EVERYTHING TRADER JOE’S
I thought I would start a Trader Joe’s page, since so many people ask me what do you buy there? Well the answer is everything! I love this store! It’s simple to navigate around, they have enough variety and enough goodies to keep me and my family happy and satisfied. Not to mention the employees are so nice! I always feel great leaving the store!! I rarely shop at any other grocery store. So with all that, I thought I would start a page with all my favorites and things I use all of the time. This page is a work in progress and I will keep updating it as I go along on my grocery trips!
My Local Trader Joe’s
My Top 10 Items, That I can’t live without! In no particular order! Well, except 1-3!
1. Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt – I would die if they ever stopped carrying this. I eat about two 4 cup containers a week! 120 calories per cup, 22 grams of protein, 6 Sugar and 7 carbs!
2. Barbara’s Puffins – I am addicted ot this cereal. I know it’s not TJ’s brand but they sell it their. I love it on my yogurt, that I also mix with Pumpkin Butter! Yummy!
3. Flowers – Trader Joe’s has the nicest flowers and plants. I always buy a bunch to put in my living room or kitchen table. The price is great! This little bunch was $3.99.
4. Coconut Milk – I love this because I can use as much as I want and store in the fridge. That’s one think I don’t like about canned coconut milk. This will come in handy for a lot of dishes. Update: Used it in my coffee, blah, but I’m going to give it another chance.. so here it stays. UPDATE: I love this stuff! It’s perfect in my smoothies and frappe’s! I use it in my Coconut Mocha Frappe.
5. Honey Roasted Peanuts – I use these nuts for making peanut butter! There salty and delish!
6. Fire Roasted Yellow & Red Peppers – I used these on my sandwiches and for making humus. Sometimes I just grab one out of the jar and eat it! I love Peppers! Surprise, surprise!
7. Spicy Black Bean Dip – Oh my gosh, thanks to you I am addicted!!! Addicted, I tell ya!! Kicked off cheese to place this in my top 10!
8. Chunky Salsa – I love this on my chicken with #9 on my list. Low calories and tastes great! It’s also great on baked potatoes and tacos.
9. Queso Cheese Dip – I love this on my chicken and tacos! I’ll use this alot with my cooking, so you better pick up a jar! Only 15 calories for 2 tablespoons.
10. Cinnamon Apple Sticks – Oh my gosh amazing and addicting!! 130 calories for 38 sticks!! Yum, yum!!
Pantry staples, usually I have on hand in no particular order, so if you come over, you should find these items!
Romaine Lettuce Hearts- I go through a bag a week. There perfect to chop up for salads, on sandwiches and wrapping around burgers, when I don’t want bread. I also have used them to make lettuce wraps.
Jalapeno Chicken Sausage – I love this sausage! It’ takes place of my hot Italian Sausage. Plus I use it in soups, stews, eggs, quiche, stuffing and mixed with vegetables. Only 100 calories a sausage. You can’t beat that!!
PORK TENDERLOIN – YOU KNOW BY MY RECIPES THAT I USE THIS ALL THE TIME. IT’S HEART HEALTHY, LOW IN CALORIES AND YOU MIX IT WITH SO MANY INGREDIENTS. SUCH AS MY BALSAMIC PORK TENDERLOIN.
96/4 Ground Beef – I use this for hamburgers, tacos, chili, pasta sauce and more!
Baby Bells – There so cute! I load them with dip and pop in my mouth!
Fat Free Milk – I buy this every week, mostly for coffee and Jenny drinks a ton of it!
Cashews – I use this to make nut butters and raw cookie dough!
Boneless Chicken Breasts – I most definitely buy this weekly! I love my chicken!
All Natural Dog Bones – God forbid if I don’t come home with these, so yes these are a staple in my house! There great though! My last dog Doodles loved these and they were the only bones that didn’t bother her ears!
Tejava Unsweetened Ice Tea – I love this stuff, I know it’s not Trader Joe’s brand but I buy it there and it’s my favorite ice tea! Only $1.29 a bottle.
Organic Brown Rice – I love this for a quick side dish with my meals. It’s 3 minutes in the microwave and your all done. I have even had it as oatmeal replacement int he morning. Add some greek yogurt and berries and you have yourself a wonderful breakfast!
Dried Cranberries – I use this for salads, but mostly in my granola. it’s sweet and tangy!
Tomato Paste – I love this, it’s so easy when it’s in a tube.
