SparkPeople We love Trader Joe's! Team Messageboard Do you love all the delicious, health conscious foods that you have found at Trader Joe's and long to share your secrets with friends? Join and share your fantastic TJ's finds with us! SparkPeople We love Trader Joe's! Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:42:11 EST Emotion of how you feel today! <em>529</em> Mon, 11 May 2015 19:05:33 EST Liver "pills" I was reading this article on the benefits of liver <link><BR>rites-frozen-raw-liver-pills/ </link> and wondered if Trader Joe's sells grass-fed liver preferably beef but chicken would do. <BR> <BR> Crazy but I'm thinking of trying it! Mon, 4 Nov 2013 02:30:01 EST Hello! Hi! I am new to this team, but have been on SP off and on for a few years now. <BR> <BR> I love Trader Joe's, and here is my story: <BR> <BR> I first heard about trader joe's in 2007, which is extremely late, considering they had been in MI for years, when my then boyfriend - now husband, started working in a TJ's. I immediately fell in love with TJ's (and my man) and we have been loyal ever since... even moving to TX to open new stores. :) <BR> <BR> I will move across the country f... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:10:41 EST Could you feed a family of 4 at TJ's with $100/wk? I haven't been to TJ's but there is one in my city. I've heard its good; but expensive. I have a maximum of $100/week to spend on food; including snacks, lunch, and out to eat. I'm not sure where everyone is located; but I also live in a moderately high priced area- not as high as say New York but not the cheap Aldis prices of the Midwest either. <BR> <BR> Could you feed a family of 4 on $100/wk? What kind of foods/meal plan would you buy? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:26:42 EST Almond Butter shortage? Does your Trader Joe's have Almond Butter in stock? Our store has only been getting one case at a time and it's always gone before we get any, even if it's the same day. I wonder if it is a regional availability issue--we are in the northeast. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:12:09 EST I'd walk a mile to go to TJ's Hi, I live in Florida about 100 miles north of TJ in Sarasota, and 100 miles south of the one in Gainesville. I keep hoping there will soon be one in Tampa. Meet me halfway, TJs!! <BR> <BR> When I make the trip, I take a large cooler and load up on frozen processed foods like Tarte Aux Champignons. I bought a log of goat cheese coated with wild blueberry. Absolutely delicious. I hope they still have that when I go back. <BR> <BR> And it's a simple thing, but I am out of TJ roasted golden fl... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:10:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 3 Feb 2013 07:27:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:23:40 EST New to TJ. Where do I start? After hearing about Trader Joe's for YEARS, one finally opened last week about 10 minutes away. WooHoo! So, where do I start? What items should I pass on and what's a hit? Thanks! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:10:39 EST Just found this group I am new to this team but not to TJ's.....Love it!,,,even though the closest is 35 miles from me! <BR> <em>433</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:21:48 EST LAZY SALAD TOPPER (Do ya'll notice a theme here? <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> To add tasty protein to your green salad, dump a package of the Tuna in Green Curry Sauce on it and skip the dressing. <BR> <BR> Doesn't sound too appetizing, but it was really good... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 01:59:23 EST LAZY VEGETARIAN CASSEROLE FOR ONE LAZY VEGETARIAN CASSEROLE FOR ONE <BR> <BR> A well-rounded meal in a bowl. <BR> <BR> 1/3 Cup black beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 1 Medium yellow summer squash, sliced <BR> 1 Trader Joe's Organic Tofu Veggie Burger <BR> 1/3 Cup Trader Joe's Salsa Verde <BR> <BR> Place ingredients in soup bowl in order listed. Microwave on HI for 5 1/2 minutes. <BR> <BR> Nutritional Info <BR> Servings Per Recipe: 1 <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories: 297.4 <BR> Total Fat: 12.6 g <BR> Cholesterol: 0.0 mg... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 16:53:33 EST Another salmon spread... Trader Joe's Fine Herb Chèvre and Salmon Spread <BR> serves 2 <BR> <BR> 2.5 oz (1/2 pkg.) TJ's Fine Herbs Goat Cheese Log (chèvre) <BR> 4 oz (1 pkg.) TJ's Wild Nova Smoked Sockeye Salmon <BR> pepper <BR> 32 Nut-thins Nut & Rice Crackers <BR> <BR> Mix the chèvre and salmon well and spread on crackers, veggies or good bread. <BR> <BR> Here's the link if you want to see the total nutrients or add it to your tracker. <BR> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:35:15 EST Baked Portobello w/Chèvre Baked Portobello w/Chèvre <BR> <BR> 1 2-Pack Portobello Mushrooms <BR> EVOO <BR> 1/2 Pkg. Fine Herb Goat Cheese Chèvre <BR> Fresh herbs (such as thyme, oregano & basil) <BR> Spices, as desired, optional (garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, cayenne, etc.) <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 375º and line a baking sheet or pan with foil. <BR> Spray entire mushrooms with the olive oil (I used a Misto) or lightly brush it on. <BR> Put desired amount of herbs into the cap, them top with sliced chèvre. ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:31:22 EST Kind of a rant I do love TJ's, I really do. BUT...I think some of their cold-case items are a waste of money because they go bad very quickly. Like today, I threw away almost an entire package of turkey lunchmeat that I opened 2 days ago. :( I have given up buying their milk, too, because it just does not last. I've bought cheese that went moldy way too fast before as well. I guess it's best to stick with their frozen and shelf-stable items. Tue, 29 May 2012 19:49:13 EST TJ's Quinoa Contest Top 5 Recipes <link><BR>q-finalists.pdf </link> <em>4</em> Wed, 23 May 2012 14:24:25 EST TOP TEN MUST HAVES FROM TJ'S What are your top ten can't live without gotta get it items from Trader Joe's? I could spend the whole day in the store and wish I lived closer to one. My nearest TJ's is 50 miles away! So when I go I want to purchase the must haves!! Thanks for the info! <BR> Sat, 19 May 2012 00:33:05 EST A Great Fish Dish! It's found on; search Lidia's Flounder Rollatini (I can't get it to link--no matter what I try, sorry) <BR> <BR> It's basically fish rolled with seasoned bread crumbs with lemon and capers. I've improvised with it twice--both times with TJ's cod instead of flounder. Once I forgot the Parmesan cheese and the next time I put the capers into the bread crumb mixture. It is SO good. <BR> <BR> Here are the TJ's products I used: Wild Alaskan Cod (in the freezer case, 3 fillets to a pkg... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:12:45 EST This sounds good: Tuscan Bean Spread <link> </link> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:27:40 EST Quick Salad Mix your favorite lettuce (I like Romaine) with a handful of TJ's organic arugula <BR> Add some tomato/cherry tomatoes <BR> Add TJ's Caesar Romano Dressing & course ground black pepper <BR> Add TJ's Parmegiano Regiano shreds <BR> <em>4</em> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> Arugula has such a strong flavor to me, this is a good way to tone it down. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:15:26 EST Quick Sweet Snack/Dessert TJ's mascarpone cheese atop fresh raspberries or blackberries! <BR> <BR> If you like, whip in a little honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, Xylitol, etc. to the mascarpone. <em>125</em> Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:11:53 EST Anyone planning a TJ's Easter menu? Ideas? Anyone having a NON-ham dinner planned? Side dishes? <em>4</em> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 15:54:22 EST Newbie to TraderJoe's ... so, like i have to drive all the way to Charlotte, which is why i haven't gone yet - but i kept reading good stuff about TJ's. so i decided to join and read all the goods & bads before I venture on a day trip! ~ Meagan Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:05:10 EST Yerba Matte I started drinking Yerba Matte, that I bought at TJ's to help reduce my coffee dependence. Its from a rainforest tree in Paraguay and is an effective natural stimulant. Organic, fair trade, and it helps indegenous people maintain their lifestyle as well as to be stewards of the rainforest. All great things. <BR> <BR> The great thing is that it has about 1/3 of the caffeine as a cup of coffee, yet provides much more energy. I made a pot at work and it was a big hit. A co-worker who is Brazili... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:43:18 EST Alcoholic Beverages Reviews Let's use this thread to review TJ's alcoholic offerings. <em>181</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 00:09:27 EST Latest TJ's Best & Worst List <link><BR>products-trader-joes/4690/comment/repl<BR>y/21182/comment/reply/21182/com%40ment<BR>/reply/253?page=0,0 </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:40:34 EST So-Easy Crunchy Caramelized Brussels Sprouts TJ's makes it SO easy. <BR> <BR> 1 bag fresh TJ's brussels sprouts <BR> 1 tbsp olive oil (I use TJ's Spanish olive oil) <BR> sea salt <BR> <BR> Preheat the oven to 400. Cut the ends off the sprouts, pull off the outside leaves if discolored, and cut in half. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and spread them out in a glass baking dish or metal baking sheet. Roast for about 30 minutes until they start to blacken and get crispy. Sprinkle with sea salt, let cool and eat! <BR> <BR> It was hard to ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:59:27 EST SAMPLES: What did you buy because of TJ's samples? Have you ever bought something just because TJ's had samples of it? <BR> <BR> Something that didn't appeal to you that but you ended up liking it? <BR> <BR> A coffee type/flavor you wouldn't have purchased otherwise? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:19:03 EST Howdy to my fellow TJ lovers!!!! Hi I'm Mary Ellen, I'm 29 and I have a weight loss goal of 34lbs. I'm excited about this group b/c I love Trader Joe's and can't wait to try some new recipes :) Fri, 30 Dec 2011 21:13:09 EST That's it--I've decided... to have an ALL TJs Thanksgiving! <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Just sampled their "Fully Cooked Half of a Roasted Turkey," and the cherry stuffing--so moist and good! <BR> <BR> We're operating on our normal weekly budget for Thanksgiving week, so I think this will be a fun mini-challenge! <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> Have you done an all TJs holiday before? Sun, 13 Nov 2011 22:40:27 EST News link re: TJ's expansion Here's a link about how the stores (& parking lots) are expanding: <link><BR>iness/la-fi-trader-joes-20111027 </link> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:28:33 EST Facial Cleanser Has anyone tried the All-In-One Facial Cleanser? I am curious to try it. I think it's new. Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:57:06 EST Salad Dressings! I'm not really a big salad person, but I thought I would change it up as long as it's summer and hot food doesn't sound good. I bought the Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette and it's pretty good. I'm wondering...has anyone tried the Hummus Dressing or any of the other ones? I had a hard time choosing one! Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:36:44 EST Awesome Thing #1- Trader Joe's A friend introduced me to Trader Joe's a few years ago. I've been addicted ever since. I love being able to walk into a store and not feel like I need to examine every label for "science experiment" ingredients! Their products prove that companies don't have to add weird things to their product to make it taste good! My favorite TJ product (a definite splurge) is the mini croissant from the freezer section- reminds me of mornings in Paris. Yum! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:54:41 EST simmer sauces I just made the curry simmer sauce the other day. I followed the directions (add a cup of water and cook diced chicken in it for 15 mins). It turned out really runny and watered down. I was wondering if anyone else uses the simmer sauces and if so, do you add the water? I'm thinking about leaving out the water and sautéing the chicken in a separate pan and just mix together before serving. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:05:39 EST Soy chorizo Anyone how many servings are in the package of soy chorizo? I threw away the wrapper, but I believe when I looked at the calories, the amount of the serving was in grams and the label did not say how many servings per package. Weird. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:52:36 EST Bran Muffins - moldy! Has anybody tried the bran muffins? There are 3 flavors and I got the basic blueberry bran. I bought them yesterday and didn't pay attention to the expiratin date and they are already moldy! Many fuzzy spots! <BR> <BR> I plan on returning them but I'm tempted to not get them again. <BR> <BR> Are they worth it? Yummy or not? It's about 220 cals for the whole muffin which is much lower then a muffin from costco! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 13:08:08 EST Cool blog about TJ's I just discovered this blog the other day. They try and review Trader Joe's products. Thought I would share here. <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 18:48:20 EST New to Team/Blog on Fat & Muscle I'm new to this team and I love Trader Joe's !! I was there last week and took my daughter for the second time now and think she is hooked,lol I even went into Excel and made up a Trader Joe shopping list so when I go I have all my favorites on there already. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling fabulous on this journey of getting fit. Some friends of mine keep telling me that they would have given up by now if they did not see more weight loss on the scale so today I blogged on that subject and attached p... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 16:53:00 EST Can't believe there is a team for this! I love TJ and have tried to put together a food plan around it (I have problems cooking and try to avoid fast food). I love their salads, and if the frozen dinners weren't so high in sodium I'd probably hit them more often! Our TJ has more and more organic and I love that I can buy individual fruit so there's less waste. <BR> <BR> I live in NoCal and the only thing I wish for is the same inventory as SoCal (LaJolla is the BEST!) <BR> <BR> Go TJ!! Thu, 9 Jun 2011 20:44:33 EST Trader Joe's Fan Hi there, I just found this team, but have been on SP for three months. I first found Trader Joes when I moved to San Diego from the NorthEast. Instant love. Then I moved to Chicago.... UGH no Trader Joes. After holding my breath for ten years, they finally came. Now in 2011 there are 4 in the city, YIPPEE! Tue, 31 May 2011 15:54:47 EST Salmon burgers - underwhelmed I am so happy that I found a team dedicated to Trader Joe's! They have so many products that are low calorie and convenient, I am not sure what I would do without the store. <BR> I have recently tried their chicken lime burgers, mahi mahi burgers, and refrigerated cooked chicken pates. All of these taste fantastic, run close to 100 calories, and are high protein. Of course all of these are my favorite lunch or dinner meals. <BR> Yesterday I was pretty excited to find refrigerated salmon burge... Mon, 23 May 2011 12:41:09 EST I love TJ I love shopping at Trader Joe's. It feels like christmas! I'm new to this team but been with sparkpeople for a while. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 01:57:39 EST Trader Joe's "Os" Read a comment on the internet somewhere today that really trashed TJ's cereals. I am not a cold cereal lover, but I hope whoever this was will try Trader Joe's Os! To my great surprise, I now really enjoy breakfast cereal (I have it with yogurt, blueberries, nuts and just a few semisweet chocolate bits for supper some nights - yumm!) So - perhaps this obviously disappointed person will a "try it" and like it! The Os? - "Bird seed" they are not! <em>4</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:59:22 EST What to buy and what to skip at Trader Joes Saw this article on Yahoo today: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/what-to-buy-and-what-to-skip-at-trade<BR>r-joe-s-2450975/ </link> <BR> <BR> Tell us what you think? Agree/Disagree? Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:31:18 EST Guiltless Mac and Cheese!! If you guys loved the regular frozen Diner Style Macaroni and Cheese at Trader Joe's...well there is a new one!! It's reduced guilt!! I love to have a little comfort food in the winter and this stuff hits the spot!! Per 7oz serving (and yes you CAN eat the whole thing) is 270 (k), 6 Total Fat, Carb 40g and Protein 15g. Sodium is a kicker at 540mg BUT if you have to eat something on the's not bad!! Yum!! Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:54:12 EST Any Pittsburgh TJ lovers here? <link><BR>2010/12/07/trader-joes-eyes-upper-st-c<BR>lair.html </link> <BR> <BR> We might be getting a second TJ's on Washington Road in USC, awesome! Wed, 8 Dec 2010 07:17:42 EST I MISS Trader Joes!! I moved to Hawaii from California about 6 years ago. Hawaii truly is paradise....except for the fact that there is NO TRADER JOES!! I miss it SOO much and take an extra suitcase to "export" TJ items every time I visit family. I've joined this team for ideas on what to put in my suitcase. <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Nov 2010 15:56:31 EST Trader Joe's peanut flour Has anyone tried the TJ peanut flour? I saw it a while ago but wasn't sure what to use it for. Until I saw this link today in the daily spark post about nut butters, I had NO IDEA that you could mix it with water and get a substitute for peanut butter (a la PB2). <BR> <BR> I can't wait to try it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>owdered-peanut-butter-a-review-taste-t<BR>est.html </link> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:34:38 EST my "favorites" in nutrition tracker is full of TJ Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've loved TJ's for 15+ years and on Spark for only a few. Happy to find this team to share recipes. <BR> <BR> My favorite snack is TJ red pepper hummus, TJ pretzel thins and baby carrots. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 21:01:35 EST I HAVE FOUND MY PEOPLE!!!!!!!!! HELLO! I LOOOOOVE TRADER JOE'S! I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS TEAM UNTIL JUST NOW OR I WOULD HAVE JOINED SOONER! You don't understand, well, maybe your the ONLY people who do understand just how much I love Trader Joes's! I have to drive 30 minutes once a week to stock up on everything but it is SO worth it to me! <BR> BTW- I am Paula! I joined SP 7/17/10! I have a sparkpage with all of my specifics so feel free to stop by and say "Hey!" Tue, 5 Oct 2010 23:06:20 EST What sauces, dressings, marinades do you like? As I am eating more protein, I need a little flavor to go with it. Just wondering what works for you guys? <BR> <BR> TIA Sun, 3 Oct 2010 15:20:36 EST Creamed honey Just bought this for the first time. Does anyone know if you are supposed to refrigerate it after opening? Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:58:54 EST Yummy.... Hi. I just moved to MD and have a nearby trader joe's for the first time in about 8 years. Loving it. I don't cook and can't get my husband to, so their pre-made meals are becoming a staple in our house. Thought I'd join the team in the hopes of getting some advice on foods that I don't have to cook that are still healthy! <BR> <BR> And I must admit I love the spinach pie. Fri, 17 Sep 2010 09:47:11 EST 2 yummy finds Last night we had a great meal with TJ's beef, bean and cheese dip and chimichurri rice (both found in frozen section). The rice was particularly amazing. I could just eat it by itself. Can't believe it took me this long to find it. Mon, 13 Sep 2010 08:35:05 EST TJ came to NC...I can die happy! I have been shopping at TJ's ever since they only had 5 stores! I moved to North Carolina in 1999 and would traipse up to Virginia with a cooler to get my "fix"! Each time I visited back in CA, my first stop was my TJ's!. Finally about 2 years ago we got first, a Costco, and then a TJ's I can die happy now! They now have 3 stores pretty local. I am in heaven! <BR> Sun, 12 Sep 2010 23:15:06 EST a new TJ's fave Has anyone else tried the coffee/latte & cream ice cream bars or the mango & cream ones? If not, you totally should... they're a great sweet treat, and not bad for you at all (esp the mango!). Fri, 3 Sep 2010 11:44:41 EST I'm a huuuuuge fan!!! :) I'm a fan and I had to join. Simply, I looooove Trader Joe's!!! <BR> Seastar71 from San Francisco,Ca Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:31:20 EST Trader Joe's in the News today <link><BR>e/110437/inside-the-secret-world-of-tr<BR>ader-joes </link> <BR> <BR> Long but interesting read! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:15:22 EST Hello from a huge TJ fan! I knew SP had to have a TJ team!!! I'm so glad to have found you guys. Wahoo! I can't wait to get to know you guys! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 08:27:28 EST Hi Folks :) I would like to introduce myself. Well, kinda. lol I am a grandma from the northeast coast and I like Trader Joe's. I am here to get suggestions about what to try. If I try something nice, I will let all of you know. Have a great weekend. <BR> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 03:00:05 EST True Confession-glad to join the team! Greetings from Elk Grove CA (we are just south of Sacramento CA). <BR> <BR> I'm joining so I'll be more inspired to go to TJ regularly. They truly have some of the best healthy and tasty stuff on the planet. <BR> <BR> True confession: I live a comfortable walking distance, less than 2 miles from Trader Joe's and yet I don't go there very often! Time to change my evil ways. LOL Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:17:26 EST It's back! Last night I went to TJ's after work for some coffee and a few other things. As I passed the peanut butter shelf, there was the almond butter with roasted flaxseeds! Even though I'd just bought a jar of peanut butter with flaxseeds (good but not AS good), I bought a jar of the almond butter. I'm trying not to open it until I finish the peanut butter, but I'm probably not going to make it. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 09:52:29 EST Anything about TJ's you DON'T like? I wish they used a lot less packaging on their produce. I'm not a fan of plastic clamshells. <BR> <BR> I also tried something called seafood sausages -- never again. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:49:07 EST Hey hello hi from California! Hi everyone! I live in the SF Bay Area and I am a Trader Joeaholic! I was so excited to find a team devoted to TJ's! Seriously, TJ's is a big part of my success on Sparkpeople. Glad to find you guys! Wed, 9 Jun 2010 16:38:13 EST New here I've been on SP since June 11,2009. my husband Spirit-dude who introduced me to Trader Joes joined SP last year.We are in Raleigh,NC. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 11:58:30 EST TJ Warning! Okay I love TJ and their foods, but since I couldn't find my beloved Almond butter with roasted flaxseed, I went for the regular chunky almond butter. It had an almond shell or rock or something and I chipped a tooth. Come on! <em>234</em> Fri, 28 May 2010 17:46:00 EST Hi from CT Hi everyone! I just joined and I have shopped at Trader Joe's for years! Best place to get organic foods at a reasonable price! Sun, 16 May 2010 21:04:33 EST Soyaki I just tried this for the first time. Somewhat high in sugar so portion size is important. Some fat but I think it's all from the sesame seeds. I marinated some London Broil in it last night. FABULOUS! Fri, 14 May 2010 12:09:22 EST Cure a Cold Quick Soup Whipped up tonight on the fly...I'm sick as a dog. I'm also too lazy to describe how to cook everything, it's really a no brainer. Delish and comforting! <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> * *Trader Joe's Chicken Breast Tenderloin, frozen, 6 oz (remove) <BR> * *Herbox Sodium Free Instant Broth, Chicken, 3 serving (remove) <BR> * Ginger Root, 2 slices (1" dia) (remove) <BR> * Pepper, red or cayenne, .25 tbsp (remove) <BR> * *TJ's edamame, shelled, 1 serving (remove) <BR> * *TJ's chicken cila... Tue, 11 May 2010 20:06:54 EST New find (for me) at TJ's When I was checking out at TJ's with my bag of "Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms" (frozen), the cashier told me this was the "best thing in the store". I made it last night - delish! In addition to the mushrooms, it has green peas in a light Emmental sauce. I served it over a 1/2 cup of TJ's organic brown rice with a salad... great meal! A serving is only 150 calories. As a Cape Codder, I was all set to be unimpressed with the scallops; but they were extremely tender and flavorful. Just as good ... Sun, 9 May 2010 10:13:59 EST TJ treats One of my favourite things to have on a day when I have some room left in my calorie count: <BR> Peanut Butter Banana Split (or so I call it) <BR> Heat oven to 350 (this can also be put on a grill/campfire) <BR> <em>265</em> <BR> Banana: lay on flat side, peel back top peel only, cut a wedge of banana out and save. <BR> Better'n Peanut Butter: Spread 1 tbsp in the well of banana <BR> TJs mini peanut butter cups: line up 1/2 serving on peanut butter. <BR> <BR> Put wedge of banana back on t... Thu, 6 May 2010 11:59:05 EST TJ kitchen cloths Anyone have these? I bought some when I was there this past weekend. Thinking they will be good for spills, etc. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:18:58 EST and I thought I wouldn't join any more Teams! Sparker from Oregon here. The TJ's closest to me is tiny and over crowded and still worth it!! If it was just a little closer I'd never go to another store!! Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:45:20 EST Hi from Gilroy, CA I just found this group a couple of days ago and I'm happy to be here. I'm a retired school teacher and a grandmother. I am also a professional musician, playing ragtime piano duo concerts with my husband. The closest TJ's is about 10 miles away but we are there often. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 13:58:38 EST Butter Almond Thins These things are yummy with tea, but so addictive. I just inhaled like 10 of them! NOT good! :( Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:51:20 EST Do You Trust the Calorie Content of Foods at TJ's? I am a HUGE fan of Trader Joe's and love almost everything I buy there. I worry though about the calorie content of some of the items there being incorrect. <BR> <BR> For instance, I used to buy the frozen teriyaki bbq chicken all the time. It is dark meat chicken and says on the label it has 150 calories for 1 cup of chicken/sauce. <BR> <BR> Could that possibly be right? The mandarin orange chicken has some type of batter on it and says it has 230 calories for 1 cup. <BR> <BR> I love b... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 09:56:35 EST Hi from VA TJ's is one of my favorite places to shop because they make it sooo easy to find everything you need for a healthy lifestyle in one place, plus they have great wine selections! <BR> <BR> DH and I try to support our little neighborhood health food store, and always buy our golden flax seed from them. Recently when they were out, I bought my flaxseed from TJ's for the first time. DH ground up a small amount, and then said "you've gotta come over here and smell this!" We were sooo amazed a... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 10:43:03 EST TJ Organic Green Tea? Has anyone tried this? What do you think compared to other Green Teas? I just bought a box and have never drank Green Tea before. Is this the good stuff? Thanks. Sat, 27 Mar 2010 12:33:04 EST A good TJ cure for the munchies When I want something to crunch on, I use TJ's savory multi-grain thins - 17 crunch-i-licious crackers to a serving. Fri, 26 Mar 2010 20:21:12 EST Shopping List at TJ's Hi, I am new to ST but a weekly shopper at TJ's. <BR> Anyone have ideas of staples to purchase there? <BR> What do people think of the "no guilt" frozen entrees? <BR> Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:19:03 EST Pomegranate seeds? I loooove pomegranate juice, and when I saw pom seeds in the freezer section at TJ's I was intrigued! But I don't know how you're supposed to use them! Anyone have any favorite ways to eat them? Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:05:11 EST Southern California~*~ NEW SPARKLE~*~ Hi....My mane is Diane...I joined you all today ,I love trader Joes....alot to read and new items to latest hook is the REDUCED GUILT Whole grain Pita chips!!! good...I am new to Spark,got 100 lbs to lose...lost 5 already...and ready to walk this road to a healthier lifestyle!come by my page,friend request if you like....stay blessed everyone...Diane <em>126</em> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 18:40:36 EST TJ's salads I was out of everything so I headed to TJ and stocked up (and spent too much, but oh well). One thing I bought was some salads for lunches. Or so I told myself. <BR> <BR> I love TJ's salads, particularly the BBQ chicken. Every time I buy it for a work lunch it ends up being dinner the same night! The same thing happened last night, but it's just so freakin' good, I can't wait. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:00:15 EST New Member from Cali Greeting everyone! I love Trader Joe's, so this is a "must do" team for me. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 23:42:56 EST Serving size of TJ Brown Rice Medley The serving size for this is 160 calories for 1/4 cup. Does anyone know if they mean 1/4 cup cooked or dry? Seems like a lot of calories for such a small amount (1/4 cup) if they mean cooked. I usually eat at least 1/2 cup, and that is still kind of small for a side. <BR> Thanks! Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:01:21 EST Trader Joe's harvest blend couscous??? This is a post in desperation lol, I finally got to visit a TJ and picked up a few non perishable things and FELL IN LOVE with harvest blend couscous. At least I'm pretty sure that's what it was called, it was in a bag instead of a box. Well since then I have been to 2 TJs (the closest one to me is well over an hour and a half away *SADNESS*) and they didn't have it. For all you TJ regulars (lucky! lol), is that a seasonal or temporary item they offered or have I just had bad luck finding ... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 12:41:57 EST New Member, Hello Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPepole today. <BR> <BR> I recently broke my leg and have been immobile and now I'm waiting for the doctor to give me the go-ahead for exercise. Being immobile has also meant I have not been able to get to TJ's to pick up my regular items which I really miss. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know people and to read about the products you have tried and recipes you've prepared. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 14:06:09 EST 1st Time @ Trader Joe's Tonight! I can't believe I've been shopping at Stop & Shop all this time! The produce selection is way better than at the supermarket, and cheaper to boot. And I loooove the frozen veggies, since they're not frozen in a block so you can just cook the amount you need! Fresh veggies often go bad in our house before we can finish them, so this a perfect solution for us! TJ's is going to make it much easier for me to cook smaller portions at one time, eliminating the temptation to overeat! <BR> <BR> Also... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 19:30:24 EST TJs discontinued Baked Blue Corn Tortilla Chips! I have eaten these chips for years because they are the lowest calorie, tastiest chips I can find anywhere. However, they have been missing from TJ's shelves for about a month and I can't find anything similar anywhere. I finally wrote to them and this was their reply: <BR> <BR> "Thank you for your recent inquiry. At this time we have discontinued <BR> this Trader Joe's product due to slow sales in all of our stores. We are <BR> very sorry to hear that we have discontinued this favorite prod... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 21:07:47 EST This is definitely the team for me! Greetings! I saw the team name and had to join instantly. Trader Joe's is amazing! It is my favorite grocery store on earth. I even enjoyed going there this past Sunday when everyone in the greater Chicago area was there stocking up in case we got all the snow they predicted (we haven't gotten that much so far.) <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to sharing recipes and ideas about eating healthily with you all. Have a good week, everyone, and remember to keep those wonderful TJ reusable bags... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 01:15:38 EST I'm so EXCITED Who knew a Trader Joe's Spark Team existed?! This is great, I can't wait to get some inspiration from others on new foods and recipes to try. Just so happen to be planning a trip there. Dublin Ohio Trader Joes!!!!!! Yay. My name is Mandi and I have a Trader Joe's addiction that I refuse to seek help for. <em>4</em> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 21:29:36 EST Hello from Massachusetts! Good morning everyone!I discovered SparkPeople on January 30. I was sitting at the hair salon, relaxing and reading a magazine. There was a great article about a woman and her experience with SparkPeople. When I got home I checked it out and here I am. With my traveling life style due to my job I have gotten lazy about keeping to a good routine. Too many restaurants! This will help keep me focused. I look forward to the structure, guidance and meeting other SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> <em>252</... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:56:51 EST I love TJs! Love the dried friuts, snacks and more! Heading there today for muti vitamins that were recommended to me! Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:24:01 EST February Fearless Flyer Is out (isn't it a bit late for it?) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>df </link> Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:38:03 EST New fav lunch Creamy Tomato soup in a mug <BR> <BR> served with a grilled cheese sandwich made on TJ's sprouted bread, using Rondele cheese spread and grated Quatro Formaggio <BR> <BR> perfect for these so cold days. Sat, 13 Feb 2010 10:28:11 EST Trader Joe's cookbooks I have 3 different cookbooks that use Trader Joe's stuff. <BR> <BR> "Cooking with all things Trader Joe's" by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati <BR> <BR> "The I <em>26</em> Trader Joe's Cookbook" by Cherie Mercer Twohy <BR> <BR> "Quick and Healthy Meals from Trader Joe's" by Jamie Davidson <BR> <BR> I have them listed in my order of preference. With the first one being probably the only one I would buy again, it is excellent. The other 2 are ok. They now have a smaller one so you can tak... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 07:49:55 EST Trader Giotto's Misto Alla Griglia Oh my! My wife and I just tried this at dinner tonight. It was eggplant and zuchini with garlic and oil, etc. She grabbed it from the frozen veggies section last time she was at TJs. It is 120 calories per serving and worth every one of them. I highly recommend this to everyone! Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:49:19 EST quick and very easy lunch This is such a yummy combo! <BR> <BR> slice 1/2 an avacado, and place on a plate, then <BR> heat 1 Dr. Praeger' burger, either Tex Mex or California, in microwave until warm and put on top of the avacado <BR> top with Fresh salsa from the produce area (unless you love one of the jar ones) <BR> <BR> Salt and pepper to taste, eat with Organic yellow tortilla chips <BR> <BR> Fantastic. <BR> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:21:19 EST veggie soup, tj's way 1 carton Garden Patch Veggie Soup <BR> 1 carton Veggie Broth <BR> 1 package mixed frozen veggies (you decide which) <BR> 1 package frozen corn (we like corn a lot) <BR> 1/2 package of harvest grains <BR> <BR> dump it all in a large pot. <BR> <BR> bring to a boil, stirring pretty often, boil long enough for the grains to soften (10 mins.) <BR> <BR> Serve with one of their breads (we like the Mediterranean Foccacio), a dollop of sour cream is nice in it as well, and a salad (we use spring g... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 10:16:47 EST TJs Fan Hello All: <BR> <BR> I just recently found this team and knew that I fit in. We used to travel an hour to the nearest Trader Joes every two weeks to stock up and now they put one 20 minutes from my work, so I am a happy camper. I am an elementary educator from NJ and I enjoy Geocaching and gadgets. I have some lbs to lose and know that this is the right approach for me. I look forward to meeting the folks on this team as we reach for our goals. Wed, 10 Feb 2010 13:14:42 EST Another Trader Joe's Fan If not for Trader Joe's, I wouldn't eat so many bags of salad greens. I also probably wouldn't even attempt cooking. <BR> <BR> For example, I made meatloaf last night (and blogged about it here, too). Just about every ingredient was from Trader Joe's (except the egg whites, though I COULD HAVE gotten some there if I didn't have plenty on hand already). <BR> <BR> If I knew I had to hand-chop onions, I'd abandon my culinary dreams. The one I found was affordable and it was a combination of... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 17:48:15 EST frozen veggies I love anything & everything TJ but the one thing I've noticed is that a lot of the frozen veggies do not have "cooking" instructions on them. I love the asparagus, the balsamic veggies and the root vegetables but I have had a hard time figuring out how to re-heat them. I just got the frozen "grilled" zucchini and eggplant and made it for the first time this evening. it had "defrosting" instructions on the bag but no real instructions. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 18:35:15 EST I admit it, most of the food I eat is from TJs! Looking at my Nutrition tracker I realized that most of the things I eat are from Trader Joe's! Why? Because TJ's has a good selection of healthy, low fat foods that are reasonably priced. My husband just bought the Cooking with Trader Joe's cookbook last week and we're looking forward to new ways to mix up our TJ's groceries to turn them into new meals. Love TJ's! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 19:43:32 EST New Member here ;=) Happy New Year & Happy New You! <BR> I'm hoping to eat clean, stay on the right track with my healthier lifestyle (hence the sc name <em>20</em> ) I'd love to learn different healthy recipes that I can incorporate with the Fat Smash Diet <em>20</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone much love and success on their journey. Hope to connect with you soon.. <BR> <BR> Ciao for now Mon, 4 Jan 2010 04:36:48 EST New to the Team Hi. I'm new to this team, but not to Sparkpeople. I am so glad we finally have a Trader Joe's and I don't have to drive forever to go. I thought this would be a good way to learn about some of the things people have discovered there. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 19:12:41 EST New & In a Breakfast Rut! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and I am super excited that this group exists! Trader Joes is basically the only grocery store I go to, and thus so does 90% of what I eat. <BR> <BR> I have a problem and I'm wondering if any of you can help. I'm kind of in a breakfast rut - I eat the same two meals all the time, and I'm looking for other options. <BR> <BR> Here's what I eat: <BR> <BR> - Two eggs scrambled with 1/2 cup Mexican cheese and a mini cinnamon bagel with cream che... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 00:15:06 EST 2009 Most Favored Favorites Got this email today - everything looks great! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 11:23:59 EST New Year's Eve night in with guests Hi everyone! We have some friends coming into town for NYE (a couple). We have a 5-month-old baby so we will be staying in. I want to prepare a yummy but easy meal for the four of us, as well as have some things to munch on beforehand. I thought Trader Joe's would be the perfect place to go. <BR> What are your favorite TJ's foods/meals for entertaining? It will be a casual meal; we'll just be hanging out. But since it's New Year's, I wanted to do something more than ordering pizza. LOL. <BR... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:47:41 EST Any ideas for a holiday brunch I impulsively invited 14 neighbors to my house for a brunch on Christmas Eve! The youngest is an 11 year old boy. The oldest lady is in her 90's. There will also be 7 men in their 40's. I'll make cookies and coffee cake, but what else? I think I will need to provide real food! <BR> <BR> Any ideas? I'll be going to TJ's for crackers and nuts...already have cheese and candy. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:53:01 EST Hi everyone! Hi there! I'm new to SparkPeople as of today. I've lost a lot of weight several times before--most recently over 150 lbs a couple of years ago. At least this time I didn't gain all of it back plus more! I really need to do it for good this time. It's really affecting my health, my career goals, my relationships (or lack thereof), my mobility... even my finances (too much eating out!) I've got a couple of good short-term reasons to start losing it now as well: a 20 year high school reuni... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 22:43:28 EST Pizza dough recipes Hi all you TJ fans! <BR> <BR> I just bought the whole wheat pizza dough to give it a try. Has anyone used this to great success? I'm not the most natural cook in the world (but my husband is). Any tips for how to use the dough and make it come out just right? <BR> <BR> I don't have a pizza stone, but figured I could just bake it on a cookie sheet...what do you think? Sun, 8 Nov 2009 08:26:06 EST Who knew? I was delighted to see a Trader Joe's team. I think my husband discoverd this store in California when he was visiting cousins. They introduced him to 2 buck chuck! The closest one to us on SC is in Charlotte NC 150 miles away. But it's still near and dear to our hearts. I'm looking forward to hangin out here. Fri, 30 Oct 2009 09:48:17 EST Fall Fearless Flyer Just got an email for a sneak peek at the Fall Fearless Flyer - thought I'd pass it along! <BR> <BR> (It may change, the Fearless Flyer, depending on where you live) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02787515&m=fefd1071766d05&ls=fdef13757<BR>3610679711d7073&l=fe99157377650d7f71&s<BR>=fded15757d6c07797d107373&jb=ffcf14&ju<BR>=fe2216747d670c74721573 </link> Wed, 7 Oct 2009 12:32:25 EST Hi! Just wanted to say of my goals is to tell other people about my goals (i guess so i have to live up to them, right??) well, i need to lose 80 - 90 pounds and im starting now. will be a long, long journey im sure, but i know i can do it :) any tips PLEASE let me know!!! Tue, 22 Sep 2009 20:53:10 EST Off to TJ's!! :D I'm taking my bike with my two Wald folding rear baskets. That'll severely limit my load to 2 big TJ bags. Or 1 TJ bag and 1 insulated cooler bag. It is kind of warm today. <BR> <BR> Was looking through the FL FLYR at the yummy recipes. Must avoid that chocolate-brownie-type-thing ... that one is quite dangerous!!! Anyone made that yet? <BR> <em>108</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2009 13:21:20 EST need ideas healthy, high-energy snax from TJs Just went for a quick walk, came home, fell asleep 30 min!!! Good grief!! Checked my nutrition tracker and I'm consistently low on carbs. Gotta boost those as well as healthy snacks between meals. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 16:18:43 EST A Quick Soup for dinner, lunch, whenever ... 1 pkg. Annie Chun's Miso Soup <BR> 1/4 cup TJ's cous cous (any flavor) <BR> <BR> *note: use a saucepan instead of the tan microwavable bowl to make the soup. <BR> <BR> Put all soup ingredients (noodles, cube of dried vegies, flavoring) in a small saucepan w/lid. Take the tan bowl the soup kit came with and fill with water; pour that into the sauce pan. Add the cous cous; stir. Bring to boil; turn off heat. Cover with lid and let sit for 5 minutes so the cous cous can soften. (go open ... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:22:06 EST Hi! :waves: I am dangerously close to a TJ ... within walking dist if necessary. And they have a LOT of wine! (ohhh, the calories!) My dilemma is I've tried a lot of products individually, but had no clue on how to combine for meals. Now that I've found this site, I look forward to making new, healthy meals for the family. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to participating with the Team! <BR> <em>108</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:10:52 EST The Pelotonia - My Blog This past weekend I finished an amazing event called The Pelotonia, a charity cycle ride of 180 miles from Columbus, OH to Athens, OH to raise money for cancer research. This was an incredible event and it tested me on many, many levels. <BR> <BR> I want to share with you all my experience because I believe this is so important. So please, if you haven't already (and I'm posting this to all of my teams) if you have the time, read my story. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 07:02:33 EST Went overboard at TJ's -- again I went expecting to spend $50 or $60. I ended up spending $50 AND $60, because the total was $110! Well, at least I don't need to shop again for the next two weeks. <BR> <BR> Memo to self: Never read the Fearless Flyer AFTER shopping... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:48:56 EST Failed Seafood Rating Anyone else see this story about Trader Joe's having an awful rating when it comes to seafood sustainability? <link><BR>ce-urges-trader-joe-s </link> <BR> The only fish I ever buy there is Alaskan wild salmon, but I have noticed that they sell "red-list" seafood like orange roughy. Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:15:07 EST I found a really cool website... ......I was not feeling well, not wanting to go downstairs to the kitchen to get the bag of TJ ginger chews to read the nutritional info and found this site when looking up the ginger chews. You may already know about it, but I did not. Interesting. BTW, if you have a sore throat or upset tummy, these work great. I do not chew them, I let them dissolve in my mouth. Tasty and a nice treat when not feeling well. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> <link> <... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 21:28:36 EST I have to keep reminding myself... ...that a tub of edamame hummus and a bag of organic tortilla chips is probably NOT the healthiest lunch in the world. <BR> <BR> But Lord, it's delicious! Sun, 14 Jun 2009 14:40:02 EST Hi there. Hello. I'm sort of new here. I hadn't introduced myself yet because I couldn't find the time, and now that I'm laid off... well, now I have time. lol. <BR> <BR> So, my name is Sophia, but Isabella works too (middle name), so whichever you feel like using. I live on the Charlton/Sturbridge, MA line. I'm 26. I'm not sure what else to say, except that I'm ready and willing to throw myself into something new, now that I have time and less stress on my hands. Sun, 14 Jun 2009 08:08:59 EST My dog gives TJ's peanut butter treats two paws up And, since they're in a cellophane bag inside the box, she darn near knocked me over to try to get what she *thought* were the rest of the treats out of my hand! (It was something else entirely in a plastic bag!) <BR> <BR> If your dog likes peanut butter, it will like these treats. Mine also likes the jerky sticks. Thu, 4 Jun 2009 11:43:33 EST I do love trader joes.. its where I shop!!!! I do love trader joes.. its where I shop!!!! <BR> <BR> I found this group from Dusty who freinded me... I am just here yesterday. Happy to find this here as they carry different things than regular supermarkets. <BR> <BR> GREAT PLACE - I am in Philadelphia.. geeze in CA and philly =- who knew! <BR> <BR> C. Thu, 28 May 2009 23:42:09 EST Help over and above Came out of the store in Hadley MA with my groceries last week to find Sean, a Trader Joe’s associate by my car. “You have a flat tire.” And then he took care of calling AAA for me and offered a coffee while I waited for the help to arrive. Within 30 minutes, the tire was changed and I was on my way. Another reason I love Trader Joe’s! Mon, 25 May 2009 08:35:14 EST Hi! I love Trader Joe's Too! In fact I was just there tonight and stocked up for the weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> My name is Dusty and I live in So. California. I remember the first time I shopped at TJ's years ago. It was at Christmas time and I was hooked! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all! Fri, 15 May 2009 22:59:04 EST What did you have for dinner tonight? It just worked out that everything was TJ's, I did not plan it though. Maybe I will take out stock in TJ's. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I had one of TJ individually packaged chicken breasts which I fried in my new green pan - no oil is required. I sprinkled a little TJ lemon pepper on this. <BR> <BR> Then I also made TJ asparagus and drizzled lemon juice on this and TJ brown jasmine rice. I put just a tiny bit of TJ curry (forget?) on the side and had a nice glass of TJ kettle brewed green and white... Mon, 11 May 2009 17:54:10 EST New to the team but not to TJ's! I'm sitting at my desk eating TJ's pomegranate and blueberry cereal. It's so delicious that I decided to join this team. I can't believe I didn't join before. I can't live without TJ's wine, cheeses (the Xtra sharp cheddar is my favorite, but the goat is a close second) and their frozen vegetables in winter. (The Harvest Hodgepodge is awesome.) I currently love the dark chocolate covered pretzel crisps. I'm so excited to share my love of TJ's! Fri, 8 May 2009 09:53:39 EST Good news, bad news dilemma OK, so my freezer in the basement tripped a circuit sometime in the past week...bad news, had to toss about $1500 in food yesterday...good news, I now have a totally empty and clean freezer. So what should I buy at TJs to fill it back up again? Sun, 3 May 2009 09:27:48 EST Ok - I am crazy in love with Trader Joe's I went last week 2x and I am pretty well stocked. . <em>246</em> Just wish they carried tahini for when I make my own humus. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my husband’s name is Joe, and my grandson has called him Joe Joe from the time he was 2 and now all my grandchildren call him Joe Joe. I buy him TJ’s vanilla Joe Joe’s because he likes vanilla and he got a kick out of the box. Then I bought him Joe’s O’s. <BR> <BR> I am having fun with this because when I was talking with my daughter on Saturday, w... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 21:15:46 EST New to Group Hello. My name is Amy. I am so happy that I found this group. I love Trader Joe's. I am from Madison, WI, and currently living a few miles south in a small town called Oregon. We are so lucky to have TJs in Madison, and in Milwaukee. <BR> <BR> I have been on SP since late January. I have a lot of work to do. I am so pleased with the progress I am making. Fri, 17 Apr 2009 04:28:53 EST Have I been duped? I just made a trip to Trader Joes yesterday. I make a trip every time I come home to visit my parents in Pittsburgh since I dont have one where I live. I was eating a box of the strawberry filled cereal bites this morning and noticed it had fructose syrup in it. I have been trying to eliminate HFCS from my diet, and now I'm worried it could possibly be in other Trader Joes foods I bought! Am I assuming wrong that their food is more on the natural side? I would not have expected this from one ... