Rumor has it that in other parts of the country people don’t have to wait on a “one in, one out” line with a bouncer to get a decent price on groceries. Oh, the simple life. Even though it can feel like a zoo or Penn Station at rush hour, the prices and overall amazing selection of items at Trader Joe’s keep me coming back for more. Below are my favorite TJs items and how to use them.
BBQ PULLED PORK
I cook some version of tacos at least once a week, and this package of BBQ pulled pork is an easy way to switch things up from a typical ground beef or turkey version. Just take the package and dump in a saucepan, heat through, spoon onto a tortilla, and top with your favorite taco toppings. Couldn’t be simpler.
Continuing the mexican food theme, this surprisingly not super unhealthy sauce is smoky and spicy and makes an awesome topping for tacos, quesadillas, or yes, enchiladas. It’s even good on scrambled eggs.
SUPER SPINACH SALAD
I typically buy at least one of these a week for a no-brainer lunch to bring to work. The spinach and quinoa are filling and the miso carrot dressing is A+++.
FROZEN JUST GRILLED CHICKEN STRIPS
I always keep a bag of these chicken strips in my freezer for those moments when I feel like cooking is the most daunting task of all time. They can be used in a ton of different ways, from quesadillas to tossing with pasta to a stir fry with rice and veggies.
BAG OF SWEET POTATOES
A bag of sweet potatoes at Trader Joe’s is $2. That’s less than a latte! I like to dice up the sweet potatoes and toss with olive oil, salt, and rosemary and roast in the oven for an easy side dish.
BUTTERMILK PANCAKE MIX
Hands down the best tasting boxed pancake mix. All that stands between you and a delicious breakfast is one egg, a cup of water, and $2 in your wallet. And, you know, the line at Trader Joe’s.
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