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Favorite Trader Joe's Food?

My mother in law just stocked our cupboard and freezer full of Trader Joes stuff. Having the Sambar Lentil stew right now and it is unreal. I live in NYC and cannot wait for the store to open up!!!!

Fri. Feb 3, 1:45pm

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I'd like to know what to buy once I get there

I don't live to far from a TJ's but I still haven't gotten there yet. Any favorites/recommendations would be great!

Friday, February 03, 2006, 3:06 PM

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I'd recommend:
Lo carb whole wheat tortillas
frozen fuits (esp mango + pineapple + peaches)
apple sauce in small pots
salmon burgers
ginger + scallion stir-fry sauce
thai red curry sauce
spiced chai teabags
cuban-style black beans
miso soup
olive tapenade

And if you don't care too much about cals, also try:
veggie potstickers
breakfast patties
baked snap peas
mochi japanese ice cream dessert
spinach + mushroom quiche

Also, their staple products are much cheaper than other stores and are often organic: milk, eggs, cheese (esp parmesan cheese), pasta, rice

Friday, February 03, 2006, 3:24 PM

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Almondina cookies
Fruit leather

I heart TJ's!

Friday, February 03, 2006, 4:01 PM

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Oh my gosh! I actually worked there for a while, so we had to sample as much as possible.

Avacado's number guacamole
Meatless meatballs
Jo-Jo's cookies
Pineapple salsa
Sharon's coconut sorbet
Roasted veggie (no cheese) frozen pizza
Just the Clusters Vanilla Almond (granola)
Tempting Trail Mix

and everything else, basically.

Friday, February 03, 2006, 4:17 PM

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they used to carry a cilantro chutney that I could drink, it was so good. Love the indian simmer sauces,
brown thai jasmine rice,
pumpkin granola,
whole wheat pitas,
plain yogurts,
mango chutney
various chicken sausages
and the frozen three berry blend

Friday, February 03, 2006, 7:23 PM

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TJ's is the best!

I love TJs. It depends on what you are looking for. Healthy foods that I love are:
canned fruit
non-frozen Indian dishes (watch the sodium)
soups (great way to get those vegis)
frozen indian food
frozen enchiladas
all of the frozen fruits
all of the frozen stir fries (especially the ones without potatoes)

Have fun!

Friday, February 03, 2006, 8:20 PM

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I absolutely love the Roasted Garlic and tomato soup, it is awesome and a great base for some recipes! I love the greek style yogurt, and the hummus. I always get the frozen chocolate covered banana's on a stick.

Saturday, February 04, 2006, 12:08 AM

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I like the frozen stir fries, and also the frozen fried rice. quick simple meals for when I just don't feel like cooking.

Saturday, February 04, 2006, 7:11 AM

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Thai Red curry sauce.. Having it right now over basmati rice and a little chicken.

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 5:14 PM

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I love the unsalted cashews and the Kashi crackers.
I was just there today.

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 5:21 PM

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light french feta
reduced fat organic cream cheese
chicken sausages (jalapeno or garlic)
whole wheat mini pita bread
tuna curry (in pouches)
whole wheat couscous
fat free organic chicken broth
canned marinara sauce (so good!)
organic milk
Fage fat free greek yogurt (wow!)
frozen brown rice
frozen veggie dumplings
frozen veggie lasagne (in the box, the other one is not so good)
chicken masala frozen meal - w/ brown rice, so good
kashi bars
multi-seed tortilla crackers (taste just like everything bagels w/ out the calories!)
kashi cereals
frozen organic veggies: broccoli, asparagus, spinach - way better quality than any other frozen veggies on the market
frozen cherries (for dessert)

for non-diet food:
love the taquitos!

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 6:19 PM

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Yes, I love them and the food is yummy and lots is made with good ingredients, but like most pre-packaged foods, most are loaded with sodium.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 4:43 AM

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Some new favorites for me!

NO PUDGE - Fudge Brownies (make with FAGE Total 0% FF Yogurt) - All I can say is WoW!
Fage Total 0% FF Yogurt (awesome mouth-feel, almost like a sour cream-- in fact I use it as a subtitute!)
Mult-colored Greens (YUM!!)
Soy/Flax Seed / Corn Tortilla chips (high in protein, but watch out not to eat too many)
They also have some $0.69 (or something like that) Olives that come in a little plastic pouch-- just enough for a day hike or munching-- they are green olives with herbs & garlic, but not packaged in vinegar, just oilive oil. Tastes yummy for a small snack-- plus it's in a small pack, so you won't over eat as many...

Monday, February 20, 2006, 3:16 PM

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Roasted Red Pepper, Eggplant and Garlic spread - this is amazing! Serve plain on rye crackers or add to any veggie or pasta dish for wonderful flavor at 15 cal per Tbsp. If you find it hard to make veggie dishes that don't taste bland without salt or butter this is the answer!

Castello Cheese - this is a strong cheese that I love because just .5 oz will add incredible flavor to an entire recipe.

I really like their packaged salads and veggies for 2.

The Champange Gorgonzola Pear Vinegarette is amazing! It is a lovely sweet dressing that is low fat and low sugar (sweetened with pureed pear). At 45 cal per serving this is wonderful over a spinach salad with thinly sliced apples, pomegranite seeds and sliced almonds - Yum!