All Purpose Cleaner – This is wonderful for cleaning messes. Having dogs, we go through quite a few bottle. This is a staple in my house but only buy it every few months, the bottle lasts forever!
Instant Coffee – I haven’t tried this yet, but I bought it for coffee drinks and baking. UPDATE: Love this instant coffee. It’s perfect for my coffee frappes. I’m normally not into instant coffee, but this is a good one! UPDATE 12/02/12: I don’t see the decaf in the stores anymore
Crab meat - This is fantastic! I used it to make my crab melt and crab wontons. I love this!!
Organic Coconut Milk – I was very excited to see this item at TJ’s! I was planning on driving to 50 miles to Whole Foods to get some, but there it was at Traders! This will come in handy! NOTE: Love it!!
Black Beans – I am starting starting to love black beans! I would have gotten organic but fiber and protein were higher in these for some reason!
Chocolate Sunflower Seeds – I love these in my ice cream and on my yogurt! there so colorful and just adorable. UPDATE: I think these are discontinued.
Organic Canned Pumpkin – It’s a staple for me, but it really should go in seasonal items. In the fall I go through a few cans a week.
High Fiber Penne Pasta – I haven’t tried it yet, but 2 oz’s is only 180 calories and 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein, My Hubby doesn’t like wheat, so I feel good serving this to him! I didn’t take a picture but I bought the high fiber spaghetti and it was so good! UPDATE: Love this pasta! tastes good and you wouldn’t know it’s good for you. Family loves it too!
100% egg whites – This is perfect for making a quick egg white omelet.
Chia Seeds – I love Chia Seeds! I’m so glad TJ’s started to carry them. There a great thickener in smoothies and overnight oatmeal, plus there full of fiber and protein. 70 calorie per tablespoon!
Wild Blue Shrimp – These are one of my favorites! I use the shrimp in stir frys or grill them. I like them because there not cooked! Sometimes it’s so easy to over cook shrimp, but not when there uncooked, once they turn pink, there done!
Goat Cheese and Brie Cheese – These are perfect for portion control. 70 calories a container. It goes perfect on my pizza and crackers.
SOY AND FLAX TORTILLA CHIPS – I LOVE THESE CHIPS, THERE HIGH FIBER AND HIGH PROTEIN, WELL AT LEAST FOR A CHIP!! THERE ADDICTING TOO! PERFECT WITH THESPICY BLACK BEAN DIP!
Butternut Squash - This is so quick and easy, when I have a hard time finding squash, Trader Joe’s has it already for me!
Woman’s Formula Multivitamin – I have been taking these for a couple of years and then I stopped. Since I started to take them again my hair is shiny and growing long and my nails are stronger. I really like these vitamins, plus I get my recommended calcium for the day taking these.
Baby Zucchini – The whole package is 80 calories! I heat these up and have them for lunch!
Dijon Mustard – I use this a lot for salad dressings and marinades
Green Chili’s – I use this in my hamburgers, chili, tacos, enchilada;s and hummus.
Cayenne Pepper – Love this spice! I use it on my sweet potatoes and butternut squash!
Balsamic Glaze – I love this stuff! It’s a new item and it’s fabulous! Way better than making your own reduced balsamic glaze.
Double Roasted Salsa – This is my new favorite TJ’s salsa. It’s spicy and you can taste that it was double roasted! Love it!!
Pumpkin Spice and Smoked Paprika – These are some wonderful spices!
Other items I’ve tried and love! My occasional buys!
Shrimp Stir-Fry – This makes for a quick dinner when I just don’t have time. I serve it over top Brown Rice.
Little Mandarin Oranges – When I need something sweet I grab one of these. They taste good in Chinese chicken salad too! Only 70 calories for two!
Lasagna Noodles – No boil is great! All you have to do is bake them!
Basil – When in season I buy this for pesto, dips and on my sandwiches. I love caprese salads and sandwiches! They wouldn’t be complete without basil!
Carrots & Celery Sticks – I buy this when I’m to lazy to cut my own. I just grab a few and munch away! UPDATE: I haven’t seen these in a couple of months, they maybe discontinues?
Mini Sunflower Loafs – I debated on putting this in my top 10. I love bread. I toast it on the grill and smear apple honey on it! I just buy it all the time because I try to stay away from bread. I normally slice off some pieces and freeze the rest when the craving hits I pll it out and have it with dinner. It’s a very good bread!
