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What are your favorite products at Trader Joes?

Some of my favorites are the:
pink lemonade,
corn and chili tomato-less salsa
frozen chocolate covered bananas
lacy chocolate cookies
potato latkes

What are your favorites?

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  1. the premade mojitos. has saved me TONS of time. I must have tried a ton of recipies and none tasted as good as their premade one. just add a good rum!

    Also, I have Will Owen to thank (I'm pretty sure it was him) for those Montana burgers, which are quite tasty. They are in the refrigerated section, in 4-pack (2 sections of 2 burgers each). Get yourself some of their ciabatta rolls are you are in for a fine meal.

    Random things - white bean & basil hummus. Chicken enchiladas in the salsa verde (frozen). Italian meatballs (frozen). The turkey cold cuts with the Christopher Columbus-looking guy on the front. way WAY better than anything from hillshire farms, etc.

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    1. re: kotatsu

      Lately, the Italian Turkey Meatloaf, all of the frozen bagged pastas (fettucine alfredo, gnocci in cream sauce, farafel w/pesto etc.), 99% fat free chicken burritos, three layer dip w/cream cheese, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.

      1. re: kotatsu

        Oh there is so much to love!!

        I especially love their:
        goat milk brie
        trader Joes O's cookies
        Veggie Burritos
        Most of their dry pastas (spinach, sprouted wheat, whole wheat)
        Alfredo Sauce,
        Pizza Dough
        All varieties of their Indian food pouches
        Spinoza Wheat Bagels
        Smoked Salmon...
        Ok now, this is turning into my weekly shopping list! Ha...I will stop there.

        1. re: NoAddedSweetener

          agreed - those prepared indian foods sold in the pouches are very good. except from the varieties with paneer, they are pretty low in fat, as well.
          other items i like:
          artisan multi-grain bread
          natural almond butter and peanut butter
          frozen organic green beans
          organic hearts of palm
          roasted red peppers packed in water
          cornichons

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        veggie & flaxseed tortilla chips
        TJ's greek yogurt [much better than the US-produced Fage!]
        packaged nuts & unsulphured dried fruit
        organic light string cheese

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Love, love, love that TJ's greek yogurt! Thank you so much for turning me on to it! I told another friend about it and she estimated that it will probably save her around $500 a year because of the price difference between it and the greek yogurt she was buying!

          I also love:
          TJ's non fat cottage cheese
          the turkey cold cuts mentioned above
          spicy hummus
          the pre-cooked beluga lentils
          habanero lime salsa
          better than peanut butter
          graham crackers
          popped potato chips
          the seasonal pumpkin butter

          1. re: mollyomormon

            my pleasure :) i got my dad to switch to it [from Fage, an addiction he picked up from me, of course] now that my folks finally have a TJ's near their house.

            you mentioned several of my other faves as well - i love the cottage cheese [when i want salty - usually i go for Friendship no salt added], the lentils, & the pumpkin butter.

            try the packaged steamed beets too. they're super-convenient for cutting into salad [with some TJ's baby arugula, packaged walnuts, & goat cheese!]

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I have a package of those beets in my fridge right now! I'm going to put up and mix with the beluga lentils and add a little goat cheese to mimic one of the deli case salads at Clementine!

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Yeah, goodhealthgourmet, we've done this thread a gazillion times. And I've vastly increased my TJ's scholarship via the suggestions of others, yet not given back. So...

            Nilla Wafers (vastly vastly better than nabisco...overflowing with good true vanilla flavor and butter)

            frozen turkey meatballs (my trick is to steam them, in a steamer basket)

            on east coast, organic low-fat vanilla yogurt

            oven-roasted turkey slices (I throw cut-up bits into veg concoctions to get more protein)

            kashi autumn wheat (much cheaper than in supermarkets)

            TJ's banana nut cereal

            Joe's O's (much better than cheerio's, but don't buy the organic ones)

            freeze dried mango slices (not dried, FREEZE-dried...though dried's very good in hot cereal, if you toss it in at the very beginning)

            mango chicken sausage

            pre-cooked brown rice (not frozen). handy when in a rush.

            popped potato chips

            frozen potstickers (not SO authentic or SO delicious, but a damned good fast lunch)

            frozen super skinny french green beans

            frozen apple blossoms

            buffalo jerky (quick protein snack)

            low sodium chicken broth in a box (I use it as stock)

            Avocado's Number Guacamole (in refrigerated section)

            walnut pieces (much cheaper than halves, I gobble a small handful daily for protein, satiation, and health, as walnuts have good nutritional ju-ju)

            pump bottle soaps

            1. re: Jim Leff

              good call on the refrigerated oven-roasted turkey slices, i forgot about that! i've never seen it in California, only on the east coast.

              but whatever you do, stay AWAY from their pre-cooked/convenience chicken items, unless you like mealy meat that smells & tastes like soured chicken broth.

          3. Low ft southwestern salad
            the pre made uncooked pizza dough YES!!!
            affordable big bottles of OK olive oil and passable balsamic vinegar
            nice cheese selection
            Fage 0% Greek yogurt
            freeze dried strawberries
            fresh pre-prepped veggies like butternut, beets and salad bags

            1. The Chinese orange chicken
              mini chicken tacos w/ their guacamole sauce
              French style vegetables
              Havarti cheese
              pinwheel steaks
              the TJ's seasonal ales
              Milton's buttermilk bread
              Arborio rice

              and of course 2 buck Chuck

              Much more, but that's what comes to me right now.

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              1. re: heckonwheels

                chicken mango sausages
                Middle East flatbread
                pita chips
                all-natural peanut butter
                Greek yogurt... yum!

              2. My two newest are the:
                Dark Chocolate covered Pretzels
                Dark Chocolate Roasted Pistachio Toffee

                I'm also glad they are now carrying the Snap Pea Crisps baked snack.
                I couldn't make it through the summer without their strawberry lemonade!