When hosting a dinner party + sometimes even just for my family I always ask myself, ‘what can I make that is simple, beautiful, well rounded + tasty?’. Here is my go-to!
Trader Joe’s is my answer when it comes to a fancier, out of the box home cooked meal that you don’t have to stress over! Everything below is found there to make your one stop shop dinner party prep the easiest EVER!
Throw Together Toss Salad. I buy the interesting spring mix with lots of color + lettuce shapes! Add some pomegranates for color + festivity [already peeled out of the fruit], feta cheese, walnuts with Trader Joe's Light Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing, plate + serve. DONE!
Sides. I heart the los petites carrots of many colors available at TJ’s. These add interest to your plate, are delish + are a good alternative to the boring baby carrot option. I also love fingerling potatoes! Throw those tiny babies on a baking sheet with a little EVOO, salt + pepper, bake in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes [with the carrots] + you are set!
Pork Tenderloin. I buy this in the meat section. It’s lean, often comes seasoned + adds variety instead of the normal chicken/beef routine. I recently bought a peppercorn garlic pork tenderloin. Follow the cooking instructions on the package. BOOM! Your main course ;)
Dessert. Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe-Joe’s. This will complete your menu. Just kidding. It would but I’d recommend this instead… Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie. It’s as good as you hope + pray + dream. Just buy it [trust me] + provide lots of forks for everyone at your party to dig into. And maybe don’t forget the French Vanilla Ice Cream to top it off.
Finally, did I mention that clean up is a breeze? You’re welcome!
Complete TJ’s Shopping List
Seasoned Pork Tenderloin
Los Petite Carrots
Champagne Pear Vinaigrette Dressing
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
French Vanilla Ice Cream