Shredded Cabbage – I make my salads for lunch with this cabbage. It’s a nice change from romaine lettuce. I eat a salad almost everyday! Add shredded carrots, mandarin orange, scallions and sesame dressing.
Beef Sirloin – I pop this on the grill or cook in a skillet, add provolone cheese, peppers and onions and you have yourself a killer hoagie! UPDATE: This was fantastic cooked in a skillet! I used it to make my Husbands Manly Cheese Steak Sandwich and my Cheese Steak Salad!
Apricot Preserves Low Sugar – I use this as a glaze for my pork or dip coconut shrimp in it. Just add a little dijon mustard and you have yourself a nice dip!
Roasted Chicken – When I fell like being gourmet, I’ll make one these chickens! It’s juicy and so easy to make! Not to mention the house smells so good! Roast with some vegetables, herbs and lemon. Mmmmm You got yourself and awesome dinner.
Herbs – Perfect with the chicken above! I am loving the sage right now, such a wonderful tasting fall herb! Perfect with butternut squash!
Hot Wheat Cereal – I really like this, I like oatmeal better, but this is great for a change! Reminds me of Grandma!
Spinach, Feta Peppers Stuffed Tenderloin - As you saw I had this for dinner the other night. it’s a perfect quick meal. Only takes 30 minutes to bake. I love simple and flavorful!
Cherry Preserves - I love this jam! It’s perfect in my yogurt and would go good on ice cream and baked goods too! I’m thinking thumbprint cookies.
Strawberries I swear I buy strawberries like there is no tomorrow! I use it in my yogurt, ice cream, to make quick jam and so much more! Love, love, love strawberries!
Corn Dog Shrimp – These are hella good! They taste fried but there baked! At 100 calories per shrimp dog, this will be a special buy! I could eat the whole box in one sitting, not good!
Cookie Butter – As some of you know this has been out of stock! I like it better than Biscoff Spread, it’s very addicting! UPDATE: It’s now in stock at $3.99 a jar!
Already Grilled Balsamic Vinegar & Rosemary Chicken – This will come in handy on salads and sandwiches. Iw as impressed with how good it tastes.
Peanut Butter Pretzels – Oh my! I shouldn’t even have a bag of this in my house! One of my favorite indulgences! Bad, bad, bad! But they taste dos good! I like to crush it over ice cream! Sweet and Salty!
Dark Chocolate Bar with Caramel and Sea Salt – I love this bar! I rarely buy it because I have no problem eating the whole thing in one sitting! It’s that good!
Already Grilled Chicken Strips – I love these, there a quick meal when you need some protein, I like it on salads or sandwiches.
Pepper Jelly – This made to my staples list fast! A new item that came in this month. I use it as a glaze for my chicken! Just add a pinch of water to it and place on chicken. it’s sweet and spicy, but not hot! Just perfect! UPDATE: this is seasonal!
Cuban Black Beans – This was a sample at TJ’s and I fell in love with it! Great taste with a little kick!
Cranberry Apple Butter – I love this on my bread! Especially my Cranberry Walnut Bread.
Salt & Pepper Rice crisps – It’s my new addiction! 38 crisps, which are a decent size for 120 calories, and 3 grams of fat. NOTE” Moving these to my weekly staples! I love these! UPDATE: Ate to many got sick of them, moved down my list!
Spicy Hummus – I love this stuff! Perfect for dipping veggies in or smearing on a sandwich! Not to spicy though!
Canadian Bacon – This is perfect with my eggs. I know there not TJ’s brand, but this is where I buy it!
Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix – I love this for my salads. Only 30 calories for 3/4 cups, perfect for lunch. Add a little balsamic dressing and your set to go!
Capers – I never cooked with these, nor am I sure I actually ever had them, but I thought why not. I have seen quite a few recipes that calls for capers. So I thought I’d give them a shot! UPDATE: Love them! made Chicken Picatta with then and they were a nice little added treat!
Mini Cheddar Chipotle Potato Bites – New Item, I couldn’t resist, only 100 calories for 5! I tried them and love them, there a perfect size, reminds me of an appetizer you would get at Chil’is or TGIF’s.
Baby Spinach – I love the new packaging!
Premium Steak Tips – I use these for making my pot roast, but I have another plan for them. There a good beef and low in calories. If you marinate them they turn out so tender.
Pineapple TidBits.- I plan on using these in smoothie or Pina Colada!!
