4.05.2017

top ten at trader joe's

We've been so busy with the move and unpacking that I haven't had much time to cook real meals -- there's been a lot of takeout and "whatever we have in the fridge" dinners. Now that we're settled into our new house (yah!) I am excited to get back to my old routines...like taking a special trip to Trader Joe's (I go about once or twice a month). I love reading posts about what people buy at Trader Joe's because it always gives me ideas to mix up my shopping list (so please comment with your favorite TJ items). Here's my top ten:

I never leave TJ's without a bag of Roasted Plantain Chips -- they are my favorite snack! The chips have a great crunch and they aren't sweet like typical plantains from a Cuban restaurant. And after you finish the bag you can take comfort in knowing that they have half the fat of typical potato chips.

Creamy Cilantro Salad Dressing -- I LOVE cilantro so the thought of cilantro in liquid form that I can put on anything (veggie burgers, tacos, chicken, salad) is really appealing -- and it tastes good too!

I added TJ's Smooth and Creamy Cilantro and Jalapeno Hummus to the list because H loves it. He usually makes hummus sandwiches for lunch and the cilantro and jalapeno flavors are a nice change from his standard pine nut hummus (he says it tastes like Indian food).

I love making tacos with Pulled Pork Brisket + Island Salsa (chunky salsa with mango, pineapple, and red jalapeno peppers) -- thank you Cup of Jo for the easy meal hack!

Violet and I both love TJ's Organic 100% Natural Fruit Wraps, they remind me of fruit roll-ups, my favorite 90's lunchbox treat (without all the added sugar or preservatives). I've tried all of the different flavors and strawberry is my favorite.

TJ's Peanut Butter & Oat Bars are another snack that Violet and I can share together, they are perfect for breakfast or a snack at the library.

TJ's Just Mango Slices are another great snack (Vi isn't a fan, but H likes them!) The unsweetened mangoes are surprisingly really sweet #yahhhNATURE!

I don't eat very much processed sugar anymore, but I still crave Chocolatey Coated Chocolate Chip Dunkers. H got me hooked on them when we were dating :)

CHEESE! TJ’s always has the best price on cheese. I like to get the pack of three goat crottin cheese so I can try three different flavors.

What are your favorite Trader Joe's items?
-xo-
Jillian
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  1. most of these are products i've never tried!!! i'm gonna scoop some up on my next visit!

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    1. I'd love to see your favorites!

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  2. That hummus is really good. So are those Dunkers. There is a Trader Joe's a few blocks from where I live and I feel like I have tried everything there haha. Thanks for sharing!! :-)

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    1. I'd love to know your favorites!

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  3. I loveeee TJ's! Their fruit wraps are so good and I love the dunkers!

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    1. I have to ration off the fruit wraps! they are so addictive!

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  4. Oh, I'll have to try that hummus the next time I'm there.

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  5. I love seeing what other people buy at my favorite stores. I get many of the same items as you - need to try that hummus though!

    Amanda Kids and Cabernet

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    1. me too! it gives me so many shopping ideas!

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    1. hopefully someday! they are the best!

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  7. We just had that goat cheese for a get together at our place - it's the best! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. yum! I loveee mixing goat cheese with pesto on french bread for an easy appetizer!

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  8. Fun! Their turkey burgers in the frozen aisle are good too! I put a little oil in a pan and cook them on the stove top. I also like their spinach wraps for lunches. And, Casey's favorite are the dark chocolate covered pretzels for a special treat. Ohh, and their hash browns in the frozen aisle! Better than McDonald's, but healthier - right?! I'm getting hungry :)

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    1. mmm i'm hungry now too :) i want some hash browns!

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  9. Oh I miss living close to TJ's! I drive 45 minutes to one every couple of months now, but I really miss the regular purchases. I always bought my cheeses there - no discrimination, I love them all (and their amazing prices), and they also have my favorite hummus and ketchup (weird, but their organic ketchup is so good). I've never tried that pulled pork, but I would always buy the carnitas that you just have to microwave. I'd mix it with a can of the fire-roasted tomatoes and create my own Chipotle. Oh, and the chili lime chicken burgers in the freezer section are great too.

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    1. Great suggestions! I need to try those chili lime chicken burgers!

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  10. I love cilantro so def want to try that dressing & hummus! TJ's is the best!

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    1. The salad dressing is amazing!

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  11. This is a great reminder to hit up my local TJs! Luckily I live by one and work by another one!!!

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    1. it's my favorite! I like TJ's way more than Whole Foods!

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  12. I always love seeing what other people choose as their TJ's favorites - other than those plantain chips (SO GOOD), none of these are on my list! Actually, I don't even think I've tried most of them. I'm going to have to get them next time I go!

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    1. I totally just opened ANOTHER bag of those plantain chips that I was hoping to save until next week.... I can't stop eating them!

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