TOMATILLO & ROASTED YELLOW CHILI SALSA
But I returned to it the other day. I was not a fan. I liked the part that tasted like pudding, but it was just too thick and the tapioca balls were still not enjoyable.
DEEP DISH PEPPERONI PIZZAHave you ever had great deep dish pizza? I don't mean good, I mean great. It's just awesome. Now, I have always preferred the New York, thin-crust style. But a great deep dish pizza is almost as good. Not surprisingly, it's very difficult to find a great one in the frozen variety. Of the dozens of frozen deep dish pizzas I have tried in my life, there are only two that I would call great: a brand called Chicago Bros. that I loved when I was a kid but has been gone for twenty years or so, and DiGiornno's deep dish pizzas, which you had to cover with an aluminum pan and cook in the oven for an hour but was probably my favorite frozen pizza ever.
Trader Joe's deep dish pizza disappointed me when I opened it. From the nutritional info I could tell that it has about 33% more calories than the other TJ's frozen pizzas that I like and, as you can see by my hand, it's not as wide.
But after cooking and trying it, I have to admit I was wrong. It was really tasty. It can't hold a candle to those two deep dish pizzas I just mentioned - hell, I don't like it as much as the other frozen TJ's pizzas I usually get - but I really liked the sauce and pepperoni. And, unlike a lot of frozen pizzas that advertise themselves as deep dish but are really just "thick crust" (there is a difference), this pizza actually formed a dish.
I would get this again, no doubt, but probably not very frequently. That's not a knock on this pizza so much as a statement for how much I love the other TJ's frozen pies.
GOUDA CHEESE WITH WASABI
But I still bought this gouda with wasabi. It was fine. The wasabi was noticeable, though not as hot as I expected. I ate a few slices by themselves, and later I took some leftover chicken (from the Bone Suckin' buns I made during the Super Bowl) and made a quesadilla with the cheese. It was a good snack. But I won't ever get this cheese again.
HARVEST SALAD WITH GRILLED CHICKEN
CHICKEN, AVOCADO & GOAT CHEESE SALAD
All I could think about were her comments regarding the chicken. She was probably right but even if she wasn't, that's all I could think about. I picked off most of the pieces of chicken. The honey mustard dressing was fantastic, however. I wish Trader Joe's sold this by itself. (They don't, right?)
BREADED MOZZARELLA CHEESE STICKS
This Trader Joe's variety, however, is much better: the breading tastes lighter and the cheese is tasty. As long as this is available - though who knows how long that will be - I will not be buying any other brand except this.
The chicken reminded me of one of the main reasons I don't like microwaves: frozen meats, especially chicken, get too rubbery. I ended up discarding about one-third of the chicken. And that's a shame, because I liked the rest of the flavors. The red pepper sauce was slightly sweet, with a distinct pepper flavor, and the rice and veggies were good.
I would get this again for sure, but I definitely would cook it in the oven next time.
Have a good weekend.