White Chocolate Baking Chips – Everyone needs some chocolate! I use these for making cookies! UPDATE 12/02/12: I believe these chips are seasonal, so stock up! They melt great in the microwave!
Hold the Cone – These are the cutest little ice cream cones and come in at 70 calories a cone. Perfect for satisfying your ice cream need and guilt free. However I can eat at least two in one sitting.
Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip – This is a new item I had to try! Only 30 calories for 2 Tbsp. UPDATE: Love this stuff! it’s so good!
Mozzarella Cheese – This cheese is so good, sometimes you need high fat cheese and this is one to choose. Oddly enought this has less fat and calories than the Light Mozzarella Cheese.
ROASTED CHICKEN AL READY COOKED – I BOUGHT THIS ONCE BEFORE, AND I LIKED IT. IT’S GREAT FOR A QUICK CHICKEN FIX. I USE IT ON SALADS AND SANDWICHES.
Kosher Dill Pickles – I can’t really say to much, just that there good and taste like dill pickles. I like them!!
Hericots Verts – These are a nice bean. Sometimes I’ll microwave a bag, add a little butter, salt & pepper and have it for lunch!
Cinnamon and Sugar Grinder – I love this on my coffee and treats! Perfect amount of sugar and cinnamon!
One Pounder Dark Chocolate Bar – Thanks to Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga, I had to buy this. I plan on using it for truffle and cookies. Update: This is the creamiest, smoothest chocolate! I love it!
Battered Halibut – I love this fish! It’s a little high in calories, and $8.99 a box, it went up in cost, used to be $5.99, but still I buy it for a treat! I love dipping it in spicy ketchup. UPDATE: Didn’t see them today, but last time I was at TJ’s it went up to $9.99 a box. That saddens me!
Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Tenders – This was a sample today and it tasted great! I thought this would be wonderful for a quick dinner. I thought maybe throwing it in some pasta? I got some great ideas on how to use this chicken!! So stay tuned!! UPDATE: MY Husband and I love these tenders. There great in a pasta salad!
Plain Non-Fat Frozen Yogurt – Another Major Favorite. I eat this every night for dessert! Top with peanut butter, berries and a pinch of whip cream. This is so good, tart and tangy. Just leave out at room temperature for about 5 – 10 minutes till it softens. 100 calories for 1/2 cup! Update: Still loving this and it’s back for spring and summer!
Medjool Dates – Not a new item, but new to me. These will work great for raw cookie dough! I guess you know what I’m making! UPDATE: I used these in my raw cookie dough, not bad! Still debating on where to file this under.
Healthy Ham – At 20 calories a slice, I couldn’t resist. I haven’t had ham in forever!
Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt – I never had any of TJ’s flavored yogurts and the store was out of Chobani so I bought one to see hat it tastes like. UPDATE: Love it!! Yum!
Sweetened Dried Strawberries - This is a new item. I plan on using it in my granola. They taste like juicy berries! I did use them in my granola. Almost reminds me of healthy gummy bears but thicker.
Heirloom Tomatoes – I can’t imagine these would taste bad and the colors would really at some pizzazz to a salad or other dishes.
Sunflower Oil – I never used sunflower oil before.
Ricotta and Spinach filled Ravioli’s with tomato basil sauce – I thought this would be great for a quick meal, only 190 calorie per cup! Serve with a side salad and your all set! UPDATE 12/02/12: This was pretty good, doesn’t seem like a big serving, but we liked it!!
Chunky Guacamole – I love it!! I have been buying this for a couple of months. They tell me they always sell out. Only 30 calories for 2 tbsp. UPDATE: I love this guac. But you need to eat it in a day or tow or it turns brown.
Puffed Wheat Cereal – These taste like Sugar Smacks but way healthier! Only 100 calories per cup! I’m going to use these on my parfaits, and to make granola with them! UPDATE 12/02/12 - I really like this cereal, but it goes stale fast, so be sure to eat it soon after opening!
Fresh Noodles – These are amazing! I am impressed on how good it tastes. However, they cook way faster then the instructions say. 160 calories per 2 oz.
Trader Joe’s Vanilla Greek Yogurt Ice Cream – I had to spoon some of it as soon as aI bought it. It tastes very yummy. It has a slight tart taste to it, almost tastes like an orange creamsicle to me. It’s 100 calories for 1/2 cup, which isn’t to bad, 0 fat!
