Grocery Bag

I go to Trader Joe’s once a month. Generally I skip a lot of the produce there because it’s really expensive and nothing special. I just don’t see the worth in it. I can get similar organic produce at my Fred Meyer. And during the summer I usually buy my produce at a local farm stand by the house.

But Trader Joe’s is the perfect spot for specialty items.

I generally buy most of my cheese at TJ’s. You can try tons of different kind of fun flavored cheeses and it’s not that expensive! Definitely my favorite go-to cheese spot. And if I’m craving Indian food, I love the TJ options.


Some of my favorite TJ finds that I get every time:Β 

  • The Vegetable Masala Burger (these veggie burgers are DELICIOUS!! and only 140 calories)
  • Kefir
  • Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (great for on top of steaks or in salads)
  • TJ smoked Gouda slices (great for snacks and only 100 calories)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cubed butternut squash (because I’m lazy)


  • The fingerling potatoes are super cheap at TJ’s and delicious with breakfast
  • A big bag of kale
  • Chocolate
  • TJ pizza dough (I buy a bag every time I go and throw it in the freezer for the next time we want homemade pizza)

New to me this trip:

  • Riced Cauliflower – after hearing about this for like a year I finally decided to buy a bag and see what all the fuss is about
  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • Cinnamon instant oatmeal
  • Tri-colored carrots (I know they’re just regular carrots, I got taken in by the purple ones–what can I say?)

So after my grocery visit I whipped up lunch while Logan took a nap. Roasted butternut squash, sliced apple and a slice of Smoked Gouda cheese. It hit the spot on the gray, rainy day.


Portland was hit with some stormy weather this weekend. I was glad I went out in the morning to get my grocery shopping finished before the wind and rain got really bad. (The so-called storm of the century never really hit, by the way.)

I was craving some comfort food. After a week of being sick and the rainy Fall weather, all I wanted was some soup and biscuits. I made the buttermilk biscuits from Trader Joe’s and then this soup:


The mixture made a ton of food! But that was good for lunches for the week. And I froze a ridiculous amount. Seriously, make this if you have to feed 10 people!


Yes, I did use the “good” wine in this recipe! The only change I made to the recipe was using spicy sausage instead of mild. Because we always like spicy more than “mild”!

Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits:


Damn, these biscuits are to die for.

I ended up leaving out the zucchini at Michael’s request. After eating the soup I agreed that the zucchini would be a weird addition, even though it called for it.


I don’t know that I’m a good critic of this soup because I’ve been sick with a head cold turned sinus infection turned bronchitis…I asked Michael what he thought of the soup because it tasted “bland” to me…and he was like “um it tastes like fire”…so yeah. πŸ˜‰ Not a good gauge. But I will say that it felt very hearty and filling and healthy. And the biscuits were the perfect addition!

What are your favorite must-have Trader Joe’s items?

11 Responses

  1. They have an awesome miso-ginger broth in a box, and I combine that with their chicken cilantro mini wontons, and maybe some edamame or kale. It’s a fast lunch and really yummy!

    Also, they make a plain organic lowfat yogurt that is the BEST – not as tangy as other plain yogurts, but no added sugar either. I can’t figure it out. It’s in a 32-ounce container with a cow on it.

    I also like to get butter from them when I can, and some of their sausages are good too!

  2. These are great Trader Joe’s choices! While I don’t shop there regularly either, I’m a big fan of their special fall items. I can’t seem to resist their pumpkin muffin mixes, hot chocolates, and other holiday goodies.

    1. They had a huge display of everything pumpkin when I was there. I was intrigued by the pumpkin salsa but didn’t buy a bottle. It sounded interesting but at the same time, slightly weird!

  3. produce at our Trader Joes (Boston area) is definitely cheaper than the other supermarkets but the selection is smaller

    things I always pick up:
    Healthy 8 chopped veggie mix – great for adding to a bag of lettuce for a robust salad
    bagged spinach/kale mix or baby arugula – so much cheaper than my regular supermarkets!
    greek yogurt
    Hatch Valley green salsa
    refried black beans
    TJ jarred pizza sauce
    fire roasted frozen corn
    fire roasted peppers and onions
    any of the grain + veggie frozen medleys – so easy for a side dish
    frozen brown rice – another easy dinner time saver
    and in December I always buy the candy cane Jo Jos!

    last visit I picked up a bottle of the Chili Lime seasoning blend and I’ve been using it on everything – jicama, smashed avocado, cauliflower rice, hard boiled eggs

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