Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The 15 Best Items at Trader Joe's (2022 Edition)

The 15 Best Items at Trader Joe's (2022 Edition)

For the last six years, every early spring(ish), I've shared my favorite items from Trader Joe's with with you. As I've stated every time, TJs my favorite grocery store for many reasons (healthier options, affordability, overall good vibe), but I mostly love all of the speciality items they offer under their own branding. It's become a beloved tradition of mine to share my favorites with you.

As in years past, there are many staples here that have remained, but I've also included some newer items I find myself particularly loving. Keep in mind - this is in no way sponsored by my beloved TJs. I just enjoy sharing my obsession.

1. Toscano Black Pepper Cheese
For yet another year, this is my number one. It was recommended to us several years ago by a Trader Joe's employee while we were shopping, and it now a staple in our fridge. You have to try it. Trust me.

2. Grainless Granola
I eat this almost every morning on Greek yogurt or Skyr. Best granola I've ever had, hands down. The toasted coconut is everything. 

3. Raw Almond Butter
This is another staple in our house. It isn't cheap, but no almond butters are. And this one is by far the best I've ever had aside from fresh ground (and even then the texture is no match).

4. Carrot Ginger Miso Salad Dressing 
Still my favorite dressing. An explosion of flavors.

5. Handcrafted Black Bean & Cheese Taquitos
They're taquitos. Enough said. (Tip: Pan fry them and dip into salsa.)

6. Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones
My six year old son doesn't do sweets. Not sure how he's my kid, but he's not into them. These are the one exception. If you want him to be happy, offer him a Hold the Cone. He thinks they're the best dessert every invited. I tend to agree.

7. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
The best price I've found and we use it daily.  

8. Organic Broccoli Slaw 
I discovered this in 2018 and now I can't live without it. It's the perfect crunch to add to bowls and tacos, makes a killer a salad, and is quite good steamed with pasta sauce.

9. Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
I will never not include this one.

10. Green & Red Hatch Chili Flakes
New Mexico has the best food in the country. The end. The flavor of these transports me there. 

10. Thai Yellow Curry Sauce
This one holds a special place in my heart. The first time I had my now-husband over for dinner, I made him yellow curry tofu with this sauce. His exact word in response was "smitten." (I also drank way too much vodka that night and he ended up holding up my hair over the toilet, which was the first of many signs that this one was a keeper.)

11. Hearts of Palm Pasta
We've been trying to make lower carb versions of meals, and have tried several heart of palm pastas. This one is the best, and so good with TJs vodka sauce. 

12. Paneer Tikka Masala with Spinach Basmati Rice 
I had to include this one again because it is genuinely as good as as Paneer Makhani at my favorite Indian restaurant. The portion is a little small for a filling dinner, but we love to pair it with TJ's naan.

13. Frozen Steel Cut Oatmeal
Our mornings are extremely rushed. Like the rushiest of rushed. My daughter loves this oatmeal (it's lightly sweetened with maple syrup), and it takes me just a couple of minutes to prepare. (I do wish it came in larger quantities; it's only 2 per box.)

14.  Mexican-Style Riced Cauliflower
This is my favorite cauliflower rice. Cumin, cayenne, and lime flavor make it. It's burrito bowl perfection. 

15. Speculoos Cookie Butter
Another ones I'll never leave off. Pure decadence. 

If there is anything you especially enjoy that I've missed, let me know and I'll give it a try!



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