a wise business person, getting the most out of every dollar spent.

I’m not new to menu planning. In a post on Vitality in Focus, 6 Reasons Why I Create a Weekly Dinner Menu, I explain why planning a week’s worth of dinners is important.

3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned from My Mother

2. Build In Variety

Secondly, Mom’s frugal nature didn’t mean we ate the same thing, over and over again. She was always trying new recipes and wanting to make our meals special. We ate a variety of foods and didn’t have the same weekly rotation of meat and potato standards.

Following her example, I’ve learned to experiment with new ingredients, reinvent leftovers and incorporate variety through flavor, texture and color. For optimal health, eating a variety of whole foods within each food group will ensure that you get all the nutrients your body needs.

3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned from My Mother

3. Use Moderation

Thirdly, “everything in moderation” has been a motto for my mother. It has served her well over 95 years without any major health concerns.

So, with the exception of allergens and intolerances and eliminating as much processed and artificial “food-like substances” (Michael Pollan) we should be able to eat everything else in moderation.

I don’t adhere to a specific diet; I include meat in some meals, but not all. There’s gluten in some of the whole grains and non-gluten options as well. I use real ingredients in my recipes which makes customizing to personal tastes and requirements easy. There are no hidden ingredients. I wrote a post in March about my passion and experience with cooking and eating real foods.

Using real foods has other benefits as well. I don’t need to examine labels, saving me time in the store. Additionally, real foods let me tailor my cooking. It’s easy to remove onions, garlic, or mushrooms if a guest has a sensitivity. This isn’t so easy when a recipe relies on something that comes in a box with a long list of confusing ingredients.

3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned from My Mother

TimeChop

When we looked at the obstacles confronting solo/duo cooks to eating healthy meals, three issues emerged; time, money and cooking knowledge. We designed the connected meal system to conquer all three. My mom would spend hours planning the week and going through recipes. Today, with thousands of individual dish recipes at our fingertips, it can still take hours, especially when you are trying to put complete meals together.

So, to save time, I focused on simplifying. I created recipes for complete meals, not just an individual dish. This eliminates the time required by our users, to wade through and combine recipes. Secondly, since we are focused on helping people eat healthy meals, I focused solely on building recipes based on a variety of real, unprocessed ingredients, much like my Mother did.

The result: TimeChop enables the user to create a weekly meal plan in 5 minutes. It also creates an automated shopping list to speed your way through the grocery store.

In addition to saving time in the planning stage, our research showed there were time saving opportunities in the prepping and cooking stages too. But solving this puzzle required thinking very differently.

There are currently a few techniques that people use to reduce time in the prepping and cooking stages, but each has their drawbacks.

One method is to simplify your meals or use processed ingredients. This is the current model for many 30 minute meals. Unfortunately these lack the variety of ingredients or you may not know what you are eating.

Another popular method is to set aside three or more hours on a weekend to cook and package your meals for the week. This system saves time and money, but doesn’t provide a daily level of freshness and variety that makes the food enjoyable.

3 Kitchen Lessons I Learned from My Mother

Our Innovative Connected Meal System

TimeChop’s Connected Meal system is a patent pending method for selecting lunches and dinners that are woven together, sharing ingredients, preparation and cooking time. It provides variety and freshness and has proven to save time and money. Our users are spending less money as they aren’t buying the expensive, processed ingredients. Solo/duo cooks are saving hours each week, and are finding less food waste at the end of the week as well. Furthermore, our detailed prepping and cooking instructions help the most novice cook prepare healthy meals.

These may not be the typical kitchen lessons you expect to learn from your mother. So, while Mom did teach me how to properly measure flour and make my own salad dressings, I think her teaching by example, on planning, variety and moderation have had a greater impact on shaping who I am as a cook and recipe author.

You can download TimeChop and try out the connected meal system for free on the App Store. My mom and I hope it will provide you with a healthy approach, using a variety of real ingredients, reducing waste and saving money.

Be well!

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