5 Products Always in My Cart at Trader Joe’s

Last Sunday, I drove over to Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things for the week. I love Trader Joe’s because they have hundreds of store brand products that are absolutely amazing. The closest store to my house is 10-15 minutes away, so I try to go at least once or twice a month and stock up on my favorites. 

Today I’m sharing with you 5 products always in my cart at Trader Joe’s. 

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Best Trader Joe's Products

1. Broccoli Florets, $2.99

You’re probably asking yourself, what’s so special about Trader Joe’s broccoli? Well my friends, I am lazy and hate chopping heads of broccoli. In my experience, broccoli florets in bags can be moldy and gross. I’ve never had this problem with bags from Trader Joe’s. It’s always super fresh! I love adding them to salads or roasting them in the oven. 

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2. Cod Fillets, priced per pound

When I want to get a small portion of frozen fish, I go to Trader Joe’s. As you see in the above photo, two pieces of cod only cost me $3.91! I made it for dinner last night, topped with thyme, black pepper and roasted tomatoes. Absolutely delicious and simple to make. 

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3. Frozen Mango Chunks, $2.50

I love frozen mango chunks, and I’ve tried so many different brands. By far, Trader Joe’s has the best. They don’t taste fake or waterlogged, and they don’t have a strange aftertaste (some brands do!). There was a shortage of mango crops last year and Trader Joe’s didn’t have any in stock for at least a few months. Since then, I’ve learned my lesson – stock up! I love eating them plain or with yogurt and seeds on top. 

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4. Butternut Squash Triangoli, $2.99 

I was introduced to Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Triangoli a few years ago. A woman I used to work with would eat them cold for lunch. First, I thought she was downright crazy. However, once I tried them, I understood the obsession. They are so delicious! I’ve boiled them in water and had them hot, but they are so much better cold. 

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5. Punjab Choley, $1.99

Mmm, Punjab Choley. Bryan makes fun of me when I make this for dinner, because I have a whole song and dance dedicated to Punjab Choley. This stuff is the bomb. It’s a blend of tomatoes, chickpeas, onions and ginger, in a spicy sauce. I love eating it on top of pasta or rice. Indian food has my heart.  

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  • Do you enjoy Indian food? If so, what’s your favorite dish?
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171 Comments

  1. September 1, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Love all of these.. except #5.. I’ve never bought that!! I Love TJ’s Plantain chips too.. and they make a killer honey mustard sauce that is super cheap.. I always use it in marinades ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 1, 2015 / 1:56 pm

      Ooh! I’ve never had their plantain chips. I’ll have to pick them up next time I’m there!

  2. September 1, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    SPINACH is always what I buy from TJ’s! Sometimes I just buy that and leave ๐Ÿ˜‰ They used to have my favorite fish – sablefish and arctic char. But No longer ๐Ÿ™ I swear everything I love always gets discontinued.

    • September 10, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Oh, I’ve never picked up their spinach. They have such great deals tho!

  3. September 2, 2015 / 11:54 am

    I love Trader Joe’s! I was so excited when we got one in our area about a year ago. I will have to try their mango… I’m always adding it into my green smoothies! I also love their butternut squash ravioli but eating it cold? That’s new to me! I’ll have to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 10, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Yes, you must try them cold. It will change your life.

      • Daisy
        September 22, 2015 / 5:54 pm

        I love those! Do you cook them and then chill them? Or just eat them straight out of the pkg?

        • September 22, 2015 / 8:37 pm

          Hi Daisy! I eat them right from the package! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Marie
    September 10, 2015 / 4:45 pm

    So many great choices at trader joe’s — my family loves the frozen fettuccine Alfredo in a bag. We throw in some chicken or seafood and some steamed broccoli and there’s dinner for 5 in 30 min or less. Other favorites–frozen dumplings, frozen palak paneer, quinoa, brown basmati rice, canola spray, cinnamon crumpets, and many flavored of cheese glorious cheese!!! And if you haven’t picked up a speculous bar at check out you are seriously missing out!! (Those I have sneak home in my purse to keep them from being immediately devoured by hungry teenagers. They aren’t worthy yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    • September 10, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      I don’t think I’ve had a speculous bar. now i’m intrigued….

      • vanessa
        September 16, 2015 / 5:44 pm

        Whenever I visit the usa, I try to go to a trader joe’s for the speculoos and the speculoo cookie spread!

        • September 16, 2015 / 6:49 pm

          Where are you from?

          • Vanessa
            September 16, 2015 / 9:32 pm

            Brasil! =)

          • September 17, 2015 / 8:39 am

            Oh nice! Always wanted to go there ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Amy
      June 8, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      The cheese is hands down the first thing I go for at TJs. They have this cherve with honey that tastes like a dream! I too go for their broccoli and kale, I find it to be fresh and delicious. And if you haven’t tried their spinach and kale dip you’re missing out! It’s made with Greek yogurt and is a lo-cal version of spinach artichoke dip. It’s fantastic and guilt free!

