There's no question about it. Trader Joe's has awesome finds and great prices! Last week I filled my shopping cart even higher than usual, and at checkout I was expecting to spend over $200. When my total came to $127 I was, once again, so pleased with my favorite store that I decided I had to do a post and share everything I bought, plus how I use each item. They're in no particular order other than how I started pulling them out of the bags. Here you go!
This delicious, pre-seasoned to perfection chicken is easy to pop in the oven, and you get 5-6 breasts, so it's great for leftovers! It's on The Daily Mail's "Trader Joe's Products that Save Weeknight Dinners" list for a reason!
We have it in a salad with guac and greek yogurt, or with veggies and rice. It's delicious, and for 2 people it's enough for 2+ meals.
Organic Chicken Breasts
No explanation needed here for what to do with chicken, but per usual, TJ's has better prices than most places for organic.
Large Cooked Shrimp
These are so great to defrost and throw on a salad, or pan cook in any dish. I love to throw these into stir fry, and they only take a few minutes to defrost and cook.
Organic Brown Rice Penne Pasta
My favorite thing about this pasta: IT'S TODDLER APPROVED! My picky son inhales it, and it's healthier than eating white pasta. It has 4g of protein and 2g of fiber in a serving. I like to sautee eggplant, mushrooms and spinach, and mix with this pasta and top with a good red sauce and a little cheese on top for a vegetarian dinner with all the fiber and protein you need. It's also a great small side with a protein and veggie.
Gluten Free Rolled Oats
These come in a big bag so they last a while. They're a baking cupboard staple in my house I use them in cookies, banana bread smoothies like this one from Gimme Some Oven, and my personal favorite, No Bake PB & Oat Bars. This weekend I used them to make these AMAZING Apple Pie Oats from Perfectly Imperfect Produce.
Blanched Almond Flour
This is another staple for baked goods and sweet treats in my house. I try to always have it on hand to use in recipes like this one for chocolate chip cookies from Meaningful Eats. It's a great replacement for white flour if you're trying to make your desserts healthier.
Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes
These delicious little discs taste like heaven! My son eats them with eggs for breakfast most mornings, and they make a great little snack on-the-go for him too. They're a good source of protein for little guys too.
Organic Blue Agave Sweetener
I use this as a general sweetener for anything. I drizzle it in oatmeal, greek yogurt, pancakes and waffles, etc. It's also a staple in my baking pantry. I use it in my 5-Ingredient Energy Bites.
Finding this at TJ's was such a win! I had an out-of-this-world Breakfast Pita at In the Dez in NYC that had Zhoug sauce on it, and I've used this to recreate that flavor on my eggs ever since. It's spicy and unique, and SO SO delish. I highly recommend it!
Organic Roasted Hummus
There's not much to say other than, if you like hummus, it's really good and it's cheap!
ABC Almond Butter Cocoa Bars
Personally, I don't love these, but I decided to give them a whirl one day, and my toddler LOVES them. I think you could do a lot worse when it comes to feeding your kid sweets, so I'm ok with it and I keep them in our pantry as a treat for him.
Bamba Peanut Snacks
This is another toddler treat that I started buying for my son. However, unline the ABC bars, I could down a bag of these by myself because they're so good. For toddlers, they're a filling snack and a great way to get them protein in a sneaky delicious way. And they're like $1 per bag! (Maybe $2), but still!
Organic Lowfat Yogurt Squishers
I throw these in my freezer and feed them to my little guy after dinner every night. It buys me and my husband a little mroe time to sit and eat while he enjoys his dessert, and since he's teething it feels good on his gums!
Chipotle Vegetable Quesadillas
I always keep a few pre-made TJs meals like this in my freezer for my husband or I to make in a pinch. These are SO delicious and would make for a great Meatless Monday dinner when you're in a hurry with some guacamole, plain greek yogurt and maybe a side salad or some brown rice.
Sweet Italian Sausage and 4-Cheese Ravioli
This looked decadent and delicious, so I bought it thinking I could trick my toddler into eating meat. I ended up eating more of it than he did while I was "testing it to make sure it wasn't too hot for him." Probably not the healthiest meals, but on a night that I feel like splurging, these couldn't be easier. They're so damn good.
I won't bore you with the details on how to use the rest of what I bought, but it included rainbow carrots, organic spinach, potatoes, cauliflower and banana from the produce section. I love that TJ's has organice produce finds at better prices than most places!
This isn't the last you'll hear from me on Trader Joe's finds! I get so many cheap, healthy and easy staples there that I didn't happen to need this week. I come home with at least 1 new find after every trip. Even writing this post, I had to keep going to TJ's website, and there are a ton of great products I can't wait to look for on my next outing!
Do you have any favorite Trader Joe's "Thyme Saver" products or meal ideas? I'd love to read about them in the comments!