It’s no secret that I love Trader Joe’s. I have been shopping there for years so I definitely have my all time favorite items. My friend, Ashley, has been asking me to do a list of what I would recommend to buy from TJ’s. So here is my attempt to keep this a somewhat concise but handy list of products that I stock up on. Remember, that they are always adding new goods as well. If you are new to Trader Joe’s, I hope this helps get you started in the right direction. They also have a guarantee that if you don’t like the food item then you can return it. Here it goes…….
Breads- love the ciabatta.
All beef/no nitrate hotdogs
Santa Maria tri tip beef
Fully cooked bacon strips
Organic broccoli slaw
Fresh pizza dough
White bean and basil hummus
Pita bite crackers
Pretty much all their cheeses but LOVE the marinated braided mozzarella
Pesto dried tomato torta Yummy!
Raspberry and brie fillo rolls
Blueberry and cream/banana and cream yogurt cups
Black cherry natural jello
Pasta sauces, especially the Arrabiata and the marinara
Packaged pastas: the spinach and chive linguine, garlic and basil linguine and lemon pepper pappardelle
Island Soyaki Sauce, great for stir fry and use the broccoli slaw with it
Organic peanut butters
Brownie Truffle Baking Mix
Mini peanut butter cups, add these to the Brownie Mix above, mmmmmmmm
Frozen shrimp and fish, surprisingly FANTASTIC for frozen seafood.
Breaded cod and tilapia fillets, think fish tacos….or do blackened or grilled with above
Frozen pasta meals, pretty darn good for $3 a bag and easy in a pinch for time.
Shrimp primavera frozen pasta meal
Vegetable fried rice
Frozen meatballs, turkey and regular flame broiled. Kids love them!
Frozen Thai jasmine rice- again, it’s great when you are in a pinch for time and don’t have the 40 minutes it takes to cook it on the stove
Lemongrass and coconut curry chicken stix- great for appetizers
Frozen pizzas, kids (and me) love the Bambino pizza formaggio mini pizzas
Mini beef and chicken tacos (frozen)
Chicken chili verde (frozen section)
Frozen waffles, I do NOT recommend their frozen pancakes. Go next door (if you are on Rea Rd) and get some pancake mix from Great Harvest Bread company!
I will end with desserts…….most are in the frozen section.
Chocolate lava cakes
Mini mint ice cream mouthfuls
All natural vanilla creme sandwiches cookies- They have chocolate too. Think a natural, good for you, version of an Oreo.
Sublime ice cream sandwiches; do NOT pass these by…….
Chocolate covered pretzels
A lot of the stuff I mentioned was frozen but you will find a bunch of great produce as well. Plus I figured the choices for produce are pretty basic once you get there. Great selection on wines. Oh, and don’t forget their flowers. Great deal! Now this is just a portion of what I would recommend. Please share any TJ’s items that you think are smashingly FAB and wouldn’t leave the store without. It’s great to get recommendations because frankly, most of us don’t have the time to be returning items we weren’t satisfied with……. Thanks for reading and Happy Shopping!
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