June Trader Joe's Haul
This past weekend, I headed to Trader Joe's in Capitol Hill to try out some new recipes and stock up on some of our favorite frozen foods and snacks. 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 are busy and have just a few minutes to pull together lunch and dinner. This week, we focused on healthy proteins and snacks as well as some fresh veggies to create balanced salads for lunches and dinners. The photos below show some of the haul ingredients and how we used them: a refreshing wedge salad, tropical fruit smoothies, and a cold soba noodle salad. All three recipes were super simple and perfect for warm summer days.
Check out what we've got for the week down below; I've included prices for each category for reference. Stay tuned for simple summer recipes using these delicious finds in the following posts as well as my "What I eat in a Wednesday" series in my instagram stories. We love trying new products from Trader Joes - be sure to share your favorites and must-try items in the comment section below.
Produce & Plants
This week, we stocked up on some fruits and vegetables from the produce aisle and the frozen for morning smoothies and vegetables in salads. Trader Joe's has awesome fruits, vegetables, and drinks to stay healthy. This week we got a great mix of fresh and frozen items:
Organic apple sauce
Frozen organic cauliflower rice
Cole slaw mix (shredded red and green cabbage and carrots)
Total Cost: $20.73
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. This week, we are going to enjoy lots of different protein options to pair with all our salads and produce. We also have a mix of healthy snacks to stay satisfied throughout the day. The Trader Joe's chicken sausage is always a staple at our house for a quick dinner or to have with eggs for a weekend brunch. The vast majority of our budget this week went to:
Organic pea protein powder (for smoothies)
Tofu (firm and soft)
Garlic peppercorn pork tenderloin
Shawarma style chicken thighs
Andouille chicken sausage
Jalapeno chicken sausage
"Everything but the Bagel" almonds and cashews
Mini cheese sandwich crackers
Total Cost: $83.37
What are your Trader Joe's staples? Do you have a favorite recipe for summer we should try next? Share you favorite products or recipes in the comment section below.