Trader Joes=Thumbs Up!

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We finally got a local Trader Joe’s.  I went today and I’m pretty excited about what I found, and I loved their great prices, the amount of organic produce available, and the surprise of some not-so-typical items–like chocolate covered pomegranate seeds!   Mmmm.  Another huge plus for me?  No high fructose corn syrup in their foods!

Here is what I bought today.  I have a pretty full freezer, and meals are still coming for dinner, so I mostly needed produce and some snacks.

We eat them sliced on cereal, spread with peanut or almond butter, or just plain.  19 cents a pound!

2. Organic Cheese Sticks
Great for getting some protein into my kids.  Good for snacks or in a lunchbox.

3.  Organic Spring Salad Mix
I have a salad every day with my lunch and most evenings with our dinner.  I should have bought 2 bags!

4. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
This was only 99 cents!  It was in their refrigerator section.  I had a friend bring a bunch of homemade tomato sauce that she froze in muffin tins and then threw the discs in a freezer Ziploc.  I will use a couple of those for the sauce.

5. Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
I will slice this into rounds and use it on our pizza.

6. Asparagus
I love to use these in our breakfast omelets or just sauteed’ in some olive oil, or even as a pizza topping.  Leftovers are great chopped and thrown cold on top of a salad.  I keep reading about how important it is for breast cancer patients to eat asparagus, so I am!

7. Brussel Spouts
Another veggie that is great for cancer.  I am trying to become friends with Brussel Sprouts.  As of now, I only like them when paired with way too much butter!  At Trader Joes, they come in a bag that you can throw into the microwave to steam them.  Easy!

8. Organic Broccoli
I usually buy and cut up myself, but the price was great on the bag of pre-cut broccoli.  We eat it raw as a snack, chop it up over a salad, or I steam as a side dish.

9. Sweet Peppers
I  love these.  They are small, sweet and so colorful.  Love the red, yellow and orange.  Full of antioxidants.  Great chopped over salads or in an omelet, thrown in rice pilaf or a stir fry.

10. Clementines
As I wrote about here, these are the best little snack.  Great for the girls lunch box.  Easy to peel, full of vitamin C.

11. Sweet Potatoes
I have the best recipe for Spiced Sweet Potatoes that I will post soon.  I love to cut into wedges, drizzle in olive oil and roast them at 350 degrees along with a wedged onion and a few whole cloves of garlic.  It makes the house smell great.  The whole family loves them roasted this way.

12. Organic Apples
Gala for snacking.  Granny Smith for juicing.

13. Sunflower Seeds
I use these to give my salads some crunch.

14. Sea Salt

15. Romano and Parmesean Shavings
I love that these are fresh.  Great with crackers or sprinkled on pasta or salads.

16. French Cut Frozen Green Beans
Yum.  A vegetable that all 3 of my girls will eat without grumbling!

17.  Organic Carrots
We eat them cut into sticks, steamed as a side with dinner, grated onto salads.  I uses them for juicing every morning.

18. Organic Whole Milk
We are not big milk drinkers so I only buy 1/2 gallon per week.  We use it over cereal, in recipes or in creamed soups.

19. Multi grain Crackers
We eat them with cheese slices as a snack.  I use them in my girls lunches in place of chips.

20. Olive Oil
This huge bottle of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil was only $7.00.  It comes with a spout, which I love.

21. Organic Whole Wheat Bread
I hope it is good, because the price sure is!

22. Avocado
I’m not a big fan of Avocados, but I know they are really healthy.  I found a recipe for Avocado Salad Dressing that I am going to try.

23. Butter Sticks
I wish they had organic, but they didn’t 🙁

24. Black Peppercorns
Comes in a pepper mill.  Cool.

25. Organic Beans-black, kidney and pinto
They were only 99 cents a can!  We just open the can, drain and rinse.  I put them out in a bowl cold and the girls will snack on them if they are just sitting there.  I use them in wraps and sprinkled on salad, and in chili, of course!

26. Baking Soda
Needed some, ran out.

I was pretty impressed with the selection of frozen berries, but I didn’t need any as my freezer is full of them right now.  I also really loved their nut selection and the variety of frozen vegetables.

Another thing I noticed– the workers were not in typical uniform black polyester pants-lol!  They were wearing cool Trader Joe’s t-shirts and jeans.  I found myself happy for them…:)

Do you have a Trader Joe’s in your area?  What are your favorite things to buy from there?

Wanna know more about Trader Joe’s?  Here is an interesting article about them from Fortune.

