Yay Trader Joe’s!
Trader Joe’s is…my favorite grocery store ever. In fact, we pass at least seven different grocery stores on the way to Trader Joe’s, yet we go there every single week.
It’s been a hot second since I’ve done one of these roundups, but I secretly love finding out what other people like to buy at Trader Joe’s because posts like this one often lead to a new favorite item or two of my own!
I hope you enjoy this unconventional post today – and if you have any faves that I didn’t mention, please let me know in the comments! I’d love to check out some new TJ’s goods!
ps. I definitely buy more vegetables and fruits at TJ’s every week – bananas, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, oranges, apples, etc. etc. etc -, but I tried to highlight some TJ’s-specific products that you can’t necessarily find at all mega marts. Woo!
Okay, I understand that this is a super random way to start this list, but I couldn’t be more obsessed with this mix! It’s super crunchy, making it the perfect topping for tacos, yet it tastes great sautéed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and tons of garlic. A super easy way to add some veggies to your lunch or dinner!
I love buying my greens from Trader Joe’s, and this Tuscan Kale is a new fave of mine! I always bought TJ’s curly kale, but I was really excited to try this version. I actually like sautéing it with the Organic Shredded Green & Red Cabbage with Orange Carrots for dinner. I frequently make big sautéed veggie bowls for a quick dinner, and this kale add a nice dose of health and flavor to the mix!
I mean…the only way you can make potatoes more fun is by making them teeny tiny. I’m a huge potato fan, and while I usually reach for sweet potatoes, these Teeny Tiny Potatoes make an awesome side to our dinners. They’re great simply tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, but you can really make them shine with some garlic and lemon. Plus, they’re pretty much the most adorable things ever.
I am a hugeeeee corn freak. Fresh corn on the cob? There’s nothing better. BUT whenever I’m craving corn in the dead of winter or spring, I love having a bag or two of this Roasted Corn in my freezer. I’ve been having my Black Bean Ceviche every single week for at least two months now, and this Roasted Corn gives it that great fresh off the grill taste. So much yes.
Why it has taken me this long to try cooking beans from scratch, I’ll never know. Trader Joe’s recently started selling dried (+ organic) black beans, and I couldn’t be more excited! You know Mexican food is an absolute staple in our household, so I’m typically buying a can or two of black beans a week. These dried beans are a much more economical way to bean up any meal.
One of my ALL-TIME favorite vegan proteins! I love these hemp hearts in salads, smoothies, and more because they give an awesome creamy, nutty flavor to anything they’re added to. I seriously have them every morning in my Ginger Banana Green Smoothie!
This was a splurge product for me, but I’m so glad I tried it this weekend! I love getting acai bowls out at restaurants but dang girl…they’re expensive. I typically stick to only one kind of fruit in my smoothies, but I loved adding these frozen acai packets to my Ginger Banana Green Smoothie. TJ’s acai isn’t sweetened, so it’s an awesome way to add some antioxidants to your morning without packing on the sugar.
Surely you’ve seen this seasoning on Instagram in the past month or so. I can’t tell you how much I love this stuff! While it’s awesome on soft pretzels (see above), I’m a huge fan of it on avocados! Jazz up your morning avo toast with this stuff, and I promise you will never look back.
Mark and I are popcorn people. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve referred to him as my “popcorn equal” at one point on this blog. We love making it Sunday nights in the summer when we’re watching Game of Thrones or when we’re just hungry for something salty and crunchy. Love love love.
TJ’s Cowboy Caviar is.so.addicting. It’s smoky! It’s sweet! It’s full of texture! It’s perfect. I can’t leave that store without picking up a jar…or two. And these tortilla chips are my new fave! TBH, most of the tortilla chips I’ve bought at Trader Joe’s have been totally stale. These ones are super thick and crunchy, plus they have a subtle lime flavor I just love!
I definitely don’t buy these every week, but man, oh man I love these things. They’re super sweet and chewy and perfect for that after-dinner sweets craving. Plus they’re great as part of a vegan “cheese” board!
$2.79/12 oz. bottle – Alexa’s Must-Buy Rating: ★★★★★
Perfect for: drinking in the morning before breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up
Okay. Truth time. The first time I tried kombucha, I H A T E D it. It was too vinegary and fizzy for me. But I slowly got used to the flavor, and it really has made a difference in how I feel, considering I’ve always had stomach issues. I don’t drink one every day ($$$), but I love getting one for Monday morning after I’ve had a weekend full of food and/or alcohol. I really love the Mint Lime flavor!
This coconut cream is thick, making it the perfect vegan “whipping cream” alternative! It has minimal ingredients, and it’s awesome whipped up as a pie filling or topping. You can also make ice cream with it (see above). Perfect for coconut lovers like me.
Green Pitted Olives
$1.99/6 oz. can – Alexa’s Must-Buy Rating: ★★★★★
Perfect for: my Vegan Greek Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
I have always been an olive freak, and these olives are so cheap! Every once in a while, I’ll get a big craving for something salty and briny, and these totally satisfy that craving every time. We also like using them as part of our vegan “cheese” plate dinners, which we have more often than I care to admit. ;)
$2.49/9.9 oz. can – Alexa’s Must-Buy Rating: ★★★★
Perfect for: vegan cheese plates (stay tuned!) or snacking
So, in my 24 years on this earth, I had never once had a stuffed grape leaf. What a wonderful, beautiful world I was missing! I tried these Dolmas for the first time at my friend, Gretchen’s, house, and I’m pretty sure I ate the whole can myself. These things are perfectly herbed, super flavorful, and way too addicting. I love these!
This is it. THE chocolate bar I use for everything. It’s great for snacking (let it melt on your tongue!) or for baking, and I just love this bar to pieces. It’s slightly fruity which I really enjoy in a chocolate bar. Plus, you can’t beat that it’s organic and only $1.99 per bar!
To The Power of 7 Organic Juice
$3.99/33.8 fl. oz. bottle – Alexa’s Must-Buy Rating: ★★★★
Perfect for: my Naturally Dyed Icing or for drinking
So, I’m typically not a juice person. BUT I sometimes have trouble remembering to drink water throughout the day. Kinda crazy, but it’s true. I love adding just a tiny splash of this juice to my water to jazz it up a bit. It’s really delicious, and full of antioxidant goodness. Plus, you can use it as a food dye for icing!
Gah, I just love TJ’s so much! Have you tried any of these goodies?! Super interested to hear your faves!
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