My Boyfriend And I Are Obsessed With Trader Joe's — Here Are The 15 Things We Buy Most Often

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Hi! I'm Eboné — and one embarrassing and specific fact about me is that I love seeing couples shop for groceries together, especially at Trader Joe's. (I also got lucky because my boyfriend loves Trader Joe's as much as I do.)

The author and her boyfriend

The TikTok girlies said we do boyfriend soft launches now, so we're sticking with mystery pics of the man.

Eboné Denise

I love to share recommendations — and am always looking for new ones — so I rounded up several of our Trader Joe's staples that we buy each week, from snacks to dinners to drinks. If I missed any of your favorites, let me know in the comments!

1.Seasoning Blends

shelf of seasonings

There is no shortage of seasoning options at Trader Joe's, and I love whenever they drop a new one. We started buying the Umami blend after watching a woman nearly clear the entire shelf of them. And let me tell you: She was on to something. This versatile seasoning has become one of our top favorites, along with Everything but the Bagel and Citrusy Garlic.

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2.Baby Spinach

Baby spinach

We usually shop for our produce at other stores or farmers markets, but we do always pick up a couple of packages of spinach at Trader Joe's. The package size is perfect for us, so we are able to get through a whole bag before its goes bad, which is usually the problem with buying larger sizes. We use it for sandwiches and salads, and I also like to toss spinach into our pasta meals.

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3.Vegetable or Chicken Fried Rice

Vegetable fried rice and chicken fried rice

Frozen fried rice always comes in handy for a super quick, last-minute meal. I like to add a cube of frozen garlic and crack an egg in it. Another good addition is to sauté and add some shrimp.

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4.Pre-Marinated Meats

Marinated meats - carne asada and teriyaki beef skirt steak

I used to avoid the marinated meats — but now I realize how much of a time saver they can be. I have no shame in not spending forever prepping dinner myself these days. Items like the Carne Asada and Pesto Chicken Breasts are great for hands-off Crock Pot meals.

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5.Soyaki Marinade


Boring or bland meal? Soyaki will save the day! We like to brush it on salmon, use it as a marinade, or pour it over vegetables and rice.

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Trader Joe's has a wide range of wines at pretty competitive prices, so we always have to stock up. I'm a super basic millennial so I love rosé and as a Long Beach resident, I'm always gonna support Snoop. (Also, his Cali blend is pretty good!).

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7.Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

We love these teeny tiny chocolate chip cookies, and the bucket lasts forever.

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8.Chicken Sausage

Chicken Sausage

My partner loves the Spicy Jalapeño Sausage with his eggs in the morning. He can pop one of these and a couple of eggs in the air fryer while he gets ready for work and has a high-protein, hot breakfast on his way out the door.

Did you know you could hard boil eggs in the air fryer? How convenient! No need to dirty a pot.

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9.Chicken or Vegetable Gyoza


Chicken or vegetable gyoza makes for a great appetizer or snack. They're quick to cook, but if you're pan-frying, be careful and maybe keep the heat lower than suggested to avoid hot oil splattering.

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10.Crushed Ginger and Garlic

Frozen crushed ginger and garlic packages

Save yourself some time and energy! Once I started using crushed ginger and garlic I never looked back. Seriously, how EASY is this!? Each cube is measured at a teaspoon, so it's super easy to use for any recipe.

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11.Jalapeño Limeade

Bottle of Jalapeño limeade beverage

This Jalapeño Limeade isn't as spicy as it was when it was first introduced a few years ago, but it's still a delicious summer drink that's great on its own or mixed with tequila.

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12.Frozen Mac & Cheese

Frozen mac and cheese

I love the gluten-free mac and cheese for a quick solo meal. If I'm really feeling fancy, I'll sauté some spinach to add to it.

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13.Almond Butter Almonds

Almond butter covered almonds

My newest favorite snack are these almond butter-covered almonds. They're nutty, crunchy, and just sweet enough. It's a perfect sweet snack for my WFH midday slump.

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14.Cookie Butter Ice Cream

Cookie butter ice cream

This ice cream is our go-to when we're binge-watching bad TV. Trader Joe's also sells cookie butter cookies now, and those are pretty delicious too.

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15.Fresh Cut Flowers

Fresh cut flowers

My partner always knows to pick up fresh flowers for me when he takes trips to Trader Joe's on his own. 😉

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What are your favorite items at Trader Joe's? Tell me in the comments below!