Mini Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Wedges – I can’t wait to try these. There 100 calorie a bar and 8 grams of sugar. The lady at Trader Joe’s says they taste amazing. These are really good but it’s hard to eat one, so I always have two, shame on me. The graham cracker sides is perfect!!!
Sugar Free Peppermint Gum – I haven’t tried it yet. It’s in my purse now. Love the gum, it’s just gum, but cute because it’s TJ’s!
Marinated White Fish Vera Gruz – This was a sample and it was good! Very spicy!! UPDATE: I liked it, it wasn’t fishy at all. My Husband said it didn’t even taste like fish, which made him happy!! My Fisherman Husband doesn’t like to eat fish!!
Dishwasher Detergent – So glad they carry this. Now I don’t have to make additional trips to Target. Hope it works well! UPDATE: They seem to do the job! My dishes are clean!
Coconut Body Butter - I have been waiting to post this so I can now try it out! I love the smell of coconut! UPDATE: This stuff is great for dry skin and rough patches! I love it!
Mini Brie Spreadable Cheese – I like it! I made a grilled cheese sandwich with it. Only 40 calories a wedge. UPDATE: I have been using this on my sandwiches and I like it. It’s not very strong in flavor, which I like even better!
Toilet Paper – Yes, even I use toilet paper, but I never used TJ’s brand. I didn’t feel like running to Target to it, so I figured I’d try TJ’s brand. The Guy at the register said it’s good TP! lol
Complete Salad with Butter Lettuce, Radishes, Artichokes, Almonds in a Light Champagne Vinaigrette. I had this as a sample and loved it! It’s 110 calories and that includes the dressing. It makes for a nice quick salad for dinner or for lunches.
Raisin Rosemary Crisps – I haven’t had these in a long time, so I felt the need to buy them. You get 12 crisps for 90 calories. They are perfect for spreading a nice cheese over the top.
Inner Peas – I am highly addicted to these weird little chips. They taste like cheese puffs but with out the cheese. They are light and salty!! I can eat a whole bag in a sitting. Thank goodness they are low calorie!
Green Beans - These are a cracker chip type green beans. They are dried and lightly salted. I tried for the first time this week and I can’t stop eating them. They are a little sweet and mixed with the salt makes for a wonderful combination They don’t taste like beans at all!
Almond Nut Butter – I buy this nut butter when I don’t have the time to make my homemade one. I love it! It’s all natural and almond butter is so good for you too!! They say it’s healthier than peanut butter!!
Steamed Lentils – This was a sample at TJ’s today, kind of reminds me of re-fried beans. It’s only 120 calories for 1/2 cup and it’s high in fiber, protein and iron. I could use all of those good things. I’m going to take this work and have it for lunches this week. I plan on using tomatoes and chicken mixed into it to give it a little bit more umph! UPDATE: If your a frequent reader of mine, then you know I love these lentils. I buy them weekly now! So easy and perfect for lunch!
Roasted Coconut Chips – I bought these last week, but I haven’t tried them yet. UPDATE: I love them! they are slightly sweet and perfect coconut taste. I eat them plain, but would be great in baked goods!
Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Tots – I was so excited when I saw these! I love Alexia Sweet Potato Tots so I thought I would compare the two! UPDATE: These are wonderful and I think I like them better than Alexia’s Sweet Potato Puffs. They are bigger and softer!!
Super Salad – This isn’t new, bought I thought I would try it, since it makes for a healthy and easy lunch! UPDATE: This is a nice salad, simple and tasty! I have bought this a few times for quick lunches.
Roasted Butternut Squash Red Quinoa and Wheatberry Salad – This is another easy lunch! I love all the ingredients in it, so I thought I would try this one too!! UPDATE: I love this salad so much that I made my own version! It’s really good!
Shelled Edamame – I got this for salads, to throw in quinoa dishes and to munch on. I needed a snack that I can just grab a few handfuls. It’s healthy and delish! UPDATE: I use this in my salads, it’s perfect!
Coconut Cream – I am excited to try this cream. It’s in the refrigerator right now, I’m going to make coconut whip cream with it!! UPDATE: Love it! I use it as my vegan whipped cream! Leave it in the can, pop in the fridge and scoop out all the wonderful coconut!
Husband and Jenny’s favorites
Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken – This is my Hubby’s go to meal, when it’s fend for yourself night! Jenny loves it too!
