Lately, I’ve been re-obsessed with this side dish I was all about back in 2016. As many New Yorkers do, I love Trader Joe’s. I even declared my love on mindbodygreen last year. That’s, like, Facebook-level, meet-the-parents official.

Sure, shopping there at peak hours is kind of a contact sport, but I think on some level we New Yorkers love the intensity. I think that if Seinfeld were around today, there would certainly be a Trader Joe’s episode. Jerry would get stuck in line in front of a girl he’d slept with and never called back. Elaine would meet a guy in the spices section. George would lose his shit over an expiration date on a package of deli meat, and Kramer would get into some kind of trouble with the mangoes. Newman would make an appearance near the free samples.


Cruciferous Crunch This recipe features one of my current favorite Trader Joe’s products. Their Cruciferous Crunch Collection is one of my favorites. This mix of kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, green cabbage, and red cabbage is great at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I love it with eggs in the a.m. or as a vegetable side to go with meat, chicken, or fish and some roasted potatoes or winter squash. You can also eat with bean-based pasta (another thing you can find at Trader Joe’s) for a vegan option. You can also enjoy it as a salad or slaw base, but I think it’s best cooked. A quick sauté or steam is all you need to soften the veggies slightly but still allow them to retain their shape.

Calling this a recipe feels like cheating, so let’s just call it a how-to. 


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or ghee
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • splash of red or white wine (optional)
  • 1 package Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch or a mix of shredded broccoli, brussels sprouts, and red cabbage
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil or ghee in a large skillet.
  2. Add shallot and garlic and sauté until shallot is translucent and garlic is fragrant. Splash with wine, if using. Bring to a boil and allow to cook down a few minutes.
  3. Add greens. Cook until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.

Serves 2-4 


What’s your favorite grocery store? 


***Trader Joe’s in no way sponsored this post. I’m just a weird fan-girl. Opinions are my own : )

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