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Shopping List for Trader Joes

Hello, I realize I eat the same things for weeks on end. What do you buy at Trader Joes? I'm trying to make a shopping list! (will make a seperate post for whole foods)

Wed. Apr 5, 8:45pm

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Great idea! I never realized how much I get from them...I don't get these every week, but these are some of the foods I like from Trader Joe's!


Frozen Prepared Brown Rice
Frozen Prepared Jasmine Rice
Frozen Soycoutash (edamame, corn & peppers)
Frozen cut asparagus
Frozen asparagus
Frozen green beans
Frozen Roasted Corn
Frozen Avocado slices (awesome for making guacamole at any time!)
Frozen Mixed Bell Peppers, both the slices & the whole ones
2 lb frozen Chicken Thighs
2 lb Frozen Chicken Breast
Frozen Chicken Tamales
Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce
Fage Total 0% Yogurt
Fresh Mixed Chard
Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal
Kashi Shredded Wheat Cereal
Olives in oil with garlic & Herbs (small serving packages)
Sundried Tomatoes
Pre-packaged single serve almonds
1 lb package of lox
Fresh bags of apples
Packages of their different trail mixes
Sliced Black Olives
Organic Black Beans
Organic Chick Peas
Canned Tuna
TJ Instant Miso Soup
Dried Spices / Herbs
Wasabi Mayonnaise

A variety of their veggie spreads & sauces (all onion-free) Not sure of the names:
Red Pepper Sauce
Artichoke Sauce
Sundried Tomato Bruschetta
Mediterranean Olive Dip

Charles Shaw Chardonnay ("2 buck Chuck")

Kiss my Face - Pear Hand soap
Kiss my Face - Peach Hand lotion
Lavendar or Tangerine dish soap
Extra Absorbant Dish Rags.

Pre-made, ready-to-bake chocolate Chip cookies
No Pudge Fudge Brownies
Onion-free Pizzas (Not sure if they still carry it, but they used to have an awesome Greek Pizza with spinach and cheese.
Apricot / Apple Sauce
Ice Cream - without MSG or other extra chemicals

I used to get these until they discontinued them:
Frozen Mixed Asian Mushrooms

Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 10:23 PM

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French-cut green beans
Harvest Hodgepodge
Mango chunks
Tropical Fruit Trio
Wheat-free or blueberry waffles
Meatless meatballs
Dr. Prager's California burgers
Vegetarian breakfast patties
Gardenburger riblets
Veggie burritos
***Sharon's coconut sorbet***
Tofutti fudgesicles
Double Rainbow non-dairy cherry or vanilla/mango
Roasted vegetable pizza
Vegan Pad Thai
Vegetarian rice bowl

Boxed Indian meals (like lentils)
Carrot ginger soup
Luna bars, Z Bars
Tempting trail mix
Plain rice cakes
the spreads mentioned above
avacado's number guacamole
All hummus
Just the clusters cereals
fruit leather
old fashioned graham crackers
panda licorice
coconut date rolls
Earth balance margarine (not hydrogenated)
pineapple salsa
roasted corn and bean salsa
white strips (tortilla chips)
peanut butter filled pretzels

Bench & Field's dog food

Thursday, April 06, 2006, 12:17 AM

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all the above... great choices.
I also sometimes get the frozen chicken fried rice... 1 cup is 200 cal... I doctor it up by adding more veggies and chicken though. still makes a quick easy meal when i don't really want to cook.

they also have a frozen pizza i love... they are single serve, box has two pizzas... I forget what they call it though... black olives, and feta cheese... very yummy

Thursday, April 06, 2006, 6:49 AM

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this is an awesome thread! iris, thank you for the "toiletries" ideas, too!

Thursday, April 06, 2006, 10:09 AM

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Thanks to the last poster! :-) I love those soaps. :-)

I have to be really careful when getting sauces and soups-- my hubby's got a sensitivity to onions, so many times, we have to be vigilant to the ingredients in most sauces.

I tried the Pepita simmer sauce, but found it to be too salty for me (maybe I needed to mix it in with some veggies in addition to beef.) but the Thai Green Curry Sauce is my absolute favorite.... (figures--it has 13 gr of fat per serving!)

I mix the Green curry sauce with the frozen chicken breast or frozen shrimps or seafood, and frozen veggies depending on my mood-- "soy"coutash, green beans, peppers or mushrooms and then serve it over their frozen jasmine rice. The meal takes little time to prepare and tastes very good.. lots of veggies... :-)

I'm truly impressed by their frozen rices-- they taste very "real" and don't have the texture of rice like "Uncle Ben's"

I forgot some of their frozen seafoods that I like!

Frozen Shrimp (Rock or regular)
Frozen Scallops
Frozen mixed seafood (I think it's calamari, scallops & shrimp)
Frozen Seafood Stew (or something like that) - this has crab claws, shrimps, scallops, etc. and is a great price for what you are getting--just steam and eat. YUMMY!
I've also tried their frozen salmon patties (pretty good).

