Hey friends! This 5-Minute Trader Joe’s vegetable side dish recipe is my favorite no recipe, recipe, using Trader Joe products.
It pairs well with any protein, eggs or fish, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It only requires 4 items. All available at Trader Joe’s or most local grocery stores.
I hope it gives you a quick side dish idea because sometimes fast and easy food is exactly what we need.
Bonus; It’s delicious, simple and super healthy too. It’s a perfect way to help you meet your daily vegetable requirements because it includes healthy doses of vitamins A, C, D, E, K, calcium, and magnesium, to name just a few.
Now, you can proudly check that “ate my veggies” box.
Trader Joe’s Side Dish Ingredients
Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient.
The Kale in Cruciferous Crunch
A green superfood containing antioxidants, calcium, fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C and iron. Kale is good for bone health, digestion, your heart, hair, skin, and can help prevent cancer.
Broccoli in Cruciferous Crunch
What a great source of vitamins C and K, folate (folic acid), potassium, and fiber. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps build collagen and protects the body from damaging free radicals.
Red and Green Cabbage
Cabbage is an excellent source of antioxidants. Your body requires vitamin C for many important functions. Red cabbage is particularly high in vitamin C.
Everything But the Bagel
Fairly new, popular and delicious seasoning, you will love the seasoning with sea salt, garlic, and onion. It pairs well with most foods. You can find it at Trader Joe’s or Costco.
Here’s a healthy fat that is lightly flavored. It is high in oleic acid, monounsaturated fats, and Vitamins A, E and D. It contains good amounts of antioxidants and magnesium. It’s great for your skin, gums, heart, and joints.
Great for your health, Brussel Sprouts are full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They can reduce the risk of cancer, decrease inflammation and improve blood sugar control. And if you are female over 40, they help to detox estrogen naturally.
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Friendly
This is the perfect “I don’t have a plan for dinner” side dish. Which, let’s be honest can happen to the best of us.
You can throw it in any size sauté or fry pan, during your last five-minute lap. Sometimes I pop it in the same pan as my eggs for breakfast and give it a five-minute head start.
Customize it with peppers, onions, mushrooms or any of your favorite vegetables. Any which way you choose, it’s a tasty but functional green powerhouse to good health.
This side dish is also amazing and crispy when roasted at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Use naturally refined expeller-pressed avocado oil for this, which has a smoke point of 500° F., which is safe for roasting.
Don’t use virgin avocado oil which should not be heated at high temps. Also, stay away from olive oil for the oven. Olive oil can become damaged if heated too high.
High Heat Cooking Oil
Oils that are high in polyunsaturated fats should never be heated, regardless of their smoke point. Polyunsaturated fats are highly reactive, unstable and affected by heat.
A very dangerous compound called HSE can be created with the slightest increase in temperatures. HSE has been linked to cancer and neurological disorders. Read more here.
I hope this Trader Joe’s no recipe, recipe gives you ideas to prepare a very simple yet super healthy side dish for yourself or your family. My husband is a convert, in the past, he typically would pass on the vegetable side, but now he requests it.
Please let me know if you try this uber simple Trader Joe’s hack in the comments below.
Cheers to your good health.
Nutrition Information References
Avocado oil as a high heat cooking oil.
Nutritional Weight and Wellness
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