Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Anyone shop at Trader Joe's?

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05-23-2011, 10:56 PM
A Trader Joe's just went up down the street and I went there, but I am totally out of my element! I'm used to my old standby brands.

Of course the fresh produce and proteins are easy, but does anyone have any good go-to snacks, dressings, frozen lunches ect.?


05-23-2011, 11:21 PM
I do!

As far the package stuff goes, my number one favorite thing at TDs is probably their frozen baguettes. They are 100 calories each, and are great after about 5 minutes in the oven. They have a nice crunch on the outside and are soft on the inside. They are my standby starch, and really go well with a lot of different meals.

Other things I buy often are their frozen quesadillas (320 cal each, enough for a light meal), frozen butter chicken (405 cal), packaged curry tuna (not frozen, and great on brown rice), and their frozen veggies and potato wedges. The potato wedges are nice, since I get a very satisfying amount out of a serving (maybe 130 cal).

Hmm...other things I can think of are: their plain vanilla yogurt in the cups is probably my favorite yogurt (and I'm not generally a big fan), the frozen fish nuggets are good when I'm feeling like having something 'fried' and can easily fit them into my meal calorie budget.

Wow, that went on for a while :o I would just give a few things a try, and ask the people who work there. Most of the ones at mine eat the food, and will give recommendations.

05-23-2011, 11:24 PM
I love Trader Joes. My TJ favorites: (But be warned much of it is not low calorie, low fat. I eat small amounts of the foods I love.)
Frozen Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese
Chicken Egg Rolls
Frozen brown rice
Reduced Guilt potato chips
Any of their nuts/trail mixes. One of my favorites is the cranberry/cashew/almond, but sometimes I get one that has either chocolate pieces or mini PB cups.
Dark chocolate and cherry KIND bars
Fresh mozzarella
Goat cheese
Laughing cow cheese wedges
String cheese
Sprouted bread
Everything bagels
Wheat pizza dough/pizza sauce
Natural PB
Quick steel cut oats
The dry microwave packets of mac and cheese.
I always pick up a couple boxes of the potato pancakes for my grandpa.
I liked the poppyseed dressing, but my store just discontinued it.
I have an unopened container of dark chocolate covered almonds dusted with turbinado sugar that I haven't tried yet but look devine.
Maple cookies and JoJo cookies for my kids.
Honey Greek Style Yogurt.
Frozen croissants.
Frozen brussel sprouts.
Frozen pearl onions.
I think that is enough for now......LOL If you want more ideas, there is another thread on TJ if you dig back a page or two.

05-23-2011, 11:24 PM
Thanks Flash and Aimee! Those sound great, making shopping list for tomorrow right now!

05-24-2011, 07:29 AM
Trader Joe's <3
My shopping list there usually consists of:

Pasta sauces
Dried fruits
Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Indian Fare
Frozen Gyoza...there's pork, chicken, thai shrimp, thai vegetable...
Chicken sausages of various flavors

For dessert I really enjoy their Raspberry & Cream bars or Coffee & Cream bars. They're small and portioned just right for a little after dinner treat. They used to have Mango & Cream which I adored, but I don't see it around as much.

I have to be very careful there. In moderation a lot of the food is delicious and perfectly healthy... but some of it is so delicious it's easy to go overboard.

05-24-2011, 08:04 AM
I love TD's extra firm tofu, and they have an excellent variety of pasta. Check out the fresh flower bouquets. I bought one a while back that had 4 huge yellow roses,3 smaller white ones and some filler flowers and greenery. It lasted over a week and I paid a whopping $3.99! Great way to pat yourself on the back for a good week!

05-24-2011, 09:46 AM
They have the best price for natural, unsalted peanut butter and almond butter. I always buy maybe four to six jars when I go there.

They have the best frozen textured & flavorful French string beans -- haricots vert -- that I've ever run across. These beans take frozen food to a whole new category, for someone like me who was traumatized by flavorless lima bean & carrot coin & corn mixes of her childhood.

I like their French Roast decaffeinated whole-bean coffee.

And they're my go-to for most nuts, dried fruit & trail mixes. Now & then can find these on sale elsewhere temporarily cheaper, but not very often.

I think I've enumerated these & other favorites on the many Trader Joe's threads we've had posted in this forum, where people are looking for lists of favorites.

