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The Best of Trader Joe's by Claudia

by Claudia, posted to Food & Drink

Here is a list of some of the best, (and sometimes healthy) tasty foods at Trader Joe's.


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Couscous, Black Bean & Corn Salad

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A great spring and summer pick!

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Rice and Bean Chips

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Light and crispy, these chips pair well with any salsa or guacamole! Love it :)

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Gazpacho

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Gazpacho is a tomato-based, raw vegetable soup that's popular in Spain...more

How did I never try this out! Works well with any chip, especially my new fave: Rice and Bean chips

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Tofu Edamame Nuggets

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I just bought these on my last TJ trip looking for something without meat. Came across these in the frozen section and thought I'd give them a try. Not sure how to describe them but they are tasty! I've never been a huge Tofu can but these are great and can be cooked very quickly.

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Hold the Cone

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Each easy-to-hold-in-your-hand wafer cone is filled with rich, creamy...more

An ice cream cone with only 70 calories? Oh yes!! At $2.99 you can't go wrong with this purchase.

Krista: Dying to try this! Next trip for sure.

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Chocolate Cheddar Cheese

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Let yourself fall in love all over again at first bite, but hurry up...more

Not sure how I felt about this cheese but it was pleasant surprise with a great taste. Great combo!

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Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Sauce

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I'm always hesitant to try frozen meals that offer a "gourmet" taste but I was extremely satisfied with this dish. I've only tried it with the microwave and added some frozen vegetables. I can only image how much better is taste in a skillet.

cbg84: This is one of the only products that has been disappointing to me from TJ's.

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Bird’s Nests

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The "nests" are made from carrots and zucchini and get deliciously...more

They make a great base that can be topped with a cooked shrimp or scallop for an interesting appetizer.

Claudia: The first time I tried it without the sauce. It makes a big difference in the taste. I'd suggest using some of the sauce, not the whole packet though.

cbg84: One packet of sauce is more than enough for the entire box. I think they're tasty, but a little too greasy.

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Flatbreads & Individual Chocolate Fudge cakes

Suggested by Meryl Neiman

All of their flatbreads are quite tasty. We like the mushroom one and the pesto one in particular. I also must plug the package of 4 (I think) individual chocolate cakes. I forget the name, but they have the gooey fudgy center that I love.

Claudia: Great suggestion, would love to see a pic :)

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Steamed Lentils

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Ready to Eat Warm or Cold providing an excellent source of fiber and...more

I just bought these the other day and they taste great. Pair it with chicken, slice of bread, veggies etc. No need to add extra seasoning. I actually enjoy them at room temperature as well.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Forget about "French Fries"- try Baked Sweet Potato Fries instead.

Baking is a much healthier approach and taste just as great. I heat these up in the oven for a meal side or snack.

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Holiday Decor: Cinnamon Broom

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Tis the season for great Holiday smells! At $3.99 your house will be...more

I bought this last week and love the smell it leaves in my house. Great for holiday parties!

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Spicy Chai Latte

The description says it all. Spicy Chai. Can be prepared Hot or Cold.

I enjoy my homemade Spicy chai lattes when I'm not in the mood to get my Starbucks fix. Taste great with their Trader Joe's vanilla soy milk.

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Pear Cinnamon Cider

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Trader Joe's Pear Cinnamon Cider is about as warm and fuzzy as a pair...more

Mix things up a little with the flavor of pear in your cider. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy before you've even had a chance to drink it.

cbg84: I stockpile this stuff so I have it to drink all year.

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Chocolate Covered Panettone

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Trader Giotto's Chocolate Covered Panettone is made exclusively for...more

A perfect treat to bring along at dinner parties!

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Multi Grain Croissants

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Trader Joe's Multigrain Croissants are studded with sesame seeds,...more

I like that these croissants because they don't require any proofing-you don't have to wait overnight to let them rise. They taste great and even better with some Nutella.

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Reduced Guilt: Mac & Cheese

If you like Mac & Cheese search no more. This is a 270 Cal meal...more

I recently tried out and LOVE it. I've never been a big fan of the original mac & cheese. I tend to go for the mac & cheese with breadcrumbs and more "gourmet" cheeses. But this one is guilt free so you really can't go wrong :)

jess: This is also one my favorites! It's so easy to make and the perfect snack for when you're feeling lazy.

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The Best Trader Joe's Appetizers by Eden Godsoe

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As our friends know, my husband and I host a lot of parties at our...more

Another great list to reference!

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Trader Joe's Guacamole

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Absolutely delicious and borderline healthy - I'm a quacamole fiend & this tops the list! SFGATE even called it the best of the bunch!

