Trader Joe’s Buys Vol. VIII

Trader Joe's favorites you can't live without this spring

You guys, I have such a good roundup of Trader Joe’s favorites for you today! These are some of my favorite posts to put together and it sounds like you guys love them, too. (Here are the others!) We do pretty much all our grocery shopping there and always experiment with new finds. This batch has some of my all time favorites–leave yours in the comments below!

My Trader Joe’s favorites this spring…

Cauliflower Gnocchi: I’m not sure how this hasn’t made it into one of my past roundups, but TJ’s Cauliflower Gnocchi may be one of the best things they’ve ever concocted. There’s a reason why it’s always sold out and if you’ve cooked it before, you know it’s better to sauté it over medium in some olive oil instead of follow package instructions. We always have a bag in the freezer–it’s perfect as a meal or as a side with some protein!

Marinated Artichokes: I can’t believe it took us so long to pick these up–they’re the best salad topping if you like artichokes! A jar goes a long way…I’ll add three or four artichoke hearts per serving and break them up with a fork and knife. The marinade goes nicely with most dressings, too. They’re now a staple in our household!

Malabari Parathas: I was shocked to see parathas on the shelves a few weeks ago! They were one of my favorite Indian foods growing up and if you’re looking to branch out from naan (which we never ate at home growing up…it was always parathas or rotis), I highly recommend giving it a shot. It’s tough to explain the texture but it’s basically a croissant-like buttery flatbread to pair with Indian food. We love it with their Mango Ginger Chutney, too.

Salsa Autentica: I’ve tried most of TJ’s salsa options and this one is the most simple one that’s incredibly inexpensive ($1.79, I believe) and flavorful with basically no added sugar. If you’re looking for something that’s no-frills but delicious, I’ve heard people say it’s nearly identical to authentic Mexican salsa. If you’re in the market for something heftier (and less spicy), we also regularly buy the “Chunky Salsa”!

Rolled Corn Chili Lime Tortilla Chips: J claims these are essentially TJ’s version of Doritos and he’s probably not wrong given how addicting they are. If you’re a fan of the Chili Lime seasoning, you’ll love these! They have a bit of a kick but so good…I like pairing them with some mini cheese crackers when I pack our lunches.

Vegetable Spring Rolls: These spring rolls are shockingly close to restaurant-quality! We’ll keep them on hand (along with a bag of TJ’s frozen dumplings or gyoza) for the many times we throw together a stir fry or cauliflower rice + their Scallion Pancakes.

“This Strawberry Walks Into a Bar…”: TJ’s has these great cereal bars for $1.99 (box of six), and they’re basically Nutri-Grain bars but way, way better. I typically get the fig variety (I couldn’t find a good pic for this post!) but have tried and loved all of them. We often have a box at home for when we underestimate weekday lunch ingredients!

Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry: We buy a lot of frozen veggies from TJ’s and given how much Asian food we make at home, love that this one already incorporates tamari sauce and sesame oil. It also has some peas, bell peppers, green onions, and corn, which seriously helps cut down on meal prep time! It’s also just $2.29 for a relatively large bag–a steal!

Creamy Cashew Fiesta Dip: If you told this Texan five years ago that I’d be eating vegan queso, I’d have literally laughed in your face and told you a) there wasn’t such a thing and b) if there was, there’s no way it could be any good. I’ve been trying to eat less dairy and traditional queso has zero nutritional value, so I was willing to give a substitute a chance. Spoiler: it’s delicious! Definitely serve it warm (we’ll spoon some into a bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds, stir, and then do another 30) and it’s just as good on tacos as it is with tortilla chips. If you’re a fan, I also really like Siete’s version but it’s priced a little higher.


And that’s this round of Trader Joe’s favorites! I have to add, remember the chocolate cake mentioned in this post? It disappeared for awhile (a commenter even noticed!), but it’s back! I hate to admit that I missed it, but I did an we may or may not have picked it up a couple of weeks ago.

P.S. The foods I splurge on.

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  1. Ashlee wrote:

    Need to try out the Fiesta Dip! I’ve been LOVING my Texas sized Trader Joe’s! haha

    Posted 4.5.19 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Haha I will say, definitely jealous of your new shopping experience!! Curious if you end up getting some regional things we don’t find over here, too…

      Posted 4.9.19 Reply
  2. Debbie wrote:

    Yummy, I am going to pick up the parathas to try. And the chocolate cake too. I’ll have to give the cauliflower gnocchi another try. I think I followed the cooking directions and they got all mushy and stuck to me pan. Thanks for the round-up!

    Posted 4.5.19 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      They’re sooo good and you will absolutely LOVE the chocolate cake! I hope round two of the gnocchi goes better…it’s definitely one of those things that turns gross quickly if it’s mushy :(

      Posted 4.9.19 Reply
  3. katie wrote:

    I still haven’t tried the cauliflower gnocchi so I need to get on it ASAP!

    xx katie // a touch of teal

    Posted 4.12.19 Reply