Trader Joes Staples

other title ideas for this post included:

  • I have issues

  • I complain how hard it is to save money yet spend all of mine at Trader Joes

  • came for one thing, stayed for everything

  • help, I been Trader Joe’d

I am in the camp of people who truly believes that we, as Canadians, deserve a Trader Joes. Pirate Joe is a personal hero of mine (see: google). I don’t particularly enjoy being asked at the US & Canada border if I bought anything. I find that they don’t share the excitement of the “haul”. Therefore, as Canadians, I feel that we should be able to go to a Trader Joes in our own country and geek out over everything we purchased but didn’t need with like-minded individuals.

That being said, I bought some things. I was in the States overnight which meant I was allowed to spend some money and bring things home. Here are some staple-ish items I love lately.

These dressings are so damn good. I’m a hyooge fan of the almond butter turmeric one.

These dressings are so damn good. I’m a hyooge fan of the almond butter turmeric one.

so I know this is seasonal. But if I put it out into the universe that I want this forever, then maybe it will happen. Listen closely universe, because this is really great as a pizza sauce and I’d like to continue using it.

so I know this is seasonal. But if I put it out into the universe that I want this forever, then maybe it will happen. Listen closely universe, because this is really great as a pizza sauce and I’d like to continue using it.

It is rare that I don’t like a cheese. I like almost all cheeses. From stinky blue cheese all the way to cheese strings that I’ve peeled into wacky hair dudes, I’m about it. But then you take two great cheeses and blend them into one cheese…and THEN you put it on pizza with the aforementioned harvest alfredo and some pancetta…well then we’re gonna have problems.

It is rare that I don’t like a cheese. I like almost all cheeses. From stinky blue cheese all the way to cheese strings that I’ve peeled into wacky hair dudes, I’m about it. But then you take two great cheeses and blend them into one cheese…and THEN you put it on pizza with the aforementioned harvest alfredo and some pancetta…well then we’re gonna have problems.

these are so great. I always buy multiple bags of these when I’m at TJs, or ask other people to buy them for me. Throw them in a trail mix, yogurt, or eat them as is. Baking with them is a dream because they perfectly capture the raspberry flavour without adding a bunch of water (think: pulse them into a powder and mix into a buttercream…yum).

these are so great. I always buy multiple bags of these when I’m at TJs, or ask other people to buy them for me. Throw them in a trail mix, yogurt, or eat them as is. Baking with them is a dream because they perfectly capture the raspberry flavour without adding a bunch of water (think: pulse them into a powder and mix into a buttercream…yum).

just…buy these in multiples of 3, and thank me later

just…buy these in multiples of 3, and thank me later

these are a delicious, low carb snack. The only thing that really pisses me off is that like 2/3 of the bag is air, and I haven’t figured out how to turn air into more crispy broccoli florets.

these are a delicious, low carb snack. The only thing that really pisses me off is that like 2/3 of the bag is air, and I haven’t figured out how to turn air into more crispy broccoli florets.

this can UP your hot sauce game

this can UP your hot sauce game

ou ya you bet I’m basic but this is a STAPLE

ou ya you bet I’m basic but this is a STAPLE

21 spices that I cannot identify when all mixed together, however taste great on tuna

21 spices that I cannot identify when all mixed together, however taste great on tuna

onion is great and so is this

onion is great and so is this

the sesame in this is so crunchy and lovely and just not a common chocolate flavour. I approve

the sesame in this is so crunchy and lovely and just not a common chocolate flavour. I approve

I dont like Reese’s but I like these. Buy these and keep them in the fridge and eat them cool..mmm

I dont like Reese’s but I like these. Buy these and keep them in the fridge and eat them cool..mmm

not TJs, but what is a visit to the U.S without a trip to target? Bonus points for buying all the sparkling water, and convincing your sister to carry it in the house for you.

not TJs, but what is a visit to the U.S without a trip to target? Bonus points for buying all the sparkling water, and convincing your sister to carry it in the house for you.

what are your staples? what are your favourite seasonal items?