  5. September 10, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    OMG, I totally sing about punjab choley too! I thought I was the only weird one. It’s just SO fun to say! My girls think I’m crazy. I’ve had a few different versions, but the TJ’s one is my favorite because it’s got a lot of kick.

    • September 10, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      OMG that’s so crazy!! PUNJAB CHOLEY IS THE BEST. & so cheap too!

      • Kathy
        September 12, 2016 / 8:00 pm

        Is it in the freezer section? I couldn’t find it.

  6. Michelle
    September 10, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    The ginger chews!!!!!!! Oh my favorite! Their fish is the best priced by far! I also get my marscapone cheese there $2.79 for 8 oz.

    • September 10, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      oo never had the ginger chews!! going to pick them up next trip!

  7. Val
    September 10, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Love Trader Joe’s. So many favorites. I agree about the Mango. I buy it every trip. I also always buy the squash risotto and mushroom risotto. The frozen Kung Pao Chicken is great for a quick dinner over TJ’s microwave brown rice.

  8. Tami
    September 10, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    Plain Greek yogurt, frozen chili lime chicken burger patties, Persian cucumbers, fresh figs when they are in season, died pineapple, tri tip (this is one of the few places in Minnesota that I can find it), jalapeno stuffed olives, fig butter (oh yum!) and my favorite lambrusco.

    • September 11, 2015 / 6:36 am

      OMG. Jalapeno stuffed olives is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing, Tami!

  9. Shawn Shreeves
    September 11, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    I love the butternut squash ravioli, but now can’t wait to try it cold! Thankfully I can choose from 4 TJS within 10 miles of my house ๐Ÿ™‚ so I go at least a couple times a week.

    My favs: Chicken Picatta-wonderful!!, their frozen mac & cheese is the best, frozen vegetable fried rice is super easy and yummy, spray coconut oil, 21 Seasoning Salute and all their seasoning grinders, shaved parmesan cheese blend, the sharp chedder cheese squares are great with a bag of sliced apples, cracked wheat sourdough, Don’t Cry pre-diced onions, lime popsicles, pumpkin everything and last but not least, in early summer….Peonies!!!

    I miss: Marsala Sauce, frozen blueberry uncooked scones

  10. Megan
    September 12, 2015 / 1:54 am

    My go to “formal dinner party” meal is made possible by Trader Joe’s and inspired by a dish I had at Carrabba’s years ago. Grab fig butter and port wine (the cheap stuff at TJ’s is fine). I use chicken breasts but boneless thighs would be fine too. Season with salt and pepper, sear on both sides (olive oil or an unflavored oil of your choice). Toss in some fig butter (I use about half the jar for a pound of chicken sliced thin) and then deglaze the pan with wine (as much or little as you like, more wine means less sweetness). Reduce heat and cover, turning to coat chicken with the delicious sauce that is thickening over the heat. Serve with homemade mashed potatoes and roasted or grilled asparagus. It never fails to impress and is super easy!

    For an appetizer….the fig butter on baked brie is delish!

    • September 12, 2015 / 2:00 pm

      Wow, the fig butter sounds amazing!

      • Sarah P
        October 26, 2016 / 9:30 pm

        I use the fig butter on grilled cheese sandwiches with sharp white cheddar and thinly sliced apples. So delicious!

  11. Jan
    September 12, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    LOVE TJ’s organic Sriracha and Roasted Garlic bbq sauce. It’s to die for, and affordable. Great on ribs and chicken. And really kicks up turkey burgers.

    I am addicted to the triple ginger thin crisp cookies. Equally good are the Belgian Butter Almond thins. I also like their garlic Naan.

    On the east coast, the Tuscan pane bread was insane, but now that I am in New Mexico, the wrapper is the same, but the bread is horrible.

    • September 12, 2015 / 2:00 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Jan. I have so many new items to try next time I’m at Trader Joes.

  12. Christy
    September 13, 2015 / 2:55 am

    we are getting our first TJ’s in my state soon. It’s about 25 minutes from me. I am beyond excited for it!

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:04 am

      That’s great news, Christy! I’m sure you’ll love it.

  13. Maureen
    September 13, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    I have way more than 5 favorite things…Organic kale, organic spinach, ground turkey, sweet Italian chicken sausage, frozen Orange chicken, tater tots, Tea Java, sparkling Pomegranate juice, Trader Joe’s Coastal Chardonay, Organic Kiwi fruit, Multi Grain Daily Bread, dark chocolate mini peanut butter cups, Salt free Organic Almond Butter…oh and their beautiful assortment of fresh flowers and artist quality greeting cards!!!

    • September 14, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      I had no idea they had greeting cards!!

      • Adrienne
        September 18, 2015 / 12:09 pm

        THE best greeting cards for 99 cents. Unbelievable.

        • September 21, 2015 / 6:02 am

          That sounds awesome, Adrienne. I’m going to check them out next time I’m there.