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Trader Joe's Mini Tacos

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Chicken or Beef mini tacos

A little taste of Mexico goes a long way with these mini tacos. They're always been a hit, and they're great with other small plates. Add in some sangria and you've got a fiesta on your hands!

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MorningStar Farms® Veggie Sausage Patties

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Need a hearty breakfast? Try these morning star sausage patties.

I just bought these at traders joe's and love eating them with a side of egg whites. It keeps you full and satisfied. I wouldn't recommend the "tj's" brand of these patties. Definitely go with the morning star and heat in oven for crispy flavor.

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Pollo Asado Authentico

Suggested by Glenn Smith

This is in the refrigerated (not frozen) section. Delicious and particularly good if you're watching your sugar intake: 0g sugar! These are thinly sliced and fry up quickly on the stovetop over medium/medium-high heat. Tender too!

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Fire Roasted Vegetables and Balsamic Butter Sauce

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I found these veggies in the freezer section at my local Trader Joe's...more

Suggested by Glenn Smith

I have a bag of this in the fridge at all times. Just heat in a skillet on medium for awhile. The little sauce nuggets melt and make it taste all the awesome.

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Raspberry or Pear Tarte

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Suggested by Larissa

I always have these tartes on hand -- perfect for impromptu dinner parties and always impress!

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Cheddar CheeseSticks

Suggested by Larissa

These are so tasty and crispy, the cheddar taste is perfect!

Jackie: These never last more than a day in our office!

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Southwest Chicken Quesadillas

Suggested by Jackie

This is super yummy! Nice and cheese-y with a nice mix of vegetables. Good for lunch :)

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Dark Chocolate Roasted Pistachio Toffee

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Suggested by Jackie

This is my newest sweet addiction thanks to Glenn! So yummmyyy!!

Glenn Smith: so much nom.

Eden Godsoe: I don't know whether to thank you or curse you for introducing me to this treat!

Krista: This is SO good but I'm echoing Eden on this...

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Garlic Palmiers

These are a little taste of garlic heaven. Made out of puff pastry and has bits of garlic chunks on top.

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Chocolate Croissants

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Read a little more on the creator of these delicious treats here: more

I came across the above post of Jean-Yves Charon, Founder & Pastry Chef of Galaxy Desserts in Richmond, CA. Learned something new about where these croissants originated from! When ready to bake be sure to let it rise 7-9 hrs (overnight). You will not be disappointed with this purchase!

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Mochi Ice Cream

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Comes in Green Tea, Strawberry, and Mango.

Love how great this ice cream tastes! It's great because it comes in bite-size pieces

Jackie: My favorite is the Mango Mochi...actually that's the only flavor I've tried. I am going to have to taste the other flavors soon :)

Glenn Smith: Oh I don't like those things. I don't like the weird shell. Every time i try one, i just wish i could have plain ice cream instead.

Coral Cay Backman: They have pumpkin during holidays too!

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Mushroom Turnovers

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Another great snack item to keep on hand

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Spanakopita

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The triangles are the perfect size for either entertaining or snacking...more

I've taken to work to share and served at parties. It's always a big hit!

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Puff pastry pizza

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Yummmm

So good, great for parties

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Healthy Eating On-The-Go by Claudia Roldan

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Like most of us, we all have a busy lifestyle and not much time to...more

Here's my attempt to eat healthy when I just don't have the time to slave over the stove.(who am I kidding..I rarely do this)

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Fresh Basil

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Yes, they sell fresh basil plants at Trader Joes and they taste...more

You can't beat a better price than $2.99 when you're going home with a whole plant that serves for multiple meals.

Fawnda Camarillo: Ooh, i get one of these too, every now and then.

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Eggplant Wrap

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For eggplant lovers this is a quick and easy meal idea!

Just tried this wrap for the first time last week as I was looking for a healthier meal. Came across this and loved it! The spicy tzatziki sauce was also full of flavor...yumm

Krista: We are such food twins!

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Chocolate Covered Bananas "Gone Bananas"

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Chocolate covered banana slices are my new fav dessert!

If you're looking for a bite size dessert this is great! (Of course you can eat as many slice as you want) Great for any occasion.

Jackie: Courtesy of me...the chocolate covered banana slices are my newest Trader Joe's addiction!!

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Fage Greek Yogurt

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Fage Greek Yogurt

This yogurt comes in various flavors. Honey, Strawberry, Straw/Banana, Blueberry and Acai. Very healthy for you and also full of protein. Great for after a workout and keeps you pretty full!

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Aria Vanilla Protein (for women)

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Aria Vanilla Protein (for women)

Love Love Love this protein powder! It great in the summer time when you want to make a fruit shake or smoothie. Also goes well after a big workout! Just add fruit, milk or orange juice. Also, if you like a creamier, thicker shake add in the "Fage Greek Yogurt". Taste really good in shakes!

