|You can't end your next Trader Joe's shopping trip without these 7 items
||[Oct. 11th, 2016|10:00 pm]
How about that title! Who knew I could write clickbait? But seriously, people have been asking me about what's good at TJs. I thought hard for a very short amount of time and here's my recommendations. A lot of people think of TJs as overly pricey, but I'd consider it "cheap upscale" and their staples (milk, eggs, pasta) are cheaper than my regular grocery store.|
Potstickers are dumplings that aren't meant to be steamed, but lightly fried and then steamed. Whatever way you cook these, they'll come out tasty. Varieties include Pork, Chicken and maybe vegetable, but I've only had the chicken and pork ones. About $3/bag. Makes about 3 healthy servings, I'd say.
Trek Mix (individual bags)
This photo is of the standard bag of Trek (better known as Trail) Mix, not the individually sealed bags I'm recommending. TJs sells lots of different kinds, all of them good, and I encourage you to explore them, but this one is my favorite. The individual bags are great to keep you from binge eating the trail mix. Good to throw in a pocket or a glove box or an office desk for a snack. About $7 for sack of ~11 individual nutbags.
Chicken Fried Rice (frozen)
Also available in vegetable, which I've never tried. Very easy to make and the flavor is great. I like to drag these out of the freezer when I don't want to spend much time making dinner and dump them into a skillet. About $3 for the bag. Makes about two healthy servings.
Mandarin Orange Chicken (frozen)
This might be what I miss most if they discontinue anything in this list. This orange chicken is delicious. Chinese takeout delicious. You put it in an oven for 20 minutes and then mix it with any vegetables you'd like (onion, bell pepper, and broccoli are my recommendations) and serve it by itself or over rice. About $6 for the bag. Makes about three healthy servings.
Vegetable Masala Burger (frozen)
I haven't tried them as "Burgers" between bread, but I don't think that they'd be very good that way. They are very good just by themselves as a side in a meal. About $2 for the box of 4.
Bacon Ends and Pieces
Do not attempt bacon weaves with this bacon. Most of the package is bacon strips, but they are never uniform (the strips are all mixed up in a big ball). If you don't mind different sized pieces of bacon, then check this out. The strips are thick and I find them to be very high quality, especially for the price. I'd like to think that these are the pieces that didn't end up fitting nicely in the normal expensive package. $3.50 for a pound.
Mango Chunks (frozen)
I don't know that TJs does these any better than anyone else, but they're cheap and a staple of my freezer for smoothies. About $2.70/bag
Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce
Poor people eat mayonnaise, but rich people like us need to distances ourselves so we add something to the mayonnaise and we get to call it Aioli. It's French. Or something. Anyways, whatever you want to call this, it's good. It's much, much milder than a dijon mustard. About $2.50 for a small jar.
TJs has MANY varieties of chicken sausage, though Spicy Jalapeno is my favorite so far (it's not very spicy, don't worry). Great for a quick snack, simple dinner, or sliced up in some dish. $4/5 pack (12 oz)
Melange a Trois (mixed bell peppers, frozen)
Again, these are probably available at most grocery stores, but I find them to be cheap and good at TJs. They're a staple for my freezer and I like to throw them in all sorts of dishes (tacos, pasta with marinara, orange chicken, omelettes, etc) to add vegetables. About $1.70/bag.
Black Toad Dark Ale
I like thick dark beers, and this is a nice malty brew. $6/6 pack or $1/bottle. Insider Tip: You don't need to buy a six pack, just pull out as many bottles from a six pack as you care to purchase. The price per beer will be the same as the six pack. I haven't purchased six identical bottles of beer from TJs in years.
Trader Jose's Dark Mexican Lager
Did I mention I like dark beers? This isn't thick or heavy though. I like serving this to guests, pretty everyone has liked it. $6/6 pack or $1/bottle.