Today, I'm going to share some of my Trader Joe's "must haves." There are many reasons why I love with TJ's:
1.) It is actually cheaper than a normal grocery store most times, especially with produce.
2.) They try to keep it simple and try to cut down the number of ingredients in their foods when they can.
3.) Relaxing classical music is played throughout the store, free samples are served every day, and they hide a stuffed lemur (Lucy). When kids find the lemur, they get a prize. I know I'm not the only adult that gets excited when I find Lucy.
Sadly, Peoria does not have a TJ's, so I'm going to have to majorly stock up on Indianapolis visits.
Here are just a few of my favorites:
Fresh Flowers:They're cheap and live a long time. Having fresh flowers in the house always puts me in a good mood.
This __ Walks Into a Bar:
These are not only delicious cereal bars, but they come out with yummy seasonal flavors like pumpkin and cranberry. G & I always go through them really quickly.
There is a really great pumpkin-y taste to them but not overwhelming. I popped one of these in the toaster and put some TJ's chunky applesauce (another favorite) on it. So. Freaking. Good.
My all-time favorite time saver. George and I are total garlic fiends, but I dread mincing garlic. Whenever a recipe calls for garlic, I use this ultra potent crushed garlic instead. It has conversions for cloves to teaspoons. Go get you some of this!
Cilantro Salad Dressing:This dressing is suitable for a ranch addict that is trying to cut down on the calories. It has such a nice, strong cilantro flavor. I eat it on kale salad and turkey wrapped in a chia seed tortilla (another favorite).
Crunchy Cookie Butter:
Like peanut butter, but cookie. You MUST try this. It will change your life. I eat it on apples. They used to limit each customer to two jars because of its cult following.
Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese:
It is nice to have this in the freezer as a backup for when you just want to eat something bad. It comes in a single serve portion, so you can't eat too much. It's also "reduced guilt," so you want feel like a blubbery monster after pigging out on this cheesy goodness.
What are your Trader Joe's favorites?