Smoked Salmon Spread Made Easy

Smoked Salmon Spread made easy

One of my favorite weekend treats is to enjoy toasted bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon. One way to keep it super simple, is to make some smoked salmon spread and have it ready for the morning munch.

Making Smoked Salmon Spread is actually a lot easier than you might think and it tastes MUCH better then the pre-made stuff. Give it a try this week!

Getting ready to mix it up!

Getting ready to mix it up!

What you need: 

  • Cream cheese (We like to use the Trader Joe’s whipped Cream Cheese)
  • Smoked Salmon- the small size package that is about 6oz (Use 1/2 the package, wrap well and freeze the other half for next time)
  • Chives 1-2 Tablespoons fresh (or to taste)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Optional: capers / lemon juice/ lemon zest

1. Take the salmon slices and carefully cut the pieces into long strips, and then cut the strips into 2 or 3 pieces. You are trying to chop up the salmon into small chunks.

2. Add the salmon, chives and fresh ground pepper into a medium bowl. Add the whipped cream cheese, and stir lightly until it is all combined. Stir in any optional ingredients at this point.

3. Spread the smoked salmon spread on toasted bagels and serve with sliced tomatoes and spinach or arugula leaves. Thinly sliced sweet onions would also be nice to add.


Finished Smoked Salmon Spread

Finished Smoked Salmon Spread

Breakfast with tomatoes and arugula

Breakfast with tomatoes and arugula– That was super easy, right?

Enjoy this super easy treat this weekend!

What did you think? Are you going to try making Smoked Salmon Spread ? Share your thoughts below or on Fb~ Thanks!




Easy Halloween Recipes for Kids

Are you searching for some easy to make (a bit goofy) and not too scary Halloween Recipes you can make with your kids? Well, we have the perfect book for you: Easy Halloween Recipes for Kids was just published this week, by us, your friends here at Living Trader Joe’s!

One of my favorite recipes in the book! 

This Kindle e-book contains 20 recipes for breakfast, sandwiches and snacks that you can make for and with  your kids this year. All the recipes are super short and the ingredients are from your local Trader Joe’s store. Best of all, there is a picture for each recipe of how we made it, to give you an idea of what we did…. then you can get creative and let your imagination run wild!!

Check it out today and let us know what you think….. below in the comments or on Facebook~ Thanks!



P.S. Don’t have a Kindle?? Don’t worry you can download the Kindle app for your phone, pad or computer and view the recipes in full color~ yeah! Here is the link to the Kindle For PC download:

Or grab your own Kindle here:

Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

It’s Baack! Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix has returned!

It seems like fall is really here, beyond the date on the calendar…. Trader Joe’s is bursting with great Pumpkin items!   It was a hard (internal ) debate in the store…. which mix  would I be going home with this week?

Pumpkin bread or Pumpkin Pancakes… I have to choose?? Yikes!

uh…a hard choice… made even harder when I found out that the sample that cool Friday AM was warm Pumpkin bread…. ohhhh just delish.

But in the end, the box in our trolley was the Pumpkin Pancake mix. Super easy and (OK honestly) I could make up a small batch and devour them quickly, and make another batch up at a later time.   I guess waiting until I have a “thing” to bake the Pumpkin bread for is a better idea… then I can grab a slice and still look like an office hero, right??

OK, back to business…. below are the directions for both the pancakes & waffles just in case you need them:

Pumpkin Pancake Directions (Mini batch)

Makes approximately 6-8 (5″) pancakes

You will need:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


1. Preheat griddle to 350 degrees (Medium heat).

2. Measure out 1 cup pancake mix, and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine egg, milk, melted butter. Add the dry pancake mix and stir until almost all the lumps disappear.  Do not over mix.  Let the batter stand for a few minutes before using… you may need to add a few spoonfuls of milk if the batter gets too thick.

4. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on hot, greased griddle. Pancakes are ready to turn when bubbles form and break and the edges appear cooked. Turn and brown lightly on the other side.

I then transferred the cooked  pancakes to a plate that was in my oven, set on a low temperature (like 200 degrees) to keep them all toasty warm until we were ready to eat.

Cooking Directions for Pumpkin Waffles

Makes 4 (4″) waffles

You will need:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake mix
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


1. Preheat waffle iron (follow the directions that came with it).

2. Measure out 1 cup of pancake mix, set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine egg, water and melted butter together.   Add the dry pancake mix and stir together until the large lumps disappear. Do not over mix.

4. Ladle onto hot waffle iron and remove when golden brown.

YUM! anyway you make these… they are just fantastic!

I made the smaller batch… like I said so that I would not have THAT many leftover pancakes and it was just the right amount.  I ate the leftovers cold slathered with Trader Joe’s almond butter!

So my suggestion is to get to Trader Joe’s, grab a box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle mix and whip up a batch this weekend~ you’ll be glad you did!