What are your staples at Trader Joe’s? I drive the hour once a month to stock up, and while I love trying their new and limited items, I have a dozen or so things I reach for every time (often in bulk). Here are mine…
Unexpected Cheddar. Basically the best cheddar in the world — it’s got hints of parmesan and tastes amazing in a grilled cheese or alongside some apple slices. I NEVER get sick of this stuff.
Rustico Tomato Sauce. I grab a jar every time and turn it into a quick bolognese with ground beef and some red wine, or add a splash of vodka and cream for penne a la vodka. It reminds me a lot of Rao’s Marinara Sauce (but for a fraction of the price!).
Ginger Turmeric Tea. Soothing and good for you! I have it with a little honey.
Organic Peas. My friend’s favorite snack is warm peas with butter, salt and pepper. She got me totally hooked!
Coconut Milk. Simply because it’s inexplicably half the price.
Sweet and Spicy Pecans. Soooo good in a spinach salad with crumbled cheese and dried cranberries. Or sprinkled on some vanilla ice cream 🙂
Ranunculus! Because they’re $5.99 and make me happy every time.
Tortellini. For quick dinners, and filling lunches (I’m going make this easy recipe tomorrow).
Cilantro and Jalapeño Hummus. I have to be careful because I can eat this hummus is one sitting. I’ve been spreading it on some lightly toasted naan from TJ’s.
And one meal idea I’ve been meaning to try:
Quick Meatball Subs with TJ’s turkey meatballs, Rustico tomato sauce, some sliced mozzarella and subs.
Also, have you guys heard of the blog, “What’s Good at Trader Joe’s?” It’s a husband and wife team who rate random TJ items. It’s always helpful — and often hilarious.
Top image via Bon Appetit.