My love for Trader Joe’s began when I received probably the best house-warming present ever. When we moved into our new home, my bff Vanessa gave me a reusable Trader Joe’s bag with all her favorite Trader Joe’s items. I was in love! Thankfully, we have a Trader Joe’s about 60 miles away. Not THAT convenient (we have lived in states where there were no Trader Joe’s), but we can make a trip at least once a month and just load up on our favorite things. I will update this page every time I have an item to rave about! So check back periodically. xoxoWe have had this a few times, as it makes for a quick and tasty meal. Tonight I served it with pico de gallo and a corn fritter (thanks to my awesome cook of a friend you gave me the recipe!). You can also chop it up and make it into tacos, burritos, or a gaucho style sandwich. Once thing to note is that it does have quite a kick to it. It is spicy.
These are 3 Trader Joe’s product that I always have in my pantry. My dear mother-in-law makes the best spaghetti sauce and she even gave me the recipe, but the days (ok mom stop reading) that I just don’t have it in me to make the sauce from scratch I turn to these alternatives.
They have a great selection of jarred sauces. I think the Tomato Basil marinara is great for your basic spaghetti. I add some onion, garlic and fresh basil if I have some. If I want it to have an extra kick I add a little crushed red pepper.
The Tuscano Marinara Sauce is a great base sauce for pizza anything that will go in the oven such as Baked Ziti or Chicken Parm. I frequently use it to make a quick meat sauce. Again, if I have the time I make my own sauce. However, if I have a time constraint, or I am honestly not feeling it, I turn to these tasty alternatives.
I now only use Trader Joe’s olive oil for my every day cooking. The one pictured above is the one I usually buy, but I have bought others. They have a great extra virgin one I use for salad dressing. I don’t remember the exact price but they are SOOOO much more affordable than the average kind you get at the grocery and also better quality.
These are pretty awesome frozen fries. SOO much better taste and texture wise than the brands you get a the regular grocery store. They also have 5 grams of fat per serving which I believe is significantly lower than other frozen fries brands. I personally love putting a little bit of OLD Bay on them.
I make this on the night I don’t feel like cooking. My boys really enjoy the meal. The fat content is on the lower end of what you would expect this kind of meal would have. It really taste better than what I get at some of the chain Asian restaurants. This meal is ready in 30 min and with minimal effort.
When I saw this rice in the freezer section it intrigued me. I’ll be honest it sat in my freezer for about 2 weeks before we tried it. It was REALLY good. I can’t really describe the flavor. It didn’t really taste like chimicurri to me, but it did have a unique flavor. We had it with this tri-tip roast from them and it was FANTASTIC!
We put on the grill and in 30 minutes. I made a tomato salad too. The meat was nice and tender. The flavor of the marinade was very nice. It’s garlic and lemons, but it was very understated. I liked this marinade better than the Carne Asada. It wasn’t as spicy.
The closest Trader Joe’s to me is about 1 hr away. I am hesitant to buy ice cream, but I gave it a try this time and the stuff survived better than I thought in the cooler. I haven’t tried the fruit bars, but they have been a hit with the boys. The Gone Bananas chocolate covered banana slices are excellent. A small little treat to cure a craving. I was worried I would eat the whole box in a few sittings but they are still there. I maybe eat one or two slices at one. The Hold the Cone are great b/c they are small perfect for little hands. Nice summer treat.
This chocolate is just damn good. Go get it your taste buds will thank you.
This is a delicious and not so bad for you snack. It would go perfect in kids lunches in a 100 calorie snack bag. They actually taste like apple pie. For 38 sticks the calorie content is 140, total fat 7g and sugars is 4g. Now I possibly did eat 38 sticks last night, but on other occasion I had a handful and was satisfied.
Tried these the other night and they were really good. My 4-year-old really liked it too. We made it with their Arrabbiata sauce which gave it a little kick. If you eat the serving size I thought the calorie and fat content was decent. Making a big salad helps with sticking to the serving size.
This is our go to frozen pizza. It is soooo much better than calling the delivery brand pizza’s. Unless we are getting our pizza from the local NY style pizzeria I turn to this. If you make a nice big salad you can stick to the serving size. This has been a go to lunch item for the boys during the summer months. They have other varieties of frozen pizza, but this one has been our favorite. It is simple deliciousness.
Another delicious spaghetti sauce. It’s a bit more tangy than the traditional marinara. It also has peppers and onion in it. One time I put ground beef in it. It tasted like something I slaved over all day.
These fries are a little bit more sophisticated. I would serve them with steak or roasted chicken. They are very delicious. My only advice is to serve immediately, if not you will have garlic hash, instead of fries.
Since I have discovered these black beans I have abandoned the Goya black beans (gasp!). These black beans are already seasoned and taste right out your abuela’s kitchen. All I do is heat and serve! I save so much time!
I had this for lunch one day. It was good and filling. My only advice it to add a little less water. I thought the broth was on the bland side.
If you are watching what you eat and have the urge for pizza this is a good meal to take the craving away. It isn’t very cheesy and has ALOT of veggies. SO if you don’t like veggies than don’t buy this. I had it for lunch, but a side salad would make for a great addition.
You have to like asparagus to enjoy this risotto. Like I said in the previous risotto review. It’s frozen don’t be expecting restaurant quality. This was a lot creamier than the butternut squash one and I really enjoyed the taste. I paired it with breaded chicken last night. It worked.
I have been using the Progresso bread crumbs for years. I picked these up to give them a try. Oh my! They are absolutely delicious! I will never go back to the one I used before. It tastes homemade. Made the breaded chicken I made last night taste so much better! This is a MUST buy!
Run run run to you local Trader Joe’s and pick this up before they are either sold out or not available any more (I believe it is a seasonal item). I made pancakes with this last weekend. They were so good. They tasted home-made! What I like about the mix is that is isn’t that pumpkiny. They pumpkin taste is not overwhelming.
I hadn’t ever tried lavash chips before. I would describe them as a lighter pita chip. They are airy. I did enjoy these. They also have a hint of olive oil in them. It was nice. I enjoyed them with both yogurt dip and also hummus.
I thought this was a good alternative to fresh veggies during the winter months. For frozen veggies I was surprised how good the texture and taste was. The added sauce is delish!
This is a fast alternative for a “I haven’t gotten fresh produce” side. I thought it was better tasting then the other boxed mashed potatoes on the market.
This is my go to stuffing. I have used it at Thanksgiving the last couple years. I add some sautéed celery and onions to it. You can also add sausage to it as well. I might to that the next time I make it.
Run, run, run and buy these for your next appetizer. They are so delicious! They go very well with creamy cheeses. The raisin is a nice surprise.
I had this at my BFF house over the holidays. It is is delcious. Even though it is a dressing we used it as a veggie dip. It has a yummy tangy tahini taste. If you enjoy hummus than you would like this.
My hubby and I shared this for dinner. It pairs well with a nice big salad. It nice to have in the freezer for those days that you need something quick. This would also make a yummy appetizer.