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One of my most requested posts has been about my day to day favorite foods and more specifically my favorites at Trader Joe’s. With a TJoe’s a block from where we live a weekly run (if not more) is a must. From the cult favorite Cauliflower Gnocchi to Two Buck Chuck to even their string cheese I have tried it all. Below is a list of my go-tos when I step into those glistening aisles. I will do my best to keep this list updated as often as possible. As a special little bonus I added two of my go-to recipes that are 100% Trader Joe’s…

Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt Non Fat Vanilla Bean
These individual sized babies are my favorite things for breakfast. I don’t have to portion anything out, top them with sliced strawberries and boom. Perfect breakfast.

Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
This bag of brilliance is worth the hype BUT the key is how you cook it. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT follow the instructions on the bag. To get that crispy outside and gooey inside you need to take the gnocchi frozen and drop them right into a heated pan that has a little bit of olive oil and sauté. And since it is the crispy layer in many foods that appeals us more than the fleshy part inside, it is alright to fuss over the various different choices you come across; to have a crunchy and crispy layer. For instance, take article from DCW Casing, which expounds how rewarding it can be to have a luscious casing over sausages.

Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry
This is one of my favorites for a quick meal. The best tip I have is to make sure not to over sauté or you will get mushy rice. I’ve found 6 minutes to be the sweet spot.

Trader Joe’s Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage

Trader Joe’s Soft-Baked Snickerdoodles

Trader Joe’s Cage Free Fresh Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs

Trader Joe’s Almond Beverage Original

Trader Joe’s Mild Cheddar Cheese Snack Sticks

Trader Joe’s 100% Whole Wheat Everything Bagel Thins

Trader Joe’s Grilled Chicken Strips
So stupid easy to use for a quick meal. I would chop them up and use in a salad most days.

Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning

Trader Joe’s Applewood Smoked Bacon

Trader Joe’s Teeny Tiny Avocados
These are the the absolute perfect size so we you don’t have that leftover half of the avocado that goes brown in a day.

Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken

Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw “Two Buck Chuck” Shiraz
If you want to drink some of the TJoes red wine I suggest the Shiraz. It is the most flavorful of the reds they offer.



QUICK GO-TO TRADER JOE’S RECIPES

All ingredients in each recipe can be found at Trader Joe’s.

Skinny Italian Bowl

Sauté all in one pan…

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cauliflower Gnocchi
Halved Cherry Tomatoes
Chopped Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage
Chopped Onions

Top with…

Tomato Basil Marinara
Shaved Parmesan

Enjoy!

Skinny Chicken Stir Fry

Sauté in one pan…

Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry
Scramble Eggs
*I typically make a little room in the middle of the rice and quickly scramble a couple eggs. If I’m feeling extra skinny I’ll do egg whites only.*
Diced Red Onions

Bake…

Mandarin Orange Chicken

Top…

Chicken on top of Stir Fry
Green Onions

Enjoy!

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