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One Dish, Two Ways!

Perfect Summer Supper I

Perfect Summer Supper I

Hi all,

So I really couldn’t come up with a good title for today’s dishes. I was tempted to call it the Trader Joe’s/Town Talk Alliance Epic Summer Grill Meal For Areas With Scorching Hot Temperatures but the selected title (though boring) was all I could come up with at the last minute. Plus this title is a bit too long…

Going to Trader Joe’s and Town Talk been apart of my Saturday morning routine. Town Talk has most of the produce I need at dirt cheap prices and Trader Joe’s helps me round out menus with their awesome products. 

Earlier this month, Shay received a Nexgrill Deluxe his birthday present. Needless to say, we’ve been eating pretty well! So here are two great summer suppers that we made this weekend!


Shay’s Way: Grilled jalapeno chicken sausage, mozzarella and parm macaroni and cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, and grilled onions

Shan’s Plan: Carrot spiral noodles with pesto and roasted tomatoes, veggie patties, and cruciferous salad


Shay’s Perfect Summer Supper

Items for the Grill:

  • 1 package of Spicy Jalapeno Chicken Sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped (into eighths)
  • 1 heaping tbsp margarine
  • Garlic salt
  • 1 or 2 containers of cherry tomatoes
  • Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
  • PAM spray or EVOO

Take chopped onions, season, and plop your margarine on top. Wrap your onion pieces in two heavy duty pieces of foil (see pic below). Grill at a high setting for 35 minutes total, flipping the wrapped onion halfway. Cook your chicken sausage on a medium setting until browned (or charred for Shay) according to package directions. Generously spray a grill basket with PAM (before placing the basket on the grill) and place your cherry tomatoes (whole) on the basket. Generous season with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. Cook the tomatoes on a low setting for about 20 minutes and on a medium setting for about another 10 minutes. Rotate/flip the tomatoes as you cook.

Here’s the style of grill basket we have (from BBB):Mozzarella and Parm Macaroni and Cheese:

  • 3 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 1 to ½ cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup milk (we used 1% milk)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Bring water in a pot to a boil. Cook noodles until al dente and drain. Add butter, cheeses, milk until well combined. Add plenty of cracked black pepper, some salt to taste, and a few red pepper flakes if desired.


Shan’s Perfect Summer Supper

  • 1 package of Carrot Spirals
  • Vegan Kale, Cashew, Basil Pesto
  • Grilled Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower and Broccoli Vegetable Patties
  • Cruciferous Salad

Cook package of carrot spirals according to the package directions. Add desired amount of pesto once the spirals are cooked and tender. Add grilled cherry tomatoes. Bake patties according to package directions and serve on the side with some cruciferous salad.


So that was our perfect summer supper!!!! So easy and delicious!!

Trader Joe’s FTW,



10 thoughts on “Perfect Summer Supper I”

  • This looks delicious! I’ve always seen that chicken sausage but have never picked it up. I’m going to have to though! The mac and cheese sounds delicious.

    • Thanks!!! He loves it and he’s always been a pork/beef sausage eater. Hasn’t complained about it being chicken yet!

  • Happy Monday! Both of your “menus” look delicious! I have a TJ’s sooo close to me, but I hardly go there due to parking issues. Those sausages look so good!

    Shannon – are you continuing to eat vegan? Would you please do a post on how you’re doing, how you’re feeling, insights… thanks!

    Have a great week!

    • Thank you!! I would love to do a vegan post!! I’ve been thinking about it actually. I am still eating vegan about 90% of the time 🙂

  • Cooking dinner on weeknights is rough for me. I usually cook dinner 3 nights a week, save 1 night for takeout or dinner out, and then just wing it one night. Trader Joe’s makes my life so much easier on the weeknight where I’m just winging it! Both of those dinners look delicious.

  • Yum! Y’all are putting that grill to good use. I have had zucchini spirals but now I really want to try the carrot ones too. Love seeing what you all eat!

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