  14. Kristi
    September 14, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    I absolutely LOVE their tuna. The half salt is my personal fave. The coconut non dairy creamer is another new fave and their chicken pot stickers in the freezer section. I can get ridiculous in that store with all the yummies but I try hard to refrain. Lastly an item worth getting is the spinach/artichoke dip, in the freezer. It’s amazing!
    Happy Shopping!!

    • September 14, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      Oh, i’ll have to pick up the chicken pot stickers for my husband.

  15. Tara
    September 14, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    english peas in produce. And low carb tortillas!

  16. Kathy
    September 15, 2015 / 7:02 am

    My top 5
    1.Nothing beats the coffee quintet.$8.99 for a variety pack of 20 k-cup
    2. tea tree shampoo, conditioner and body wash are perfect for the morning wake up (and not too potent). Priced at $3.99/each they are reasonably priced and they have the oil too.
    3. Ginger snaps (in the tub) have ginger bites and are good for heartburn.
    4. Sale items – they had bananas for $.19/lb the last time I was there.
    5. Italian Blood Orange Soda. This is something I treat myself to.

    • September 15, 2015 / 8:34 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy! I’ve had the blood orange soda before. So good!

    • Heather W
      September 17, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      The blood orange soda is amazing with a little tequila! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • September 17, 2015 / 8:28 pm

        oh! i never thought of that. AMAZING!

  17. Adriana Duff
    September 15, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    The dark chocolate bars (3-pk. at the register), their boxed brownies (no way to make them at home this yummy), pot stickers (both types). I used to make my own pot stickers, but for this price and fabulous quality, you can’t make them fast enough.

    • September 15, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      I’ve never tried their brownies! I’m all about sweets tho!

  18. Shannon
    September 15, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    My must haves are their Roasted Frozen Corn (it’s a delicious addition to soups), roasted seaweed snacks, their EVOO is the best price around, my son is a huge fan of their TJ brand pirate boots popcorn, pesto pizza dough, cibatta bread, Garlic Naan, and their chicken lime burgers to name just a few.

    • September 15, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      wow! so many great recommendations. thanks shannon!

    • September 16, 2015 / 2:18 pm

      I love that Frozen Roasted Corn!

      • September 16, 2015 / 3:28 pm

        So good! Especially in tacos!

  19. Jan
    September 15, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    I love their Thai Lime Cashews, oatmeal bar soap, Midsummer Night Moisturizing Cream, all of their liquid hand soaps, Contadino Pino Grigio wihie wine, Coffee a Cocoa ( ground coffee in a can), tuna steaks, Coffee Rio candy, Extra Virgin California Estate Olive Oil, frozen asparagus spears, fresh bakery pretzel rolls, fresh bakery bread, frozen Tandoori Naan bread, frozen Asian Vegetables with Beijing Style Soy Sauce, TJ’S BlackBerry jam. I love Trader Joe’s!!

    • September 15, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Jan! The thai lime cashews sound amazzzzzing!

  20. brittney
    September 15, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Their organic apple sauce is the cheapest by far and comes in a glass jar! Also their organic spaghetti sauces, frozen pineapple and mangos, frozen tamales, frozen pizzas, their wine is awesome, and already made brachetta sauce on toasted sourdough or pasts is great, ready made pesto sauce in cooler, organic vanilla yogurt, organic boxed almond milk is our go to for milk, their lavender hand lotion, I could go on and on!

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:22 am

      I love their spaghetti sauces! I stock up on those too when I’m there.

  21. Lisa
    September 15, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    frozen grilled asparagus
    Fresh blueberries
    Joe joes sandwich cookies
    Flour tortillas
    Peanut butter pretzels

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:21 am

      Thanks for commenting, Lisa. Sounds like great recommendations!

  22. Jenny
    September 15, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Rosemary almonds are soooo good. They also have truffle almonds, and while I like some things that are truffle flavored, almonds aren’t one of them.
    Their selection of Italian wines are second to none, for the price!

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:21 am

      I wish we had wines at our Trader Joes in PA. Stupid laws!

      • LindaLu
        March 20, 2016 / 2:16 pm

        Me too! Same thing in CO!

    • September 16, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Is there a sparkling one that you like?

  23. bmama4
    September 15, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    3 words….

    Caramelized onion cheddar

    Nom nom….

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:20 am

      Hm.. is that a block?

      • bmama4
        September 16, 2015 / 9:39 am

        Nope. I’ve been getting it for years here in Pennsylvania. It’s luscious.

  24. September 15, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    TJs low fat cottage cheese, whipping cream, vegetarian chili, fried rice, and the Danish coffee cakes around the holidays are worth the 2 hour drive to get them. They haven’t had the vegetarian chili our last two visits, but they promise it will be back on the shelves soon. Our neighbor’s dogs have put the seal of approval on their dog biscuits, so we always make a point to pick up a box when we’re there.

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:22 am

      Coffee cakes … way to my heart!