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  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I am so lucky to have several TJ’s nearby. I love the wild smoked salmon, organic cheese, fresh salad dressing, organic pears, organic avocados, TJ Greek yogurt, fair trade coffee, penguin yummy tummies, triple ginger cookies, and oh, oh, oh, the toscano cheese dusted with cinnamon! Heaven!

  • Linda S
    December 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Trader Joe’s just came about 45 mins from me and as soon as the opening crowds are done I’m headed there.

    Amy, I emailed you some Brussels sprouts recipes. The one I’ve made several times. It just tastes wonderful!

  • erin
    December 12, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Oooo – I love Trader Joe’s. The snacks are great! Ours is kind of far away, so it’s a special occasion for us. We always buy the cheese sticks! Such a great price. I get pink salt there and pizza dough and fresh mozzarella too! And wine. 🙂 The TJ clementines are like candy! I love them.

  • thegirlwithacurl
    December 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I learned to love avocados in a southwest salad. Black beans, corn, tomatoes and whatever else you want. Dice the avocado and mix it up. You can taste it very much, but get the benefits from it. Salt, pepper and dressing of choice (or evoo and vinegar). I now love them!

  • Jen
    December 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I’m your newest follower! I started buying our cat food at TJs and that keeps me going back on a regular basis despite the slight drive. We love their all beef hot dogs, shelled edamame, and their prices on cheese can’t be beat. I also buy a lot of my basics there, too. Great prices on honey, whole wheat flour, maple syrup, and agave (which I haven’t tried yet).

  • Beth
    December 8, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I’ve been making my TJ’s list and trying to find a minute to stop in there soon. Even though it is very close to our home, my work schedule makes any grocery shopping lately very limited. Which is another reason I love stopping at TJ’s- small store with few distractions makes fast shopping trips.

  • Van
    December 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I wish we had a Trader Joe’s here! Mmm! Fresh produce! I need to stock-up!

  • Amy Bowman
    December 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I love all your fun comments and favorites!
    Anonymous-this might help your concerns.

  • Aiming4Simple
    December 7, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I used to go to Trader Joe’s when we lived in Chicago. I am really looking forward to shopping at the new one here–almost too much! So I am trying to practice self-restraint during Advent and wait until after Christmas (especially since I live on the opposite side of town).

  • Jcbaron99
    December 7, 2010 at 2:46 am

    LOVE Trader Joes! We love their cereals nuts, dried fruit, sauces, pizza dough……….Mmmm
    I used to not be a Brussel Sprout fan but I started roasting them and they are delish. My 7 year old even loves them. Just cut into wedges, toss with olive oil and lots of cracked pepper and kosher salt. Roast until golden on edges. Yum!

  • Kelly Morris
    December 7, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Trader Joes is great! I love the Dunkers, though I should say my hubs loves the Dunkers!

    I love their coffees and their oatmeal soap.

    Congrats on your TJ’s, NOW you’re on the map!


  • Bonnie
    December 7, 2010 at 12:43 am

    No Trader Joe’s here in Maine but it looks like a place I would love! I love great finds on fresh produce and fruits!

  • Amy Kinser
    December 7, 2010 at 5:18 am

    I have to drive about an hour to get to the closest TJ, but it is well worth the drive every few weeks. I love going there. I love their variety of nuts, crackers, chips. (snack foods) I also love their coffees. It’s a neat place for sure. I do enjoy Whole Foods produce department a little more than TJs. We have a juicer and I love getting fruits and veggies from Whole Foods. I also buy some of TJs vitamins.

    Glad you got one. Still praying for you.

  • Mom on the Run
    December 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    We have one nearby–I like the frozen pizzas. I think I read that they’re Amy’s Organics relabeled as Trader Joe’s. The Alsatian Onion Tart with grueyre is my favorite.

  • Anonymous
    December 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Yes, I do love Trader Joe’s… And I truly don’t want to sound negative about the store, but I just can’t get myself to shop there anymore. I found out they make big donations to Planned Parenthood. If they would take their name off that list, I’d be right back there in a heartbeat!

  • Ali
    December 7, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Best prices on the quality of food that they sell. Puts Whole Foods to shame!

  • karen gerstenberger
    December 7, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I’m so happy for you! We are going to get one next year, and I can’t wait!

  • Clean Mama
    December 7, 2010 at 1:11 am

    LOVE Trader Joe’s! My favorites? Frozen artichoke hearts (not canned!), pastas, cereals, cereal bars, nuts, dried fruits (their jumbo raisins are awesome!)…..

  • Pam @ diy Design Fanatic
    December 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I LOVE Trader Joe’s!!! I missed them dearly when we moved to Charlotte NC. We had to wait 6 years to get one here and my girls and I were there when they opened the doors. I just went there today! I am so happy for you!

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