Mini Sour Dough Bread – These are a new item that will probably be a staple in the house. Their perfect size for only .99 cents! I haven’t seen these either, only the wheat ones. Update: perfect bread for making bowls and my Jalapeno Pull Apart Bread!
Rice Crisps – These are just like rice krispies. jenny requests these, plus I use it for granola, rice krispie treats and more.
Kung Pao Noodles – Jenny loves this! She eats this for dinner, when it’s fend for yourself night or lunch! Just pop in the microwave!
PEPPERONI – MY HUSBAND LOVES THERE PEPPERONI, CAN’T KEEP THIS IN THE HOUSE, IT’S GONE RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES. HE EATS IT ON HIS PIZZA OR ON HIS TJ’S CRACKERS WITH CHEESE.
Bambino Pepperoni Pizza – This is Jenny’s favorite. I lie to have these on hand because there much healthier than having a bag of chips.
Bacon Ranch Dip – My Husband LOVES this dip! He eats it non-stop! He said it tastes like Bison Chip dip that we used to get in Buffalo.
Carmalized Onion Dip – This is fantastic on potatoes or dipping vegetables in. For some reason it’s good with cucumbers.
Jumbo Uncured Franks – I put these under here, with out my Husband trying them. I know he will love them. They were a sample today and there so good!!!! But high in calories! UPDATE: My Husband loves these hot dogs! I bought them three times in the past three weeks!!
Apple Smoked Bacon – I buy this all of the time! I surprise my Husband with grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches, he loves it!!
OYSTER CRACKERS – MY HUSBAND LOVES THEM AND HE WON’T EAT SOUP WITH OUT THEM.
Fresh Turkey Breast – This will be going in my salads and sandwiches this week! UPDATE: This turkey is excellent I make hot turkey sandwiches for my Husband with it and he loves it!!
Condensed Mushroom Soup – My Husband loves this soup, he eats it weekly. I don’t like mushrooms so I can be the judge here, but he loves it so it must be good!
Deep Dish Pizza – I make this for my Husband every week! It’s small looking, but boy is it filling. It’s not low in calories, but if your a pizza crust fan, this is the pizza for you!
Halloween / Fall
Halloween Joe Joe’s and Ghoulie Gummie’s- I bought the Joe’ Joe’s for my husbands lunch, there like Oreo’s. The Ghoulie’s are for my daughter. UPDATE: Back in stock!!
Spiced Apple Cider – I debated about moving this into my top 10. My family loves this cider! We wait all year for them to bring it back. It goes great marinating pork, making apple sauce and making hot toddies!
Pumpkin Spiced Coffee – I had this as a sample and fell in love! I buy this for work! The favors and aroma are outstanding. UPDATE: Trader Joe’s sold out on it and won’t be coming back! It’s a shame because I really like it! UPDATE: Back in stock!! I’d stock up now!!
Pumpkin Granola – I love this granola It’s addicting! I liked the puffed cereal in it. This is back in stock!!! I need to buy some!!
Cinnamon Broom – This smells great! I think the big ones are to potent of a smell, but the little ones are perfect!
Sugar Pumpkin – You use this pumpkin to make pies, purees and more! I have two of these, but haven’t used them yet! There sitting in my kitchen window for display,
Pumpkin Butter – I never had there pumpkin butter because I like tu make my own, but I thought this would be nice when I have a craving and want to spread some on my toast or muffin. UPDATE 12/02/12: It’s pretty good, not super sweet which I like!
Organic Canned Pumpkin – You know I like this! I bought so much of this last year, no wonder they ran out!
Pumpkin Soup – Need I say more? This will make for a quick weeknight meal!!
Pumpkin Macarons – Located in the freezer isle. They are only 90 calories for two cookies! I can’t wait to try one! UPDATE: I haven’t had one yet, but packed some in my Husbands lunch and said I would for sure like them!! UPDATE : 03/09/2013 Even though they are seasonal they are very good! I highly recommend if you can find them.
Pumpkin Spice Roobibos – This is going to work with me! UPDATE: This tasted like spiced tea, not really pumpkin, but I guess I should of gathered that from the label.
Pumpkin Flavored Dog Treats – My dogs went bonkers for these bones! They smell good too!!
Christmas / Winter
Candy Cane Green Tea – I love this tea, I stock up on it every year! It’s minty fresh and smooth tasting if that makes sense.
Eggnog Almonds – I wasn’t sure if I’d like these, since I’m not an eggnog fan, but these are really good and tasty! It’s a shame there only seasonal.
