Trader Joes is hands down my favorite grocery store in our area! It’s small, the people are super nice and knowledgeable and they have the BEST stuff!!!
I am always trying new things from Trader Joes and finding new gems!!! Today I have rounded up 20 of my faves….items that are on my list almost every week and that I cannot live without! Here we go (in no particular order):
#1 – Spices
Trader Joes is the only place I buy my staple spices. Most are $1.99 and come in nice glass jars–you cannot beat the price! In addition to “regular everyday spices” like garlic powder, cinnamon, etc. my other faves are Everything but the Bagel, Chili Lime, and Chili Seasoning!
Their Himalayan Pink Salt Shaker and pepper are amazing deals too!
#2 – Buffalo Chicken Wrap
If I am ever at Trader Joe’s between the hours of 9am and 3pm, I grab one of these for lunch! LOL! It’s so hard to pass up! The tangy garlic ranch dipping sauce it comes with is to die for too! I may or may not have eaten a few of these in my car on my way home from grocery shopping!
#3 – Tzatziki Sauce
This creamy garlic tzatziki sauce is great in chicken pitas, over grilled chicken or my kids love just dipping pita chips in it!
#4 – Mac & Cheese
Hands down. Best. Mac and Cheese. Ever. I used to make a special homemade Mac and Cheese every holiday season. But ever since I found this?? Girls, I microwave a few of these, throw them in a casserole dish, sprinkle on some parmesan cheese and broil it for 5 minutes. The best “homemade” Mac and Cheese ever. (don’t worry, I won’t tell).
#5 – Hash Browns
The kids love these for Sunday breakfast. I think they remind them of a McDonald’s breakfast….but A LOT less greasy!
#6 – Coffee
I like the dark and medium roast, but they are all great! And at $3.99/lb….I mean, REALLY!!!!
#7 – Cheese Selection
I couldn’t narrow it down to any ONE cheese but if you are looking to try different varieties of cheese, TJ’s should be your go-to! They are all so reasonably priced. I always stock up on parmesan, blue cheese, fresh mozzarella and sharp english cheddar.
#8 – Precooked Rice
We don’t eat a ton of rice and sometimes I just don’t want to make a rice-cooker full! These little microwaveable packets are perfect! They are quick and easy–done in about 3 minutes! The brown rice and the Jasmine are our go-tos!
#9 – Chimichurri Rice
Oh my word. You want a quick and easy dinner? Heat this rice in a skillet for about 6 minutes, throw in some shrimp or cooked chicken and BOOM–dinner is served! I use two packages for my family. They are often are sold out of this, so if you see it, snag several bags!
#10 – Olive Tapenade
If you’re having a few friends over or just want a light snack, this olive tapenade is perfect! It’s awesome with pita chips, crackers and is the perfect compliment to a Charcuterie Board.
#11 – Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
I don’t know what to tell you other than you need this dip in your life. Done.
#12 – Chicken Sausage
Trader Joes has such an amazing selection of both pre-cooked and uncooked Chicken Sausage. They are all fairly lean and come in so many varieties! I always use the Andouille Chicken Sausage in my Sausage and Peppers recipe. The uncooked Italian Chicken Sausage in great in pasta!
# 13 – Guilt-Free Potato Chips
Are they still guilt free if you eat the whole bag? Addicting.
# 14 – Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies
These last at most, an hour in my house. They are divine!
#15 – Creamy Tomato Soup
Move over, Campbells! This is one of BEST tomato soups I’ve had–even better than my homemade version! Grilled cheese and tomato soup–dinner of champs!!
#16 – Fresh Pizza Dough
We love making homemade pizza and this pizza dough is the perfect base! And coming in at about $2 definitely makes it a better value than delivery 🙂 If you want to try a little culinary adventure, give this recipe a try. Once I made this pizza, I can never make it another way.
# 17 – Mini Ice Cream Cones
There are traditional and seasonal flavors and really, you can’t go wrong with any of them! They are the perfect little sweet treat!
#18 – Frozen Mashed Potatoes
Ok, I know it sounds weird, but when you can have hot, delicious mashed potatoes on a weeknight in about 4 minutes, you’ll thank me!!
#19 – Cauliflower Crust Pizza
I am the biggest skeptic of cauliflower anything, but this pizza REALLY surprised me! It’s light, delicious and you definitely can’t taste the veggies! 🙂
#20 – Greeting Cards
For 99 cents, these cards are cheaper than the Dollar Store! HA! I usually pick up one or two generic cards at the checkout every time I go so I always have a card ready to go!
Whew! I have so many more faves but these are some of my staple items! What do you all love at Trader Joes????
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