Trader Joe's Grocery Haul: The Beezy Essentials
We’re back at it with a list of MORE Trader Joe’s fab finds. I’ve been peepin’ and creepin’ the shelves. Heck, I'm buyin’ and tryin’ ALL the goods.
And while I’m eagerly anticipating the debut of their glorious line-up of pumpkin products [you know, when early September hits and TJs morphs into a pumpkin-PARADISE], I figured I’d bide my time with a list of my TJ’s go-to items. We'll call these beezy's essentials. These are the unique gems that I keep stocked at all times.
[insert emoji praise hands]. I cannot say enough good things about these two salad blends. I use one or the other for breakfast probably every morning. I take a handful of whichever salad mix I have on hand and add it to a bowl. I dress it with a shimmy shake of coconut aminos + dijon mustard. Then top it with an egg [over-easy or scrambled]. If I’m feeling CRAZY, maybe a couple slices of avocado too. Ah, brekki goals achieved.
These are two of my favorite TJ veggie blends. I actually discovered these when I did my first Whole30 a year ago. The veggies are chopped and ready to go for easy roasting or sautéing. I’m a busy bee. The day gets chaotic. Then, before you know it, I'm starving' like marvin! Having these on hand makes it one step easier to keep things healthy.
If you know me well, you are quite familiar with my crockpot obsession. Even in those hot, hot summer months my crock is blazin’ [hot fire flames]. It’s the BEST for meal prep and recipes are honestly so easy-peasy, even this lil beezy can’t mess them up!
I keep these salsas on hand for easy crockin' with big flava-flav. I’ll add a protein to the crockpot (normally chicken or pork) and then about half a jar of salsa. I then set the crockpot on high and let it do it’s thang [4-5 hours, depending on the protein of choice]. After the meat is done cooking, I remove it [option to shred it], and then add the remaining half of the salsa from the jar. It’s bomb.com. Give it a whirl!
I highly recommend the island salsa variety with pork!
I’ve always been impressed with TJ’s selection of protein bars. Without fail, I manage to sneak a couple into my basket whenever I’m making a TJ run. The bars are nice to throw into my bag for a quick lil snack-a-roonie on the run because, lets be real, no one likes a hangry b.
This is a no-brainer. I ALWAYS have one or two of these stocked in my cabinet. A mere cup of this stuff gives me a quick lil zip in the morning to get movin. It’s a concentrate, so I normally mix it with water and then add a dash of almond milk. mmhhm, perfecto!
Just Coconut Chunks + Maca Powder + Very Cherry Berry Medley
This trio here includes some of my fave ingredient to pop into smoothies. I LOVE coconut so I was very excited to see this product stocked in the Chicago store. Just a few chunks will thicken up your smoothie and give it a nice lil coco-zip.
The maca powder appears to be a new item on shelves. While many people may use maca powder to improve their overall health, it is also an adaptogen, so it may help with hormone balance [alleviating anxiety, stress, depression, and mood swings].
And last, but definitely not least, the berry medley. I’m grooving on cherries lately and this stuff keeps my smoothies ooo SO sweet.
This mix has a great balance of nuts, raisins, and chocolate candies. Just divine. I don’t buy it all the time because I literally have NO portion control when it comes to fruit and nut mixes - we’ll just say that's a testament to how good it is :) - but it's a nice sweet treat every now and then!
When I first saw this cauli-crust on IG, I was UBER curious to get my hands on it. Most cauli-crusts fall apart when cooking or have no flavor, but this stuff kept getting rave review on IG. I knew I had to give it a go. After months of stalking the shelves at my local TJs, no lie, I finally found it. It did not disappoint [first recipe here]. The trick is to pre-bake [or broil] the crust first, before adding toppings. This will keep it crispy and prevent it falling apart on you.
I eat tofu every once in a while to shake things up. And I have to say, without proper seasoning, tofu can be bland and boring. This is nothing of the sort! The Sriracha adds a nice kick without being overly spicy.
Also, it actually works really well when I’m making a one-sheet pan recipe. I’ll line a baking dish with parchment paper, add some chopped veggies, the TJ’s tofu, and a little coconut oil. I realize this tofu is already baked, however after popping it into the oven with the veggies, it gets nice and crispy! Easy-peasy. It's a no fuss meal.
Made from coconut and salt, the coconut aminos are a great soy sauce substitute. I add this to roasted veggies or buddha bowls ALL the time. It’s sweeter and less salty than soy sauce, but it definitely adds a nice flavor punch to any meal!
No TJ's list of mine would be complete without a nod to the spices I keep in my cabinet. I roast a lot of veggies and without adding some kind of seasoning [besides sea salt and pepper], things can get boring VERY quickly. The Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning [EBTBSS] deserves a quick shout-out because it’s honestly THAT good. I love adding it to eggs or avocado toast. It’s amazing on just about any kind of roasted vegetables and recently I’ve loved adding it to roasted brussel spouts.
And that’s the show.
But, stay tuned…
In a couple of weeks the pumpkin products will be hitting the shelves. Cue beezy losing her mind and turning into one bright orange pumpkin... you think I'm joking?? Nope.
I will be sure to find some time in-between stuffing my face with pumpkin goodness to share my favorite TJ PUMPKIN finds :)