Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Like many things in life, when you stop going somewhere frequently and then go back again, it can be a treat. I had not been to Trader Joe’s in at last a month, so this Saturday I got motivated to go early before the crowds.

And, it was, in fact a treat to peruse the aisles. I had a list of 5 things I needed and then many more made it into my cart!

For snacks, I was pretty disciplined. I wanted to try this popcorn and maybe thought it good on a charcuterie board.

And, Jack especially loves these plantain chips.

As for produce, I bought a bag of broccoli, a bag of red potatoes, a bag of russets, one purple sweet potato to try, a head of garlic, an onion, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts. I also bought a bag of Ceasar salad mix to go with spaghetti one night this week.

As far as spices go, I needed a refresh on the Everything but the Bagel (you can find this many places now but I think TJ”s does it the best) and sea salt, and I also picked up a truffle oil set I like to always have a can of green chiles in the pantry, too.

As for meat, I thought a short cut pot roast would be good one night. I will roast carrots, onions, and potatoes in the oven and then heat this up. I got ground turkey and ground chicken for meatballs and then I fell in love with the smoked salmon at the charcuterie place so I am hopeful that TJ’s will be good, too.

I love these tiny baguettes! I love this brioche bread for French toast and might do that on Christmas. I am not impressed with the Portuguese rolls so I won’t buy them again. And, the everything bagels are really good.

For dairy, I did some goat cheese and some lite shredded Mexican cheese.

And, frozen items are where many people thing TJ”s really shines. I got some fries, some waffle fries, and some Jasmine rice with my kids coming home and I got some Mexican cauliflower rice to add to my burrito bowls.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a TJ”s near you; the regular grocery stores have many similar products so maybe this will give you some ideas of what to stock up on.

Amy

18 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s

  1. Hi, my name is Jennifer and I LOVE BAGELS. Like, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. Because of that, I rarely eat them. My dad and I used to go to a bagel place for lunch all the time for lunch! And my favorite one that was near where I used to work knew my order- I’d walk in, they’d greet me by name and they’d ask if I wanted the usual. And yes, I did! I do have a TJ about 20 minutes away from me, but it’s not worth going to, it’s always so busy. I do get in there about twice a year, though. You got some yummy looking items!

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    1. Oh, girl, me, too! We used to have a shop near us and the boys and I went once a week. It closed but they were the best. I got an everything bagel toasted with a veggie cream cheese and vegetables on it. I have tried to re-create it but bagels are kind bad for me to have around. I am just too tempted. I did make a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with one on the weekend for T and I.

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    1. I don’t think I have ever gotten that. I love all things pumpkin, though! The baguettes are so cute and only 3 WW points each! Score! Their rice cannot be beat. I was glad to have that on hand a couple of times this week.

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  2. Good haul! You got a great assortment of stuff, and avoided the chocolate. There’s a TJ just a few miles from my house, and I went looking for chocolate. I bought a box of Jingle Jangle choc and candy covered pretzels and then a round tin of choc covered potato chips, p butter cups, pretzels, etc.! I can’t wait to break it open! We love EBTB spice too, and my husband really likes their organic pastas and jasmine rice. I love TJ’s frozen meat lasagna; it’s my favorite! It doesn’t taste sweet like some frozen lasagnas do.

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