Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Need ideas on good foods to buy from Trader Joes

03-19-2007, 10:43 PM
I will be going to Trader Joes sometime this week and need advice on good meals to purchase there for lunch and dinner. Also if anyone has favorite low cal snacks... Thank you.. :)

03-20-2007, 12:24 AM
You are looking for full meals? or things for your meails?

Things I buy from Trader Joes:
Peanut butter
Bread (sometimes, read the labels, they have some decent brands)
Fresh veggies (sometimes)
Frozen veggies (their three pepper medley is good)
Frozen fruit
Nonfat plain yogurt (snack idea: put a few pieces of frozen fruit in with nonfat plain yogurt)
Cereal (High fiber O's and Shredded wheat squares)
Dark Chocolate (although I don't suggest that for lunch or dinner)

That is pretty much it for my Trader Joe's items.

03-20-2007, 05:30 AM
Well..this is what I got last week

-Kashi Go Lean Cereal w/berries $2.59 or so
-Soy Milk
-Trader Joes' Organic Hummus
-Whole What Pita Bread
-Frozen Berries
-Almond Butter
-Romaine Lettuce
- I love their Cranberry, Walnut and some cheese Dressing and 70 cal for one is soo tasty
- Sliced almonds
-Frozen Chicken Thighs to use on my Foreman Grill
-Red Wine...Two Buck Chuck
-Miso Soup Packets
-Oh...and Blood Oranges
-Granny Apples .34 for 1 in Southern CA

They have this Margharite Pizza.... 270 cal for half and it is divine. It's not frozen, it is by there sushi area. You have to treat yourself, sometimes, right?

03-20-2007, 11:24 AM
My favorite grocery store! I go there every week!

Fresh veggies - cheaper and fresher than traditional grocery stores
Deli Turkey breast
Canadian bacon
La Tortilla Whole Wheat Tortillas
Pineapple Salsa
Roasted Garlic Salsa
Tomato soup - paper box
Egg whites
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Fresh parmesan cheese
Fat free feta
Light havarti cheese
light string cheese
low fat cottage cheese
Fiberful bars - like fruit leather but with fiber added
Nuts - pine nuts, almonds, walnuts.. etc.. all are cheaper here and quite good. I store in the freezer
Wild Salmon
MorningStar Farms Soy Sausage patties
Dr. Praeger veggie burger patties
Frozen Artichoke hearts
Frozen edamame - in the pod is best IMHO YUM
Vegetable potstickers
for snacks - love the pretzel thins

Lots of other stuff that is yummy, but not too figure friendly so I'll refrain from those recommendations :D

03-20-2007, 01:59 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot a couple things they have that are pretty good:

Whole wheat pizza dough (refrigerated section)
Sushi rolls (refrigerated section).

03-20-2007, 10:01 PM
Thank you all so much for all the ideas,am looking forward to going shopping there this week. I was also looking for full meal ideas from there. Thank you...

03-20-2007, 10:02 PM
And one more questions what exactly are potstickers? And is it a snack or meal?

03-22-2007, 09:56 PM
Potstickers are Chinese dumplings, filled with veggies. Along the lines of ravioli, but the wrapper is much thinner. They are also called gyoza, which is the Japanese name. TJ's has them in the frozen food section.

I usually have them as a side along with chinese chicken salad that I make with a lettuce mix, chicken, mandarin orange slices, edamame and Newman's Light Sesame Ginger dressing.

Oh, you can also buy Gyoza dipping sauce at TJ's. I also get my organic ketchup and jar sauces there. Pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce.

I also like Trader Joe's O's - their version of Cheerios. I could go on and on. The one nearest to me is 100 miles away, so I only make the trip about once a month.

03-28-2007, 02:03 PM
If you like middle eastern and/or spicy food, check the Chicken Masala frozen dinner, it's DELISH.

03-28-2007, 09:56 PM
I love chicken masala, I will look for it thank you again....