Product Review: Trader Joe’s Polenta Provencale

I love Trader Joe’s.  Really, I find something new to try there every time I go.  I love that their labeling is so clear.  I love that they have a list of their gluten-free items.  I love their prices.  I love their 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy.  The 2 times that I have had an issue with any of their products (once, a bunch of rice cakes in the bag I bought were crumbled and another time the French rolls had mold on them after 1 day), they replaced them, no questions, no receipt.  I had just wanted to mention the issues to them, I really hadn’t been looking for a replacement. 

Okay, now down to business.   On my last trip to TJ’s, I picked up this fantastic looking dish…..Polenta Provencale, from the freezer section.  I fully expected to see some kind of gluten (and if not gluten, onions), but much to my surprise, it was gluten & onion free!!  That makes this product “Kim friendly”.   I decided that I was going to have this for dinner last night and tossed in some leftover roasted veggies & maple chicken sausage (another Trader Joe’s product) when it was done cooking. 


From the back of the bag:

Trader Joe’s Polenta Provencale dares to ask the question, “Must polenta be Italian?”  Geographic locations aside, we believe in liberation of polenta, in its freedom to representation to the cuisines of the world.  Thus, Polenta Provencale combines polenta with fresh spinach leaves, peas, tomatoes, cream & herbs de Provence to create a dish that’s an inspired fusion of old world traditions and new world flavors.  Bon appetit!  Buon gusto!  Enjoy!

This dish was super easy to prepare.  I place the frozen meal in a preheated frying pan over medium to med-high heat.  I let the mixture cook for 5-7 minutes, as directed on the package.  Once that was heated, I tossed in my chicken sausage & roasted veggies just to warm through.

In the pan, before adding the sausage:


This dish was awesome!  Would I expect anything less from TJ’s?  There was a little spicy kick to it, but not too much.  I paired my combo with a nice big salad for a satisfying meal.

Here is the back of the package for nutritional info/ingredients:


If you see this at your Trader Joe’s, it is definitely worth trying out & buying again.  Nice to keep on hand for those nights when meals have to be quick!


11 Responses

  1. I want to get this!

  2. I was just informed yesterday by my doctor that I have celiac’s disease. I was exhausted when I got home from work and overwhelmed at the prospect of figuring out what to eat tonight. After many failed prospects, I found this in my freezer. It is so good and was such a relief to find I almost cried. Thank God for Trader Joe’s.
    Great review, by the way. Do you have any other suggestions from TJ’s pre-prepared foods?
    Thanks 🙂

  3. we love it on some spagetti squash!

  4. I also found this in the back of my freezer, and was pleasantly surprised to see it was so low in calories, yet was sooo frikin’ delicious! I added more frozen spinach & microwaved it. Now, I am looking to reproduce this dish from scratch!

  5. But did you notice it says gluten-free, but made on equipment shared with wheat?

  6. This product is amazing, It has excellent flavor and just the right spice. I also added the fire roasted veggies, along with Italian chicken and mango sausage . . simply yummylicious!

  7. This was surprisingly yummy. I added spinach and feta chicken sausage, and it was really filling.

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  9. This is so good…I can no longer eat gnocchi as it has gluten…this is a perfect way to eat polenta.

  10. I love this dish, too. Tasty by itself. Trader Joe”s has so many French dishes heat and serve @ 1/10 the price of a French restaurant.

  11. They are not offering this product anymore and it is a crying shame…..It is one of my favorite meals. Looking for a recipe to duplicate t.

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