VZ 270: Vegan Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is a popular store for many folks within our Vegetarian Zen community. Why? Maybe it’s because of the great Vegan Trader Joe’s offerings!

In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we share our very first legit visit to Trader Joe’s. We say “legit” because we were on a mission to do our weekly shopping exclusively from TJ’s armed with a list of Vegan and Vegetarian Trader Joe’s must-try’s from our Peas and Carrots Society. What did we try? Find out in this episode!

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Recipe of the Week:

Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatball BBQ subs

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What are your Trader Joe’s must-trys? Please share in the comments below!


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2 thoughts on “VZ 270: Vegan Trader Joe’s

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for a great podcast! I really love listening to you two. I liked this episode about Trader Joe’s, but I think it needs to be said that the “Two Buck Chuck” has some negative externalities for animals, and may not really be vegan, i.e.: ‘how is it so cheap?’ There are a lot of articles about this, but in short, this is how the grapes (not organic btw) are processed:

    “These large tractors with huge claws go down the rows of vineyards grabbing the grapes and depositing them in its huge receptacle. And it not only grabs ripe grapes, but unripe and down right rotten ones as well and throws them all together. Add to that leaves, stems and any rodents, birds, or insects that may have made those vines their home—they all get thrown into the bin as well. And guess what? You think there’s going to be any sorting when that truck arrives at the winery (or should I say processing facility)? Nope. Everything, and I do mean everything (including all those unripe grapes, rotten grapes, leaves, stems, birds, rodents, and insects) gets tossed into the crusher and transferred to large tanks to ferment.
    You know what really levels out that animal carcass taste though? Sugar.”

    That quote is a segment from this article:

    You can also just google ‘two buck chuck wine animals’ and there is a lot that comes up.

    Two Buck Chuck denies these allegations, but it makes me wonder.

    • Yikes! That is definitely something to think about! I know that wine creating practices vary in general but you raise a great point about investigating how different wines are made. Thank you for including some of the sources you referred to as well so that others can also do some investigating for themselves.

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