Trader Joe’s Haul

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Trader Joe’s is my go-to grocery store.  The prices are reasonable, the food is delicious, I find it to be healthier, and the items are easy to make! I can do a total week’s worth of groceries for our family of four for under $150, usually closer to $100 depending on what we need that week. This includes milk, eggs, and bread while meat, alcohol, and produce changes weekly.  We have Amazon Subscribe and Save for paper goods such as paper towels, toilet paper and diapers delivered monthly.

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Coffee

Creamer – SO good. Cholesterol and gluten free. I do not add sugar when I pour this into my coffee because it is sweet enough but it adds just enough flavor!

Coffee – Couldn’t help myself with the pumpkin spice coffee. We usually have a pack of the regular Trader Joe’s medium roast which is just as tasty!

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Produce

Fruit – Organic strawberries and raspberries are always a favorite.

Cheese – Great snack and convenient for both James and me.

Salad – Haven’t tried this one yet (my favorite is the Southwestern Chopped Salad but they were out of stock) but I love trying new salads. Especially because they come complete with all the fixins!

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Canned Foods

Corn / Organic Black Beans – There are always cans of both in our food cabinet. We add to tacos or chili.

Tomato Basil Marinara – Also always stashed in our pantry. Staple to keep around just in case you need a quick and easy meal! We’ll fire up the stove and heat for a simple sauce or add meat for a more filling dinner.

Apple Cider Jam – Only offered during the fall season. Delicious on toast for breakfast.

Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce – Another item we haven’t tried yet but there were so many people who recommended it. Just add rigatoni!

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Frozen Foods

Broccoli / Brussel Sprouts – I like having frozen vegetables on hand because fresh can go bad so quickly.  I’ll mix with olive oil, salt and pepper and put them in the oven on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until brown and crispy.  Perfect with any meal!

Silver Dollar Pancakes – easy go-to breakfast for James. He’ll eat about 9 in a sitting.

Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower – Delicious. Best in oven and extra crispy.

Veggie Burgers – I love both the Quinoa Cowboy and Thai Sweet Chili veggie burgers.  I’ll go bunless and add cheese or avocado with a side of vegetables for lunch.

Vegetable Fried Rice – my favorite. Yummy complement to any dish. Jimmy likes to add soy sauce where I just eat as is.

Italian Meatballs *not pictured* – really into these and they’re so easy to make.  Just add to favorite sauce and heat up on stove for about 30 minutes.

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Snacks

Bambas – these have been a staple in our home since James started eating solid foods.  Pediatricians often recommend these peanut butter puffs as a first food since they are easy to eat, melt in baby’s mouth, and introduces baby to grasping while also testing for allergies.

Crackers – The rounds are always in our house since they are a good snack for James and easy to pack. The enchanted crackers are great for special occasions when added to a cheese plate.

Veggie Sticks – Also another staple in our house.  Great snack for James and the fact it has veggie in the name makes it even better (even though there is very little veggie ingredient).

Pouches – These are a lifesaver.  James has become a picky eater and one of his only sources of fruits and vegetables is through these pouches. He loves them!

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Dips / Sauces

Toscano Cheese – soo good! Has a hint of wine flavor. Great for a party.

Goat Cheese – really into the goat cheese wrapped in blueberries but stuck with the simple this week. Haven’t tried yet!

Roasted Garlic Hummus – love to dip pitas and veggies in this hummus. Mild garlic taste but very delicious.

Pesto – Best pesto we’ve ever had. I’ve added to pasta with chicken or a summer salad of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and tortellini.

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Sweet Chili Sauce – I just tried this recently and I put it on everything. Sweet and spicy. So good.

Soy Sauce – Jimmy will add soy sauce to our rice dishes.

Jalapeno Hot Sauce – Jimmy loves this on tacos, chili and just about everything.

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