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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Trader Joe's Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage

I'm convinced my wife Sandy has superpowers.

Amongst her many talents and gifts, somehow or another during the week she almost always dinner ready when I come home from work. 90% of the time it's ready within five minutes of my arrival at the most. That's no small feat seeing how busy our growing girlss keep us, and no small challenge seeing as that it seemingly takes me forever on the weekends when it's my turn. Of course, she also does all the grocery shopping too. I'll admit that in the past six months I've stepped inside a TJ's maybe three times. There's just not a need to - she gets it all done, and on a surprisingly low budget too. Amazing.

So I do kinda have to take it on her word that there's not too terribly much new and exciting around TJ's these days. It's possible she's missed some stuff - I mean, just today she ran around the store, checked out, and picked up our toddler from preschool all within twenty minutes - but that seems to be the vibe. If we're missing something, help us out.

One potentially "new" product: Trader Joe's Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage. I hadn't seen it, neither had Sandy until she bought it. Apparently the cashier may have said something about the sausage having a cult following of some type...is that a thing? Nonetheless, it's quick, easy, relatively lean and healthy protein that our girls would probably enjoy without much hassle, so of course we'd want to give it a try.

Man. I'll admit, there's not much to say. There's just not much to really totally describe, as there's nothing particularl that stands out about these sausages one way or another. I wouldn't even have described them as "sweet", at least not in relation to say the sausages with apples or maple that we usually get instead. The sweet factor seems to be more a sundried tomato vibe than anything else, even though that doesn't seem quite accurate either.

It's just kinda a decent, nondescript chicken sausage. Typical sausage type flavors, typical sausage type feel, typical, like, everything I guess. We definitely liked them as a family - our normally mostly meat-averse kiddos asked for seconds - but there's nothing I could pick up that made them really stand out.

I guess we'll just have to settle for these TJ's sausages being decently priced ($3.99), decently healthy, and decently tasty. In all, that's not a bad thing by any stretch. Not everything can have superpowers. They're worth a try and are a probable repeat buy.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage: 6.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons


9 comments:

  1. I think "sweet" here is opposed to "hot" in relation to Italian sausage.

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    1. Yep, "sweet" means mild and "hot" contains red pepper flakes. I just researched it to edjumacate myself.

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  2. It's been a very lackluster 2 months or so of new products. In fact the current Fearless Flyer is staff picks, nothing new.

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    1. I'd be happy if they just kept my favorites around. Went in to buy dates and was told they are "seasonal." ?

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  3. I love chopping these sausages, frying them, then mixing in marinara sauce and cheese. I'm weird like that. TJ's has a couple of new falafel products (one is a salad, the other is a dry mix. For new products, I've been watching a Youtube channel that is run by a current employee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0e3bz6mpoI&t=0s

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    1. Nothing weird about that, in my opinion! I actually did something similar with a variety of these I found at Costco, except I also sliced and broiled some polenta to go along with them. It was my first time eating polenta and quite good!

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  4. Aw man, we LOVE these!! They just feel "cleaner" than their other chicken sausage products to me.

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  5. It's not just Sandy: it's been a very boring few months at TJ's. I haven't seen any interesting new products since the last rush of holiday stuff came out in early December. There's hardly anything new at all, and none of the new stuff that IS there seems worth trying. TJ's needs to step up their game!

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  6. It has been snooze-ville at TJs lately, aside from the sunchokes i found in CA (!!) but haven’t seen those in nyc.
    I haven’t seen a review here for the high protein veggie burgers which maybe your meat adverse girls would like, they don’t have any specific strong flavor so they’re perfect for a burger with all the fixings (other veg burgers from TJs like the masala burger or cowboy quinoa are kinda weird with regular burger condiments)
    There’s also the chickenless mandarin orange which is finally back and makes for a tasty faux chinese delivery dinner. Not the same as it was before it went away but still very tasty. Be careful with the sauce and don’t use all of it unless you want enough to coat your rice too (obvs you have to make and serve with rice).
    Ttrockwood

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