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Trader Joe’s Must-Haves

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Like Friday’s Amazon Favorites post, I never don’t want to see your Trader Joe’s hauls. We do not have a Trader Joe’s in our small town so every visit is a treat, and I stock up on products to last a couple of weeks. I try to go at least once a month and I find new products each time I go. These are my current favorites – TJ’s has amazing seasonal products, so I will update this list in the fall. We had a Halloween party last year and I fed 15 people with snacks exclusively from TJ’s.


I don’t buy a lot of meat from TJ’s because we have to travel about 45 miles to get home, and I don’t like to take a chance! But I will buy a few things:

Trader Joe’s Spicy Jalapeno Chicken Sausage: We loved this product. I wasn’t sure how to cook it, but I roasted it and paired it with some Banza Chickpea Penne and Trader Joe’s Marinara. It was different and delicious.

Panko Breaded Tilapia Filets: Not the healthiest way to eat fish, but they’re tasty when you need a quick dinner.


All of their produce has been great, and it’s super cheap (even organic products). I usually pick up salads, broccoli, zucchini and squash, avocados, peppers, and various fruit. Last trip I picked up a package of veggie kabobs – right up my alley!


Cauliflower Gnocchi: I’ve seen this everywhere lately and it definitely lives up to the hype!

Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers with Black Beans and Corn: For those of you who don’t know, I do not eat red meat (actually prefer NO meat, but I do eat chicken and fish often. And bacon. Because bacon.) but I love a good veggie burger! These are my absolute favorite.

Hi-Protein Veggie Burger: While I prefer the burgers above, these are more macro-friendly (and still delicious).

Vegetable Fried Rice: I added some chicken and broccoli to this last week for an easy and healthy meal!

Reduced-Guilt Mac & Cheese: Enough said.

Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry: Another easy dinner staple: add chicken (or meat of choice) and you’re good to go!

Mexican Style Roasted Corn with Cotija Cheese: Another easy side dish!



Honestly my favorite Trader Joe’s finds. I could spend $100 on snacks alone.

Chevre’ with honey: Served this with pumpkin cranberry crackers at our Halloween party and it was a HUGE hit, but it’s good year-round.

Seeds and Grains Crispbread: I keep these in my desk at work. They’re good with guac or alone!

Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips: We’re very particular when it comes to tortilla chips, and we both loved these. Also – these are probably the first tortilla chips I’ve ever purchased that weren’t 75% crumbs.

Everything Pretzel Slims: Another snack I love to keep at the office. They’re addictive, but won’t blow your healthy eating.

Artichoke and Jalapeno Dip: Hi, this stuff is addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Roasted Plantain Chips: I’m a crunchy-snack addict, and these are healthier than chips. Win-win.

Crunchy Curls: Made of potatoes and lentils, this is a relatively healthy snack. Try not to eat the whole bag in one sitting (they’re high in fiber so they are filling, thankfully!).

Light Kettle Corn Snack Bags: If self-control is an issue for you (it is for me!), these snack bags are perfect.

Half Moon Cookies: For those of you with a sweet tooth, they’re more commonly known as black & white cookies. Whatever you call them, they’re soft and light and perfect.


Organic Marinara Sauce: I put this on pastas and pizza. It’s one of the healthier marinaras I’ve found on the market but they don’t scrimp on flavor.

Red Pepper Eggplant & Garlic Spread: Holy delicious. This is spicy so use it sparingly! I mixed it with the above marinara on homemade pizza.

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning: Love it on avocado toast, fish, and chicken.

Organic Red Lentil Sedanini Pasta: When you love pasta but don’t love the calories.

Home & Beauty

Flowers: TJ’s has the cheapest bouquets! I picked up two bouquets of peonies over the weekend, but they have lots of cheaper options as well.

Peony Blossom Foaming Hand Soap and Pink Pomelo Grapefruit Hand Soap: Because you can never have enough hand soap.

Rose Water Facial Toner: I’ve been spraying this on my face every morning – dare I say I love it more than the Mario Badescu? And it’s only $3.99!

Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask: My gal Tia suggested this a few weeks ago so I had to pick up a bottle. I’ve been struggling with dry hair issues lately, and this is a fantastic $3.99 product.


La Ferme Julien Rose’: The one with the goat.

Charles Shaw Rose’: Unlike the “Two Buck Chuck” this wine, made with organic grapes, will cost you $3.99. Worth it.

Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon: See above.

Grifone Bianco: Another under $10 favorite.

I could go on, but I’ll stop for now! Are you a Trader Joe’s addict? What are your favorite products?

Product photos courtesy of Trader Joe’s















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