Trader Joe's October Haul

It is the end of October and this morning I saw frost on the ground while I was walking through the neighborhood. We've had a lot of rain this month so the cold and sunny days are a welcome change. We've stocked up on pressed apple cider, red wine, and delicious snacks to enjoy in the dark and cool evenings. This week, I headed to Trader Joe's in Capitol Hill for some of our seasonal favorites and do our weekly shopping.

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. Like many folks, I love their frozen meats and salad kits for a cheaper version of take-out. Even now that we have more time at home and less activities in the evening, it is still nice to have simple, prepared options for dinner. This week, we tried the Pollo Asada and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (both refrigerated/raw and seasoned) for a quick, flavorful addition to Sunday Night Football nachos. We also made a beef and vegetable stew that will be great for cooler fall evenings and meal prepping as it will make at least 3 dinners for us.

Check out what we've got for the week down below. I've included prices for reference. Stay tuned for recipes using these delicious Trader Joe's finds in the following posts and 'Recipes' section below.


The bulk of our groceries this week were from the produce isle. We love having fruit and veggies throughout the day as snacks and also incorporating vegetables into our other meals. That said, our produce bill this week was surprisingly low. Buying seasonal fruits and veggies make all the difference for saving money. This week we got:

  • Organic Romaine Hearts

  • Baby Spinach

  • Carrots

  • Celery Hearts

  • Mandarin Oranges

  • Rainbow Pears

  • Dutch Yellow Potatoes

Total Cost: $16.83


When it comes to protein, we eat everything - plant based proteins, chicken, seafood, eggs/dairy, and red meat. We try to mix up our protein options throughout the week for our health and the environment. This week we got:

  • Roasted/Smoked Deli Turkey

  • Tofu

  • Jalapeño Chicken Sausage

  • Eggs

  • Angus Beef Stew Meat

  • Pollo Asada

  • Mexican Style Shredded Cheese

Total Cost: $36.08

Canned & Packaged Goods

Trader Joe's has great options for packaged and canned goods. We were able to pick up a few items that will add some flavor to our meals and fill our pantry. This week we got:

  • Cuban Style Black Beans

  • Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry (frozen)

  • Green Chiles

  • Sliced Black Olives

  • Spicy Hummus

  • Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Total Cost: $11.24

Snacks & Treats

Working from home means that we are always looking for (somewhat) healthy snacks throughout the day. We like a mix of sweet, savory, and crunchy snacks; fortunately, Trader Joe's has lots of great options. This week we got:

  • Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips

  • Jerk-style Plantain Chips (dried)

  • Thai Lime and Chili Almonds

  • Berry Licorice

  • Spicy Mango (dried)

  • Pumpkin Spice Pretzels

Total Cost: $20.53


We will be using these ingredients to make a hearty beef and vegetable stew, nachos for Sunday Night Football, salads, fried rice, and stir-fried veggies with crispy tofu. We typically have cereal, oatmeal, or eggs for breakfast and make sure that the pantry is stocked with snacks for throughout the day. I am so excited to try the pumpkin spice pretzels and jerk-style plantain chips for a sweet and salty treat. The Thai lime and chili almonds will be a great source of afternoon protein while we work. Stay tuned for more great recipes coming to the blog soon.

Let's chat!

What are your go-to items at Trader Joes? Any favorite autumn recipes? Share you favorites in the comment section below.


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