I love trying new recipes to mix things up, but there’s something about the comfort of old standbys — when all else fails, they’re there for you! Here are 10 items I always grab at Trader Joe’s…
Lemon Curd. This curd is smooth, tart and perfect with breakfast toast. It’s also delicious mixed in with yogurt and granola.
Toscano Cheese. Some days I like to create a little happy hour for myself, with cheese, crackers and maybe a glass of white wine. This cheese is an ideal mix of sharp and creamy, and it’s been aged in red wine (see the purple ridge on top?).
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Listen closely: if you get nothing else, grab these. They’re always on hand in the check-out lines, and a small bag is only 99 cents. The bitterness of the dark chocolate perfectly offsets the sweetness of the peanut butter.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mediterranean Blend. I used to believe that all olive oil was the same. I was wrong! The nutty, buttery taste of this one sets it apart from the collection of EVOO bottles in your cabinet, whether you’re serving it on top of hummus or drizzling it over your favorite pasta.
Sharp Cheddar Cheesy Crackers. Judging by the small animals on the box, I’m pretty sure these are meant for kids, but I like to play fast and loose with my snacking. These sharp cheddar cheese bombs are the perfect afternoon treat.
Burrata, Prosciutto & Arugula Flatbread Pizza. For lunch while working from home, this pizza hits the spot — with lots of burrata (omg YUM). I love to drizzle Mediterranean olive oil on top, as a finishing touch.
Gluten-Free Mini Cupcakes. These mini cupcakes are great to bring to a party (when it’s safe to party again!) or to keep for a sweet treat around the house. Bonus: you seriously can’t tell they’re gluten-free.
Thai Veggie Gyoza. I’m often stumped for dinner, so I keep a bag or two of these handy. They’re delicious crisped in a pan and dipped in soy sauce.
Grapefruit & Lemon Hand Sanitizer Spray. My favorite thing about this sanitizer is that it moisturizes while it cleans, so it doesn’t leave my hands cracked and dry.
Fresh Flowers. There’s nothing that freshens up a room like a vase of flowers. I recently ran to the store to grab some milk and was surprised by all the new spring blooms. I got all these, above, for less than $20.
What are some of your Trader Joe’s favorites? Anything I should add to the list?