      • Jessica
        October 7, 2015 / 5:04 pm

        Them you have got to try their box coffee cake mix– it is so yummy!!!!

        • October 8, 2015 / 3:45 pm

          ooh yes! I love coffee cake! will try !

  25. September 16, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    I always buy the TJ’s broccoli florets too! Their bagged spinach, salad, and baby carrots are regulars for me as well.

    I like their frozen fruit as well. I love their cheese selection, and prefer to pick up refrigerated basics like milk, eggs, and butter there. They also have my favorite greek yogurt. And in the frozen section, spinach artichoke dip.

    Basically, I try to get as much of my grocery shopping done at TJ’s as I can!

  26. Laura
    September 16, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    TJ’s Orange Chicken is very good and so EASY to fix. After baking, I toss it with the orange sauce it comes with along with steamed or sautรฉed snow peas and/or sautรฉed peppers (sometimes I do broccoli) and then serve it over Jasmine rice. Fast, easy and delish.

  27. Laura H
    September 16, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    The Orange Chicken in a bag (found in the freezer section) is great! After baking the chicken, I toss it with steamed snow peas (or broccoli) and/or sautรฉed peppers along with the sauce it comes with. Serve it over Jasmine rice. Easy, fast and delish.

    • September 16, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      Sounds like a quick and easy dinner! Thank for sharing, Laura.

  28. Coco
    September 16, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    My all time two favorites at Dallas TJ’s is the milk chocolate Lacey cookies and the yellow fin canned tuna.

    • September 16, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      You had me at milk chocolate cookies. Going to have to check them out !!

  29. Coco
    September 16, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    I wouldn’t if I were you lol they are addictive…..so beware!

  30. Tracey
    September 16, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    TJ’s Spinach & artichoke dip along with their Multi grain Pita bite crackers!!

  31. Rebecca
    September 16, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    I have not been to TJ. They opened one about an hour from me. Sounds like I need to save some money and go with a cooler ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:39 am

      YOU NEED TO GO ASAP!

  32. Addie
    September 16, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    Things I have been getting at TJ’s for years and why:
    1. Tater tots – crunchiest and most flavorful!
    2. Creamy salted peanut butter – creamiest natural peanut better!
    3. Light kettle corn snack bags – just the right combo of salty and sweet with low fat and low sugar!
    4. Banana nut clusters cereal- my husband won’t eat any other kind!
    5. Madras lentils – delicious Indian meal if served over rice!
    6. Peppermint Joe Joes – best holiday cookie!

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:39 am

      LOVE the madras lentils. SO yummy! All of their Indian food is top notch.

  33. Cindy
    September 16, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    Lemon curd is addicting. I ate it by the spoonful. And roasted red pepper tomato soup….

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:38 am

      lemon curd.. interesting! I haven’t had that yet!

      • Deana
        March 12, 2016 / 8:31 am

        This is so good to makes smores instead of chocolate. Tastes like lemon merange(sp) pie.

        • March 13, 2016 / 8:42 pm

          ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks !!

  34. September 17, 2015 / 1:03 am

    Ditto on the orange chicken! And the Kung pao chicken very good also over steamed jasmine rice. And the mushroom risotto… If you grill up and ad chicken breast…delicioso! Always in the cart… TJ’s coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, butter (it’s better and cheaper than grocery store butter!) spicy hummus, tJ’s marinated mushrooms… And the lemon tarte! And I know you guys all know this already… But among other things..the vinegar is my facial toner…. Coconut oil is moisturizer. If you have not tried this, no matter your skin type give it a shot. I promise within a week of vinegar use you skin will look ahmazzzing!

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:38 am

      So many great recommendations!!

  35. Miranda
    September 17, 2015 / 1:24 am

    My top 3:
    1. Their taco seasoning is the bomb!! I can’t use the whole package w my hubby cuz it has more of a kick them any other. I stock up on it cuz they run out of it, A LOT.
    2. Their organic, free trade coffee is fabulous!
    3. They have AMAZING apple woof smoked bacon that is nitrate/nitrite free. The flavor is off the hook and the it’s the perfect thickness. It’s our FAVE!!
    AND they tend to have a good deal on Kerrygold butter when I can’t make it to Costco.

    • Miranda
      September 17, 2015 / 1:25 am

      Ummm…apple wood, not woof. I swear I don’t think it’s made from doggies.

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:37 am

      LOVE their coffee!

  36. Eva
    September 17, 2015 / 7:23 am

    Milk (better $ than the supermarket and fewer additives), cheeses great selection and prices feta, machego, brie, and our latest fav” mini basque), pizza dough, everything crackers, berries, bakery bread, coffees, Prepared products Thai dumplings, Orange Ginger chicken and the instant Indian like the one mentioned above – pick up the frozen Naan if you are having Indian one night. With the seafood I’ve been disappointed that TJ’s is becoming less selective of their sourcing these days a lot of their seafood is coming from south Asia – check the labeling and voice your concern to them.

