Trader Joe’s in October

This product right here was reason enough for me to go against my usual standards and indulge in non-organic greek yogurt.


I only bought two, proving that self restraint does in fact exist within me. 


It’s tangy, tart, and only slightly sweet with hints of ginger and orange.  I loved it.  Had Kyle not been shopping with me, we’d probably have 500 in our fridge right now.  I wonder how long they’ll have these seasonal treats in stock?

Runner up in the pumpkin department goes to this coffee blend.  Still obsessed.

Next item on my TJ favorite list is not seasonal at all, but still makes for a nice fall comfort meal.


Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs are your typical vegan junk food.  The ingredients list is not amazing, but sometimes you just want what you want.


You can even out the healthfulness of them by making a meal with spaghetti squash noodles and organic marinara.  Or you can say to hell with it and just get your comfort food on.




Why fight it?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Trader Joe’s makes shaved Brussels sprouts, and I’m a huge huge fan. 


I have so many recipe ideas for these guys…I can’t through them fast enough!


This was a quinoa and brussels sprouts salad with nutritional yeast cheese sauce on top…and there are tons more brussels recipes on the way.

If you have a TJ’s nearby, what’s on your grocery list? 

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Comments (36)

  1. Elyse

    My favorite fall product from Trader Joe’s is the pumpkin pancake/waffle mix! Also just got the pumpkin butter and it’s very yummy.

  2. Mimi

    That soy chorizo sausage…THAT is my favorite, second only to their baked savory tofu.

  3. megan

    Also obsessed with the pumpkin yogurt and meatless meatballs. I can’t buy the TJs pumpkin butter because I have zero self-control with it.

  4. Danielle

    Loving the shaved Brussels sprouts!!!!

  5. Lori @ Coolgreendays

    We dont have anything resembling any of those items, except for regular brussy sprouts frozen. Hmmm somehow I’m not sure I’m disappointed 🙂 Enjoy!

  6. Ammie

    Love the pumpkin yogurt with your quinoa granola! We are big fans of the broccoli slaw, the organic ready to eat bags of kale, and their mesquite smoked almonds. Anytime now their peppermint green tea will be on the shelves, and I’ll be the crazy lady with at least 25 boxes or more in her cart. It’s so yummy, the kids love it too, and it sells out quickly so stocking up on first sight is essential! I don’t know what we’d do without TJ’S. Looking forward to your brussel sprout recipes.

  7. Aly

    I love all your recipes and Trader Joes is quite amazing, although I don’t eat a lot of packaged food so I don’t find my way to one that often…
    I was wondering what comprises your nutritional yeast sauce? I’m intrigued and I love slathering everything in nutritional yeast 🙂

  8. duddes02

    There is this new item called Salmon Jerky. It’s pricey ($5.99) and there are a few more added ingredients that I like (like sugar..etc). I had it in my cart and then I ended up putting it back. I kiinda regret it and I might buy it next time I stop by. I looove salmon jerky.

  9. deva at deva by definition

    Our TJ’s is really hard to get in and out of, but when I go, I can’t leave without some almond butter.

  10. clare @ fittingitallin

    A trader joes finally opened but its like 30 min away. You’re making me DEF have to drive out there! I miss those meatless balls!

  11. elaine c.

    have you ever seen RENT? anytime anyone says “meatless balls” i always think of RENT 🙂
    i always get a bag of the blue corn tortilla chips. they used to have this roasted tomato salsa, but sadly i’ve haven’t seen it in a while. delicious. i like the frozen lemon and raspberry bars for a sweet treat. annnd, i like the black bean and jack cheese burritos because they’re ‘da bomb. there. i said it.

  12. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    I was just at TJs! They have a new salmon jerkey that I got, it was expensive but I really wanted to try it. Unfortunately I’m not much of a fan…

  13. Jamie

    I am so glad that you posted the info about the non-fat Greek pumpkin yogurt! I was sooo disappointed when they discontinued the Greek fig yogurt, but I love the honey… I will definitely try the pumpkin. Like, as soon as I get off work.

    TJs has a new awesome bag of organic Power (to the) Greens, which is a mixed back of de-stemmed kale, chard, and spinach. I’m eating about four bags per week. Awesome.

