February Trader Joe's Haul

Hello and happy February from Pierogi and Springroll! If you follow our newsletter or latest blog post, you'll know that we moved to a new apartment in the Central District. Our kitchen is pretty haphazard because of the move, so we're focusing on a balance of takeout and simple meals (often frozen) to get us through the next week or so. This past weekend, I headed to Trader Joe's in Capitol Hill for some of our favorite frozen foods and snacks which will be great on-the-go meals while we unpack and organize.

One of my favorite things about Trader Joe's is their focus on high-quality and affordable prepared/frozen foods and seasonal products. Their store is full of delicious, rotating ingredients that make weeknight dinners simple and delicious - especially if you don't have a fully stocked kitchen. Like many folks, I love their frozen meats and salad kits for a cheaper version of take-out. This week, we tried the meat lasagna, butter chicken with basmati rice, and green chile tamales and burritos. We also made different snack and charcuterie boards with a great selection of cheeses, vegetables, dips (everything but the bagel dip was worth the hype), and crackers.

Check out what we've got for the week down below; I've included prices for each category for reference. Stay tuned for recipes using these delicious finds in the following posts as well as my "What I eat in a Wednesday" series in my instagram stories.

Produce & Plants

This week, we stocked up on some fruits and vegetables from the produce aisle to get through the move. In addition to great prepared and frozen foods, Trader Joe's has awesome fruits, vegetables, drinks, and seasonal salad kits. This week we got:

  • Wild boreal blueberries (frozen)

  • Mineola tangelos

  • Celery hearts

  • Baby carrots

  • Sparkling green tea and grapefruit beverage

  • Watermelon kombucha

  • Almond milk

  • Spicy hummus dip

  • Chile spiced dried mango

Total Cost: $21.60

Protein & Packaged Goods

When it comes to protein, we eat everything - plant based proteins, chicken, seafood, eggs/dairy, and red meat. We also try to mix up our snack and packaged options throughout the week for our health and the environment. Trader Joe's has some of the best prepared and frozen food which is perfect for busy evenings and our mid-move kitchen. This week we got lots of options for quick and easy lunches and dinners:

  • Eggs

  • Fig and olive crisps

  • Multigrain pita crackers

  • Butter chicken with basmati rice (frozen) - microwaved

  • Family style meat lasagna (frozen) - baked in the oven

  • Pork gyoza (frozen) - microwaved for 2 minutes, then pan fried, air fryer is also really good

  • Cauliflower stir-fry rice kit (frozen) - fried in a wok

  • Chicken chile verde burritos (frozen)v - microwaved

  • Green chile and cheese tamales (frozen) - microwaved

  • Everything but the bagel greek yogurt dip

  • Cheddar cheese

  • Herb chevre goat cheese

  • Sliced calabrese salami

Total Cost: $47.53

Let's chat!

What are your Trader Joe's staples? Do you have a favorite frozen item we should try for a quick dinner next? Share you favorite products or recipes in the comment section below.


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