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:37 am

      My husband and I love the cheese selection at Trader Joe’s. I love that they have samples pretty frequently also!

  37. Jenny
    September 17, 2015 / 8:52 am

    We love love love TJs! And I love reading what people like to buy there- great post!! For us, we have kids(4&1 yo) so we buy them the cheddar rockets(like goldfish crackers, but better), olive oil popcorn, organic vanilla and Vanana (vanilla and banana) yogurt, those mini chocolate bars, macaroni and cheese boxed, apple sauce pouches, bananas, and the cheese crunchies( like Cheetos, but better). For the hubby and I we love their wine, pretzel rolls (we use this for honey mustard chicken sandwiches), pita chips, hummus, ginger chews, pumpkin cereal bars, fried rice, orange chicken, tamales, pizzas, eggplant melange, tortellini, pancetta, vanilla rice milk, pollo asado, their nut mixes, flowers(they make great gifts for people), their candies, Apple juice, and stuff to make tacos. Seriously we love TJs and try to go once a week. We are lucky:) I can’t wait for our next visit. I will have to refer to this post to get some new ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

  38. Christine Adipietro
    September 17, 2015 / 9:57 am

    We love trader Joes have begged them to come to eastern Long Island as it takes1 1/2 – 2 hrs to get to the closest store we even signed a petition but to no avail still we hope…..

    • September 17, 2015 / 12:56 pm

      Aw, that’s terrible! Hopefully they build one near you soon!

  39. Tere G
    September 17, 2015 / 10:51 am

    Wine. They have a good variety and very reasonably priced wines.

    • September 17, 2015 / 12:55 pm

      Ah I wish we had wine at our Trader Joe’s!

  40. Dina
    September 17, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    I love that I can come out of Trader Joes with at least three “packed” paper bags full of my many favorites and ONLY wrote a check for about $65.00. The same amount at a chain market would have gotten me one loosly packed plastic bag!!

    Among my favorites, peanut butter granola bars, gurerye and ham frozen cracker bread and especially easy for parties or last minute company…their roasted corn salsa. I take a package of cream cheese and pour the roasted corn salsa over it and eat with either tortilla chips or crackers. Yummy!!!

    • September 17, 2015 / 1:39 pm

      You’re so right! I can get so much at Trader Joe’s for just a fraction of what I get at my local grocery store chain!

  41. Ann
    September 17, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Our TJ staples are — coconut oil, olive oil, the frozen mushroom medley… (great to have on hand and you don’t have to worry about mushrooms going bad) Raw almonds that we mix with their chocolate chips for a snack. And of course, if we are having a party, their cheese and appetizer prices can’t be beat by any of our local stores. We also love their Ode to the Classic Potato Chip… much less garbage than other brands and they use better oil. We also buy a variety of canned items from TJ because the cans are BPA free. We use their dish soap and have used the tea tree tingle products.. great substitute for expensive Aveda shampoo.

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:29 pm

      coconut oil is definitely a staple!

  42. Lisa
    September 18, 2015 / 5:59 am

    my husband works in Seattle and I live on Long Island… We both shop at TJ’S and it makes me feel better to know my husband is eating microwaveable food from TJ… He loves the chicken tiki masala, all the seafood and pasta dinners as well. My daughter used to work at Lush, high end beauty supplies and used the products until trying TJ shampoo and conditioner. The lotions are great as well as the tea tree facial pads… Just awesome!!!

  43. Mary
    September 18, 2015 / 8:15 am

    The Speculoos Cookie Butter is TDF!! All flavorsโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  44. Karen Recabaren
    September 19, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Love TJ’s! Especially…….
    Broccoli Slaw (just add your favorite TJ’s dressing)
    Bag of Broccoli
    TJ’s peanut butter
    Frozen mac and cheese
    Frozen Orange chicken and frozen fried rice
    frozen waffles
    frozen vegetable melange (delicious mix of peas, carrots, and cauliflower)
    frozen breaded chicken
    frozen pizza veggie burgers
    romaine

    • September 21, 2015 / 6:02 am

      oo broccoli slaw! love that.

  45. MissHazel
    September 19, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    loving all the ideas!
    Our favorites are:
    1. Pumpkin muffin mix, I buy enough so we have it all year…a staple for my kids
    2. Refrigerated cinnamon rolls (think like Pilsbury that you bake and frost). 5 come in a package and I had to stop buying them bc I could eat them ALL all by myself๐Ÿ˜ฌ
    3. Cookie butter cream cheese
    4. Super thin, coconut flavored cracker/cookie thins
    5. Organic milk
    6. Grass fed Kerry Gold butter
    Honey whole wheat pretzel sticks
    8. My kids also love the tub of letter cookies
    9. Ditto the mango, frozen fried rice and frozen brown rice

    • September 21, 2015 / 6:01 am

      great recommendations, Hazel!! Thanks for visiting.

  46. Kristin
    September 20, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    um hellooo? Frozen mashed potatoes, orchids and jalapeรฑo /cilantro hummus

    • September 21, 2015 / 6:01 am

      Frozen mashed potatoes? Never had those, but they sound super convenient!