Monday, February 20, 2006, 4:55 PM

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Another add here that I didn't see anyone post is their pre-packaged, single servings of raw almonds. These are a GREAT fat/protein boost food but since there are only so many to eat at a time, you are less likely to overeat! I keep them in my purse for shopping/long days at work to eat if I start to feel sluggish.

Monday, February 20, 2006, 5:31 PM

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i like tjs

i really enjoy the honey wheat pretzels!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 10:00 AM

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Roasted Red Pepper, Eggplant and Garlic spread -
I totally agree on this one!

My hubby's allergic to Onions, and this is one of the flavor-rich spreads that does not have onions!

Also, there is a good artichoke one and an olive Tapenade as well. All awesome, veggie-based spreads. I'm just hungry thinking about them!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 10:13 AM

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Since Trader Joe's isn't like your average grocery store, you really need to go there and figure out what you like.

Some of the things that are a favorite in our household are:
Carne Asada and any of the pre-marinated meats - YUM!
Trader "Mings" - these are awesome! My fiance and I work a lot and these are simple to make. If you have a rice cooker all you have to do is either pre set the rice cooker to start cooking shortly before you come home or just make it right when you walk in the door. By the time we have changed out of our work clothes and have whipped up the Trader Ming entree of the night, the rice is done and all you have to do is top it off! It's so simple, tasty, and did I mention simple?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 4:08 PM

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Trader Joe's is amazing, although I wish they had more individual-pack meals for single college students like pastas and soups! I hate cooking things that I have to refrigerate half of it for leftovers that I never end up eating!

BUT I love the Apple Cranberry Bran Muffins. They're HUGE and only 220 Calories. A great breakfast for muffin lovers (since most of them are just terrible for you) with some OJ or milk!

TJ's dried fruit is also amazing.
Whole wheat tortilla's with TJ's organic hummus is a must-try as well!

Also, I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions on which soymilk is best? I have never tried it before, but I was bold today and bought TJ's low-fat vanilla soymilk. Any suggestions on which brands are the best?

-Cori, AZ

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 10:53 PM

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Silk brand is the best. I like the "lite plain" variety because it only has 70 cals/cup. The "lite vanilla" is also good - but a little sweet for my taste.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 11:14 PM

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Does Trader Joes have as much organic items as Whole Foods?

curious. I know they are a lot less expensive, but Whole Foods 365 is getting pretty inexpensive. I just paid $2 for 2 pounds of brown rice at Whole Foods last week. Doesn't get much better than that.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 1:20 PM

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I would say possibly more relative to their size. They are much smaller stores than Whole Foods though. Overall they are so much cheaper than Whole Foods (yes the 365 items can be a deal, but that's about it as far as I can tell) that I go there for pretty much anything I would go to Whole Foods for.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 3:30 PM

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Their frozen fish is terrific and fresh! Specifically the Orange Roughie (ruffy?) is great.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 7:08 PM

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I just bought sugar snap peas baked snacks...mmmmmmm

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 7:55 PM

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Trader Joes

I like Trader Joes quite a bit. Their marinera sauces are very good. I cook a great deal and shop everywhere, speciality markets, etc., including Whole Paycheck. (just kidding). I've found Trader Joe's to generally have a quality product. I've found a couple of items that I won't rebuy, but generally, it's been a great store with (thank God!!!) GREAT PRICES. THANK YOU TRADER JOES!

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 9:22 PM

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iI like the frozen lasagnas (spinach and veggie) and the frozen indian meals and the hummus! and the whole wheat englsih muffins are fabulous.

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 9:52 PM

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I loe their frozen mushroom risotto... grill some chicken to go along with it and you have a great quick meal.

I also love their snacks... the pretzel thins are great as well as their pita chips

Sunday, April 22, 2007, 12:41 PM

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I am whimpering with hunger reading this thread! Gotta go get some TJ!

Monday, April 23, 2007, 3:41 PM

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TJ Faves

Try the Yogurt, Greek Style, in Honey flavor. Its absolutely delicious.
Also the Cliff Nectar Bars, in Dark Chocolate Walnut or Apricot Vanilla
The frozen TJ Chicken Enchiladas
Or the appli pie that you bake for fiftenn minutes, Yum.
Also love the Quiche

Monday, April 23, 2007, 5:06 PM

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Trader Joe's Food

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 11:44 PM

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Trader Joe's food

See this new website. Its a good start for trader joe's stuff:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 11:44 PM

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Wow, someone hit a nerve here huh?

personal TJ faves:

Fruit Leather
"2 Buck Chuck" Charles Shaw wines
mix pack of beers (woohoo I get to pick 6 !?!)
Indian food in the metal pouches inside the cardboard boxes - all amazing (Not very good for you though)
Jalepeno stuffed Olives
Frozen fish
Pretty much everything in the store...

? ? Those Asian rice noodle luch packs are total crap, I was SHOCKED ! ! Pain in the %$# to make in the office kitchen, not healthy and all are boring flavors - is this really TJ's food ? What happened here Ming?

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 10:17 AM

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