Life’s Simple Pleasures

Sometimes it is the little things in life that I enjoy the most – good food, wine, trips to the farmers market, and a full DVR are just some of the things that bring a smile to my face. It doesn’t take much to make me happy, and last night was a perfect example. One of my favorite meals is steamed clams and mussels but I have only made them at home once because the shellfish can be expensive and such a pain to clean. I usually save it for restaurant meals. But not anymore!

Enter Trader Joe’s Steamer Clams.


My Dad told me about these a couple weeks ago and the next day I searched them out. I was home alone last night because I didn’t make the 3 hour round trip drive to Aaron’s football game (that they won 47-6, BTW!). I wanted something easy but tasty for dinner and thought these steamers would be perfect.

I cannot believe how genius Trader Joe’s is sometimes. All I had to do was put the frozen clams in the pot, put the lid on and let them cook for 8 minutes. The ingredients? Just clams, butter, garlic, corn starch, lemon, herbs, and parsley. I ate the whole thing which was about 45 clams and sauce for just over 200 calories, less than 10 grams of fat, and over 20 grams of protein.


Complete with a green salad with blue cheese and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, it was like a restaurant meal at home. The best part? I was in my sweats and the whole meal cost about $7. That wouldn’t even cover my wine at a restaurant.


I was a happy camper after this meal and the TJ Steamers will definitely be a staple in our freezer. Crossing my fingers they come out with a version with mussels soon!


2 thoughts on “Life’s Simple Pleasures

  1. Carlye says:

    I don’t even care for clams but you made them sound so delicious here that I am just going to have to look for them at Joe’s next time. Besides, I am sure Husband will handle them if I don’t like them. Your photos make me hungry!

    • modernation says:

      They are so good and so genius to take something that is such a pain to make and do all the work for us. They are only like $4.50, so they are worth a shot. You can always just dip bread in the broth!

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