March 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 had a lot of leftover items in the fridge and freezer so the haul was pretty small and included some fresh ingredients to bring our leftovers back to life. For example, we had lots of fried tofu and a single chicken thigh - with veggies, coconut milk, and spices, we'll transform these spare ingredients into a creamy curry. I'll be sprucing up leftover lentils with canned tomatoes, orzo pasta, and veggies for an easy minestrone soup. There is no reason to waste food - just add some fresh ingredients to create an entirely new dish!
Check out what we've got for the week down below; I've included prices for each category for reference. Stay tuned for our transformed leftover 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 our coconut curry. Trader Joe's has awesome fruits, vegetables, and drinks to stay healthy. This week we got a mix of fresh, frozen, and canned items:
Yellow bell pepper
Mango chunks (frozen)
Organic riced cauliflower (frozen)
Organic diced tomatoes - no salt added (canned)
Creamy, unsalted peanut butter
Organic coconut milk (canned)
Mixed berry sparkling water
Tropical punch kombucha
Unsweetened almond milk
Total Cost: $25.08
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 quick, nutritious weeknight meals. This week, we're focusing on cleaning out our fridge and freezer, so we only got a few protein items and packaged goods to eat throughout the week:
Eggs - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and baking staple at our house
Carne Asada - pre-seasoned steak
Mini Thai Tea mochi ice cream
Total Cost: $21.66
What are your Trader Joe's staples? Do you have a favorite recipe for simple weeknight dinners we should try next? Share you favorite products or recipes in the comment section below.