Gingerbread Dog Bones – Let me tell you, my dogs love these, but then again they love all food! There shaped like little gingerbread men! UPDATE 12/02/12: They are back and my dogs love them!!!
Peanut Butter Cups – These are just for Christmas then there gone! :( Update: 03/09/2013 – Still in stock!! yah!
Candy Cane Coal – This is going in a couple of stockings, I know some people who deserve coal this year! UPDATE 12/02/12: I haven’t seen these yet this year
Cranberries – What can I say? Their cranberries!
Pomegranate Arils – I love these! They are great in yogurt and on salads.
Triple Milled Hand Soaps all packaged up and ready for gift giving
3 Infused Olive Oils – I bought this for myself and I can’t wait to try it out! UPDATE: I used the chili and basil and I love the flavors! The Chili was perfect in stirfry!!
Fresh swag to hang in your home. It’s long and a great price of $6.99. I have mine on my fireplace mantle.
Peppermint Extract – I saw this hidden on the shelf and the pink color called me! This extract is very good!! Recipes coming soon! UPDATE: Dam I love the stuff!! I put this in my coffee everyday!
Peppermint Bark Baking Bits – There were hardly any left in the store, about 3 bags! Stock up now! UPDATE: These are perfect in cookies! Has a great crunch to them!
Valentines / St. Patty’s / Late Winter
Dark Chocolate Heart Truffles – I buy these for work every year! there a nice tasty treat! UPDATE: I gave these to my Husband and he loves them!!
Long Stem Strawberries – This is just for Valentine’s Day, I plan on dipping them in chocolate! Yum!
Green Cabbage – Can’t say much about it, it’s for St. Patrick;s Day and I liked it! Nothing fancy here!
Corned Beef Round Flat – This was very good, wonderful marinade, but you need plenty of time to cook it! UPDATE: 03/09/2013 Back in stock!!
Blood Oranges - Glad I got them, there seasonal and I love them! The dark orange color is so cool and there so sweet! Update: 03/09/2013 – I didn’t see these this year at TJ’s. Hmmm…
Pamelo Grapefruit – This is huge and I love them too! A citrus fruit, is generally favorite to consumers for its taste and high nutritional value. pamelo looks like a grapefruit in texture and is architecture of the fruit. However its more green than yellow and sweeter in taste. UPDATE: 03/09/2013 I buy these every week and have them as a mid morning snack. They are slightly sweeter than a grapefruit with a thick skin.
Golden Delicious Melon – I am curious to how this one tastes. It sounds good. I’ll let you know! I love it! UPDATE: It’s sweet and almost has a slight pear taste to it!
Items I haven’t tried, but once I do I’ll move them into a category.
Cocoa Pearls – I haven’t tried these yet, but guessing I will use them on Cupcakes! I still haven’t tried these.
Mango Ginger Chutney – This isn’t new, but I haven’t tried it yet.
Salmon Burgers – I never had a salmon burger, but I’m going to try this one. 110 calories a patty.
Polenta – I have not had this, so I’m not sure what to so with it, but I”m sure I’ll figure something to make with it!
TRADITIONAL CARNITA’S – THIS WAS A SAMPLE TODAY, I REALLY LIKED IT. IT’S ALREADY COOKED. IT WILL BE PERFECT ON NACHOS OR SMOTHERED IN BBQ SAUCE. CALORIES ARE A LITTLE HIGH, BUT ONCE IN A WHILE A TREAT IS OK, ESPECIALLY ON NACHOS!
Chicken Chili – I had this as a sample today, they put it over fries with Con Queso (in my #1 group) cheese, so good I had to buy it! This will make a good quick dinner!
Belgium Waffles – 110 calories for one, but I thought this would make for a nice quick dessert topped with strawberries.
Whipping Cream - I love this because it’s not refrigerated and I can use just a little bit for a recipe that needs only a little bit of cream.
Red Split Lentils – I will admit to you, I have never had a lentil. I am not sure what to do with them, but I am sure I will figure something out!!
Moussaka – This is ground beef, eggplant and potatoes. It sounds odd, but it was a sample today and it didn’t taste to bad and it only had 14 carbs and I think around 220 calories. I didn’t think that was bad for a quick dish. I figured that it was meat and potatoes that my Husband might like it!
Rosemary Italian Style Crackers – I haven’t tried these, but they sounded wonderful!