One of these days, I'll try some of their frozen meats (lamb, beef, buffalo, etc.)

Thursday, April 06, 2006, 1:22 PM

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I love their frozen (wild) Chinook salmon.
Also their frozen shrimp, and in general most of their frozen meals.

Their boxed teabags are great. But I've just discovered their bottled Bergamon (pls help me w/spelling) green tea -- slightly sweet w/an orange taste -- I mix it in a pitcher w/iced tea I've made w/regular tea bags.

Oh oh -- they have marvelous nuts -- including organic almonds & walnuts. My daughter loves the single-serving little bags of almonds.

Thursday, April 06, 2006, 8:19 PM

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My list goes on and on and on... LOL

I love Trader Joes!

Other things I've found that are part of our "regular' list of TJ foods.. :-)

Soy/Corn/Flax Seed Tortillas (So yummy, I have to limit myself!)
Frozen Peppers
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Powder

Most of their prices are reasonable... :-) Too many good things to eat there!
I love their sample foods and coffees. :-D

Thursday, April 06, 2006, 11:34 PM

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I miss Trader Joe's ...... not one any where close to where I live now.... :(

Friday, April 07, 2006, 12:08 AM

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I love Trader Joes. I buy their nuts, Kashi products, rice, and packaged pasta.
Their products do very buy region of the country, so you might not find everything that people have listed. I was excited about finding something one of my group memembers eats, then found out I couldn't get it in my store.

Friday, April 07, 2006, 7:55 AM

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natural nut butters - peanut, cashew and almond
pumpkin butter (seasonal, it's like apple butter)
mini pitas
moral fiber muffins

salt and sugar scrubs

the TJ's brand shampoo in the white bottle with light green cap is a brand called Giovanni which sells at Whole Foods for like $8 a bottle and is only $2.50 at TJ's

Friday, April 07, 2006, 2:29 PM

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Indian style Papadums

OMG- if you haven't tried them, you must! Perfect snack for those who like the salty/spicy thing!

Also, I made a list on Word based on the things I regularly get and in order of how I walk the store. I print it up every week, fill it in according to my weekly menu, and take it with! It makes shopping go quickly!


Friday, April 07, 2006, 2:42 PM

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ONE MORE THING- frozen chopped garlic

GREAT for making cooking go faster! They are in cubes. There is also frozen chopped basil and cilantro. When using these, it's best to throw them in with the oil as soon as you put the pan on the stove.


Friday, April 07, 2006, 2:45 PM

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The stuffed salmon is awesome and low calorie. (frozen section).

The lobster stuffed ravioli is awesome.

Their refrigerated carrot juice is actually more reasonably priced than my local "value" grocery store.

Friday, April 07, 2006, 11:41 PM

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the frozen mushroom risotto tastes like you took the time to actually make it yourself and is low in fat and calories. I also like the marsalla sauce you can find in a jar- FAT FREE! very yummy with chicken.

Saturday, April 08, 2006, 9:37 PM

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boo hoo hoo! This thread made me miss CA even more (didn't think that would be possible...). I don't have a trader joe's here in TX, but my mom just sent me the champagne pear dressing with gorgonzola. It's not light but it only takes a tiny bit to get the wonderful flavor.

Sunday, April 09, 2006, 12:58 AM

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i remember my dance teacher back in high school told me the best multi- vitamin you can find is trader joe multi-vitamin!

i've been taking them since then!

Monday, April 10, 2006, 6:11 PM

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I second the frozen herbs! Great tasting and very convenient!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 4:14 PM

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Shopping list and sample meal plans

I too am a huge fan of trader joes and what a coincidence, I am a personal trainer as well. I refer all of my clients there and accompany them one time each. I have linked to my shoping list with 18 pre calculated meal plans for the very items on the list.

Trader Joes is superb because of their high quality and low prices. Im glad to see theres a like mind out there


Sunday, January 24, 2010, 12:15 PM

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I normally use only fresh veggies. How does the sodium content compare? Also what about the preservatives? Everyone seems to talk about the frozen veggies from TJ. Just wondering how they compare.

Sunday, January 24, 2010, 9:16 PM

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They have great prices on frozen berries

My son eats frozen blueberries all the time.

They are great in smoothies,

Monday, January 25, 2010, 12:42 PM

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What I like from Trader Joes

first, I love their bagged spinach (not the organic one).
Then I regularly use the following

Creamy Corn and Roasted Pepper soup (boxed) - basically veggie puree and only 110 calories per serving
Fried Onion Bits - not really a good "diet food" but oh do they add flavor!
Their Nulaid egg whites (in carton in refrigerator section) - makes amazing omelets especially if you add lots of fresh veggies
I am using several of their frozen veggies (and add a very low calorie barbecue sauce to flavor it.
Recently I have started eating their Heratige flakes cereal with fat-free milk
and I love their bottled water (24 oz) wiht the sports pop tops.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 1:27 PM

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the lime popsicles are heaven!
also I get lots of frozen fish at TJ's
for backpacking I buy the freeze-dried fruit

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 9:48 PM

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