TRADER JOE'S HAUL | MY MUST HAVES + FAVORITESJun 09, 2021
Hello guys, welcome back to my channel for today's video. Today I am in a different location. I'm downstairs in the breakfast area of my kitchen. I'm filming a Trader Joe's tour for you today due to the location change. You may hear my refrigerator in this area of my. The house is a little more echoey than my typical film studio area, but I really wanted to film this Trader Joe's tour for you. I know this is different than my typical content that I normally post here on my channel, but I'm sure you guys already know that I love food, I love cooking, I love shopping and the nearest Trader Joe's is actually just a walk away. an hour and a half to two hours away from me, so when I had to make the trip to Trader Joe's, I stocked up. and I knew I wanted to film a tour for you guys and I'm definitely going to point out my
favoritesand tell you about some of my
must-have Trader Joe's items as I go along because there's definitely a lot of them so I really hope you guys enjoy watching this tour of Trader Joe's and let's go ahead and jump into it, so first of all for the Trader Joe's walkthrough, I'm going to start with the things that are frozen because I want to go ahead and put them back in the freezer from the beginning.
I have a favorite to show you. I bought Trader Joe's sweet potato gnocchi with butter and sage. I know cauliflower gnocchi is all the rage at Trader Joe's, but honestly, I like sweet potato. A few more, I don't know if it's just the sauce or the consistency, but I tried the cauliflower gnocchi and I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. The Italian in me just wants the classic potato gnocchi. This is what it looks like. I went ahead and grabbed two bags. They are incredibly delicious. If you want a quick and easy meal, all you have to do is throw them on the stove with a couple tablespoons of water and you're done.
The most delicious gnocchi, you can eat it as a meal, you can eat it as a side dish, although I say that although they are a little heavy, I usually can't eat the whole bag. I usually can't eat half a bag at a time. because of the consistency of the gnocchi, they are a little dense, the pasta sauce, the butter sauce is a little heavy, so it's definitely a richer meal, but they are delicious, they are definitely one of my
favoritesand I stock up on them every time I go, although I'm not super excited about the cauliflower gnocchi at Trader Joe's.
I definitely recommend their kung pao tempura cauliflower. These are absolutely delicious. I picked up two bags. Me and my mom love it. My mom is a vegetarian, so she loves to eat things. so because she again she satisfies that craving for Chinese food. You can't order something like this at a Chinese restaurant at least not near me. I'm sure you can't in a big city if you don't like spicy. Not me. I don't know if you would like this or maybe you would like to eat the sauce on the side because the kung pao sauce here is very spicy.
If you can see in the picture it has a lot of red chili flakes or red pepper flakes. There I feel like I'm going to say the same thing about all of these, but a delicious meal, quick and easy, great with some rice on the side and if you want to make it even better, make sure you get their delicious cauliflower. and crispy so that the sauce is not too soggy. I would even recommend dipping the cauliflower instead of soaking it in the sauce to retain some of that crunchy texture, so I love it, I'll probably have this for dinner next night.
Frozen Fruit Trader Joe's Vegetable Fried Rice is another favorite of mine. These are all really my favorites. It's so delicious and I honestly don't love Chinese takeout. I'm not that attracted to it and I think it's very. greasy and when I go out to eat I prefer to eat something else, this vegetable fried rice satisfies that Chinese takeout craving without it being too greasy and I also love cracking an egg and stirring it into the rice because I don't know about you but I don't think fried rice is complete without an egg, so that's one rice option I have.
I also bought their seafood paella, which is rice with shrimp, squid, mussels and bell peppers, if you are a seafood lover and like something different. types of seafood this is great and I know some people don't love frozen seafood but I don't find it to taste stale or anything, it actually tastes pretty fresh once it's thawed. I know it's not really fresh seafood. It's frozen but it doesn't have that overly fishy flavor that sometimes frozen seafood can have with a couple of frozen vegetables. I bought the frozen asparagus. Now I know this is a little boring and you might be wondering why I picked them up for two hours. far, but that's because my local supermarket has never frozen asparagus and that's simply my preferred method.
