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Trader Joe’s Gorditas

I rely a lot on Trader Joe’s for my lunches at work. They have a lot of really, really good frozen foods.

However, these?

These suuuuuuuck. It’s a five-inch (approximately) diameter disc of masa filled with the most tasteless beans, cheese, and chiles imaginable. And it’s 350 calories for this tiny little thing! They’re sold in packs of four, so unfortunately I have three more to choke down. I think I will need to bring in some complement of salsa, sour cream, and avocado to work in order to make them palatable.

So yeah. Super-disappointing.

Stuff from Trader Joe’s that has served me in good stead for lunch include:

Pizza Olympiad
Paneer Tikka Masala with Spinach Basmati Rice
Shrimp with Green Curry and Jasmine Rice (weaklings, it’s not THAT spicy)
Chicken Quesadillas
Mac and Cheese
(although it’s too big, 1 or 1.5 servings would be better than 2)
Chile Relleno
Eggplant Parmesan Towers (these take like 2x the cooking time indicated because they’re so freakin’ dense)
Curried Lentils on Basmati Rice with Cumin (well, I liked it)

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  1. jen
    October 18, 2010 at 9:09 am | #1

    If these are still sitting in your freezer, know that you can take them back and get a refund with no more reason than “I tried them and I hate them.” If not…well, for future reference. ;)

    • October 18, 2010 at 11:56 am | #2

      I am totally going to do this. Thanks, Jen!

      • jen
        October 19, 2010 at 5:51 am | #3

        De nada. It’s one of the policies that makes them simultaneously awesome and freaking nuts.

  2. Mom
    December 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm | #4

    It’s not frozen food, but I had an eggplant wrap today from Trader Joe’s and it was awful. It said you could have it warmed or cold but it had lettuce in it which ruled out warming it up in the microwave. And something in it had a texture like thin strips of plastic.

  3. Tamara
    April 21, 2011 at 9:37 am | #5

    Hmm, I’m eating my first Gordita right now and absolutely love it! To each his/her own, of course. :)

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