  47. Dawn
    September 21, 2015 / 12:13 am

    Pumpkin butter!

    • September 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

      I love pumpkin butter!!

  48. Amanda
    September 21, 2015 / 1:42 am

    My primary grocery store. I always get a couple bags each of the chicken fried rice and orange chicken for lazy nights. I also always get the Black bean quinoa chips, lavender dryer sachets and the 70% dark chocolate bars. I also get almost all my organic fruits and veggies there.

    • September 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

      You’re lucky that you can make Trader Joes your primary store! I wish my store was a bit closer!

  49. Lynn
    September 21, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    i love,love, love me some Trader Joes. Closest is 1 1/2 hour away so I take a cooler. My favourites are the chocolate covered sunflower seeds, winter blend coffee(I stock up for the year cause it’s seasonal) and Carmelites onion mushroom pizza from the frozen section.

  50. Kimberly
    September 22, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Aloe vera drinks ($1.99) and Kona Coffee Dark Chocolate Truffles ($3.99). They’re both amazing!!!!!

    • September 22, 2015 / 8:38 pm

      Love aloe vera drinks!! I didn’t know Trader Joe’s had their own version

  51. Pamela Kasky
    September 22, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    I love their graham crackers! They are in a clam shell instead of a box, but so flavorful, and so crisp and crunchy!

    • September 22, 2015 / 8:38 pm

      oo! sounds delish!

  52. Suzanne
    September 22, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Love TJ’s! The Triple Ginger Cookies are a must for us and the Plantain Chips. They have bags of shelled sunflower seeds that are good. The popcorn is yummy, too- I can’t remember the name, but it comes in a big red bag, over by the chips. My dad loves their coffee; it comes whole bean and he likes to grind it right before he brews it. I love their pre-prepped veggies, especially the butternut squash.

    • September 23, 2015 / 6:18 am

      You’re like the 2023984th person to tell me about the plantain chips. I’m going to have to get to Trader Joe’s ASAP and pick them up! Thanks, Suzanne ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. ROXANNE
    September 23, 2015 / 6:49 am

    Wish I had a TJ’s in my area. The closest one is about 30 minutes away, & not on a regular route for me. I’m going to have to make a special trip to get a lot of these items. Can’t wait to get the Punjab Choley. My husband will think I’m OFF MY ROCKER even more than usual when he sees me dancing around the kitchen. Thanks for sharing & thanks to all for there comments.

  54. Marie
    September 24, 2015 / 12:36 am

    We love the Masala simmer sauce. Brown a pound of chicken and pour the sauce over to simmer for a bit. We serve it with rice and broccoli. If you like Indian food, you’ll love this. It’s what’s always in my bag there!

  55. Sandy
    September 25, 2015 / 11:10 pm

    The Almond Kringle around Christmas is beyond delish. Peanut butter granola bars, mini brie bites, fresh mango salsa ( a family fav is fish tacos made with all TJs products…their homeade tortillas, baked fish stix or nuggets, cheddar cheese, brocolli slaw, avacado slices and the fresh mango salsa…yummy). Chicken -less nuggets in a sweet orangy type sauce has even my meat loving husband eating vegetarian and my 7 year old really likes TJs strawberry Os cereal. Oh and the Cowboy Bark is dangerous! TJs is my main store. I shop there every week …there are so many wonderful and healthy items at great prices.

    • September 26, 2015 / 9:29 am

      So many great recommendations! Thanks Sandy!

  56. Chelsea
    September 25, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    the black bean and corn enchiladas from the freezer section are to die for! They are vegan, and I am definitely not, but they are sooooo good! Also, the chocolate chip banana protein power muffins are my kids fav for breakfast!

    • September 26, 2015 / 9:29 am

      The muffins sound amazing! I could go for one right about now ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Erica
    September 26, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I LOVE Trader Joes OJ. It tastes like an orange, which is how orange juice should taste. It has pulp in it but it is the best OJ i’ve ever had.

    • September 27, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Sounds delish!!

  58. Jill
    September 26, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    I love this post!

    Okay.
    Frozen cubed garlic.
    Mahi burgers
    Salted peanut butter
    Kona cookies
    Green Chili Tamales

    Runner ups:
    Chocolate covered espresso beans
    Raw Packs of almonds
    French laundry soap
    Inner Peas

    • September 27, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks jill! I’ve never had the mahi burgers. They sound amazing.

  59. Frodo
    September 26, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Wow, so many great comments have me wanting to go visit soon. There is one that is not that close to me but when I get there I must get the eggs. Recently egg prices have skyrocketed in the south – they are triple what they usually are at the regular grocery store. At TJs, not only are they hormone and antibiotic free, but they were not even double the usual price. I always get the bacon bits and pieces which is delicious and always $3. You can get some see through bacon at the regular grocery store for that price if it’s on sale. I also love the smoked salmon which is usually reasonable around $5. Cream cheese is also reasonable. Almond meal is about $4 a pound. And they have some tasty low carb bread.