I like to buy things but I don't like to be in a rush to cook them and the last time I bought fresh asparagus everything went wrong. For me, so I love having frozen asparagus so I can eat some of the vegetable when I want to eat it on the side. I love asparagus roasted in the oven with a little oil, salt, pepper, garlic, maybe a little lemon pepper or something. I really love asparagus, it's my favorite, well one of my favorite vegetables. I have the next item that I bought because the item I really wanted was not in stock, so these are their handmade chicken and cheese tamales wrapped in corn husks that I usually like now.
The green chile and cheese ones are delicious, they are such good guys, I know I keep saying everything is delicious, but I haven't had anything this bad from Trader Joe's, I've honestly never had these chicken and cheese. I'll get back to you somehow with my thoughts if I eat them before this video goes up, but I really love green chile cheese tamales. I've never had the chicken ones, but I'll keep you posted. This next item is definitely another one of my favorites and these are their fully cooked falafels. I love a good falafel. Guys, I don't like falafels everywhere.
I feel like some places put something in their falafels that I don't like, but I really like these from Trader Joe's. It doesn't have that kind of overly spicy flavor, not in the spicy sense, but I don't know what kind of spices are in here that sometimes I just don't like, but the ones from Trader Joe's are really great, very quick and easy. You could microwave them or put them in the oven. I think they're a little drier, so you'll want to eat them on a salad with a little dressing or drizzle with a little olive oil. a little vinegar or something, maybe dip them in some tahini tzatziki, maybe even some hummus and a hummus wrap, you could do something like that, but they are delicious, a good source of protein for those of you who Are they vegetarian or if you just want a quick and easy lunch, these are a good option because their meatless breakfast burgers are a great essential for me.
I kept these, I bought two boxes but I already ate one box because they are so good that I don't eat red meat, I only eat turkey and chicken and although I love turkey sausage, I like that it has fewer calories, it's lean, no It's too greasy or anything, sometimes for me turkey sausage just lacks that greasy sausage feeling that I sometimes miss. I'm not going to lie to you, so I tried these meatless breakfast burgers a while ago from Trader Joe's and honestly, they are the closest thing I've ever had to real breakfast sausages. I tried the Morning Star ones, I think I tried just Gardein or something like that.
I have them, these are way better than all of those, but if you are a vegetarian and looking for a substitute for breakfast sausages, look no further, these are the best, they look exactly like you guys. Lastly, frozen items are very juicy. I have two vegan items that I bought for my boyfriend. My boyfriend has never tried much from Trader Joe's, so this time I try to buy him some candy, the first thing I bought for him. They were these frozen vegan jackfruit cakes and they're supposed to be like a vegan version of a crab cake, which I thought was cool.
I definitely want to try them myself. I'm really curious to see how similar they taste, I hope he likes them and then I also bought him chicken-free mandarin orange bites from Trader Joe's, something a little different. I don't love Trader Joe's original orange chicken, so I'm hoping it tastes a little different. I think that sauce tastes a little soapy so I wonder if the sauce would be the same but those are the two vegan veggie replacement items I bought for my boyfriend Trader Joe's just takes it to the next level so these are some of my favorites that I bought.
The first was their vegan kale, cashew and basil pesto. I'm not vegan, but it is absolutely delicious. This is one of the best pesto I have ever tasted. It just tastes a little fresher than pesto in a jar. or in a can or something like that that maybe has some cheese and stuff in it, it's very light, it's very fresh, I put it in a pasta salad, I put it as a sandwich, like a tomato and mozzarella sandwich, just spread a bit. pesto on the bottom, you could probably even dip some bread in here if you really wanted to, it's just a delicious vegan pesto or not.
I definitely recommend trying this along with everything but the bagel seasoning, Greek yogurt sauce if not I don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, you can make this with some nonfat Greek yogurt and some bagel seasoning from your local grocery store, but There's something about prefab that's different, it's so good and I really do it. I love this on a cucumber sandwich. I love dipping vegetables here. It's just a really good sauce and, again, you can also use it as a spread on a sandwich, whatever you want. I feel like sauces are so versatile that you can even dilute them. and use them as a salad dressing now the rest of the things I'm showing you in today's video are dry goods and snacks again some of my favorite things to buy at Trader Joe's so the first thing I bought was two boxes of Trader Joe is just the granola cereal with chocolate and almond clusters.
