Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul + Party Favorites

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Hey, hey! Happy Sunday!

Just popping in to share this week’s grocery haul and some party/entertaining favorites from Trader Joe’s!


  • Bananas – thankfully, they’re not “trick” bananas
  • Green bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Potatoes – for breakfast potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Mixed greens
  • Organic milk
  • Unsweetened soy milk
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Baked beans
  • Canola oil
  • Liquid egg whites
  • Ketchup
  • Apple-Carrot and Apple-Banana Crushers – Quinn loves these! He even ate two in the store!
  • Salsa
  • Dijon mustard
  • Vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • Greek yogurt
  • Shelled edamame
  • Eggs
  • Cod filets
  • Shredded cheese


  • Chocolate chunks
  • Chicken breasts
  • Bacon
  • Hashbrowns
  • Superfood pilaf – quinoa with sweet potatoes, kale, and carrots
  • Chicken drummellas – Mal loves these!

On the menu this week:

  • Chicken quesadillas
  • Cobb salads
  • Cod + brown rice and broccoli – is there a cod recipe you love? Please share! 🙂
  • Tuna melts with salad
  • Soup + grilled cheese sandwiches

SAM_7438 (1280x853)

We had some friends over yesterday afternoon for a play date + drinks and apps, so I also wanted to share some of our favorite party/entertaining favorites from TJ’s. 

  • Assorted crackers
  • Dark chocolate peanut butter cups – everyone loves these!
  • Peanut butter filled pretzels
  • Pita chips with sea salt
  • Green olive tapenade
  • Mini pizzas
  • Spinach & kale bites
  • Vegetable medley of broccoli, cauliflower & carrots
  • Various cheeses – love the selection at Trader Joe’s!
  • Roasted red pepper hummus
  • Guacamole
  • Pastry bites with feta & caramelized onions – not pictured because we almost always have a box or two in our freezer. They’re so good!


Question of the Day

What are your favorite Trader Joe’s items?



  1. I love their pita chips, almond butter and cheddar cheese. My husband is addicted to their truffle brownie mix.

  2. I love Trader Joes coffee, frozen cauliflower and they have the best almond butter! I’ll have to look for the superfoods pilaf. That sounds really good!

    For my cod, I simply bake it frozen in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes with a little paprika and lemon.

  3. #tjsfanclubforlife It’s great because you can get so many super healthy foods at low prices plus you can get better for you snacks! Lately I’m loving the cauliflower rice! However my tride and true Favorite trader joes item is the sun butter always 4.99 no matter what! I also love their chicken sausages and fish (check the package of your cod it probably has a great recipe). My hubby is a TJs frozen food connassour he loves their corn dogs, pot pie and mini tacos!!!!

  4. For your next party you have to try this, they sell parmesan bread wrapped mini dogs (similar to pigs in the blanket) with their hot and spicy mustard – amazing!

  5. I love love love TJ’s. We always go there if we need to do a cheese board (the caramelized onion cheddar is my fave) and they have the most awesome crackers. I also love the edamame tofu nuggets, and recently tried their “melodious blend”, which is chickpeas and lentils, its yum! You can’t go wrong shopping there.

  6. Check out for their recent baked fish with whole grain gremolata post. Delicious looking and easy. I can’t wait to try it!

  7. I didn’t use a specific recipe last time I made cod, but I just baked it with a teriyaki and apricot jam glaze and loved how it turned out!

  8. kids love the frozen mini tacos and I love the Caribbean frozen fruit ice pops. my husband. loves the frozen mango chunks

  9. I’ve been loving their Opal apples with almond butter as a night time snack but only bc the Jazz apples they have are so small. Jazz apples are my all time favorite so sometimes i will mix it up.

    I’ve also been buying a bunch of their zucchinis to thrown into my smoothies!

  10. How is Quinn doing with his eating? You recently mentioned that he was only interested in smoothies and some bread, but in some later posts, it sounds like he is happily eating other stuff, too. Did you have to take him to the doctor, or is he just working through his pickiness on his own? Just curious, because I have a somewhat picky 16-month-old myself! (By the way, I made the mini muffins that you posted about a while back, and she loved them!)

