Tries! Trader Joe’s Edition

Disclaimer:  This post is not sponsored by Trader Joe’s or affiliated with the company in any way.  I haven’t received any compensation for my opinions, which are 100% that—my opinion!

I love Trader Joe’s so dang much!  Chances are that if you’ve been lucky enough to have one close by, you love it as well.  Despite my adoration, I do try to show some restraint in the number of times I visit in a month; TJ’s is full of items that are mostly ‘wants’ and not ‘needs’ (with a few notable exceptions).

Here are the items that I think are worth scooping up for your own pantry/kitchen!  Most of these are products I grab every single time, but there are a few treat items tossed in for good measure.


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1.  Dolmas – It is a sad day if I’ve made a trip to TJ’s and there aren’t any tins of dolmas in stock.  When I arrive, I usually head for the dolmas first and put at least half a dozen tins in my basket.  This is the perfect snack on its own and a delightful addition to any meat-and-cheese-board spread.  It’d be grand to toss in a picnic basket.  I’ve even contemplated keeping a tin in my purse for emergencies; that’s how tasty they are!

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2.  Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant & Garlic – This is a new-to-me item, but it’s so delicious that I’ll definitely grab another jar the next time I’m at the store.  I used it as a spread on a veggie burger, but I’m really excited to have it atop fish or chicken, on eggs, etc.  It’s a really smooth flavor, not overbearing at all, and the texture isn’t so chunky that the eggplant is off-putting at all (a concern of mine, re: eggplants).

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3.  Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones – These are my total guilty pleasure!  I don’t buy them often, but they’re my favorite sweet treat!  Ice cream isn’t my usual go-to to soothe a sweet tooth, so these are the perfect size for me.  Treat yo self.

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3.  Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil – This is not an item I buy for myself.  I don’t hate on tinned fish—gimme a fancy tin of sardines any day—but I personally find cooked tuna to be a true olfactory abomination, and so this isn’t an item I’d normally include!  BP, however, has really enjoyed this tuna a lot, and he’s pretty picky about tinned fish, fishy smells, and flavors in general.  So if he’s requesting this, I figure it’s worth a spot on the list!

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4.  TJ’s Clarified Butter (ghee) – Shoutout to all my paleo homies!  While ghee is pretty easy to make on your own, sometimes you’re pressed for time!  I have a few jars of this in my panty and fridge!  I don’t use it as much these days (for reasons unrelated to the product itself), but if you’re on the paleo/low carb path, I definitely recommend this ghee.  It performs incredibly well!

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5.  Triple Ginger Brew – Another treat.  Most excellent spice!  It’s great on its own and really delightful mixed with whiskey or dark rum for a delicious summer cocktail!

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6.  Rose Water Facial Toner – As the owner of incredibly sensitive skin, my skincare routine is pretty minimal, and I’m quite picky about the products I do use.  I love this facial toner for mornings where I need to be a bit more presentable but not necessarily showered.  I love the scent, and it really is a refreshing and hydrating experience!  I’ll definitely be using this for afternoon pick-me-ups when the temperatures start to soar this summer!

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7.  Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub – I’m in love with this facial scrub.  Again, because I have sensitive skin, I don’t use this daily or every 2 to 3 days as recommended, more like once a week.  It smells so good!  Good enough to eat!  I also dig that it’s a natural exfoliant and not full of gross microbeads!

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8.  Bamba Peanut Snacks – Kind of a treat purchase, but let’s be real… I get them every time I go.  They’re kinda of a weird sensation the first time you eat them; your brain says “cheesecurl” while your tongue says “peanut butter.”  But after a few bites, I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

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9.  Organic Riced Cauliflower – If you live a low-carb life, you know all about the versatility of cauliflower, especially as a rice substitute.  You can easily make your own, but I hate the mess that it makes, and try as I might, I can never make it as well as when I use this particular cauli-rice.  I’ve tried a bunch of different brands, but this is the one that cooks up the best!  The finished product has almost no cauliflower taste, especially when used as a base for saucy entrees or in a dish like fried rice!  I love it.  I keep at least half a dozen bags in my freezer at all times.

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10.  Mixed Nut Butter – You can argue that this is a ‘want’ and not a ‘need,’ but I think a home without some type of nut butter is just a house.  (Unless of course you’re deathly allergic, which of course we’re sensitive to, and you have our condolences.)  This feels like a decadent treat, but it’s a treat you can be happy with as it’s just nuts and a bit of salt!  The combination of flavors is so deep and dreamy.  It is a nut butter that separates, so if you’re not into having to mix your nut butters before you use them, it might be a deal-breaker.  But it’s so dang tasty that I think it’s worth the try!

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11.  21 Seasoning Salute – If you make a lot of vegetables, especially if you roast them, you need this seasoning.  It’s incredibly delicious and will fool any dining companions into thinking you put a ton of effort into your meal (and only you will know the truth).  It’s also dreamy in egg/chicken/potato salads, scrambled eggs, and sprinkled over popcorn.  I have other TJ seasonings, but this is the one I’ve blown through very quickly!  Definitely get this!


Did I miss anything?  Comment below, and let me know your favorite Trader Joe’s products!


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