Friends, I’m really excited about today’s post because it’s all about TRADER JOE’S! This time though, I’m sharing my ultimate list for you “first timers” out there.
I know that many of you don’t live near a store, so when you do get the chance to go, it would help if you had one nice list to take along with you of things THAT ARE NOT SEASONAL. I love me some Trader Joe’s so much, but many of my favorite things are seasonal. Today’s list has things that I can always find in store.
A few things before we begin:
#1: I will try and refrain from using the phrase “this is one of my very faves” for each and every item. The truth, I had to really make myself limit this list because I wanted to name many more things…and then I truly want to declare each one “a fave”, but I know that doesn’t really help you out, so instead, please know…I love them all, but if I save Shay Fave next to one, that really and truly is an item I put in my cart every.single.time.
#2: Just a reminder, I still go to my local, neighborhood grocery store once a week for the “big items” like paper towels, TP, cleaning products, boxed cereals, etc. I now go to Trader Joe’s though almost every week too but mainly for my cheeses, breads, produce and frozen items. Basically, I love this store so much that I try to get there weekly too to supplement my “main shopping”.
#3: I’m including a Google doc at the end of this blog post with all of the items so that YOU can print it off and easily shop. I tried to think of ways to make this even more helpful for you, so hopefully, you like it!
Here are my top picks from Trader Joe’s and ultimate First Timer’s Guide…
SHAY FAVE: The only pepper jelly we use! Whether you enjoy it on your next meat and cheese board or use it in a recipe, we always, always have this on hand.
In the refrigerated section by the produce, you’ll find their freshly made burritos. I love these! They have so many great varieties and make excellent lunches or breakfasts! All you do is microwave them when you get home.
I love their veggie juices! Seriously, love them!!!
I’ll take anything with “truffle”, so these potato chips make me extra happy! My kids love these too!
They carry vanilla and hazelnut creamer year around, and they’re delicious!
SHAY FAVE: This is the only shrimp we use!! In fact, I’m using it tonight in a recipe!! They’re the perfect size and ready to be enjoyed.
Sometimes the scents change, but their hand soap and body butter are really amazing and super affordable. They’re great for quick and cute little gifts too.
SHAY FAVE: All of their soups are delicious (truly!), and they change them out seasonally, but this clam chowder is always available and tastes like homemade.
For our charcuterie boards, we almost exclusively use cheeses and meats from Trader Joe’s. They have a huge selection and wide assortment!
SHAY FAVE: This could be my ultimate fave 🙂 . These are PERFECT for breakfast!!!! I am literally obsessed with them and buy about 8 boxes a week. We cannot eat these fast enough!
Their raviolis do change out seasonally, but whatever season it is, get them. Just get them. They’re amazing and make the simplest suppers!
That dang sea salt gets me every time. These are so good with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.
SHAY FAVE: I don’t like canned corn. I probably hadn’t bought a can of corn in years (I prefer frozen), but one day, Sheaffer insisted I buy this can of corn, and my mind was blown. This stuff tastes like it just came off the cobb! You will love it!
Whether you eat your sweet potato as gnocchi or a free, buy both of these! They are in the freezer section and make the EASIES sides!!!
Trader Joe’s has a huge assortment of dried fruit and nuts (HUGE!), and these cashews here are my very favorite!!!
My little girls’ favorite after school snack!
SHAY FAVE: Speaking of huge assortment, they also have a huge assortment of dips and hummus, but this one here is my absolute favorite! I love it so much that I hide it. How insane is that?! I am like selfish with dip! Hahaha!
A little bit of this with a cracker in afternoon, and I’m a happy girl!
I was buying this g-free pasta way before we were a g-free house. It’s fresh, so it only takes a minute to cook up, and it’s delicious!
Trader Joe’s has so many great frozen items to heat up for individual lunches and dinners (and we buy many of them!), but this Pad Thai here is my favorite (it’s Smith’s favorite too!).
So good. Such a fresh, light, easy to make breakfast!!
I buy at least one box of these crackers each week! They’re crunchy, they’re bite-sized (so perfect for a little cheese and salami) and so delish!
SHAY FAVE: Even if you don’t have to eat gluten-free, you should buy these cupcakes!!! They are DELICIOUS!!! They come in large and then also in…
…mini!! This gluten-free mama doesn’t know what she would do without them!!
Oh my word, this is the ONLY mac & cheese we eat at my house.
Buy both and then put them on the stove top TOGETHER. Trust me. You will never do it any other way after that.
Trader Joe’s has a HUGE assortment of breads, but their gluten-free section is unbelievably large! I buy three loafs of their whole grain bread each week for sandwiches and toast!
SHAY FAVE: Oh my word, we cannot stop with these bites! They come in cheddar cheese too (which are delish), but the black summer truffle ones are AMAZING!!!!! We eat them as snacks and on our charcuterie boards too.
Trader Joe’s has what? Like a billion different amazing items dipped in chocolate? These two are some of our very favorite!!
SHAY FAVE: Okay, if I were assigning numbers to each item, these chips right here would take either first or second place. They’re a little spicy and a whole lot of delicious! I eat them with my lunch every day.
You would be surprised how much mustard we go through over here! Ha!
They have a million pre-packaged salads, but this Cobb one here is my fave! Add a little Buffalo sauce to it, and it’s like you’re eating a Chick-fil-a salad with ranch and Buffalo!
For all of those breakfast casseroles I love to make! They also make this with gluten too 😉 .
Oh my, these nuts! I couldn’t leave them out of today’s post because they also make my heart oh so happy! Add ’em to your cart too!
What do you think?
Is that enough to get us started?
If you want to see the printable list of each of these, click right here:
Did I miss anything???? If so, please share! Also, if you have any new finds for me, PLEASE COMMENT AND SHARE those too!!
I also have easy recipes on my blog that use only Trader Joe’s items. If you haven’t tried some of these, now is the time…
Also, don’t forget, if you want to see even more of my favorite Trader Joe’s finds, you can by clicking here…
Trader Joe’s Faves PART 1 (from February last year, so most of these items are currently in store!!)
Trader Joe’s Faves PART 2 (from May!)
Trader Joe’s Faves PART 3 (from August!)
Trader Joe’s FALL FAVES
Trader Joe’s Faves PART 4
Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free
Trader Joe’s Lately from July 2020
Trader Joe’s FALL FAVES Part 2
Trader Joe’s November 2020
Trader Joe’s December 2020
Happy Tuesday!! xo