Today's pantry item comes to you from the freezer. It's 3 little Trader Joe's soy nuggets. I've got a shoebox sized freezer to begin with that actually needs to be defrosted. And I mean defrosted, like turned off and scraped with a spatula every hour or so and dumping out snowman sized chunks into the sink. Yeah, I need an appliance upgrade. I'm sure it's an electricity hog even though it's small, but it still works and I guess I'm keeping it out of a landfill.
So I need to use stuff up and three little nuggets sitting in a big cardboard box isn't doing much for my space issue.
Anyway, I usually whip up some agave mustard sauce or BBQ sauce for dunking the nuggets, but on this snowy evening, I was feeling like something more homey. There's the nuggets, roasted green beans, some radicchio endive salad, roasted brussel sprouts, the sauteed kale from yesterday's empanadas, and some garlic smashed potatoes.
If you don't live near a Trader Joe's or have never been to one or live in a country where there are no TJs, then you are missing out on an experience and some awesome foodstuffs. There's one near my house, but the TJs in NYC is particularly interesting. Since there's only one in Manhattan, it's quite the novelty. I went once and never again. Even on a Monday night at 7:30pm (not today), there were 2 lines that went ENTIRELY around the store. No lie. I'm sure there are people that go as a team and one shops from the line while the other one runs around the store.
I know someone had a recipe for soy nuggets, but I can't remember who/where...if it's you or you have a recipe post a link in the comments.