I love TJ's. I have my usual list of things that I buy, but a friend just turned me onto their pre-cooked lentils (find them in the veggie cooler section.) I know that lentils are super quick and easy to cook, but I must say the TJ pre-cooked version are yummy! I mixed them with some sauteed onion, mushrooms and topped it all on tri-colored pasta. My friend that told me about them mixes the lentils with Greek yogurt. Sounds strange and I have not tried it yet, but she's a super picky eater so it must be good.
I'm curious as to what other Trader Joe's gems are out there that I have yet to discover.
ah the danger here is every time I go and try something, or someone makes a recommendation, its another thing added to the list of Must Buys... I LOVE: roasted red pepper and tomatoe soup brown rice sushi vegetable whole wheat lasagna the frozen indian foods the berry/cherry mix the european style yogurt (they are always out when I go!) sliced candied ginger their quinoa -easy to cook never bitter crabcakes chili lime chicken burgers masala patties (awesome! like the inside of a really good somosa)
the only thing I tried and did not like were goya dumplings. But still they were not bad! everything pretty much from there is fantastic.
I like their frozen pasta dinners, there is one with bowtie pasta, spinach and carrots that is very simple but good. I always stock up on the frozen salmon patties. I also like a lot of their breads. I am always looking for things that are quick, simple and healthy and have found many things at TJ's that fit the bill. I would agree with the goya dumplings, they were the one thing I would not buy again (not horrible but not great).
The one in Bellingham is typically filled with Canadians. Have a look in the parking lot next time, so many BC plates! When I lived in White Rock, I did most of my grocery shopping there. Half of the border crossing guards got it, while the other half looked at my like I had two heads when I said that I was driving 30mi south to shop at TJs. One of them seemed like she wanted to turn me down because she thought I was lying while others would wave me through as soon as I said "Trader Joes".
Now, and when we lived in Calgary, we tend to plan vacations around visiting Trader Joes. We have a couple of shelves practically filled with caseload-quantities of our favourites!
The shopping list:
Chocolate Decadence Cereal Peanut Satay Sauce Wasabi Mayo Mediterranean Cheese Style Yogurt California Rolls - west coast only carrot cake cookies - Boston only Masala Tandori Naan Vodka Pasta Sauce Edamame Walnut Halves Bruschetta
the masala patties I think may even be called burgers? they are next to the other burgers in frozen food section...so good. Hmm salmon patties...that is something I would not have thought to try but definitely will!
yes I had two tonight! but I eat them as is. Perfect. My BF thinks as they are in the burger section that means they go on a bun with ketchup and I just CRINGE! But when we get somosas I pick the filling out and give him the deep fried bit. Reminds me of a story, I used to live above an indian grocer and his wife made awesome somosas and I kept saying Id bring them to work one day. Then I finally did and took an order from coworkers, how many they'd like so she could make them just for us and I'd pick them up before the afternoon shift. One guy said he wasn't sure....but he thought maybe he would like 3 'osas'. But he was not sure as he had never had osas, but since everyone else said osas were great he wanted osas too. He wanted to try SOMEosas!
Not 3-buck chuck, necessarily... but they have a HUGE selection of wines under $7 bucks or so. I try and buy a case a month of all different kinds. mmm-mmm-Momo Charms Handmade beverage charms, jewelry, and miscellanea http://momocharms.wordpress.com
We ended up driving to the one in Bellingham (via Sumas/Aldergrove) a few times last year when the dollar was better...HEAPS cheaper than Canadian food at the time...actually probably still is - fill up with el cheapo gas to maximise the savings too...
I love Trader Joe's. We do most of our shopping there. I like the pre-cooked grilled chicken breast, the noodle bowls, my husband really likes the frozen burritos, their eggs are really good, pasta marinara sauce, pre-cooked brown rice, cheese, and other nummy things.
I do like them for healthy foods that are quick! Plus we save money there from our other grocery store!
I need to give TJ another look. I went in there once and everything seemed to have a ton of calories -- it looked like a bunch of pseudo-healthy convenience food. The fresh fruits and veggies were desultory. But I must have missed the good things. This thread has inspired me to give it another shot.
I love Trader Joe's, but it is easy to go overboard! I was there yesterday when I took my car for service since there's no store in our town. New finds were nutty trail mix with CHOCOLATE (!!), dried pears, and cacciatore simmer sauce. All 3 definitely tasty and at least somewhat healthy (chocolate gets an exception). Triathlon (n). An athletic contest in which participants compete without stopping in three successive events.
I love Trader Joes. A friend of mine just hooked me on their edamame hummus. I like it with their pita chips/crackers, but I'm sure it's good with anything. I love their frozen brown rice - just microwave for 2 minutes and it's done. I also just picked up something called Apricot Kernels - they look like little almonds and taste like almonds infused with a bit of apricot - very tasty.
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