    • September 27, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Frodo.

  60. September 28, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    TJ’s frozen Brussel Sprouts $1.39!, fig butter, Brie with truffle, anything (anything) Indian and the Anjou pears. Might want to pare the brie with the small olive bread….derlerrrrsh….so good it messes with your speech.

    • September 29, 2015 / 6:01 am

      Brie with truffle?! Sounds amazeeeeeeee!!!

  61. anne
    September 28, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    Just got a trader Joe’s have to go shopping.

    • September 29, 2015 / 6:01 am

      Yes you do! Let me know what you get!

  62. Tammie
    September 28, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Hard to narrow it down, but always buy their brown rice medley, roasted red pepper tomato soup, enchilada sauce, EVOO, herbed pizza dough, green chile tamales, penne pepperonata, melange a trois peppers, roasted corn…. And more, haha!

    • Tammie
      September 28, 2015 / 8:38 pm

      Oh and my daughter loves the mango salsa!

      • September 29, 2015 / 6:00 am

        That sounds absolutely amazing. LOVE mango salsa!

    • September 29, 2015 / 6:01 am

      Great recommendations, Tammie! Thanks for commenting.

  63. Leslie
    October 1, 2015 / 8:12 am

    edamame. Their edamame in the bag with the BLUE writing is, without doubt, the best priced and best tasting. Frozen peas for making a quick pasta and peas dish when dinner is too overwhelming. And this last time we picked up the seasonal items we but every year: pumpkin things! Pumpkin butter will change your entire outlook on life!

    And then there’s the wine section ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿท

    • October 1, 2015 / 1:57 pm

      I wish my store had wine. Stupid Pennsylvania!

    • bonnie levy
      November 7, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Love their Pumpkin butter too!!!!!!!

  64. October 1, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Tried the taco seasoning per Miranda’s post, and she was right! It’s amazing, and I usually hate the packaged stuff due to the salt content. I used half a packet to season pork burritos and it was fabulous. Tried the fig butter based on others’ comments, and that too, is amazing.

    • October 1, 2015 / 1:57 pm

      So glad!! I haven’t been over to Trader Joe’s yet, but it’s in the near future!

  65. Joanne in SoCal
    October 6, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    TJ’s must haves: bagels, in SoCal they are made with sprouted grains and are so much more hearty. I discovered on vacation this summer that no all TJ’s products are made the same. I decided to wait until we were in WI to buy bagels for our week at the lake, they were not the same and I was very disappointed.

    I cannot have cow’s milk (whey allergy), TJ’s has a large number of goat’s milk products including plain yogurt. The yogurt sweetened with vanilla and almond extracts added is a staple for breakfast. Add fresh or frozen fruit and Kashi Go Lean or Uncle Sam’s Flax Seed Flakes and it will hold you well into lunch!

    • October 6, 2015 / 12:52 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Joanne!

  66. Debbie
    October 13, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    TJ Mediterranean Hummus
    Tofu veggie rolls with peanut sauce ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gluten free blueberry muffins
    bag of arugula salad
    veggie chips
    organic frozen brown rice
    gluten free white bread
    spaghetti tomato vodka sauce
    bag gluten free granola
    frozen sweet potato fries
    Blue Fin Moscato ๐Ÿ™‚ Just to name of few of my many favs!
    And the dark chocolate peanut butter cups at the checkout for 99 cents!

    • October 14, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      Wow! Thank you for the wonderful recommendations!!

  67. Kymberleigh
    October 17, 2015 / 11:53 am

    So many good recommendations! How do you cook the cod? Also, has anyone cooked their frozen tuna steaks? I’ve tried the tuna steaks, & although I like tuna, I did not care for these. Wondering if anyone else has had success.
    I’m making a list now to stock up on some of the favorites listed.

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      I just put the cod in the oven on a piece of non-stick foil. super quick and simple!

  68. Susan
    October 18, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    I’ll have to try #5 if it’s vegan. It sounds like it is. T.J.s will print out a list (several pages long) of all vegetarian & vegan options they carry, if you request it. I always grab a bag of their organic Arugula. I love their Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar & always have a bottle on hand. They have a nice selection of vinegars. I also like their raw nuts & keep several bags in my freezer. Also love their Spiced Chia Tea. Most of their beauty/cleaning products are cruelty free. I use their Coconut Body Butter daily & my husband loves their Tea Tree Soap. During the holidays they carry a Pumpkin Body Butter, a Pomegranate Body Butter and their amazing Tofurkey not to mention a Ton of “pumpkin” & “ginger” treats, snacks & beverages!!! My husbands all time favorite cookie is their Triple Ginger Cookies. If you want to stay up on the sales & the seasonal and new products they carry, subscribe to their monthly “Fearless Flyer” which is always fun to read!

