For Your Next Trader Joe’s Haul, All the Items to Get ASAP

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Ah, Trader Joe’s — home to cauliflower gnocchi, Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning, and other delicious + healthy items aplenty. In fact, it was just two years ago that Trader Joe’s opened its doors to the Hoboken community and it has been a love story between the shop and residents ever since. Located on 14th street and Willow {1350 Willow Avenue, to be exact}, this gem offers much more than your typical grocery store at an affordable price. Naturally, however, TJ’s has a ton of items to pick from, so we’ve narrowed down a list of must-buy items to grab the next time you’re perusing the aisles.

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About Trader Joe’s

The first Trader Joe’s opened in Pasadena California in 1967, founded by Joe Coulumbe. The products sold in the stores are “private label products” branded by Trader Joe’s. This allows the store to offer customers high-quality products at very affordable prices. There are now over 500 Trader Joe’s stores across the U.S. and growing.

There are a plethora of reasons why Trader Joe’s is so great, one being that the store offers so many vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. For all those who have hopped on the plant-based diet train in 2020, products like meatless balls, vegetarian General Tso’s chicken, and chickenless tenders are perfect. The vegan selection at Trader Joe’s is also quite broad, offering products from vegan cashew queso to the baked sriracha tofu. Options are pretty much endless when it comes to dietary restrictions at this store. 

What to Get

While it is hard to pick just one favorite item, we have listed out items you need to get from Trader Joe’s. From the fresh produce to frozen favorites, be sure not to skip out on any of these items the next time you head to TJ’s. 

Cauliflower Gnocchi

It’s 2020 and pretty much anything that was once unhealthy can be made healthy with just one ingredient — cauliflower. This product is one of our favorites — it tastes just like the real stuff but has fewer calories! As an insider tip, we suggest a different approach than the directions when it comes to cooking it. {Do not add water! Saute in a non-stick pan with olive oil, and any seasonings you wish.} 

Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning

Everyone knows this seasoning is a go-to. It’s perfect for sprinkling on your eggs in the morning or even used to season fish. This is a must-have in everyone’s kitchens. 

Vegan Garlic Spread Dip

Dip makes otherwise bland foods taste much better and this dip is everything. It is super creamy and very flavorful and goes perfect with crackers and crudites + it’s vegan {#score}.

Fig + Olive Crisps 

If you know, you know these crackers are the best. They are baked with dried figs and olives and are truly the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Serve these crackers on all your charcuterie boards and they will be gone in minutes. These also pair amazingly with the aforementioned vegan garlic spread dip. 

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Reduced Guilt Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Trader Joe’s offers many “reduced guilt” options, but this one takes the cake. This dip is perfect with some fresh veggies or even cooked with chicken. The best part is, the dip is made with Greek yogurt, so it is half the calories. 

Everything But the Bagel Dip

First, there was the seasoning, then came the dip! Trust us on this, it is addicting and the perfect dip to go with bagel chips and veggies. 

Crunch Peanut Butter with Chia + Flax Seeds

You really can not find this anywhere else {especially for the $3 price tag}. This peanut butter is packed with flavor and a ton of chia + flax seeds.

Vegan Cashew Kale + Basil Pesto

This pesto is so good, you forget it is healthy when you are eating it. Pair it with the cauliflower gnocchi and enjoy a vegan-friendly dinner

Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken

This is one of the best items one will find in the frozen aisle at TJ’s. When you don’t feel like spending the money on ordering out for Chinese food, make it yourself for half the price. The directions are super simple and it is ready in minutes. 

Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels

Another vegetarian-friendly product — this is so good you will forget it’s not the real thing. 

Chicken Cilantro Dumplings

These dumplings are addicting and worth the purchase. We highly recommend having these in your freezer at all times. Whether you just want to have a few as a snack or make a meal out of them they are perfect for both. Buy TJ’s miso soup broth + baby bok choy and make some homemade wonton soup. 

Wild Caught Salmon

While Trader Joe’s is best known for its frozen aisle, its seafood selection is also top-notch. The fresh seafood is always great at an affordable price. The wild-caught salmon is fresh, delicious, and perfect for any last-minute dinner.

Cauliflower Stir Fry

First, there was rice cauliflower, then came stir fry. This is the perfect alternative to fried rice. Saute some shrimp, chicken, or tofu and enjoy a healthy and fresh Asian-inspired dinner

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Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Thins

Saving the sweetest for last — all the candy + dessert options are endless at Trader Joe’s, but this one might be our favorite. It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty and on the healthier side as well/ 

Now, those are just a few items that are must-haves from Trader Joe’s, but we’re sure there are plenty more to add to the list. Ultimately, however, we hope you enjoy these items as much as we do — happy shopping!

What is your favorite TJ’s product? Comment below! 

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Hannah is a Jersey girl at heart. She grew up in Marlboro New Jersey and moved to Hoboken just three months after graduating from SUNY Cortland. She has been living in Hoboken for four years now and never intends to leave. Hannah works in advertising in NYC, but her real passion is all things food and wine. When she’s not at work, you can find Hannah taking pictures of food and posting on her blog @talkdirty2yourfood. You can also find her at Powerflow Hot Yoga or having a glass of wine at a local bar or restaurant around Hoboken.


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