If you ask my friends and family, it’s no secret that I am in love with Trader Joe’s. I jokingly call him my boyfriend, TJ. When I was living in Houston last year, it was my weekend ritual to visit the Trader Joes’s that was in an old movie theatre (!!) and I have already scouted the most convenient location here in Indianapolis. I love the quaint, tiki-themed environment and friendly, helpful staff at almost all TJ’s. Now when I walk into conventional grocery stores, I get so overwhelmed with the rows on rows of products. I will resort back to larger stores when I need specific items for recipes, but enjoy the simple isles of Trader Joe’s.
It’s a common misconception that products are more expensive at Trader Joe’s. The condensed selection of products and smaller space at Trader Joe’s are just a few of the reasons you’ll see less expensive prices. While certain things may be more pricey than at a traditional store, I have found that I get more bang for my buck at TJ’s. A lot of this is contributed to Trader Joe’s selling products through their own label.
I loved reading the Customer’s Choice Awards every year and can’t wait to see what items win for 2015. Until then, I decided to come up with a short list of my go-to favorites every time I visit Trader Joe’s. I would love to hear what your favorites are, along with anything you are looking forward to trying this summer!
Gourmet Gab Shopping List at Trader Joe’s
- White Bean Basil Hummus
- Chicken Sausage (try jalapeño for some spice!)
- Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- 2-3 of their pre-made salads for work lunches (love
- Pre-packaged bags of Arugula and Kale
- Brussels Sprouts (shaved or microwave package)
- Pre-cut veggie bowls (toss into stir fry quickly or with the Goyza Potstickers)
- Channa Masala (chickpea and curry dish)
- Chicken Tikka Masala (not just a “frozen meal”)
- Brown Rice
- Gyoza Potstickers
- Melange a Trios (sliced frozen red, yellow and green bell peppers)
- Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers
- Movie Theatre Style Popcorn
- Go Raw Trek Mix (combo of raisins, walnuts, cashews, and hazelnuts)
- Cookie Butter
Don’t forget to peruse the wine and beer selection. I pick up a new bottle to try every time I visit and always ask the staff for recommendations. One time they recommended the Vintjs “Carignane” that was only $8.99 and it was delicious. Described as full bodied with complex ripe berry, almond and cocoa notes, I was convinced. Now I’m on to trying Trader Joe’s white wines, prosecco and champagne for these upcoming warmer summer months.
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