Before you ask or think it, NO, this isn't sponsored and YES, I paid for everything myself. 😘 I just wanted to share some favorite food finds of mine!
It's no secret that tons of us are obsessed with Trader Joe's. How can you NOT love their gourmet (yet super affordable) frozen food selections and endless unique, AMAZINGLY delicious snacking options... not to mention their fresh produce, that I swear has the cutest packaging.
If you've never been, it's a MUST. I wouldn't say it's a store where you can do ALL of your shopping... because heaven knows Momma needs Costco's 'bulkness' and Walmart's prices to complete her life's list of necessities. But for GREAT deals on yummy specialty foods (without the "specialty" price) and the BEST selection of flowers, Trader Joe's is SO my jam!
My parents lived in California for a handful of years, and for a long time, it was the only place that I could snag Trader Joe's goodies. But now... they're in Utah! booooyah! (insert happy dance)
So... I figured that I would share my favorite things, because who isn't curious as to what people love from the same stores you shop at!
Am I right!? So here we go!
Snag a loaf of super soft cinnamon burst bread from Great Harvest, slather this goodness on, and YUM! Ooo, and if you give your bread a coat of cream cheese before the pumpkin butter (?) Even better :)
Scones are just... freakin good. And these ones aren't too sweet and aren't too dry. Plus they have yummy blueberries throughout.
Longboard Chips + Island Salsa:
Sweet with a touch of heat, and the PERFECT dipping chip. Trust me... a match made in heaven... or Hawaii... from the looks of the packaging. lol
Fresh and SUPER fast to cook. Plus, they literally only need a dab of grass fed butter and parmesan... so it's basically the easiest lunch or dinner ever.
Trader Joe's Mac 'n Cheese:
Just... try it. It's stupid good. Pretend it's for your kids and then eat it while they're at school😁
Super crunchy, sweeter than regular cucumbers and only like $2. Pair them with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze (we'll talk about that in a sec) and you've got a fancy side dish people!
Green Beans - ready to eat:
Pop those bad boys in the microwave, add a bit o' butter... easiest, healthy side for basically any dinner.
Because Diet Coke 😬 ... oh, and they're just cute in this lil' bag, right?
Pink Himalayan Salt:
It just tastes better. Promise. Grind some up and try it on something. You'll see.
Like I said... with cumbers, but also with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, with a bit of that pink salt and some pepper??? .... THE BEST! It's sweet and tangy, but thick enough to actually grab onto whatever you're eating, instead of making a watery mess like regular balsamic vinegar.
If you're a huge fan of raw coconut like me, try these. They're delicious! A bit fibery, definitely not "candy", but they can kill a sweet tooth with just a strip or two.
Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallows:
👆I think we're done here. 😜
Roasted Plantain Chips:
Probably my ALL TIME FAVORITE thing at Trader Joe's. They're less than $2 a bag and holy crap, it's like a grown up potato chip. SOOOOO good, and I can totally polish off an entire bag myself if I'm not paying attention - they're THAT good. Plus, I'm pretty sure you can eat them on some of those particularly picky diets.
Mandarin Orange Chicken:
I'll be honest, I'm a frozen food snob. It's like... I sample it at Costco or wherever, but then once I get home and make it, it NEVER tastes the same. Soggy, dry or just not good.
BUT, this Mandarine Orange Chicken turns out AMAZING every time, and my kids LOVE it! I cook the chicken in the oven, and it's always crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The sauce is slightly sweet and has a tang to it, but not so much that it's not kid friendly.
Also, the sauce is in packets, not on the chicken, so if you want to pull some plain nuggets out before the sauce goes on, for pickier eaters... easy!
Curry: in a hurry😛
The bottled curry sauces at Trader Joe's are REALLY good. I just sear up some chicken and pour it on. Then throw everything over rice. Easy peasy. Honestly? I usually combine these bottles together to make a custom sauce. Not sure why I started doing that, but it's yummy.
Ooo, I forgot to get some, but they have a REALLY good thai peanut dipping sauce too. Sometimes I add a splash of that in as well.
Super low calorie and PERFECT for after dinner when you don't have a stale pan of brownies to pick at that was leftover from Sunday night. (come on, you know you do that too).
You could totally make these yourself, but for under $2 a box, it's so not worth the mess and time.
Soft Baked Snickerdoodles + Salted Caramel Coconut Cookies:
The only cookies that are allowed to be hard are Oreos and Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. All others should be amazingly soft, and these two are no exception.
I just lifted my face closer to the screen to read about what's NOT in the snickerdoodle cookies... huh, I guess they're healthy and shiz. Didn't even know. They don't taste like it. (shrug)... that should tell you something. LOL
And the coconut cookies are basically a freakin' amazing coconut macaroon with a slab of salted caramel in the center. yesssssss!
Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks:
Nothin' fancy here guys, just good ol' yummy chocolate. Perfect for baking or melting and dipping things into... like your finger😛I have yet to try them in my all time favorite cookie recipe, but you better believe I will be!
Whew! Okay, so those are my must haves... now... tell me YOURS!
Don't be shy, fill me in on what your Trader Joe's Favorites are! I'm always on the lookout for yummy additions to throw in my cart!