While there’s no direct translation, the Danish word hygge (say “HOO-guh”) can be loosely described as an atmosphere of coziness, contentment and kinship, or an appreciation of those things in everyday life. It's a concept we've been cuddling up to lately, thanks to recent blog posts espousing the benefits of adopting this Nordic-inspired philosophy. Activities interpreted as hyggely include (but are not limited to) snuggling up on the couch with a book, going for a brisk walk with a friend on a chilly day, or our personal favorite: sharing a home-cooked meal with loved ones. Its broad definition means you’re free to interpret as you see fit, and engage in elements of hygge and daily activities that are meaningful to you.
If you're in pursuit of hygge, the intent is what’s truly important—and appreciation of its simplicity is key. Our suggestion? Grab a friend and head to Trader Joe’s. Strike up a conversation with one of our congenial Crew Members, and grab your favorite foodstuffs while you’re at it. Then head home, light a candle and cozy up to one (or all) of these comforting, uncomplicated recipes that will fill your kitchen, bellies and hearts with warmth and nourishment. Fuzzy slippers are optional, but encouraged!
Relax with a cup of tea while this spiced (but not spicy) stew bubbles away on your stove.
Curry Simmer Sauce
$2.49 | 15 oz.
Coriander, turmeric and cinnamon play with tomato and ginger to give this sauce rich, deep layers of flavor.
Organic Reduced Fat Coconut Milk
$1.29 | 13.5 fl. oz.
With just two ingredients—water and organic coconut—you can add creaminess to soups and stews, sans dairy.
Sweet corn and acidic tomatoes brighten up this simple, Southwestern-style casserole.
$2.49 | 13 oz.
Pickled in a blend of chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and lime juice, this crunchy, savory salsation carries Southwestern character and enough heat to take note.
Organic Tricolor Quinoa
$3.99 | 16 oz.
The slightly chewy texture of this organic, gluten-free quinoa adds intriguing contrast when paired with crunchy salad greens or creamy casseroles.
This combination of fragrant spices and creamy sweet potatoes will have you wishing for soup weather everyday.
Organic Tuscan Kale
$2.49 | 10 oz.
A Customer favorite, Organic Tuscan Kale's hearty texture and slightly sweet flavor stand out when braised or wilted.
Organic Sweet Potatoes
$3.99-4.49 | 3 lb.
Roasted, grilled, sautéed, steamed, mashed...the rich, comforting flavor of the sweet potato shines no matter how it's prepared.
Perfect the sheet pan technique with a base of pork and potatoes, then swap out the seasonings to keep things fresh. Replace the lemons and sage with apples and rosemary, or garlic and thyme, or cayenne and maple syrup...
Dutch Yellow Potatoes
$2.49-2.79 | 24 oz.
The thin skins and creamy flesh of these tubers crisp to a deep golden hue when roasted.
Boneless Pork Cutlets
$4.99-$6.49 | per pound
These quick-cooking cutlets are the ultimate blank canvas—cut and ready to cook to your heart's content.