Trader Joe’s Buys Vol. IV

Pretty fitting to kick off this fall-esque morning with a bunch of my current favorites from Trader Joe’s, many of which are seasonally appropriate. The past couple posts were really popular, so hopefully you all enjoy this roundup…I personally shop at TJ’s weekly and both save so much money by doing so, and discover lots of new favorites on a regular basis. Here are some things I’ve bought recently or pick up regularly…

Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing: Definitely pick these up if you’re looking for an easy breakfast pastry–they take the classic canned version to a new level and while they’re pumpkin-flavored, they’re not overly sweet (the icing is, but the rolls themselves are pretty mild!) 100% one of my favorite things they have this time of year!

Cornbread Crisps: These had been catching my eye for a couple of weeks and I finally decided to try them out after seeing Jackie rave about them on Instagram one afternoon. They surprisingly taste just like cornbread in the form of chips/crackers…it’s weird to explain but trust me, they’re delicious. I’ve been snacking on them solo but plan to add them to chili as well. My only qualm is that they feel kind of pricey for the quantity you get…the bag is really small!

Fig & Olive Crisps: TJ’s has some of the best gourmet crackers and these crisps are so worth it if you’re hosting something or just want to treat yourself to something more elevated than a basic cracker. I especially love them with goat cheese, and they’re a beautiful addition to any cheese plate.

Pumpkin Spice RX Bar: RX bars aren’t a TJ’s exclusive but as far as I’ve seen, they are cheaper there than anywhere else ($1.99 each, vs. $2.29 and up)–if you’re nervous to try them because of the barebones ingredients, definitely go with the pumpkin spice flavor! It’s so good, fills you up, and is supposedly one of the best “bars” out there nutrition-wise. The peanut butter version is also a good one to try out if you’re wary!

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese: The mac and cheese at TJ’s is always good, but this version is amazing. It’s a larger portion and they say it’s two servings…I ate it all at once, but you could definitely make it two meals if you pair it with something. Next time, I’d eat half with a side of vegetables or something lighter and stretch it for a second lunch!

Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni: I made the mistake of looking at the Fearless Flyer one afternoon at work and immediately regretted my decision because it meant adding about three things to my cart I otherwise wouldn’t have purchased. One was the Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni…they’re basically the Russian version of a pierogi but are tiny and mini ravioli-like. I’ve been eating them with sour cream since the flyer recommended that and we had some on hand, but they’d taste good with red sauce, too. I’m not sure I’d buy them all the time, but they’ll be a nice way to switch up the frozen food routine every few weeks.

Butternut Squash Triangoli: The pasta from the refrigerated section at TJ’s can’t be missed and if you want something that tastes like fall, definitely try tor track down the Butternut Squash Triangoli. I don’t see it every week so if pasta fits into my meal plan, will pick it up when I spot it. It tastes great with a red sauce or just with olive oil + some freshly grated parm.

Peanut Butter Pretzels: I’m not sure why it took me so long to include these in one of my TJ roundup posts, but hello, really addicting snack! If you’re looking for something salty that’s easy to take to work or graze on during the mid-afternoon slump, I can’t recommend these enough.

Whole Milk Mango Kefir: My friend’s mom introduced me to kefir a few years ago and I’ve been consistently picking it up every few weeks ever since. It’s a great probiotic and works well in smoothies given it’s thick, yogurt-like texture. Think of it as a slightly tart drinkable yogurt. I try to limit dairy whenenver possible but this is one of the exceptions I’ll make…they also have a non-whole milk version in strawberry and blueberry!


Any fun finds on your end? I’m confident that the best way to get TJ’s (and really any grocery store) recs is by word of mouth rather than aimless aisle wandering/impulse buying :)

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  1. Sarah wrote:

    I love the pb pretzels and have been meaning to pick up the cornbread crisps! Their fall items have been on point this year (as usual, haha).


    Posted 10.16.17 Reply