What are your favorite products at Trader Joes?
I really like the veggie masala burgers in the freezer section with the hot and sweet mustard. Also the Indian food pouches.
I always buy the handmade flour tortillas and I got a small loaf of sourdough bread recently that was really good.
The jalapeno hummus is something I recently tried that I liked. I like all the hummus I've tried from there.
Frozen mac&cheese, peanut butter cups, mochi ice cream....
In case someone hasn't noticed, I sort-of like the canned smoked trout: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/502956
Their nuts and dried fruits are cheap, and of high quality. The non-fat Greek yogurt tastes great, as does the "European style". "European style" butter is very good, too. I like the criollo chocolate bars a lot. Their cheeses kick ass. I am unable to walk past the belletoile brie without picking up a wedge. I'm also pretty impressed by two buck chuck. In general, it tastes pretty good, and I can definitely name a few wines which cost a lot more that I liked much less. Also, it's (usually) great to cook with.
clearly a popular topic...and there are even more threads, but i got tired of copying & pasting ;)
veggie & flaxseed tortilla chips
TJ's greek yogurt [much better than the US-produced Fage!]
packaged nuts & unsulphured dried fruit
organic light string cheese
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
the pre-cooked beluga lentils
habanero lime salsa
better than peanut butter
popped potato chips
the seasonal pumpkin butter
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!]
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
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.
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.
Oh there is so much to love!!
I especially love their:
goat milk brie
trader Joes O's cookies
Most of their dry pastas (spinach, sprouted wheat, whole wheat)
All varieties of their Indian food pouches
Spinoza Wheat Bagels
Ok now, this is turning into my weekly shopping list! Ha...I will stop there.
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