My relationship with Trader Joe’s has evolved over the years. It used to be my one-stop-shop, the neighborhood store I frequented a few times a week. My kids were small at that time and knew all of the friendly team members.
These days, my visits are not as frequent. I have narrowed down a specific list of staples that I like to get at Trader Joe’s, but another grocery store has taken the place of those frequent weekly visits. I attribute this mainly to my growing focus on seasonal and local items. Which Trader Joe’s does not particularly specialize in, but certainly values and occasionally offers. But, there are still dozens of Trader Joe’s items on stock in my kitchen and I make a visit whenever I’m low.
I am going to share my Trader Joe’s Staples with you in a few different posts. First up – my favorite, the frozen section.
Hello, Frozen Food Staples from Trader Joe’s
- Cauliflower stir fry $2.99 This is my newest frozen obsession. I mix it with either brown rice or cauliflower rice and top it with a protein, like a grilled tuna burger for a super easy and veggie-filled meal.
- Zucchini spirals $2.99 I am not in a place to spiralize my own zucchini… I’m not sure I ever will be. So, for the foreseeable future, I will be relying on Trader Joe’s to do it for me. I sauté the entire package in a pan and then add it to other veggies or some actual pasta noodles to boost the veggie content. They’re now selling carrot spirals too, which I’ve been meaning to try.
- Organic edamame $1.99 They’re in the pod, organic and already cooked. So, I just defrost in the fridge overnight or steam them on the stove. I toss them in my kid’s lunches or throw them on the table with dinner.
- Organic broccoli $1.99 They’re the perfect veggies to have on hand when I need a quick side for dinner. I steam them up or sauté them with other veggies.
- Tuna Burgers (wild caught) $6.99 For this price you get 4 patties made from wild caught tuna. My entire family likes them served with a bun, although I more often grill (or sauté) them and use as a protein for a stir-fry type meal. They’d work well for fish tacos too!
- Cauliflower Rice $1.99 I know I don’t need to tell you how much I love this shiz.
- Organic Brown Rice $3.49 Buying pre-made frozen rice is a little pricy to do on the regular, but it certainly works when I’m in a pinch. Normally, I make big batches of brown rice and freeze them in 2-cup portions instead.
- Organic Pizza Crusts $2.49 I won’t make pizza at home any other way. The crust is thin, tasty and easy to work with. It’s a fun and easy dinner to leave a babysitter to prepare with my kids when we’re out.
- Pineapple Tidbits $1.79 My secret weapon! This stuff is so sweet and refreshing that it works as a “treat” for my kids, or myself. And it also is a great addition to sweeten up a stir-fry or smoothie.
- Handsome Cut Potato Fries $1.99 Because whenever I make these my kids think I am a Goddess.
There are other things from the frozen section I occasionally stock up on too. Like the multigrain waffles that my kids love to love to love. And veggies like the organic corn, peas and spinach. They have a great variety of organic berries too. But, it’s best to keep your head down and eye on the cold goods… if you dare glance up, you might end up with every chocolate covered goodie known to man in your cart. Been there done that.
Question for any Trader Joe’s shoppers out there… how’s the cauliflower pizza crust? I haven’t tried it yet.