Oh, and my friend John who's not particularly into calorie-counting or losing weight calls Trader Joe's the greatest snack food store in the Universe, because it has its aura of healthiness & social responsibility, and yet about half the store is full of stuff for noshing on, like chips & candy & cookies & etc. He buys all his "junk" food there & says it makes him feel okay for buying that stuff because it's sanctified by the Cult of Trader Joe & the Fearless Flyer.

05-25-2011, 06:00 PM
Their chipotle hummus is the best hummus I've EVER eaten.

05-26-2011, 02:10 PM
My favorites
1) Frozen ****ake mushroom in pepper sauce -- good for lunch once a week
2) Mocha and chocolate yogurt - 130 calories, yummy
3) Cilantro hummus - yum
4) whole wheat mini bagels
5) whole wheat tortiallas
6) organic marinara sauce
7) Plaintain chips
8) Wheat thins
9) Masala Burgers
10) Mediterranian yogurt dip

05-26-2011, 04:58 PM
I always get:
unsalted, unsweetened peanut butters
they have the best price for ezekiel bread
dark chocolate with salted peanuts
low sodium broth (they have only 70mg per serving!)
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
canned tomatoes
frozen and fresh veggie mixes
nitrate free turkey bacon
canned beans
Mixed nuts with dried hibiscus

Snacks for the kid:
Olive oil popcorn
Cheddar cheese popcorn
Their brand of pirate's booty
gummy penguins and rabbits

05-31-2011, 11:39 PM
I'm in love with their turkey bacon and sweet apple chicken sausage. But I'm absolutely addicted to the vanilla meringue cookies. 110 calories for 4, and they're sooooo delicious. I buy multiple boxes to get me through the week.

06-01-2011, 10:17 AM
Yesterday, I ate the most delicious 210 calories I have eaten in awhile. TJs Dark Chocolate Almonds covered in turbinado sugar and sea salt. Oh my!

06-01-2011, 10:22 AM
i miss trader joes!! i lived in AZ for awhile before coming back to tx and mannn i miss it :( that was 5 yrs ago and i cant even remember my fave things from there

06-02-2011, 09:49 PM
The low sodium tomato red pepper soup is great
Marinara sauce (canned)
Avocado Salsa
Whole Grain pita crackers
Low fat microwave popcorn
Low fat ginger kitty cat cookies.

Stuff I love but don't get because I can't control myself are the peanut butter cups and the triple ginger gingersnaps. Yum!

06-03-2011, 04:01 AM
I haven't gone yet, but this summer, hubby and I are planning a trip to Madison (nearest Trader Joe's - and Whole Foods), and I've been preparing for the trip by checking out Trader Joes and Whole Food hauls on You Tube.

I found "hauls" by accident when looking for a review of a brand of mineral makeup I wanted to try, and discovered this weird, but rather addictive YouTube phenomenon. People go shopping and show you what they bought (and often which products they like best and why, and sometimes even the prices).

I actually started compiling a list of products to look for.

06-16-2011, 05:41 PM
I LOVE Trader Joes and shop there weekly. I actually drew up a master list for myself for when I go so I don't forget anything! Most cost effective and nutritious items on my list:

-chicken sausage (but high in sodium)
-nf greek yogurt
-frozen chicken tenders (these come in a 40 oz. bag which is 6.99 at my store. That translates into 2.79 per pound for cleaned, sliced tenders which I just pop in the oven and roast for 25 mins for my husband's lunch sandwiches. WAY cheaper than cold cuts, and no preservatives)
-turkey meatballs
-breaded chicken tenders (these are for my son; I don't eat them. Sometimes hubby has them for dinner too. They are great to keep in the fridge)
-spices and condiments. The TJ's brand is cheaper than anything you'll find at your supermarket.
-nuts and dried fruit
-some veggies are cheaper, some are not. You'll have to compare with your local market.
-their snack foods tend to be healthier than supermarket brands - lower fat choices abound.
-their salsas are great.

I could go on and on. Trader Joe's branded items do not contain any artificial ingredients or preservatives either.

06-16-2011, 05:54 PM
They have a great whole wheat mediterrenean flat bread that I love! And their roasted red pepper and tomato soup is AWESOME!