I love everything chocolate. I love chocolate cereal even in the morning, sometimes with some cut strawberries. It's a really nice breakfast, but it's also very filling and keeps me full for a while. A long time ago I was at Trader Joe's, I also bought four bags of chips, different types of chips. I love salty snacks. If you know me, I always prefer anything salty and savory over sweet and I love spicy food so I bought three different bags of spicy chips. to try, but I also bought these crispy banana slices, they are potato chips. I had never tried them before, but I love tostones and platinos and things like that, so I thought they would be delicious, but I bought them too. for my boyfriend because he really loves tostones and plantain chips and stuff like that so I thought this would be a good snack for him to try and I knew he would like something like this.
As for the chips, for me I bought three spicy chips. I already opened one and they are so delicious, these are their ghost pepper fries, these are their lattice cut fries, oh these are good, if you like fries with a twist, these are really delicious, I don't are. Too spicy at first, but once you eat several, they definitely get pretty spicy, but they have a nice bite to them, but it's not super overpowering. These are really good. I also decided to have their version of flamin hot cheetos which I have tried before and I really like these are their spicy cheese crunchies.
Now I like these because they are not as spicy as the flamin hot cheetos. Sometimes Flamin's Hot Cheetos are good, but you can only eat so much before your mouth is completely on fire and you can't. eat more of them and they look super bright red, almost food coloring. I really like their spicy cheese crisps because they have that cheeto crunchy consistency but they don't have that bright red tint and they just have a little bit more of a relaxed spiciness like a nice kick like you don't need to drink water after each one and if you don't You knew it already, I love a good spicy snack so the last one I wanted to try I heard they are amazing and they are rolled corn tortilla chips that are flavored with chili and lime and remind me a lot of takis.
I think Trader Joe's is meant to be like takis own version of it. I enjoy the takis, but again. They're incredibly spicy and have that bright red look to them and I've never tried them but they seem sticky but a little toned down and a little nicer so I'm really excited. To test them again, I'll try to keep you posted if I can. I also bought their green dragon hot sauce because I tried this at my cousin Chris's house, when he was cooking for me one night, he made a delicious stir fry and this sauce was amazing, but I really like it a lot because it's different from the sauce. traditional hot sauce that has that strong cayenne pepper vinegar flavor that hits your nose, something I love, like Frank's basic hot sauce. this is a little different it says jalapeño tomatillo it's a little more of that thick, chunky hot sauce that doesn't have that strong hint of vinegar on the back of the nose,so I'm really excited to have one of mine now so again my boyfriend is a vegetarian and he likes cup noodles and stuff like that but I don't have any vegetarian noodles so I bought them at Trader Joe's because it says vegan and this is his instant spicy miso ramen soup.
He tried their original miso soup and said it was okay, they are more expensive. than traditional ramen, I think these are a dollar fifty and other ramen are like 69 cents or 99 cents, so he said the original miso was okay, so I thought I'd buy him the spicy one to see if this one would be better. I also bought him some cookie butter, this is also something I wanted to try so I thought I would buy them both because I don't know which one he would like more so this is his speculoos cookie butter this is the mild one right here , I'm trying to focus my camera and then also the same speculoos cookie butter, but this is crunchy cookie butter so I've never tried this before, you guys will definitely have to tell me how I should do it. proves how we should eat it because I have never tried it.
I know cookie butter was always very popular at Trader Joe's. I just never had the chance to try it myself, so I thought we'd try both and see what it's definitely like. Let me know how you like to eat this. It says here that you can dip pretzels. Oh, serve them on ice cream. Peanut Butter and Cookie Butter Sandwiches. Pancakes and waffles. It looks like it's going to be really delicious. I'm excited to try these and the last one, but. Not least for my Trader Joe's
haultoday, of course I had to stock up on all my bagel seasoning again since Trader Joe's is up to now.
I make sure to stock up on this every time I go. I'm halfway through what I have. I'm using it now, this is always something I definitely need, how to stock up on these babies because I use it on eggs on toast with avocado, things like that, it's just delicious, definitely another
musthave item from Trader Joe's. Okay guys, so this will be completed. this
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