Cento Peeled Tomatoes – This will go lovely in a fall stew.
Dark Chocolate Coconut Caramel – I haven’t tried it but I know it will be good! I’m afraid to open the package! UPDATE: 03/09/2013 I can’t find my candy bar! I never got to try it! I wonder if my Husband took it???
2 Madagascar Vanilla Beans – This will be prefect for baking!!
Brand New Items, once they are no longer new, I’ll move them up into a category.
Crunchy Black and White Rice Rolls – These intrigued me so I had to buy them. I haven’t had one yet, but there only 45 calories a roll. UPDATE: They taste like a slightly sweetened rice cake! Little Jenny likes them, I see most of them are gone. They are pretty filling.
10 minutes Farro, Bulgur and Barley – I never used any of these ingredients, and the bags each serve three and for under $2.00 a bag, I thought I’d give it a try! I’m always wanting to try something new!
Organic Black Bean Soup – I thought this would make for a quick dinner and I can ad a bunch of goodness to it and make it a full meal. I can’t wait to try it!
Cowboy Caviar Salsa – I can’t wait to try this! It’s made with corn, black beans and Peppers! I know I am going to love this!!
Season BB Pork – This was a sample at TJ’s so I picked up a bag for a quick dinner. You just warm in the oven for 30 minutes. I thought it would go perfect with a nice salad and mashed potatoes. I think my Husband will like it
Powerberries – I haven’t had these yet, but I know I will like them. The cashier at TJ’s said they are really good with a glass of red wine. She said it brings the flavor out. The Power Berries are Dark Chocolate filled with Cranberries, Pomegranate Gojo Berries and I am not sure what else. I’ll keep you updated.
Items I’ve tried and don’t really care for in particular order
Chicken Serenda – I thought this would be nice for a quick meal, it serves two and has peppers in it! Yum! Update: I didn’t think this was great, I’d rate it 5 out of 10 stars. The flavor was bland and needed hot sauce. My Husband didn’t care for it either.
Falafel Chips – These aren’t to bad, I ripped the bag open as soon as I came home. I think they would be good dipped in hummus. UPDATE: I got sick of these quick and there boring!! Never finished the first bag.
Milk Covered Joe’s O’s – These can be addicting! I just bought them and they are perfect for a chocolate fix! A half cup is only 230 calories. I don’t think thats to bad, considering I’ll only eat a few. I’ll top them on my ice cream for a treat! Update: I got bored with these, there are many better things at TJ’s.
Instant Coffee – I thought this would be perfect for baking! I can add it to brownies, cakes and bread! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure I’ll like it! UPDATE: I didn’t realize it has cream and sugar in it, so I take the cream and sugar out and use it in my coffee drinks. I like to add my own cream and sugar so I added this to the I don’t care for pile. However it does taste good, just that I won’t buy it again.
Reduced Guilt Chicken Breasts in Poblano Sauce – This was ok, but not enough food! Check out my review. I put this in the I won’t buy again, because I can make my own meal like this for fewer calories and more food.
Mint Espresso Beans – I am still debating if i like them. There good, but I’m not a huge Espresso Bean person.. I’m thinking of crushing them and putting them into cookies. UPDATE: Moving these because there ok, but not great! One of those things where you just need to eat one!
Toasted Seaweed Snack – My Friend who works at TJ’s insisted I buy these. She said they will taste gross at first, but then I will love them and crave them. She said it will help me with my late night binge eating. She said it satisfies your salt and crunch cravings. I’m kind of afraid to try them. Have you? UPDATE: Yuck! These were gross! I couldn’t get past the first bite! Not for me!!
Meat and Potatoes – Need I say more? This has my Husband name written all over it! I figured he would like this one night for dinner! UPDATE 12/02/12: My Husband didn’t care for it. The flavor wan’t bad but he didn’t care for the potatoes.
Fresh Rice Noodles – I thought this would be great for a nice stirfry dish!! UPDATE 12/02/12: They taste ok, but one serving is not very much! Two servings wasn’t enough for my Husband.
I guess you know I love shopping at TJ’s!! It’s so much fun and I love that they have an area for all new items. I hope you like my page. Now tell me, what us your favorite Trader Joe’s items???
UPDATED: March 9, 2013
QUESTION: Do you think I should change the page around to departments, like meat, produce, bread, condiments ect?
Sorry for the odd text, it changed on me, and I am trying to fix it!