After my first Trader Joe’s post, I got such great feedback. So many friends told me they bought everything off my list. They said they loved it because they were always too were overwhelmed and didn’t know what to shop for at Trader Joe’s. So, I decided to do a little more research ( and alot of eating) and bring you round two of things you should buy at Trader Joe’s. I keep finding great new things at TJ’s that I had to share! Trust me you are going to want to stock up on everything on this list!
REDUCED GUILT SPINACH & KALE GREEK YOGURT DIP
This is a creamy dip you don’t have to feel bad about eating. It is made with Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream or Mayo plus it is filled with two leafy greens, spinach and kale. Serve with some pita chips and you have the perfect no fuss tasty appetizer for your next happy hour get together.
PASTRY BITES WITH FETA AND CARAMELIZED ONIONS
These puff pastry bites are so good. They are always a hit at parties. Best part is all you have to do is pop them in the oven for a few minutes and you have a kick ass appetizer.
COLUMBUS PEPPERED SALAMI
I think most of you know I love to have all the makings on hand for a killer cheese tray. This salami always makes it way to my cheese tray. It is all natural, meaning no nitrates and the pork is raised without anti-biotics. It is hand rolled in cracked black peppercorns which give it the perfect bite.
STEMMED AND PEELED BABY BEETS
Beets are one of my favorite foods and bonus they help detoxify and cleanse your liver which makes me love them even more after a night of too much vino. If you have ever cooked beets you know it is messy, your hands turn pink and the beets stain anything they touch. They are tricky to peel as well. That is the great thing about these beets, the hard work is already done for you. They are cooked, peeled and ready to eat. Toss in a salad and you have a fab easy meal.
MINI HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
I love heirloom tomatoes. They have a much better flavor than regular tomatoes but usually they are way more expensive. Not at Trader Joe’s, you can get this pint for $2.79. At other grocery stores it is about $5. I use my mini heriloom tomatoes in an arugula salad or thinly slice on mini pizzas.
SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
I have this Brussels Sprouts salad I am obsessed with but never want to make it because it is such a pain in the arse to shred all the Brussels Sprouts. It is hard with a knife and my mandolin scares me. Holding tiny Brussels Sprouts puts my fingers way too close to that razor sharp blade. I was so happy when I found this bag of pre-shredded Brussels Sprouts at TJs. Great for salads.
and if you need inspiration here is the recipe for my favorite Brussels Sprouts Salad. It is mouth wateringly good!
I have really been into Kale salads lately but I hate the prep work of washing the kale, and chopping off the stems. This bag of Kale is already chopped and ready to use. You can eat raw in salads or sautee with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a tasty side dish.
This is my go-to Kale Salad. Make it with the TJ chopped kale, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND BITS
These are hands down the tastiest sweet treat ever. But be warned they are addictive. I could almost eat the entire container. The almonds have a touch of sea salt on them which makes the flavor pop with the dark chocolate.
MINI MILK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
If you love Reeses Cups as much as I do then you must try these. They are tiny, so you can eat several without feeling too guilty about it!
BARBERA D’ALBA WINE
I first tasted this wine at my parents house. I loved it so of course I went back to buy more and was shocked to see it was only $6.99 a bottle. Go buy a case of this wine. It is amazing for the price.