When Trader Joe's opened I didn't really get all the hype. I was skeptical at first - but I'm now a weekly shopper and our list of favorites gets longer every time we go. Today I thought I'd share some of our favorite things to pick up at Trader Joe's!
Our Trader Joe's isn't super convenient to our house, but is right across for GG's dance studio, so we pop in almost every Saturday after her class.
The little carts are the cutest and they sell bananas by the piece instead of the pound so my kids can get a snack and I just keep the peels to pay at the end :)
Sorry that some of my pictures are turned sideways! I can't get them to change! ARGH!!!
I'm a big fan of the Trader Joe's salads. The Southwest salad is my current favorite - it's loaded with yummy veggies and the dressing is amazing. Bonus points it's around $3.50. I typically add some avocado or grilled chicken on top and I'm good to go.
NOBODY has better cheeses than Trader Joe's. I feel like I've eaten my way through the cheese section (well... not quite, but I've tried a lot of them) and am yet to be disappointed.
The Brie is AMAZING...
... Parmesan is great...
... and their low fat cheddar cheese sticks make their way into my lunch bag almost daily.
At Thanksgiving be sure to try their cranberry sauce...
... the frozen mac and cheese is soooooo creamy and cheesy and you wouldn't guess that it was frozen...
... and the "Pita Pal" organic hummus is my favorite by FAR! The roasted garlic is sooooo good!!!
The mini chocolate chip cookies (in the tub) are incredibly addicting...
... and the dark chocolate peanut butter cups are my perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Our newest favorite is the BBQ chicken teriyaki and jasmine rice. The chicken is $5/bag and the rice is $3/box (which includes 3 bags) and you make both of them in the microwave.
One bag of chicken and 2 bags of the rice was ready in under 15 minutes, was enough to feed all of us and my kids LOOOOVED it! I always know things are a hit when my boys ask to take leftovers in their thermoses for lunch the next day. There weren't any leftovers, but we were able to make another bag and portion it out for lunches the next day.
This Mandarin Orange BBQ chicken is incredibly tasty over rice as well.
We all adore these mini chicken tacos...
... and the frozen chicken burrito bowls (which I forgot to take pictures of!) are a lunch staple for me. They're full of quinoa, peppers, chicken, cheese, black beans, etc. Seriously so good. I'll occasionally add a little bit of extra cheese and some diced avocado as well.
This is our favorite yogurt...
... and this pasta sauce is AHHHMAZING!!! Last week I used it over their fresh tortellini and it was awesome.
We LOVE to snack and all of these make their way into kids lunches throughout the week...
And these are their current favorite dessert treats.
I am officially addicted to these cinnamon apple snack sticks - they're kind of like those veggie straws - but seriously taste like apple pie.
This salsa is DELISH...
... I keep a bag of this in my desk drawer (the cherries and dark chocolate!!!)...
... and after trying these strawberry preserves I don't think I'll ever buy another brand. I keep a jar on hand in the pantry at all times :)
Their produce is always THE BEST (and most of the time the prices are great!)...
... and I can always find a reason to grab a bag of flowers (and rarely spent more than $6).
These flowers were for Homecoming court - so more than $6 but GORGEOUS!
We've been using their sunscreen this Spring and so far so good! I love how "non-greasy" it is and it sprays on evenly and has covered my kids well during baseball and lots of outside time.
A few other favorites...
- Dunkers cookies
- White Cheddar puffs
- cheesy garlic breadsticks
- their gingerbread houses
- pita bread
- eggs are always fresh and a great price at our Trader Joe's
The ONLY thing that we've bought at Trader Joe's that I haven't been a big fan of is cookie butter. I was so excited to try it for myself and maybe I just don't know what to put it on, but didn't love it on graham crackers or bread. If you love cookie butter let me know how I should be eating it!
So, there you go! Current TJ's favorites! If you have a favorite that I need to try out leave it in the comments!
Happy Wednesday, Friends!