I worked at Trader Joe's for almost 3 years, and there are a number of products I still love to buy.
I like to stock up on sensible things like sourdough bread, fruit, and kale.
I'm also a fan of some of its popular items, like the orange chicken and peanut-butter cups.
The sourdough baguette is fresh and perfect for sandwiches.
Trader Joe's sourdough baguettes are delivered every morning freshly baked, and they're perfect for sandwiches.
I personally like to use it to make grilled cheese or garlic bread.
The quality loaf is just $2.49.
The fruitful medley is always fresh.
At $3.69, the mixed-fruit container with grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, and melon is fresh, affordable, and keeps me from snacking on processed foods throughout the day.
The store has the best kale around.
I love using Trader Joe's prewashed kale to make salads, smoothies, and kale chips.
You get a lot of kale in each bag for $1.99, but I usually buy two or three at a time.
The store's corn chip dippers are perfect for snacking.
The corn dippers pair well with a variety of Trader Joe's dips, but they taste really good plain as well.
They're less salty and thicker than name-brand corn chips, and they're just $1.99 a bag.
Trader Joe's dried strawberries taste like candy.
I love putting dried strawberries in my oatmeal, cereal, or even salads.
They taste like candy, but there's no added sugar.
They're $3.49 a bag, and I usually grab two.
The five-layer dip tastes homemade.
Trader Joe's five-layer dip is perfect for any party, and I usually pair it with the corn dippers.
For $4.99, the dip includes sour cream, black-bean hummus, mixed Mexican cheese, pico de gallo, and guacamole.
I think the famous orange chicken tastes better than takeout.
Trader Joe's is known for its frozen meals, and the classic orange chicken doesn't disappoint.
I love to cook it in the air fryer and pair it with brown rice. It makes an easy, tasty meal for $4.99 a bag.
Nothing compares to the frozen hatch-chile mac and cheese.
I promise you won't find another frozen mac and cheese that's as good as Trader Joe's hatch-chile variety.
I prefer to make it in the oven, but you can easily cook the filling meal in the microwave.
It's super flavorful and all for $2.99.
The kale chicken Caesar is my favorite salad to eat on my lunch breaks.
Trader Joe's premade kale chicken Caesar salad is the best if you're looking for a quick lunch or an easy dinner side.
For $5.99, the salad is pretty filling. But I like to add avocado so it keeps me fuller longer.
This Grana Padano cheese from Trader Joe's is amazing.
Trader Joe's has an amazing collection of artisanal cheeses, but this imported Parmesan is absolutely divine.
I love adding it to salads and on top of pizzas.
The price depends on the weight of the cheese, but I tend to pick up blocks in the $5 range.
The potato tots are amazing in the air fryer.
The potato tots are the perfect, crunchy air-fryer snack.
I like to add avocado and mixed cheese on top for added flavor, but they're also great on their own.
Each bag of frozen tots is $2.49.
The dark-chocolate peanut-butter cups are worth the hype.
The dark-chocolate peanut-butter cups are the perfect dessert.
There's a larger container in the dessert aisle, but I like to pick up the smaller, $0.99 bag of individually wrapped cups near the checkout stands.
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