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Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers

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Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers

These are full of flavor compared to the water crackers! Definitely a great choice if you want to skip out on the cheeses.

Jackie: I'm staring at this box on my desk trying not to fall into temptation to eat them :p

Krista: Still need to try these!

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Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries

Okay, this might not be the best and in best I mean "healthiest snack" but it contains dark chocolate which has been said to be better than normal milk chocolate. Bring it into work or keep at home when you get that chocolate craving!

Jackie: These are very yummmyyy!

Krista: I also really like the chocolate powerberries - I'll add them as a suggestion. You have to try!

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Roasted Plantain Chips

Bring some Latin flavor into your life! These roasted plantain chips are a great snack and best of all they are not deep fried like the normal plantain chips you get at a restaurant. Taste great with bean dip, guacamole and as is.

Jackie: Ooohh I haven't tried these with bean dip or guacamole but am craving that now!! These chips are another favorite of mine :)

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Steel Cut Oats

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Steel Cut Oats

Looking for a new healthy breakfast??? This one is healthy and has a little crunch to it since its not your ordinary oatmeal! Add fresh fruit, raisins, honey to boost the flavor. Very filling and full of nutrients!

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Spicy Spinach Pizza

If you are looking for a low fat food but still want some bread this is a great meal/snack. The pizza does not contain any cheese, just cooked spinach on top. You can eat it as is, heated up or even add (tomatoes, cheese, chicken etc) on it to make it a bigger meal!

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Trader Joes Fan Website

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Trader Joes favorite products, reviews, recipes and news.

Use this site to share you fav from TJ's with friends.

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Trader Joe's Pita Bread

Suggested by Krista

I love this pita bread for so many reasons! I cut it open for bread on a sandwich, dip it into hummus or eat it on the side with soup. At 60 calories, I get a little "carb fix" without overindulging.

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Vintage Reserve Cheddar Cheese

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Suggested by Glenn Smith

At $4, it stands up pretty well with some more expensive, older cheddars. Pair it with a cheap cabernet, and it will improve the wine!

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Asian Vegetables with Beijing Style Soy Sauce

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My Rice Noodle Stir-fry! Dinner: So delicious! Made this once before...more

Suggested by Jackie

This is so delicious! This is a nice mix of vegetables and the sauce is very tasty. I normally make it with rice and chicken but this blogger makes it a rice-noodle dish that I definitely want to try.

Larissa: Ooh, I've been curious about this one, will give it a try since it's Jackie-approved.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Suggested by Jackie

This is definitely my favorite dish when I am craving Indian food but don't want to go to restaurant to get it.

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Whole Wheat Lavash Bread

Suggested by Brittany Dixon

I love this bread because it is low cal and you can make so many things with it! My favorite way to use it is as a pizza crust.. smother it with some TJ's pizza sauce and top it with shredded cheese.. delicious!

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Chicken Wrap with Pesto Vinaigrette

Suggested by Jackie

This wrap is definitely addicting. Very yummy, nice combination of flavors, and a little bit of the sauce is a nice addition.

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Marcona Almonds

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Hard to find these little gems anywhere else

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Cookie Butter

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My college roommate made sandwiches out of Duncan Hines chocolate...more

Suggested by Larissa

A new item for you to check out...you do love cookie dough so this is right up your alley.

Claudia: OMG! haha I just read the article. Looks like its similar to almond butter for all you almond lovers out there.

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Gluten & Dairy Free Pancakes

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Our Little Punks LOVE pancakes. Seriously, if all else fails, put a...more

Suggested by Larissa

A recent discovery on myfavoriteeverything.com, Shanna says: These are truly Homestyle Pancakes. I would not serve them instead of my own Homemade Pancakes to guests, but I think they make an excellent quick weekday morning option topped with a little whipped cream & berries. Our Little Punks completely cleared their bowls this morning.

Krista: Would love to try these!

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Vegetable & Grain Country Salad

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Suggested by Jackie

This is a really tasty pre-made salad at Trader Joe's. The veggies and grain are over a bed of shredded cabbage. It is very filling and definitely a new favorite.

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Almond Chocolate Milk

Suggested by Jackie

I have been wanting to try almond milk so I bought the chocolate milk..it is sooo good! New favorite & it has a lot of vitamins :) ..will try the vanilla flavor next.

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Creamed Honey

This is just pure honey in a creamy-ish form.

Suggested by salamagundi

This is like the best of two worlds: butter and sugar, without the guilt of butter. Spread it on toast (perhaps with some Brie cheese or topped with your favorite fruit or seed) and you've got a very satisfying breakfast or snack!

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