My Favorite Trader Joe’s Finds – Part 2

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours was good, good and normal. HA! Tomorrow I’m heading out {again} for a week in Kentucky and Tennessee. Today is Katie’s first day of her junior year. We can barely wrap our brains around her being half way through her undergrad work. She’s still has a way to go though. Her plan is to go to Physicians Assistant school after she graduates and that program is a little over 2 years, so in the big scheme of things, she’s not really half way quite yet.

Back in May I did a post with my favorite Trader Joe’s finds, part 1. Well naturally that means there had to at least be a part 2. So today I’m sharing another round of TJ’s treasures. Why didn’t I think of that name for these posts????

I think I first had Farro at Cheesecake Factory and I was immediately in love with it. It’s a healthier alternative to rice and has a great chewy-toothy texture. Barley is much the same, and I use them interchangeably. One of my favorite recipes to eat it with it is Skillet Chicken With Tomatoes and Spinach. Naturally the day I made it and blogged about it, I was out of both of these and used quinoa as a substitute, which is also a healthier alternative to rice.

I tried the Greek Yogurt in vanilla bean and it was yummy. I don’t buy it regularly because it has a little more calories than my Dannon Light and Fit Greek that I eat every day.

Here is one of my all time favorite finds, Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette. This has quite a little kick but is oh so good. We eat it on Fish Taco Salad and it’s Delicious with a capital D.

I go through spells of trying to drink more water in any form I can to make it more enjoyable. I’ve never been a water drinker so this is an area that’s a real challenge for me. Some of the TJ’s have this already refrigerated and available by the individual can. It’s a good alternative to LaCroix. Speaking of bubbly waters, another one I first found at TJ’s is Spindrift. Of all the carbonated waters I’ve tried, these are probably the best. The “flavors” are a little stronger and not quite so subtle.

Sugar Snap Peas are so yummy. They are slightly sweet and a great stand alone snack when you want something crunchy. I also love to put them in stir-fry or salads.

Edamame is available both in and out of the shell. In my last post I accidentally bought it in the shell…big mistake. LOL Make sure you grab the right package.

Frozen green beans are a hidden gem. Throw them in a pan with a little garlic and olive oil, add some chutney (see Part 1 post for that) and you’ve got a quick, easy, healthy side dish.

Sometimes I find it hard to find chopped frozen spinach is grocery stores. Weird, right? TJ’s always has it. I like to use it in scrambled eggs and quiche. So good for you, adds vitamins and minerals and bulks it up.

So I only bought these once, not because they aren’t good, because oh yeah they most definitely are. They just have more calories than we like to eat these days. They are definitely yummy.

Bok Choy is something we just recently started eating. My friend Allie sent me a recipe that called for it and I make some version of it regularly, especially on low carb days. (BTW…there’s a new round of Faster Way To Fat Loss starting September 2. You can read about my experience with that here.)

These are so cheap and perfect for throwing on salads. A no brainer.

Everyone raves about flowers at Trader Joe’s. I love to pick up a few bunches from time to time to brighten up the house.

We are big fans of Pirate Booty and these white cheddar corn puffs are a great alternative. Throw them in with some warm popcorn. YUM!

Another cult favorite. Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. I just bought this yesterday, but Katie’s been using it all summer and loves. it.

 

Chili Lime Seasoning is good for so many things. I use it in guacamole and eggs. It’s really delicious on fish, especially if you brush on some Dijon Mustard first and then sprinkle this on. So good! Sprinkle on roasted veggies or I bet it would be delish on popcorn too.

Whew! That was a lot! Hope you found some new things to add to your next Trader Joe’s list.

Have a great Monday!!!

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