My Trader Joe’s Essentials

Happy Friday my little spring chickens!

I hope everyone enjoyed their first day of SPRING yesterday…well, unless you are Arman or Jan and happen to live in Alice’s Wonderland of Confusion. I know I learned it in school, but it’s still so hard to wrap my head around the fact that the seasons in Kangarooland are completely opposite! Anyway…um, how is it that the majority of my intros have to do with the weather??

So, after the shopping EXTRAVAGANZA that went down last Saturday with Melissa, I ended up with quite the grocery haul and thought I’d share some of it with you guys today because 1. I know there are plenty of people out there in blogworld who are just as nosey as me and 2. it’s Friday and Friday’s aren’t suited for anything that causes me to think too much!

Trader Joe's Grocery Haul

Clockwise from the bacon (because duh, you ALWAYS begin with bacon):
Fully Cooked Nitrate-Free Bacon
Bite-Size Everything Crackers
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin “British” Muffins (well don’t we just think we’re fancy?)
Reduced Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas
Raisin & Rosemary Crisps (basically Raincoast Crisps for a FRACTION of the price!)
Mediterranean Greek Yogurt Dip (impulse buy, Melissa made me do it!)
Spinach, Fontina & Roasted Garlic Chicken sausage
Assorted cheeses
Unsweetened Organic Applesauce
Creamy & Crunchy Unsalted Roasted Almond Butter
Freeze-Dried Strawberries
Light Coconut Milk x 2
Frozen Chopped Spinach x 2 (unpictured)

TOTAL COST: $64.45

Trader Joe's Cheese

Let it be known that I still have a drawer OVERFLOWING with cheese from my trip to Atlanta AND my ladies’ wine night, but hell, how could I say no to:

Brie with WILD EFFIN MUSHROOMS
PESTO Gouda and
Toscana soaked in SYRAH?!?!

My point EXACTLY!

Now I’d like to remind you guys that Trader Joe’s is a good hour drive from Casa de Broccoli so obviously I’m given a pass on the food hoarding here I thought I’d highlight a few of my “essential items” ie, the ones I ALWAYS pick up when I make a trip out!

Trader Joe's Bacon

Again starting with bacon because…say it with me class:

“YOU ALWAYS BEGIN WITH BACON”

Especially when it’s of the fully cooked variety which translates into actually being able to enjoy it without having to con someone into coming over and cooking it for me. Anyone else out there totally get skeeved out by the sight of raw bacon? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Trader Joe's Almond Butter

Next up: Unsalted Almond Butter

I love…let me repeat, LOVE making my own nut butter (especially when it tastes like candy), but when it comes to processing almonds? Well, I’m lazy…and I worry can’t help but worry that I’m going to kill my food processor before I actually have anything that resembles a spread. Solution? Let Joe do it for you! I only care for the taste of the roasted almond butter…which it seems they’ve just started carrying in plastic jars instead of glass…meaning there will be no HOT oats in a jar when these babies are on their last leg (I’d rather not eat plastic particles), but STILL, you can’t beat $6.99 a pop!

Trader Joe's Applesauce

And then there was: Unsweetened Organic Applesauce

I do my best to buy organic when I can, but long gone are the days of feeling physical GUILT over buying conventional when it’s either a. the only thing available or b. saves me from having to carve out a kidney in the middle of the produce department in order to pay for it. I mean, buying conventional spinach is still better than buying a bag of potato chips, right? Glad we had this talk.

All that to say that APPLES are the one thing I try to always purchase organic since they are known to contain the most pesticides. So when I’m looking to buy appleSAUCE, it’s important to me to look for organic. And due to personal preference (and since I bake/make pancakes with it), it’s also important to me to look for the unsweetened kind. Basically, Trader Joe’s sells a jar that’s about $2 less than what I can find here…at the ONE store in my po-dunk town that actually sells it!

Trader Joes's Whole Wheat Tortillas

And last but not least: Reduced Carb Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

Now back in my calorie counting days, these babies were absolute gold clocking in at only 45 calories each (how sad that I remember that without having to look at the package?), but beyond that, I think these are some of the best tortillas out there…not dry and flaky and they don’t break/tear as easily as a lot of other whole wheat versions I’ve tried in the past. They’re also my go-to for breakfast pizzas and fish tacos! 😀

What are your MUST HAVES from Trader Joe’s?

If you’ve never been to TJ’s, what are a few of your go-to items from your favorite local grocer?

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