    It’s tough to beat their price on bananas, and I always get their organic grape tomatoes and basil bushes (because my garden refuses to grow either), and I don’t eat cow cheese but I usually get their goat cheese. They also have a great sandwich turkey that is just sliced turkey breast, not processed. Um… And their Caramel and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate bar, which I learned about from this blog 🙂

    (Their Indian food boxes are also a great thing to keep in my desk at work, in case I don’t have time to make lunch.)

  14. Angie

    I was just thinking how good spaghetti squash and tj’s meatless meatballs sounded good. Will have to get this weekend!

  15. Elise (Post author)

    those chocolate bars!!! i saw a new one recently with coconut so im gonna have to try that soon.

  16. Elise (Post author)

    hahaha, totally forgot about that…

    im gonna have to check out those frozen lemon and raspberry bars!

  17. Elise (Post author)

    see katie’s comment below about the salmon jerky.

  18. Elise (Post author)


  19. Elise (Post author)

    i dont remember what it was…probably nooch, almond milk, braggs, hummus, and something or other?

  20. Elise (Post author)

    you and i are so similar. im the crazy stock up now or youll never see it again person, too.

  21. Elise (Post author)

    i have a jar in the pantry and i am scared to open it.

  22. Becky (have turtle will travel)

    Today is opening day for the TJs here. I doubt I will be braving the crowds for a couple of weeks, but I am keeping up a list of things I *must* try. I’ve never seen a grocery store with such a cult following before!

  23. BroccoliHut

    I have MANY Tj faves, but tops on my list are the pre-cooked lentils, sunflower butter, sesame-honey cashews, and three layer hummus.

  24. luv what you do

    I need to go find that yogurt. Looks awesome!

  25. Ttrockwood

    That pumpkin yogurt was seriously awesome…! (i was the girl with 8cups in my cart!) and the meatless balls are so super amazing, freezer staple here.
    Their purple carrot beet juice is a favorite, and they have a new prepared kale salad box that is vegan and just needs a bit of hummus 🙂
    Have you tried the sweet potato fries? Dangerous stuff…

  26. Stacey @

    Im not a fan of Brussels sprouts but for some reason I am digging the shaved sprouts! Loving them with gnocchi and mushrooms! Or raw in a salad with TJs Spicy Peanut Dressing!
    My favorite has got to be their White Bean Hummus though.

  27. Carbzilla

    I also bought just two of the pumpkin yogurts – soooo good. I was actually stalking the pumpkin ice cream but they were totally out. None. Zip.

    I also bought the Brussels sprouts, made them once, and then the other half of the bag went bad. :(. I should probably just shred my own.

    I also bought the pumpkin pancake mix, and I’ve been drinking Starbucks Pumpkin lattes like a fiend. I don’t even like Starbucks, but I do love pumpkin and Autumn!

  28. Tessa W.

    No TJ’s in Arkansas:( however I did visit my first one in Chicago this August. Bought some organic ketchup just because I could.:)

  29. Elise (Post author)

    thats pretty much how it was with EVERY PUMPKIN THING at ours. i got the last pumpkin coffee, but there was nada of anything else pumpkin-y that was mentioned in the fall TJ flier.

  30. Elise (Post author)

    i loooove that white bean hummus. and the mediterranean one too.

  31. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    This post is pretty much the story of my life. I like to do weekly recipe posts and I’m starting to get embarrassed because every product I’m photographing says Trader Joe’s. I think I may have a problem.

  32. Elise (Post author)

    nope, it makes you awesome.

  33. Kristin

    You absolutely HAVE to make the brussels sprouts recipe on the back of the bag. Balsamic brussels are amazing!

  34. Elise (Post author)

    i thought it looked good – you just sealed the deal though.

  35. Kate

    Oh lord, I’m at Trader Joe’s 4 times a week minimum. First world problems, having it on your walk home…

    I was curious about the pumpkin yogurt, but I typically just mix regular Greek yogurt with pumpkin and spices and call it a day. Is this stuff worth it to buy special?

  36. Elise (Post author)

    i thought it was fabulous! i didnt have high hopes, but it was tart and tangy and definitely better than pumpkin puree mixed with reg greek yogurt. aka im buying it again.

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