06-16-2011, 06:41 PM
The closest TJ to me is about 30 miles away, but it is my favorite grocery store. Take the time to go through it very slowly. Then go back in a day or two; again go through the store will find things you did not find the first time!

My five sons are older now, but when they were in school, I would fill Christmas bags or boxes for their teachers with tea, cookies, candies, jellies, etc. from TJ. Many of the teachers asked me where I got the items.

06-17-2011, 05:11 PM
I find their corn tortillas (TJ brand) to be extremely corny tasting and satisfying. I also just picked up a packet of seasoned toasted seaweed for 99 cents. 60 calories for the pack and since the pieces are super thin it is a great emergency snack (plus mineral packed). I have had it for almost a week and it is still 2/3 full - a good sign for me on something tasty.

06-17-2011, 09:02 PM
Angie and I always buy hummus and brie cheese ~frozen orange chicken ~ fresh sugar snap peas for snacks ~ garlic mustard ~ $2 buck Chuck ~ their beer! ~ the Asian wraps are awesome!

06-27-2011, 04:02 PM
I love trader joes when I go I get a lot of condiments my faves are:

This chilli pepper sauce it is so great on a lot of things and the best hot sauce I've ever had. It tastes a lot like taco sauce but sooo much more flavorful and better its also pretty spicy you only need a small amount on things I just put a couple drops usually.

this is another one of my very fave condiments from there its red pepper spread with eggplant and garlic
it is delicious as a dip for crackers or spread on a sandwich it's so good you must try it. Also very low calories.

Then for foods I love their chilli chicken lime burgers

and I like to use their multigrain thin buns they look like this but it was a trader joes brand only 100 calories per bun.

the mahi mahi burgers were really good if you like fish

the fish nuggets are the cheapest fish there and they are really good too

I love their frozen asparagus spears and green beans they taste just as good as fresh when just microwaved.

I like the frozen fruit there is pineapple tid bits which are great the organic raspberries are really tasty and their verry cherry berry blend is great I also got mango chunks but i havent tried those yet.

The mandarin orange chicken is really delicious I love to make a few and put it on a salad and then use some of the sauce it comes with as a salad dressing its really good

there is so much good stuff there I could go on forever lol but there are a few ideas not sure if anyone mentioned them.

oh also you must try the garlic aioli mustard just a tiny dollop of that in your chicken salad will make the best chicken salad u ever had :O Or its just good spread on a sandwich you don't need much it is very strong flavored.

07-08-2011, 09:51 AM
I haven't gone yet, but this summer, hubby and I are planning a trip to Madison (nearest Trader Joe's - and Whole Foods), and I've been preparing for the trip by checking out Trader Joes and Whole Food hauls on You Tube.

I found "hauls" by accident when looking for a review of a brand of mineral makeup I wanted to try, and discovered this weird, but rather addictive YouTube phenomenon. People go shopping and show you what they bought (and often which products they like best and why, and sometimes even the prices).

I actually started compiling a list of products to look for.

this made me laugh, because the last time my mother visited us(from the east coast, in an area with no TJ's), she bought a HUGE amount of spices and non-perishables from TJ's to take home with her.
I thought it was hilarious, but TJ's really is awesome. Great prices on spices and basics. Usually a difference of DOLLARS on their cheeses, yogurts, dips, hummus, and produce from regular stores.
You can't beat their prices on oils, balsamic, and such. 3 buck chuck is a huge plus, too. The Shiraz is fantastic - and for $3? heck yeah.

07-08-2011, 10:25 AM
I love TJ's! There is one right on the way to my ww meeting so I've incorporated it into my weekly ritual. :)

My favorite stuff:
flavored sparkling waters - no artificial sweeteners or sodium (lime and raspberry lime are my favorites)
bbq sauces which as a bonus don't have hfcs
turkey bacon
chicken sausages - my fave is the mango chicken
heart healthy blueberry whole grain oatmeal
reduced guilt air popped popcorn
multigrain pita bite crackers
wheat pizza dough and their pizza sauces
the frozen brown rice is SO easy to heat up
cheap(er) nuts, oils, etc
frozen haricots vert - I buy these usually when it gets hard to find decent fresh green vegs, they steam beautifully
frozen turkey meatballs
bags of broccoli slaw (carrots and broccoli)

Whew, I am probably missing a ton still. :)