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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 8:22 am 
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I used to shop at TJs primarily for frozen berries and peanut butter. Their produce is abysmal and everything else I could get cheaper elsewhere. I didn't overall find them cheaper but we had other options in our area. Now that we have a Wegman's, I can get my berries and peanut butter cheaper than TJs. For my produce, Wegman's is ok but we have a local organic grocery store that has pretty cheap produce that tends to be pretty good. And then we have a proliferation of asian markets that have lots of cheap food items.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:18 pm 
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the produce is a hit or miss, i like the bagged salad but the organic is mostly lacking. lately though i have found organic bananas small enough to fit into my boyfriend's lunch, so i am happy! the frozen organic berries are the best price in town even when other stores have them on sale.

i buy high protein tofu, tempeh, soy/coco yogurt, pasta sauce, fresh bread, hansen's root beer (boyfriend's request!) - all a few bucks cheaper than the store i do most of my shopping at.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 3:38 pm 
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Vegan cookies were back on the shelf in a San Diego CA TJ's today!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 3:58 pm 
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There's been a hummus recall at Trader Joe's and Target (Archer Farms brand): http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati ... a/9430973/

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 9:45 am 
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I think Trader Joe's is great for these items:
Almond milk
Canned foods - organic and BPA free cooked beans are very reasonably priced compared to all other stores in my area
Tomato products
Bread - a little pricey, but high quality
Pasta
Tortillas - no weird ingredients, I love the multigrain ones
High protein tofu, tempeh, organic veggie burgers
Frozen organic fruits
Fair trade coffees
Condiments/staples - olive oil, vinegars, mustard, jarred olives

Actually, I find I can save quite a bit of money there if I don't go when I'm hungry and can avoid the chip aisle and prepared foods. And yes, the produce is awful, I'm always puzzled why this is so since TJs seems so quality conscious otherwise.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 1:53 pm 
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I think our Trader Joe's has pretty awesome produce, and usually either comparably priced or cheaper than Kroger's. The watermelons are definitely cheaper; they have bags of smaller pears (awesome!); bags of avocados; good lettuces, tomatoes, potatoes, and so on! Maybe it's a regional thing?


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 2:42 pm 
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The reason I go to Trader Joe's is mostly that it's way cheaper for certain things! Tofu, nondairy milks, soy creamer, frozen fruit, nuts and dried fruit, quinoa, gluten-free pasta, olive oil...I try to avoid the fun stuff and stick with staples. Canned beans there are more expensive than at Fred Meyer where I usually go but I also don't buy organic, maybe their organic ones are cheaper than other organic ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:57 pm 
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My local TJ's has humongous containers of fresh blueberries on sale for pretty cheap right now. At first I was like "what am I going to do with all these?" (I bought a boat load) but then I saw an article in Bon Apetite where someone said they pour heavy cream and a touch of honey on their berries. I subbed a simple cashew cream (cashews blended with water) and agave syrup and now I have no blueberries. It was so good, although I'm having flashbacks to that our eating contet in Stand By Me.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 10:06 pm 
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trader joe's got new vegan raw bars in & miso paste!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 5:37 pm 
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Woohoooo I'm going to trader joe's next week - the new-ish one in Buffalo! gonna have to scan thru recent thread posts here before I go! I only get to go there maybe twice a year since we don't have them in Canada, so I have to stock up on some things!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 10:40 am 
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Last night I made black bean bowls....but they were more salad-y than bowls (lots of fresh spinach)

My absolute favorite 'dressing' for taco salads like this is the Trader Joe's Salsa Authentica. Now for salsa, its kinda boring and thin. but as a salad dressing it is sooooooo good. The green one is also good, but as a salsa I think.

I was super disappointing that my SO cleaned out the fridge and tossed half a bottle out. Oh well, i am forcing him to go buy me more.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:26 am 
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I saw somewhere that vegan soy chorizo is reappearing! Haven't been able to make it to my tj's to check.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:33 am 
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i hope the new vegan soyrizo is as good as the old!

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:34 pm 
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I went to Trader Joe's and the vegan chorizo was there! Yayyyyyy. Lazy breakfast tacos in my future!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:24 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:53 pm 
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TJ's has toasted pumpkin seed oil (kürbiskernöl) now! I haven't tried it because it's $10 but it's really hard to find here so I will probably buy a can and eat myself into potato-y oblivion soon. Yum.

I haven't seen the Soy Essential soy milk at my store in ages. I'm bummed because it was my favorite plain, unsweetened, fortified soy milk. Bah. I was going to ask about it today but someone was monopolizing the customer service person.

Yay for soyrizo!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:56 am 
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i bought the new giant flaked sea salt & white miso yesterday...

we have been on a dried mango kick so i bought the organic dried mango yesterday. it is so thin & tough it's like mango jerky.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:01 pm 
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We love the corn salsa. And the baked onion ring things. When we travel to Trader Joe's, it's like once or twice a year, and usually a few hours from where we live in Canada so we can't bring back any frozen stuff with us, refrigerated stuff, any produce, anything like that. So, we always end up buying lots of snacks and not the most nutritious of food...it just must look like we eat so poorly, only buying copious amounts of chips and convenience type foods! Oh well! Our cupboard is stocked with snacks for the next little bit :) We also bought the dried mango..yummmm.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:09 pm 
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loolie wrote:
We love the corn salsa. And the baked onion ring things. When we travel to Trader Joe's, it's like once or twice a year, and usually a few hours from where we live in Canada so we can't bring back any frozen stuff with us, refrigerated stuff, any produce, anything like that. So, we always end up buying lots of snacks and not the most nutritious of food...it just must look like we eat so poorly, only buying copious amounts of chips and convenience type foods! Oh well! Our cupboard is stocked with snacks for the next little bit :) We also bought the dried mango..yummmm.


Ok where is the closest TJ's you visit? Im going.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:14 pm 
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The new saurkraut (with Persian cucumber slices) is amazing!!


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:52 pm 
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Yeah, the sauerkraut is pretty great! I hope its not a seasonal thing.

Good-sized jar of raw sauerkraut with no weird ingredients? Yes please, TJ's.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:59 pm 
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I recently had some REALLY good soy vanilla ice cream at a Loving Hut.. the server said they get it from Trader Joes. This is a big thread so I'm not sure if it's already been talked about, but it was perfect.. the texture was really smooth and it had great flavor.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:59 pm 
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yes! trader joe's makes my favorite vanilla ice cream.

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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:41 am 
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For ice cream, I prefer their cherry-chocolate chip one, though the vanilla is still pretty rockin'.

Unfortunately I live about an hour away from the nearest TJ's, so I'm afraid to buy ice cream because it might melt on the way home... I know I could put it in a cooler, but I'd still worry about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tasty eats from Trader Joe's
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i'm not a huge ice cream person (i know, sorry!). i usually eat a scoop at a time and i'm totally done. but i will sit down and eat an entire pint of their coconut strawberry ice cream. shiitake is amazing.

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