  11. One of my fav ways to prepare cod is to cook it is parchment paper or foil. You can make the little packs ahead of time (perfect for entertaining too), keep in the fridge till ready to cook and then just pop them into the oven for 12-15 mins (at 425F). I usually season the cod with salt and pepper, thinly slice some onion or leek, along with some julienned pepper and carrots and a slice of lemon, pat of butter, maybe a Tbsp of white wine and you are good to go!

  12. I would marry TJ’s Raisin Bran if I could. And topped with their salted almond butter, swoon. The choc PB 4-pack of cupcakes are some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had. I love their carmelized onion flatbread, sunflower butter, ant of their nuts and dried fruits, the tomatillo salsa, flax corn chips, ugh pretty much everything.

  13. I do all my grocery shopping at TJ’s – can’t beat the prices and selection! Some of my favorites are the raw almond butter, cashew butter, handmade 100% whole wheat tortillas and their tahini sauce! Growing up we did cod one way – baked with crumbled ritz crackers and butter on top 🙂

  14. I love most everything, but these are the must-haves for each trip: Veg fried rice, potstickers, cowboy caviar, whole wheat pizza crust, pizza sauce, reduced guilt chicken salad, and their dog food! The closest Trader Joe’s is an hour away, but we make the trip every 6 weeks or so with a huge cooler in the trunk!

  15. I love so many of the things you all listed!! I can’t seem to leave tjs without flowers, cards (99cents!!), dried “just mango”, wasabi seaweed, unexpected white cheddar cheese (it has the crunchies like parm… Oh so good!), canned dolmas, precut butternut squash (such a time suck to cut those!), cruniferous salad blend (Brussels and cabbage and the like. I saute it and put a runny egg on top)… Oh man I feel like I could keep going! Ha!! I’m a fan, obvi;)

  16. I love the caramelized onion cheddar and made the best grilled cheese with it last week. I also recently discovered the bruschetta and avocado salsa (in the fresh section). They are amazing. I also love their Chicken Tikka Masala in the fresh meals section as well.

  17. I am currently obsessed with their frozen riced cauliflower. I hear it sells out quickly when they get a shipment so I load up whenever I see it!
    I also love their fresh pre cubed butternut squash. I love roasting this and serving it over some of the riced cauliflower with chickpeas.
    Trader Joe’s Almond Butter is also my all time favorite out there.
    I do love their superfood pilaf as well.
    Trader Joe’s is the best!

  18. I can’t tell for sure but it looks like you have some vanana yogurt? That stuff is the best! I love it with some hemp seeds in it!

    I love almost everything I have had from there… but something from there I have never found anywhere else: mochi ice cream balls. They’re super good and something small to satisfy a sweet tooth 🙂

    + their refigerated tamales. Holy cow… they are even great with scrambled eggs and salasa for breakfast.

  19. This is going to sound nuts, but I LOVE their grilled (I think??) cauliflower with some of the sweet chili sauce that I mix with a little Primal Kitchen mayo. OH MY. And chocolate honey mints. And the chocolate batons–fair trade, organic and NO SOY! which is so hard to find. And the roasted potato and peppers mix is PERFECT for when I don’t plan a dinner with a roasted potato side, and still want it for a breakfast bowl–not perfect on ingredients, but super tasty!

  20. Right now I am loving their frozen angus beef burgers. I can cook one up in less than 15 minutes, throw it on a bed of greens and top with a runny egg for a super fast dinner!

  21. I just started following @traderjoeslist on Insta and there are some good reccs there. I recently saw the new item, Sweet Onion & Bacon Vinaigrette – fantastic on salads, chicken, anything. Very versatile. My favorite fish recipe that I haven’t made in a while is Moroccan Fish with Chermoula. Its very simple dish. You layer potatoes, then fish, make a herb/spice mixture (cilantro, garlic, paprika, cumin, ginger, cayenne, lemon) in a mini food processor, and then layer on peppers and onions, lemon slices. Foil, Bake – 1-dish meal with starch, veggies, protein, herbs and TONS of flavor. Laying the potatoes down first, then fish makes the potatoes crispy, but steams the fish as it bakes. You can mix it up depending on what you have on hand. Excellent leftovers, too. Here’s an example.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Join the community!

Get recipes, workouts. and discounts straight to your inbox for FREE!
© 2022 Carrots ‘N’ Cake. All Rights Reserved | An Elite CafeMedia Food Publisher | Funnel Build & Design by: Maria Filipina Co.