As I mentioned on Wednesday, I recently have been kinda lazy in the kitchen and haven’t been doing a ton of cooking. When I was debating what to write about for this post, I thought about cooking something, but I didn’t really want it to be some uninspired recipe that I threw together for the sake of a post. Instead, I decided to compile a list of my absolute favorite things from Trader Joe’s. I decided to do this because I realized that I have been to Trader Joe’s on 3 separate occasions in the past week. I am really lucky to live only 2 short blocks away and can visit whenever I need something! Which is lucky considering I forget to buy something almost everytime too.
I honestly don’t think that I have met a single person who is not a Trader Joe’s fan. Cheap, fresh, real ingredients, some unique and ‘out there’ foods, really good pre-made foods, what’s not to love?
Just as I forget to buy something every time I go, I will undoubtedly forget something on this list but here goes!
Trader Joe’s Favorites:
*Regular and Whole wheat pizza dough (cheap and easy)
*Trader Joe’s brand Mini Pitas
*Brown Rice Bread—needs to be frozen
*Millet Bread—good stats but falls apart really easily. Also should be frozen
*Muffins—awesome fiber filled breakfast
*Ezekiel bread– any kind
*Corn Bread Mix
*CRUMPETS! Anywhere that sells crumpets basically wins. I need to start buying these more
Dips, sauces, etc
*Pretty much any TJ’s dressing—the ones I have tried (and loved) are: feta, goddess, champagne vinagrette . Has anyone tried the hummus dressing, I think it’s new?
*Curry sauce—I have tried green and yellow and love both!
*Corn and chile salsa—used to be one of my fav’s
*Salsa Verde is great on it’s own or in recipes
*Hummus—I really dislike the spicy hummus, but every other kind that I have tried is great. I really like the horseradish hummus
PB and Jelly
*Almond butter with flax seed
*Nuts-almonds, sunflower seeds, etc. Can be unsalted or salted for most
*Cinammon almonds-I can’t even buy these anymore because I have no self control around them
*Trail mixes-pretty much all of them
*Snapea crisps! Usually eat the bag in one sitting
*Dried salted green beans
*Trader Joe’s Cat Cookies for people…have only tried Ginger but they all look good! You also get a ton for not a lot of calories
*Trader Joe’s mini chocolate chip cookies—everyone knows mini foods don’t count
*Chocolate covered cherries
*Chocolate covered pretzels
*Peanut butter filled pretzels
*Thousand layer crackers (do they still sell these? I miss them)
*Savory mini crackers
*Two Buck Chuck
*Sparkling almond wine (my fav ever and only 5 dollars!)
*Trader Joe’s High Fiber Cereal
*Unsweetened Vanilla Almond
*TJ’s brand jasmine green tea—I drink it every morning!
*Tejava bottled iced tea
*Sparkling water—original and flavored are only 79 cents!
Dairy, meat, other refrigerated stuff
*TJ’s Greek Yogurt
*Greek style feta
*Ton’s of other kinds of cheese that look delicious but I have never bought—probably can’t go wrong here
*Nitrate free bacon! I haven’t tried it yet but my mom told me about it. This is great for me since I can’t eat nitrates due to migraines
*Lobster Bisque—do they still have this? I used to be obsessed with it but I haven’t seen it in awhile
*Trader Joe’s brand veggie masala burgers
*Dr. Praegers veggie burgers
*Mini beef tacos
*frozen herbs (frozen into squares) are convenient and taste like fresh!
*Chicken chili verde burritos
*Meatless Meatballs (one my all time favorites)—regular mini meatballs are good too
*Edamame—shelled and unshelled
*Frozen fruit—lots of varieties!
*Fish—really good prices and very ‘fresh’ if that makes sense
*Other seafood—like calamari and scallops or the seafood blend
*French onion dip
*Flatbread pizzas (all are good!)
*Artichoke hearts—so cheap for artichokes
*Frozen grilled vegetables—a little saucy but good
*Mini ice cream cones
*Mint mini ice cream sandwiches
*Madras lentil and punjab eggplant (to go with your naan!)
*Lots of cheap canned goods (tomato sauce, beans, etc) + organic is not much more expensive than non organic
*Refried spicy black beans
*Green curry tuna (in picture above)
*Jarred artichoke hearts
*Jarred roasted red peppers
*Canned yellow fin tuna—better than other’s, not sure why
*Canned baby shrimpies
*Sugar, chocolate and coffee bean grinder –this is new, and awesome
*Honey (doesn’t taste any different but it is a really good price for ‘real honey’ aka no hfcs added)
*Peanut flour (tear. Please bring this back TJ’s!!)
I kept wanting to add more and more to this list because everything at Trader Joe’s is amazing! With the exception of a few things. But, obviously I can’t list everything and it wouldn’t be helpful if I did. Hopefully you can try a new thing or two next time you go!
Please please tell me, what am I missing out on at Trader Joe’s? What are some of your favorites that I have to try??