Trader Joe’s Finds

So I don’t know about you, but I’m always interested to see what other people buy at the grocery store. Whether it’s Costco, Whole Foods, or even Kroger, I love seeing what everyone picks to buy for themselves and their family to eat. Call me curious (or call me nosey), but it’s just plain fun!

On Saturday we went to Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things, so I wanted to share what made it into the cart. Trader Joe’s is one of those places that I enjoy browsing, and usually end up getting a few things that aren’t on the grocery list, if you know what I mean. I have already sampled quite a few of my finds, and for the most part I would buy everything again in the future. So although this post isn’t groundbreaking, I thought you would like to know what’s now in my pantry and fridge at home!

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We did a Costco run last weekend where we bought chicken breasts, ground beef, and ground turkey, so we just bought a few meat products. We made the ribs and chicken wings for the super bowl, and bought the chicken sausage to put on a homemade pizza. The ribs were good and so were the wings, but both were pretty small. I guess that’s what happens when you buy organic and not those pumped with hormones. Still good though!

In the produce section, I picked up these yellow squash that were huge (I roasted one of them for dinner this week as a side to spaghetti), frozen Brussels Sprouts, petite carrots to roast, a salad kit (I had it for lunch a couple days), and the riced cauliflower. I want to try and make a pizza crust with the cauliflower, so we’ll see!

In the dairy section I picked up the little strawberry yogurts for Jack. I actually take half of one of these containers and mix it with the plain whole milk yogurt to cut the sugar, and Jack still loves them! The cheese slices were for the Super Bowl, and the mozzarella ball is for that pizza on the meal plan!

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I picked up these whole wheat tortillas to make baked tortilla chips with, to spread peanut butter on, and to make egg breakfast wraps. The pita bread is for sandwiches and for making individual pizzas (can you tell I’m craving pizza right now?), and the rice and quinoa cereal was sort of a gimmick. I do like it, but you definitely have to sweeten it up a bit. The texture is the consistency of oat bran and pretty hearty. A little goes a long way!

For pantry staples, we got the pizza sauce (for obvious reasons), the barbecue sauce for the ribs, the tomato soup for a grilled cheese night (we have had this tomato soup before and it’s so good), and the Himalayan Pink Salt as a gimmick. I am a big fan!

I always seem to stock up on nuts whenever I go to Trader Joe’s because you can get them raw or roasted without all the extra oils, and the price is right. I bought a bag of cashews, almonds, and pecan pieces, and then a jar of peanut butter because we go through a jar a week in our house.

And here are (most) of the things I never really need, but always seem to find at Joe’s. The cocoa powder and maple syrup are staples around here, and I always have chocolate chips in the cupboard. I am not sure what I want to do with the coconut cream, but I’m going to find a good recipe on Pinterest to use it in. The cookie and cocoa swirl spread because I can’t go to Trader Joe’s and not get one of their fun spreads, and I got two of the Lenny  & Larry’s cookies that I have seen all over social media. I took a bite and didn’t really care for it, but then I heated it up for 20 seconds and it was actually pretty good. I think it would be a perfect treat paired with a scoop of Halo Top!

So you tell me: What are your favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s? Anything I need to pick up next time I’m there?


  1. Brianne says:

    I always grab a cookie butter and their brown rice and orange chicken. I also try something new when I am there so I might try the riced cauliflower I see all over he blog world and Pinterest!

    I wish TJ’s wasn’t 30 min away but I do love them!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I can never say no to those darn dessert spreads! Cookie Butter has my heart too, ha! And you are the second person who suggested the Orange Chicken so that’s on my list for next time!

  2. Yum! I havent been to TJ’s in a long while…they always have such great finds!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      We usually go about once a month so that we can stock up on some of those goodies you can’t find anywhere else! I always end up getting way more than I planned to though every time I go!

  3. We love TJ’s! We try to go every other week or so as a treat. My favorite is their frozen spinach/artichoke dip…SO good! We also buy their ginger snaps often, and animal crackers for Adeline 🙂
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I have never tried the Spinach Artichoke Dip! We should have gotten that for the Super Bowl as well. And next time I will get the Animal Crackers for Jack – He will love them!

  4. TJ’s has the best prices for nuts! I always seem to grab a bag when I stop in.

  5. We do not have a TJ’s within an hour of us, but I would love to go one day! All of your grocery picks look delicious.

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