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      oo. I’m a huge sweets person, so i’m def going to try the ginger cookies! thanks for reading, Susan!

  69. Andrea
    October 28, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    Is it almost cinnamon broom time? Those are the best!

    I love the lavender lotion, and the coconut body butter.

    The steamed peeled beets are super convenient.

    • October 31, 2015 / 5:53 pm

      Great suggestions, Andrea. Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Rebecca
    November 6, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    We load up on snacks! My husband’s favorite snack in the whole wide world is their Chicago mix popcorn. We also love the peanutbutter filled pretzels and the chocolate covered PB filled pretzels. I always buy cookie butter, creamy or crunchy. We love the cheese with truffles in it. We had it last year, not sure if they still carry it. We also live out of the country, so T J’s is a very special treat for us.

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      i had no idea that they had chicago mix popcorn. i usually get it from Home Goods or Marshalls when I see it!

  71. bonnie levy
    November 7, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I live there! I should have a bed..lol! My top five are always the their red spinach..so delicious and different from regular green, has a nutty flavor, in season I like to get the Pumpkin butter as I read above, it IS great in everything!, makes chicken great, good on waffles, great as a sauce( add mild salsa with it) with eggs, I always get their triple romaine lettuce pack, Feta cheese, They have the best prices on Kosher meats in our area, and I love their Bruchetta. Delicious in and on so many things. There are about 15 other things I could mention but we are only allowed five so I’ll stop.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Hah isn’t trader joe’s the best??! thanks for reading and commenting, bonnie!

  72. Sandy
    January 10, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    I love the Irish breakfast tea (Decaf), the
    Asiago cheese with rosemary & olive oil, TJ Greek yogurt with honey, the whole wheat penne pasta, TJ kalamata olives, TJ dark chocolate covered poweberries, TJ Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper soup, the coffee, Italian wines, & TJ Oyster crackers

    • January 10, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      Great recommendations, Sandy!!

  73. Sandy
    January 11, 2016 / 1:09 am

    Ooh — I forgot to mention the fresh mozzarella & the fresh basil (cap rede!) & the Gorgonzola roasted crackers…

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Everything you just mentioned sounds amazing.

  74. Carol S
    January 19, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Unexpected Cheddar
    Tomato Bruschetta in the Refrigerated section
    Horseradish Hummus
    French Onion Soup Freezer Section (baking it is better than microwaving)
    Fresh thinly sliced steak for the ultimate Philly Cheesesteak
    Mirepoix (chopped carrot celery and onion for a fast soup)
    Lentils (ready to use)
    Garlic Olive Oil
    Their spiral sliced ham at the holidays
    Lobster tails at certain times like Valentine’s day
    Fresh flower bouquets for 2.99
    Key Lime Pie amazing available in summer
    Pita Bite Crackers
    Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Garlic olive oil?! Adding that to my shopping list.

  75. Ruth
    March 12, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    This post makes my mouth water! We’re too far away from the nearest Trader Joe’s but when I visit my family back east, a stop there is always on my list. Unfortunately, since I’m flying, I am limited on what I can take home….but I always get a few of my faves. The Kona coffee truffles are divine! Dried coconut strips, the tea tree and mint shampoo, cookie butter, the tri-colored veggie flax tortilla chips, the giant chocolate bars, and more! I’m jealous of you who have one near you! On one visit they were sampling the tomato roasted red pepper soup mixed with their frozen spinach cheese risotto and wow was that good! Couldn’t pa k that though – bummer! Oh, and I finally had their peppermint “Oreos” at a party last Christmas – so good!

    • March 13, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks for reading, Ruth. I’m sad you’re too far from a Trader Joes. It’s the BEST. Do you have something similar?

  76. Brenda
    March 19, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Dark chocolate covered roasted almonds with sea salt! Enough said…

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      uhm, i need those in my life right about now !

  77. Sarah P
    October 26, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Bagged spinach, Lobster ravioli topped with their lobster bisque soup as the sauce is to die for, cranberry orange scones OMG! Individual lemon yogurts, Feta Cheese and caramelized onion bites from the freezer section are to die for and make a great appetizer. Their Belgian waffles in the freezer section as well as their almond croissants in the freezer section are both so delicious for breakfast. I also love their vanilla ice cream and their macaroons. Roasted red pepper and tomato soup. And their wide variety of chicken sausages in the meat section (the ones with apple in them are my favorite). And their version of Nutella is so yummy. It’s made with almonds instead of hazelnuts. And they have 2 beverages I love – the strawberry lemonade and the sparkling berry lemonade. Those are just the things off the top of my head. I love Trader Joe’s!

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Those sound like great recommendations, Sarah! I LOVE cranberry orange scones!

  78. Cheryl
    November 7, 2016 / 11:25 am

    I LOVE all these suggestions! Can’t wait to try some. The one thing I have to get when at TJ’s is their canned corn! Bright yellow label and you’d swear it came fresh of the ear of corn! A must have!

    • May 17, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      YAY! Let me know what you buy next!

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