Trader Joe’s opened here in Sarasota almost a decade ago however it wasn’t until two years ago that I really understood what all the hype was over. If your like me you may be asking yourself, 'do I really need to add another grocery store to my rotation?' Well the answer is — YES and I’m here to tell you why.
I will never forget my first trip to TJ’s, I went on a mission to find the coveted ‘Everything But The Bagel’ seasoning. The parking lot looked like the church parking lot on Christmas Eve yet it was Monday morning at 8am. After walking around feeling somewhat overwhelmed I left with the one item I came for.
Since TJ’s has mostly their own brand of foods I questioned what was worth trying and not trying. I did some research and read a blog post or two and headed back to the store with my ‘must-try’ list. Since that trip I’ve come up with some of my own favorites as well. These days I do most of my grocery shopping at TJ's and the best part is I spend half the money!
This post has taken on a mind of it’s own so I’m breaking it down into three parts. Here you will find a few of our family favorites and my typical Trader Joe's grocery list. Stayed tuned in the coming week for my favorite snacks and 5 easy dinner ideas! Let’s get started with one of the biggest aisles to navigate - the freezer section.
There are a few things that end up in my cart time and time again; that being the cauliflower gnocchi and cauliflower rice. Never did I think I could come up with so many variations for these pasta and rice substitutes. For the kids I love to keep a frozen pizza in the freezer at all times and they love the frozen jasmine rice. Each box of rice comes with 3 microwaveable bags, I will never boil rice again!
If your an entertainer you must grab one of the mushroom and black truffle flatbreads, they're to die for!
Mornings can be hectic enough so having easy breakfast choices for the kids is a lifesaver.
The kids’ most requested breakfast food are the silver dollar pancakes, just place in the microwave, cut up some fruit and they are happy. Other favorites are the gluten free waffles, cereal and toast with jam. These strawberry bars are great for mid-morning or afternoon snacks too.
Oh how I love the snack isle, honestly everything is great but these are some of our favorites. The corn chips and pretzel thins are my personal favorite.
Who doesn’t love a good cheese board?! Every time we entertain I make one and TJ’s has the BEST cheese and meat section. In addition these crackers (in the blue box) are my favorite. I buy multiple boxes every trip.
Creative spices are what TJ’s is known for. If you don’t have one of each go ahead and screen shot this photo. Your welcome!
Fruits & Nuts. The perfect grab and go snack and they have such an amazing variety.
Speaking of veggies the fruit & veggies at TJ’s are always fresh and reasonably priced.
The cleanup aisle. I randomly tried their multi-purpose spray and instantly loved it. It not only smells great but works well too. I also love these dehydrated sponges, just add water!
Lastly, my favorite part - the florals. If you’ve been around for awhile your probably familiar with my love for floral arrangements. 99% of the time I have white hydrangeas sitting on my kitchen counter. TJ’s never disappoints with their floral department, everything from roses to hydrangeas and orchids to succulents. Pro tip: You can place an order for specific flowers at your local store.
MY GROCERY LIST
Organic jasmine rice
Flatbreads - mushroom and black truffle
Fruits & Veggies
English and Persian cucumbers
Chicken pot pie
Cubed pot roast meat
Grilled chicken breasts (green container)
Organic soft white bread
Sprouted wheat multigrain bread
Greek plain yogurt
Strawberry yogurt for kids
Whipped cream cheese
Spinach & kale greek yogurt dip
Organic corn chips
White cheddar corn puffs
Classic water crackers
Vodka marinara sauce
No-stir peanut butter
Organic strawberry jam
Everything But the Bagel seasoning
Everything But The Elote
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Olive Oil Spray
Coconut Oil Spray
Sriracha Ranch Dressing
Tejava Black Ice Tea
Mini hold the cone ice cream cones
Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar dark chocolate almonds