Look, I don’t have a lot of time here, I’m not an actual blogging machine that can just pump out blogs whenever you want, ok? I have a life.
However a few months ago, I posted my personal grocery list for Whole Foods and recently have been asked to do the same for my second favorite grocer, Sir Trader Joe. It’s like Mr. Whole Food’s younger, cheaper college brother. And I love him.
Like any grocery store, Trader Joe’s has its downside. All of the check out cashiers just love to chat with you while checking you out, and most of us just don’t have time for that/use our check out time to chat on the phone and can’t be bothered. Kidding that’s so rude I don’t do that. Most of the time.
Another drawback is that you must avoid the bread products at all costs, because similarly to Whole Foods, organic and all natural muffins, wheat bread, bagels, etc., tend to me super dry and bland. Ew. Yuck. Bye.
The rest of the store however? Gold. And trust me when I say that because when it comes to Trader Joe’s I have been there and I have done that. So use this list as One More Thing to add to your shopping cart, or as something new to try this month!
- Wine – If you want a delightful bottle of wine for a sickeningly cheap expense, Charles Shaw — or “Two Buck Chuck” — is what you need. It’s $2.49 a bottle and their Sauvignon Blanc and Moscato are très delish.
- Pesto Tortellini – Can’t remember the price, but I pretty much lived off of this my junior year of college. Pair with their Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup and voila!
- Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Bites – NOT KIDDING my absolute favorite snack, and it will be yours too, unless you vibrate on a very strange frequency that isn’t similar to mine.
- Gnocchi al Gorgonzola – I am still super unclear on this whole “gnocchi” word, but the only way I can describe it is with the words noodley-and-cheesy-delight. Just get it. You got it?
- Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole – Need I say more? But don’t use with any type of Trader Joe’s chips, because as I said, their bread products are just not up to par with my carb standards.
- Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip – It’s pretty good. I’m not George Clooney in love with it, but I’m Ryan Gosling on the verge of being in love with it, you know?
- Mac & Cheese Bites – … … …
- Trader Joe’s Cleanse – I’ve talked about this before ad nauseam. It’s still my favorite cleanse to date and if you’re confused, can read about it in detail here.
- Dried Apricots – This can sometimes be a pricey snack depending where you buy, but it’s pretty cheap here and still holds a lot of flavor so me gusta, me gusta mucho.
- Sushi – Not as good as Whole Foods, not even close, but it’s good. I like the Tempura Shrimp Crunch Rolls, and that’s it.
- Bacon Wrapped Scallops – Must I explain?
- Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage – YUM. They’re made with maple, so I usually make them for breakfast in a skillet and couple with any kind of maple syrup over top.
- Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels – Easy there, soy-phobes. No it isn’t real chicken but yes it is everything you like from chicken with even more flavor. I was skeptical, too, but my girl Ker made me try them and I can promise it’s like a mouth vacation to Shanghai and back.
- Mandarin Orange Chicken – If you don’t like chicken substitutes, their actual mandarin chicken is delicious, too. I buy both. Obviously.
All of this food talk has got me starving, so I’m going to go eat a few glasses of wine. See you tomorrow.