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 20:19:15 EST Featured item of the week Since we all love Trader Joe's, I figured it will be a good idea to post our featured items of the week and why its your featured item of the week so we all can possibly try out and our new item of the week that we have tried and our thoughts about the new item we tried. Sounds ok? <BR> <BR> I'll begin, <BR> My featured item of the week is the Trader Joe's Organic Blue Tortilla chips b/c it is low in calories per serving compared to other chips even though it is high in fat. The good fat is... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 16:38:26 EST Game - This or That? I'll name two items and you answer which one you like best and then you ask your own "This or That" question! <BR> <BR> Ocean or Lake? Fri, 10 Apr 2009 22:43:35 EST Trader Joe's is #2! From the Columbus Dispatch today (Ohio) <BR> <BR> ‘CONSUMER REPORTS’ <BR> <BR> What are the best groceries? <BR> <BR> By Janet H. Cho <BR> THE PLAIN DEALER <BR> <BR> Wegmans Food Markets tops Consumer Reports’ latest list of America’s best supermarkets, according to 32,599 shoppers. <BR> Trader Joe’s, Costco Wholesale Corp. and Whole Foods Market also made the magazine’s top 10. <BR> “Most stores manage to please most people most of the time,” said senior editor Tod Marks v... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 10:24:30 EST Favorite sweet thing from Trader Joes? I, for one, am OBSESSED with their meringes. I really like the very mini vanilla ones because they are one calorie each! I sprinkle them on my ice cream :) Tue, 7 Apr 2009 21:36:25 EST Trader Joe's Song/Commercial Was sent an e-mail featuring a cute Trader Joe's song/commercial that appeared on you/tube. Check it out at: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 14:37:22 EST Hi - new here - love Trader Joes Hi everyone! I just started shopping at Trader Joe's about a month ago. I fell in love with the store, the products and the folks are really nice that work there. It's part of my weekly routine - to make a Trader Joe's run. I was surprised that there was an actual Spark Team for Trader Joes, so this a good find too! I even have beautiful pink tuilps on my kitchen table that I purchased from TJ's today. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 2 Apr 2009 21:02:10 EST Trader Joe's made me CRY!!!! Ok ok NOT in that way!!! Of course not! They are the sweetest people! My cashier asked how my spring brake was going, I let out my sob story! My cat broke his leg dislocated his knee and drug himself home to get help, I ran over a squirrel :-( My other cat went missing, I bought 2 chicks and the hens rejected them, I went out 20 mins later to find them half dead, one wasn't breathing! I had to rush them inside warm them up and give CPR! Then the missing cat came home....he was stuck in someon... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 21:35:16 EST Anyone ever seen spring roll wrappers at TJ's? I am looking for spring roll wrappers. The TJ's closest to my house is like 30 minutes away and I'd rather not make the extra trip if they don't have them. I know I've seen spring rolls made up in the sushi section, but never looked for the empty wrappers. Sat, 28 Mar 2009 13:53:00 EST Blueberry Muesli - ideas to help it? I tried the FF Blueberry Muesli this morning. Disappointing. I am adding oats to it to make it more substantial. Any suggestions or comments from my fellow Team members? Tue, 24 Mar 2009 21:48:05 EST Freekeh Has anyone tried the Trader Joe's Freekeh? My gym class instructor just told me about it and I picked up a bag when I was at Trader Joe's today. She tells me it is kind of a nutty flavor and you can use it instead of rice, etc. High fiber. Sun, 22 Mar 2009 15:47:53 EST Trader Joes...Here I Come! Hi...My name is Toni. I have been a member of SparkPeople since 12/28/08 and have made many new lifestyle changes over the last few months. I am feeling the greatest I have felt in years! <BR> <BR> I feel I have built a good foundation. I am eating well and in moderation and I am now exercising on a regular basis. I am not best of friends with my kitchen! Cooking is a chore for me but I want to change that and I know it's now time to concentrate on replacing some of the unhealthy ingredient... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 21:12:10 EST Went into TJ's for "a few things." Dropped $134. Does this happen to anyone else? <BR> <BR> But, I got some great things today. Some rice, jellies, fruits and veggies, Trader Os, fish (the biggie), sushi for a quick lunch, nuts, cheese, etc. Some new finds: frozen tilapia and veggies, flavored frozen green beans, and three flavors of simmer sauces. Yum, yum, yum! <BR> <BR> I make the excuse to go to TJ's whenever I am nearby -- "Oh, since I'm on that side of town anyway..." I can't help myself! Wed, 4 Mar 2009 16:08:09 EST TJ's Eggplant Parmesan I just started using eggplant this year and have really fallen in love with it. The best I have ever had is TraderJoe's Eggplant Parmesan Italian style. I have to be very strict with myself or I would sit down and eat the whole box! Meri Tue, 3 Mar 2009 15:20:13 EST I heard back from TJ's Remember that I emailed Customer Service to ask if the soy chorizo burritos could be frozen? They answered back yesterday that they can, so now I have some in my freezer. <BR> <BR> Oh, and one on my plate for breakfast this morning! Sat, 28 Feb 2009 12:24:28 EST Trader Joe's is the best! I have been shopping at Trader Joe's every weekend now for months and I still find something new and amazing every time. I like to eat healthy and I can find a lot of healthy foods for less at TJ's. Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:18:19 EST hello! new here Hey everyone, i moved to NYC a year and a half ago and discovered trader joes! its great, but there is always a line out the door!! <BR> <BR> I also am on a low budget but want to eat better, what are some of your low price great finds at TJ?? Mon, 23 Feb 2009 01:36:45 EST Soy chorizo burritos I was REALLY skeptical when I saw these in the Fearless Flyer, but I'm always on the lookout for new breakfast ideas, so I took the risk and bought one. OMG, am I glad I did, because these totally ROCK! Great, not-too-hot flavor and far less calories and fat than the meat version of chorizo. <BR> <BR> I've actually emailed TJ's customer service to ask if they can be frozen so I can stock up on them. Sun, 22 Feb 2009 14:57:14 EST Oscar Night, Trader Joe's style I always make a little party of Oscar Night (okay, so I'm silly). I wear one of my velvet caftans and make a special dinner (usually hors d'oeuvres and wine). <BR> <BR> This year I'm committed to losing weight and was afraid I'd lose out on my Oscar party. No, Trader Joe's to the rescue! Tomorrow night's dinner is the crustless bacon-feta quiche, low-fat Southwestern salad and a glass of Rabbit Ridge Syrah. Elegant, low-fat and totally delicious. Sat, 21 Feb 2009 16:35:32 EST Some great new finds Okay, whoever came up with the 100-calorie dark chocolate packs deserves a medal. I'm a dark chocolate connoiseur, and this stuff rocks! Incredible flavor, and only 100 calories. <BR> <BR> Also, the soup aisle is quickly knocking Lean Cuisine off my shopping list. Not just soups -- the Trader Giotto's Italian Express entrees are fantastic, particularly the whole-wheat penne with meatballs. I'm also trying the curries, though the one I had yesterday made my eyes water. I hope they're not all ... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:43:24 EST I love Trader Joes Hi, this is only my second month on spark and I'm still learning a lot. At times it can be overwhelming. I saw this team on someone's page and thought it would be a great one to join and check in with. Love what I've see so far. The recipes are great! Thanks for sharing!!! <em>304</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:48:56 EST New to the team My name is Tiffany. I am new to this group. I was born and raised in Kitchener, ON Canada. I moved to California with my dog 4 years ago to marry my husband. I love Trader Joe's. I go there every week. Right now I am unemployed, looking for a new job, and going to school at the local college here. I look forward to getting to know you all. Tue, 10 Feb 2009 00:24:22 EST Valentines fearless flyer I think the only thing in my calorie range are the flowers! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ntine1.pdf </link> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 12:07:56 EST Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Cookie Thins I just got back from a trip to Trader Joe's tonight and I have to RAVE about the Triple Ginger Cookie Thins. I don't know if they're new, but I've never seen them in my store before. They are phenomenally good. They are perfectly sweet, spicy, thin, delicate, and crunchy - like an upscale ginger snap. And 9 cookies are only 140 calories! They're low fat too with less than 30% fat. <BR> <BR> And the back of the box says... <BR> "Thin Cookies, Thin You <BR> Ginger is believed to burn calor... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 22:52:34 EST TJ's recalls two of TJ's granola bars have made the FDA peanut butter recall list ... as well as Clif & Luna bars (which I get at TJ's because they're cheaper there!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tbreak.html </link> Tue, 3 Feb 2009 13:30:37 EST You have to try!! Everyone has to try the edamame hummus in the deli section! It's super good with pita chips or pretzel slims. I order the deli section at the Paradise Valley store in AZ and this hummus doesn't seem to be selling very well. I think people are apprehensive about it because it's different, but It's one of my favorites and I'm afraid it won't last long if it doesn't sell. Just ask a crew member or someone in the demo if you can sample it to see if you like it; I think you might! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 03:55:18 EST Hello from Phoenix Hi everyone! My name is Jen and I have worked for TJ's for 7 1/2 years and I have just recently started doing most of my shopping there because I am becoming more aware of what is in my food and where it comes from etc. It's a GREAT company to work for; the only hard part is fighting the temptation to snack all day! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 03:27:18 EST Went to TJ's Yesterday! WOO HOO!! I so stocked up on so many good things...I love TJ's because you don't have to worry about what is in the food! <BR> <BR> Things I got: <BR> Spanish Red Wine <BR> LUNA Bars (cheaper than at the regular store) <BR> Soy & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips (for the Superbowl) <BR> Carrot Ginger Soup (This is the BEST Stuff!) <BR> Quinoa <BR> Frozen Green Beans - Frozen Hodgepodge Veggies (based on the rec. from SP) <BR> Mayo - reduced fact/eggless (not that I have anything against eggs, it wa... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 14:35:30 EST Frozen Butternut?? Does your TJ's carry frozen butternut squash? I found the "fresh" cut butternut but not a bag of frozen squash. Does it exist? Sat, 31 Jan 2009 14:28:29 EST It pays to shop around (other TJ's, that is!) The Trader Joe's near my house is chronically out of the yogurt I love, and I'm obsessive about having to have it every day (trust me on this -- mocha yogurt is the only thing keeping me out of Starbucks!). So last night I stopped at the store near my office. It has a LOT of stuff I haven't seen at my store. I got pouches of spinach-lentil soup and Italian entrees that are on the shelf, not frozen. They all fit beautifully into my Weight Watchers plan. <BR> <BR> Despite surface similarities,... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 14:19:05 EST The Fearless Flyer Does anyone else love The Fearless Flyer as much as I do? When I was a kid in L.A. (back in the Pleistocene Age), when TJ was still only in Southern California, my parents were among the first on the mailing list, and I couldn't wait for the new Fearless Flyer. All these years later, I still love the clever artwork. Fri, 30 Jan 2009 09:24:15 EST Northern California newbie Hi! My name's Mary, and I live in Sonoma County, California. I've loved TJ's since it was just a little "hippie" store in Southern California (where I grew up). <BR> <BR> I'm doing Weight Watchers, and it's amazing how many foods from TJ's fit in. Right now, in fact, I'm having a teriyaki chicken and noodle bowl for lunch, and their mocha yogurt is a mainstay -- I have to have one every day. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting everyone here. Sat, 24 Jan 2009 17:09:17 EST SP Blog re: TJ's frozen veggies Check out this SP Blog! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ff_we_love_trader_joes_harvest_hodgepodge </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2009 06:56:25 EST Game night Hello fellow TJ's fans! I am hosting a game night on Saturday and wanted to know if anyone has some great ideas on what I could serve from TJ's? Thanks in advance! Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:55:41 EST Butternut Squash - How do you cook it? I need some help. I keep reading about how fabulous butternut squash is, how versatile, how nutritious... but the one time that I tried to cook with it it was a disaster. The things are hard as a rock! How do you get it softened enough to be able to work with it??? Thu, 8 Jan 2009 20:38:22 EST Ideas using quinoa? Hi all! DH and I like quinoa but find it a little bland. Does anyone have some ideas for what to do with it to give it more flavor, especially leftover cooked quinoa? Wed, 7 Jan 2009 20:59:27 EST Happy Holidays Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it! <em>233</em> <BR> <BR> Happy ChrismaHaniKwanzaika to those who don't! (no seasonal emoticon for that one!) Wed, 24 Dec 2008 09:54:48 EST Dinner on the fly! I made this one night when there had been nothing planned and I had portabellos that had to be used up. <BR> <BR> 3 portabellos diced <BR> 1 onion diced <BR> <BR> Saute the above in olive oil until done. <BR> Microwave a package of the TJ's frozen brown rice. Serve the mushroom/onion mixture over the brown rice...dinner is served! <em>4</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2008 17:55:19 EST Most Favored Favorite TJ's Products from the TJ's newsletter I got in the mail today! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>edFavoriteProductList.pdf </link> Mon, 15 Dec 2008 13:34:20 EST New Forum introduced OK... I've noticed we all keep creating/adding recipes to the site, how about sharing some that are specifically Trader Joe's inspired... using your favorite foods or products. Lets get sharing!!! Fri, 12 Dec 2008 04:53:42 EST We're a Leaderless Team! for those of you who just read the messages vs. going to the TJ's team page - there's a note on the page that says our leader is MIA and if anyone is interested, to let the sparks folks know! <BR> <BR> Great opportunity if you're interested in leading a Sparks group! Wed, 3 Dec 2008 14:47:42 EST Trader Joes Cook Book!! for your favorite TJ's 'addict' Christmas gift ... a new cookbook!! Just saw this reviewed in our local paper last night and it's written by two TJ fans who use all their products in the book <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ader-Joes/dp/0979938414/ref=pd_bbs_1?i<BR>e=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228326020&sr=8-1 </link> Wed, 3 Dec 2008 12:41:25 EST Favorite seasonal items? Hey everyone! What are your Trader Joe's seasonal favorites? I was just there this evening and picked up some candy cane jo-jos (Is that what they're called? I'm talking about those peppermint oreos!) and some cranberry apple butter. Haven't tried either yet, but looking forward to doing so! Thu, 20 Nov 2008 18:50:51 EST TJ's makes the Health list of grocery stores when it comes to the top 10 healthiest grocery stores, well, we know who's #1 -- but according to Health Magazine, TJ's is #5 because of limited availability ... oh well!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>291/slides/10930 </link> Wed, 5 Nov 2008 14:07:58 EST squash anyone have any good squash recipies i like spegetti squash but i make it plain and boring. <BR> acorn squash i just bake it good though i'm wondering if ther is any low fat ways to enjoy squash more i know at the holidays my mom adds brown sugar and marshmallows and butter i know butter is ok in moderation. <BR> But i'm gonna do thanksgiving at my house i'm thinking but i want to make it healthy. Sun, 2 Nov 2008 17:31:58 EST What's your favorite TJ cereal? I was at TJ's today and had a hard time deciding which cereal to buy. I've never tried any of their cereals. DH and I settled on "Organic Honey Crunch 'N Oats," which I'm assuming is like Honey Bunches of Oats. <BR> I almost bought some chocolate puffy-type cereal but it contained 20g of sugar! Ouch! <BR> Anway...if you have a favorite TJ's cereal, please share! <em>304</em> <em>4</em> Sat, 25 Oct 2008 19:36:28 EST Best of Trader Joe's Hello! Why does the topic "Best of Trader Joe's" keep disappearing from choices to post? Our latest find is the awesome Karet CAKE (really spelled with a K) found in the freezer section for only $5.69. <BR> It is great to have and take a slice out at a time for someone NOT on a diet or a splurge. Nancy Sat, 18 Oct 2008 08:36:55 EST Soy Chorizo? Just took a look at the latest Fearless Flyer for October and saw Soy Chorizo as a new item. Has anyone tried it? <BR> I get to TJs only monthly at best as I am an hour away from the nearest Michigan location. Wondering if I should put it on my ever-growing TJs shopping list. Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:21:02 EST Truffle brownies In a moment of weakness, I picked up the TJ's Brownie Truffle Baking Mix. It calls for 2 eggs and a stick of butter. Ay, ay, ay...what was I thinking? <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Have any of you made these healthier somehow? I mean, could I use 1/2 a stick of butter and 1 egg?? Somehow I get the feeling they won't turn out well. <BR> Help!!! Sat, 4 Oct 2008 14:37:57 EST Shout out for the simmer sauces I'm in love with a man named Joe. He's got a good job - he's a merchant - and he's got great taste! <BR> <BR> Well, I had tried a simmer sauce before, I think the Masala, and wasn't too impressed. BUT I got a jar of the Punjab Spinach Sauce last week and being short on time, I chopped up some turkey breast tenders, an onion, and threw it all in the crock pot. I let it simmer for a few hours and MY OH MY! <BR> <BR> I think it was the slow cooking that made the difference for me. The last... Thu, 2 Oct 2008 22:18:00 EST 21 Seasoning Salute What do you like to use it on? I bought some over the weekend and haven't tried it in anything yet. <BR> I have some TJ chicken breasts in the freezer and for dinner tonight I was going to sprinkle some of this 21 Seasoning Salute on the chicken the last 15 minutes of baking. Does that sound OK? <BR> I plan to serve the chicken with multigrain pilaf, which also is new to me. Hope DH and I like it!! Wed, 1 Oct 2008 16:56:24 EST Guilt-free pizza with Trader Joe's products I made this pizza tonight, all from Trader Joe's products. It was delicious and 204 calories per slice, with 7 grams of fat. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=395615 </link> <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Debby Fri, 19 Sep 2008 22:58:32 EST BBQ sauce Trader Joe's has 2 kinds of barbecue sauce: Kansas City and the other one (just regular, I guess). Which do you prefer? I heard that the BBQ sauce at TJ's was good from this team, but because there were 2, I had a hard time deciding which one to buy. I went with the Kansas City based on the recommendation of one of the employees. It was good but a little too sweet. Is the other one just as sweet? Fri, 12 Sep 2008 06:27:47 EST Have you voted yet?? If you don't know already, Business Week is conducting a poll on health & fitness websites. <BR> <BR> So... have you voted for SP yet? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ofweb2008/health.htm </link> Sat, 6 Sep 2008 15:08:13 EST pizza dough a quick comment about TJ's pizza dough .. Carproth they do have a whole wheat pizza dough that is excellent!! <BR> i buy several bags of dough n throw it in the freezer if i don't have the time then to use it thaws fine .. all you need to do is let it set out for a while .. <BR> i find it very easy to work with .. <BR> from 1 ball of dough i make 3 individual thin crust pizzas that fit nicely into the toaster oven .. i usually make 15 pizzas at a time n freeze them .. the sky is the ... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 18:18:41 EST hiya i'm new to this hi all .. i am new to this team page ..actually i am new to sparks .. what an amazing place this is !! <BR> <BR> anyhow .. Trader Joe's is an incredible store .. we don't have one close but driving 1/2 hour is no problem at all .. <BR> i am totally hooked on their fat free greek yogurt .. there isn't anything you can't do with .. mmmk i am exaggerating a bit here but seriously it is good on it's own .. or with add ins or used to cook with . <BR> al of their products are top notch n decidel... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 17:55:46 EST hiya i'm new to this hi all .. i am new to this team page ..actually i am new to sparks .. what an amazing place this is !! <BR> <BR> anyhow .. Trader Joe's is an incredible store .. we don't have one close but driving 1/2 hour is no problem at all .. <BR> i am totally hooked on their fat free greek yogurt .. there isn't anything you can't do with .. mmmk i am exaggerating a bit here but seriously it is good on it's own .. or with add ins or used to cook with . <BR> al of their products are top notch n decidel... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 17:55:40 EST hiya i'm new to this hi all .. i am new to this team page ..actually i am new to sparks .. what an amazing place this is !! <BR> <BR> anyhow .. Trader Joe's is an incredible store .. we don't have one close but driving 1/2 hour is no problem at all .. <BR> i am totally hooked on their fat free greek yogurt .. there isn't anything you can't do with .. mmmk i am exaggerating a bit here but seriously it is good on it's own .. or with add ins or used to cook with . <BR> al of their products are top notch n decidel... Fri, 5 Sep 2008 17:55:13 EST Eat this, not that! What are the TJ equivalents to some of the foods you buy or used to buy at regular grocery stores? In general, I would prefer to buy from TJs because there is less HFCS, etc. So, I'd love to hear about what you've found at TJs to be similar but better than the other stuff. For example, I want to find a better alternative to my beloved Fiber One bars. <BR> <BR> I think TJ's ketchup is a good sub for Heinz. And their hot sauce is very good too. No need for Franks Red Hot! Fri, 5 Sep 2008 13:39:33 EST How to prepare Trader Joe's salmon burgers Hi team! I have the TJs salmon burger patties in my freezer and threw out the instructions on how to cook them (how long and at what temp.) Does anyone here know? <BR> Also, does anyone have a good recipe that incorporates these burgers? The first time I had them, they were a bit plain and blah. <BR> Thanks for any and all help! <em>304</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2008 13:10:13 EST Chit Chat about TJ Favorites and New Finds... being single cooking for one TJ is a favorite for me.. I just started using thier "Fully cooked Brown Rice" good and simple, toss some vegis and meat in it and I"m good to go. <BR> <BR> My last few stops at TJ they did not have the Edamme that is already shelled... they only have the whole or the shell kind.... did they stop carrying it? <BR> <BR> Anyone have a favorite Pizza of theirs? maybe low in fat/calories and sodium?? <BR> <BR> I just love the Latta frozen bars... oh yum and just ... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 13:45:09 EST TRADER JOES HAS BUNS OF WHEAT! And it's the only store I can find that has hotdog and hamburger buns that DON'T contain High Fructose Corn Syrup! Wed, 27 Aug 2008 22:11:23 EST Trader Joe's Nutrition Values I wanted to share you all of you that I have finally found a way for me to journal all of my food with more accuracy and speed. The majority of what I cook with comes from Trader Joe's. I find that the database with SP is lacking in listing many of the ingredients-- though I do appreciate those of you who are sharing ingredients you find. <BR> <BR> I stumbled across this website: <BR> <BR> If you are computer savvy here is how I ALWAYS find what I'm looking f... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 15:33:55 EST Organic Yogurt I've been eating Stoneyfield Farms Organic Plain Yogurt now for a long time, but it's hard to find over here in our part of the county. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of a different brand of Organic Yogurt that is equal to Stoneyfield Farms that I can try instead? I prefer to have my yogurt 'set' not runny. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any input you have! Fri, 22 Aug 2008 02:42:24 EST Hello fellow TJ fans! Wow, this site has just about everything available! I love to shop at TJ's, but for the past 3.5 years we didn't live near one. Now we do! and I am so excited, we are only about 25 minutes away. I am looking forward to getting some tips and recipes from this group to help with my lifestyle change. <em>213</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2008 19:42:40 EST Trader Joe's Mango Sauce Does anyone else use this product in any particular way? I forgot that I bought a jar of this, so I decided to use it. The label said to use it on pancakes, waffles or as a cake filling. I thought the product was kind of thin, though. <BR> <BR> What I did was sear some fresh tilapia in a non-stick skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil. I lightly salt & peppered it (Kosher salt). I removed the fish into the oven on a warm plate and reduced what was in the pan with a splash of dry white wine, some or... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 22:08:46 EST I'm a new groupie I love Trader Joe's too. <BR> <BR> I'm not new to Sparkpeople, however, I'm just new to this team. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all (because that's what I do)~Dusty Mon, 11 Aug 2008 16:51:17 EST I'm new & I love Trader Joe's I'm new and I love Trader Joe's. I tried setting up a SparksPage and my firewall wouldn't let me, it wouldn't disable and I ended up losing all I wrote! My beautiful daughter is one of those helpful TJ's employees. Wished I lived closer to her and to a TJ's , but I get to a TJ's every couple of months and spend a lot and stock up. Thu, 7 Aug 2008 22:47:18 EST Dry Roasted Edamame?? Hi all. I know TJs carries the shelled edamame and the ones in the pod in the frozen section, as well as the ones in the pod in the produce section. But I saw someone mention they sell dry roasted edamame. Does anyone know where in the store it is located? I'd really like to try it, but I've never seen it. If no one knows or I can't find it, I'll ask an employee. Thanks. Thu, 7 Aug 2008 18:31:32 EST Has anyone tried the Trader Joe's Bool Kogi? I know that sounds weird, but I discovered this item in the meats section. These are boneless short ribs, marinated in a Korean blend. I am guessing that it has soy, ginger and garlic...and other unknowns. <BR> <BR> I buy a package and freeze half. We grill these, and I usually make an Asian cole slaw to go with it. <BR> <BR> The next time I buy a package, I'll list the ingredients...unless anyone else has? <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2008 15:31:20 EST share your TJ's manual entries on SP <BR> Hey! Since there're probably a whole bunch of us manually entering our TJ's favorites for our trackers, why don't we save eachother some time and share? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ***To Share: <BR> Go to "add a food", "My Favorites" tab, then click on "Share manually entered foods with other members". Check your TJ's entries and "share". <BR> <BR> <BR> ***To Retrieve others' shared entries (when we enter manually, they don't automatically go into the database, but they are available for ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 23:31:55 EST Trader Joes!!! :) I was so happy to see this group! I am moving and I have been raving that there is a Trader Joes on my home from work, finally!! Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:35:09 EST What Happened to "Favorites" from Trader Joes? I love that topic "FAVORITES" from Trader Joes, so here is another one. Both my husband and I love the CHICKEN FAJITAS from the freezer secion. He is extremely fussy eater, but loves the perfect mixture of spices and veggies in these LOW-FAT Chicken Fajitas. Check them out Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Jul 2008 07:29:16 EST Trader Joe's has become my home! Hello all, <BR> <BR> It's been quite a while since I've been on sparkpeople at all, let alone checked out my sparkteam pages. I've been sort of unmotivated to lose weight, especially for the fact that I'm not really overweight -- just want to get in better shape. <BR> <BR> But anywho, since I've last logged in I actually started working at Trader Joe's! I'm a college student, so it's a great option with flexible hours. Since I've worked there I have come up with so many healthy recipe... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 17:22:47 EST Favorite Trader Joe's foods... gone *cry* It seems over the last couple of months many of my favorite Trader Joe's foods are no longer in stock at the store (due to slow regional sales, so they say). <BR> <BR> One was the Pizza di Capri? It came in a big red box and it was the one that had goat cheese and olives on it. <BR> <BR> Also, I can no longer find light coconut milk or Trader Darwin's Whey Chocolate Protein powder. <BR> <BR> It seems that if regional sales are slow on an item they will discontinue that item from the who... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 13:59:24 EST Grab Something Good on the Way to a Potluck? Does anyone have a recommendation of something to buy at Trader Joe's that's already prepared and would be good to take to a potluck? It can be any course, but I was thinking appetizer or dessert. Wed, 25 Jun 2008 20:37:32 EST Prices at TJ's vs. Other Places Thought I'd start a topic on prices at TJ's vs other stores. If you have recently (w/food costs rising) compared TJ's to other stores, then this is your thread! What do you find cheaper there? Anything that costs more at TJ's? Share away! <BR> <BR> For me, I went to the Grand Opening of Wegman's last weekend... got their tofu and the same brand of tempeh I buy at TJ's. Both are cheaper at TJ's, which made me feel good that its my go-to store. Sun, 15 Jun 2008 23:02:32 EST 17 Bean Blend Recipe Ideas??? I bought the 17 Bean blend from TJ's. I don't want soup... anyone else have an idea? I tried a few bean recipes but none have hit me. I want to eat more as I am trying to reduce my meat intake while keeping protein high. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Sat, 31 May 2008 22:34:26 EST TJ Total Body Cleanse ? Hi There ! Of course I love trader joes :) Who Doesn't :) <BR> <BR> While I was there the other day I picked up a Trader Joe's Total Body Cleanse kit. When I got it home, there are just directions on the outside of the box what to take when, but no diet to follow etc. I am assuming I would just eat my regular menu etc. I thought maybe it was missing a book or something inside or pamphlet but that doesn't seem to be the case. <BR> Has anyone else tried this from Trader Joe's ? Just wonderin... Mon, 26 May 2008 19:31:46 EST Favorite TJ's Recipes In response to SCARYNNE's suggestion to post some of our favorite recipes using TJ products, I thought I'd get us started with this super-easy summer barbeque/pot-luck offering: <BR> <BR> Tortellini Salad <BR> <BR> 1 pkg TJ tortellini <BR> 1 can TJ Marinated Bean Salad <BR> 1 jar TJ Marinated Mushrooms <BR> 1 bottle TJ Goddess dressing <BR> <BR> Prepare tortellini and rinse with cold water. Drain beans and mushrooms. Mis all ingredients and toss with Goddess dressing. Chill and serve. <... Thu, 22 May 2008 13:26:42 EST Hi everyone! Hello to all, <BR> <BR> I was so excited to find a TJ's group. I do most of my shopping at Trader Joe's. They have the best stuff, great prices and you can get in and out of there fast. I love the food demos, you can always find a new way to use something, or get to try something without having to commit to buying and cooking it not knowing if the family will like it. <BR> <BR> I saw the section on raves about new items, but is there a section to share really great recipes or combos of T... Wed, 21 May 2008 14:15:55 EST Hi, I'm new Someone please tell me how to buy a Trader Joe's franchise. I'm tired of driving over 4 hours to get to Trader Joes! If only Trader Joe's would survive in rural Illinois. Oh, well. Sat, 17 May 2008 22:35:45 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Nikki and I love Trader Joes. I don't have one really close to me, but the closest one is about 20 miles away, so I usually have to make a special trip... but it's worth it! <BR> <BR> My favorite items... frozen avacado (haven't seen them in about a year) chocolate peanut butter filled pretzels (those are very addictive), Golden Honey Wheat Bread, Asian Veggie Stir Fry Mix, and probably a few other's I'll discover on my next trip. Mon, 12 May 2008 00:20:33 EST I want to pass this along I found this in my e-mail this morning. There is nothing on snopes to say its not true. Another reason I love Trader Joes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Mercy For Animals' newly released investigative footage of the gross neglect and cruel treatment of hens at Gemperle Enterprises' factory egg farm in California has generated a flurry of media attention across the nation, including stories on and by the LA Times, and the Associated Press. <BR> <BR> In response to MFA's i... Sat, 10 May 2008 10:38:03 EST New here and love me some TJ's Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Tina and I love Trader Joe's! I shop there every week!!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hanging out here! Tue, 6 May 2008 19:06:37 EST Spicy Turkey Chili? Ladies and Gents, <BR> I was wondering if you have any good turkey chili recipes with a spicy kick? <BR> <BR> I am wanting to make some yummy crock pot chili this weeked with my hubby but need a good recipe. <BR> <BR> Thanks yall. Thu, 1 May 2008 16:46:54 EST chili mango - any ideas on how to use it? I know that many probably just eat this as a snack. I find it a bit too intense in flavor. Does anyone have any ideas about using it in a recipe? I love to cook, but am not all that creative when it comes to new products. Thanks for any help! <BR> <BR> Mary Tue, 29 Apr 2008 21:43:18 EST My name is Katie and I'm a Trader Joe's junkie Hello, everyone! My name is Katie and I'm a Trader Joe's junkie. I started going to TJ's when I moved to Chicago. I'm moving back home to MA in a month and am SO GLAD that I won't be missing my TJ's. <BR> <BR> My favorite TJ's items are their fat free vanilla meringues, low fat cinnamon raisin granola and the chipotle pepper hummus. YUM YUM YUM YUM YUUUUUM! Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:06:19 EST Calling all cooks - Hiip!! Trader Joe's Recipe Challenge! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ecipeGuidelines.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Breanna Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:56:37 EST TJ's Facts Not sure if everyone knows that TJ's has some great info on their site, so I thought I'd share. <link><BR>html </link> Wed, 16 Apr 2008 11:50:35 EST new to the team Hi there. <BR> I LOVE Trader only downfall is that I have to drive quite a ways to get to one. I am an hour and half away from one, but luckily I have to drive to Milwaukee at least once a month for work. I usually make it a point to stop in and get a few things. I love the frozen cubes of cilantro and basil...oh so yummy. <BR> ~Wendy Sat, 12 Apr 2008 15:07:10 EST ketchup Alright, so I am purging HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) from my life... just finished my last bit of Heinz ketchup and might move to TJ's since it doesn't have it in. Has anyone tried it? What are your thoughts on taste and everything? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Fri, 11 Apr 2008 07:59:05 EST Ultrametabolism Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm hitting up all my teams to see if anyone has read the book "Ultrametabolism." I just started it and it has some really good info in it. Just curious to see everyone's opinion. <BR> <BR> Nat Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:07:40 EST Spinach Sauce - what to put in it? I have a jar of Spinach sauce in my cupboard (I think it is Indian?). I made it before, but I think I mostly just put chicken in. Does anyone else use this? I'm not really very familiar with Indian foods so I don't know what kind of veggies would traditionally go in a sauce like this. I'm thinking carrots and potatoes would be good, any other ideas? Mon, 7 Apr 2008 23:04:10 EST Harvest Blend Oh wow were you guys right. I bought the harvest blend and tried it, its wonderful. Now I wish I have bought more when I was there. <em>4</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2008 18:26:02 EST 100 calorie chocolate? I saw something about TJ's having 100 cal. chocolate bars on, and also saw it referenced here. However, I have looked and looked at my local Joe's, and no dice. <BR> <BR> I asked the heavily bearded cashier. He looked at me like I had been smoking baba ghanouj, and slowly shook his head. Hmmmm. <BR> <BR> Was I hallucinating? Have any of you found these in the wild? If so, how are they, and where in TJ's might they be hidden? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2008 05:17:49 EST 100 calorie chocolate? I saw something about TJ's having 100 cal. chocolate bars on, and also saw it referenced here. However, I have looked and looked at my local Joe's, and no dice. <BR> <BR> I asked the heavily bearded cashier. He looked at me like I had been smoking baba ghanouj, and slowly shook his head. Hmmmm. <BR> <BR> Was I hallucinating? Have any of you found these in the wild? If so, how are they, and where in TJ's might they be hidden? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2008 05:17:28 EST Dried fruit without sulfer Hi! Somewhere on Spark, I remember talking about dried fruits and how some of them (especially dried apricots) taste bitter to me. Someone mentioned that it's because of sulfer. I think it was on this team. Anyway...if anyone knows how to find dried fruit without sulfer, please let me know. If TJ's sells it, what do the packages look like? Also, how can you determine if it's got sulfer in it if it's in a bulk bin? Fri, 4 Apr 2008 09:53:46 EST Reusable bags I have bought reusable bags for Sprouts, Target and Safeway. I shop at Trader Joes on Saturdays and am going to buy a couple today. I noticed they have 3 different price ranges and wanted to know if you guys have a preference before I buy them. Sat, 29 Mar 2008 10:54:56 EST Saying Hello I was shocked to find a team dedicated to Trader Joes, my favorite store. <BR> I am looking forward to being part of this team! <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:51:29 EST TJ's Produce Is it safe to assume that all of TJ's produce is organic? <BR> <BR> I was wondering because I didn't see any "Organic" labels on the pears and nectarines my DH bought. <BR> <BR> <BR> CC <BR> <em>251</em> <BR> Thu, 27 Mar 2008 01:58:18 EST I can't find my Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze! I used to be able to buy Unsweetened Vanilla-flavored Almond Breeze milk at Trader Joes - it was stocked with all of the non-refrigerated soy and rice milks. The last few times I've looked, however, it hasn't been stocked! At first I just assumed it was sold out, because the rest of the flavors were pretty low as well...but today, the shelf was stocked full of only Regular, Sweetened Vanilla & Chocolate. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know if TJs has stopped stocking the unsweetened vanilla? I ask... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 01:15:29 EST Chicago Lights to Suburban Bites Hi all! I'm new to SP, new to this group, and re-newed to the suburbs of Chicago. I was looking for a healthy place to grocery shop, and it seems as though Trader Joe's is the place to go. <BR> <BR> Does anybody have product suggestions? High protein, low cal, big taste? <BR> And what are your feelings on wheatgrass? <BR> <BR> Glad to meet you all and hope to hear back soon :) Tue, 25 Mar 2008 14:30:09 EST canned pumpkin Hello all!! <BR> <BR> I have been reading a LOT of really good recipes ( that call for canned pumpkin-not the pie filling but plain old pumpkin. Does Trader Joe's have that? I have been searching everywhere & I cannot find it! <BR> <BR> Any help is greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Nat <em>30</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:42:01 EST Simple Quinoa Meal Please check it out on Sparkrecipes: <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=265244 </link> <BR> <BR> I got everything at TJ's and its just 5 ingredients (6 if you count water). I used the frozen chicken tenderloins (3 large ones), allspice (should be a spice area), lime juice (don't remember where, I have the bottled kind but you could use fresh limes), organic quinoa (near pasta), and Melange a Trois peppers (frozen). <BR> <BR> I used 2 pots but I am sure you could ... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 18:54:08 EST Incorrect nutritional information? I can't help but think that some of the TJ's items are labeled incorrectly. Has anyone else come across this? I'm thinking in terms of the calorie counts being too low for the item and/or amount. Fri, 21 Mar 2008 14:53:21 EST Tried any of the cleaning items? Last time we were at TJ's, we picked up some laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaner because we didn't feel like going to yet another store that day to get the regular stuff. The detergent is not bad. The cleaner smells like a hamster's cage. I guess it's because of the cedarwood that's in it. <BR> I like the idea of using more natural cleaning products with less chemicals and/or ones that are better for the environment. Do any of you have favorite cleaning products from TJ's? They gotta h... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 09:25:09 EST Yummy TJ's recipe I was at Starbucks and saw a Bruschetta Chicken Sandwich that cost $5.50. It was healthy, but I figured I could come up with my own version for the same amount of calories or a little more. Without the cheese, the calorie count is exactly the same! (Starbuck's version did not have cheese either.) <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> 1 serving Par Baked TJ's Artisan Bread French Baguette <BR> 1 serving Just Chicken <BR> 1 TBSP TJ's Bruschetta Sauce <BR> 1 slice light swiss cheese <BR> salt and pepper to t... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:05:18 EST Hello from Pittsburgh! I'm so pleased to see this team! I just moved to Pittsburgh, and quickly found the Trader Joe's in the area. It is the best! I used to have to travel almost an hour to get to my TJ's - now it's only 10-15 minutes. I plan on making it a weekly excursion. I'm looking forward to reading about recommendations from this team. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Casey Wed, 12 Mar 2008 08:41:48 EST Question about shampoos & conditioners at TJ's Hey TJ's team, I need some advice. I recently started getting a little bit of an allergic reaction from my Pantene shampoo, so I want to try another one. I have used Pantene for over 10 years and I love how it makes my hair shiny silky smooth with no tangles, so I was really bummed when I started to get this allergic reaction of itchy bumps right after I started using a new bottle. I googled it and found out they reformulated it and that a lot of people are having this reaction to the new... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 00:11:39 EST Quinoa Alright, I bought it after reading some good things about it. Now, I made it once but can't figure out if I like it plain or not. So what do you do with your quinoa?? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 9 Mar 2008 14:05:17 EST STEVIA??? Got the stevia packets at tj and they are absolutely horrible! They taste bitter and just awful and im suprised bc once i got packets from whole foods and they tasted like regualar sweetner- so i dont know what happened? Have you guys tried these packets- suggestions, ideas? Mon, 3 Mar 2008 12:10:27 EST Airborne Lawsuit Not sure if anyone's heard of this, but there's a lawsuit against Airborne saying that it doesn't work as it says it does. I know people that swear by it, but I never felt it worked, although I certainly tried and hoped! <BR> <BR> I know they sold it at TJ's, so I thought I'd pass it on. <BR> <BR> Link: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Quick Details: <BR> <BR> CURRENT CASE STATUS <BR> <BR> A Settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit that alleges ... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 10:46:09 EST Trader Joes has more then food I love their flowers they still are alive and mmm smelling so good they were bought on Valentine's day by hubby the lilies are alive still the tulips died a few days ago..I am going to buy my gorgeous flowers from there now on. I am going to TJ's this weekend I am excited to buy somethign new and different there. Thu, 28 Feb 2008 19:08:17 EST Winter Fearless Flyer Just opened up the WInter FF and am starting my list for the next trek to TJ's. Its over an hour away so its always a major expedition in our household. <BR> What do you see on the latest FF that you love! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:38:44 EST Chips and Snacks I discovered some very yummy (and fairly healthy) chips at TJ's this week. I bought them for my kids but unfortunately they didn't like them..but I did! Now just to not eat too many. <BR> <BR> Vegetable Root Crisps <BR> Sweet Potato chips (ridged) <BR> <BR> Any else have any favorites? Thu, 21 Feb 2008 09:30:39 EST Good eats! So glad all are visiting TJ's in your area. Isn't it just the greatest place! <em>250</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2008 22:10:26 EST How Cool, I'm Ingrid...I love T.J.'s and I am new! Hi, I've been a sparks member for almost of month now <BR> and I think this would be a great group to join! Our family enjoys shopping at Trader Joes. I am a wife and mom of 3, 2x breast cancer survivor living in a suburb of chicago. I weigh 147 and my goal is 135. <BR> My name is Ingrid or you can call me Inga, I'm 43 and just happy to enjoy all the good things in life! <BR> Hope to hear from you all. <em>81</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2008 17:38:55 EST For Any Vegetarians I recently bought the Trader Joe's Red Enchilada Sauce and the Miso soup and I just assumed that they were vegetarian but after coming home and reading the ingredients I found out that they are not. It's my own fault for not checking the label but I just wanted to give any other vegetarians the heads up. Has anyone else ever mistaken any Trader Joe's products for vegetarian that ended up not being vegetarian? Sun, 17 Feb 2008 14:52:15 EST Good foods @ TJ's! I just found this store & love it. They were stir frying greens when I was there & they were so good! <em>146</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2008 00:58:30 EST Pizza Alright, so I noticed some people stock up on Pizza Dough. So what is your favorite way (healthy or not!) to make it? What is your favorite HEALTHY way to make it? They might be the same, but they might not be... <BR> <BR> Also, how about the dough... I like to heat my up on the stone with the oven, then top it, as I find it seems more done that way. Do you do anything special? <BR> <BR> I'm looking for ideas, so thanks for indulging me. Thu, 14 Feb 2008 15:53:35 EST Hello from Michigan! Hello everyone. I just took my first trip to trader joe's yesterday and I have completely fallen in love. So much great stuff at such a great price. I just had the roasted red pepper and tomato soup for lunch, it is delicious. I can't wait to go back. Wed, 13 Feb 2008 14:01:13 EST Trader Joe's Banning Some Chinese Imports This was on the news today - <link><BR>usiness/NA-FIN-US-Trader-Joes-China.php </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Feb 2008 07:57:59 EST hello I am from California Hello my name is Sandi. I am 40 years old and am happily married. I have two beautiful daughters. I have a Trader Joes in my town and would love to go there more but I am so indecisive, everything looks equally great, what should I buy lol...I am looking forward to learning more about their products here. Ty Sat, 9 Feb 2008 00:29:17 EST Hi, from Oregon I can't believe my eyes!!!! Trader Joe's & A Spark Team!!!! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> My 2 favorite places SP and TJ's lol. I only shop at TJ's and Whole Foods. I much prefer TJ's because of the prices, but as we all know sometimes TJ's can be out of something or discontinued so I have to finish my shopping at Whole Foods. I started shopping at TJ's because of the natural selection and there prices! So just wanted to say thanks to whom ever started this team!!!! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 12:07:05 EST hi from boston I am new to this team - Trader Joe's is my new obsession - it's actually cheaper than my regular grocery store & the food is a LOT better. This store has been the best for my diet! Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:10:24 EST Peanut Butter I love better than peanut butter at Trader Joes however I have been trying to incorporate more walnuts and almonds into my eating routine. Does anyone know if TJ lets you grind your own nuts? If so, How long does home ground nuts last, and did anyone ever make it with walnuts? <BR> Thanks for the info...diane Wed, 6 Feb 2008 07:37:06 EST Protein Suppleme nts!?!?! Good Morning Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried any of Trader Joe' protein powders, drinks or bars??? <BR> <BR> I am looking for something very high protein and very very low carb...right now I drink Lean Body which has 40 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbs and 9 grams of fat... it is an excellent product but toooo expensive to drink on a regular basis, about $3.50 a day!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your input!!! <BR> <BR> Jackie!!! <em>129</em> Mon, 4 Feb 2008 08:09:21 EST Hey from Chicago! Yay for this team! I'm originally from Texas so I didn't know the joy that is TJ's until I moved to Chicago. My faves are the noodles and sauce boxes (kinda high in sodium, but I just watch it the rest of the day when I have one) and the vast selection of high fiber cereals. I don't know how I lived so long without this place. Thu, 31 Jan 2008 23:55:29 EST Nutrition Info on Spark??? How come very few TJ items have their nutrition info listed on here? I key in things but do they go to the database for others to view? I can't be the only one entering every TJ food I own into it. <BR> <BR> Anyone have experience on any of this? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:57:29 EST TJ's Appetize rs/Party Foods What appetizers and party foods have you found at TJ's that are a big hit? <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jan 2008 09:47:17 EST Healthy Food vs Watch List I read a bunch of past posts, and while some kinda covered what I was looking for, nothing hit me as right on. My 2 questions to everyone: <BR> <BR> 1. Outside the obvious plain fruits, veggies, etc., what food have you found at TJ's that is healthy and calorie friendly (not including sodium as most of their stuff is a bit higher)? <BR> <BR> 2. What do you have on your watch list? In other words, it might be delicious but its high in calories and/or bad fat. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the re... Sun, 20 Jan 2008 23:41:25 EST Your Beverage(s) of Choice What are your favorite TJ's juices and drinks? <BR> <BR> I recently discovered two juices that are awesome: <BR> <BR> Dynamo plus Calcium (my dd loves it) <BR> Green Plant (weird green color and thick consistency but very good with lots of good stuff <BR> <BR> Anyone have any others to share? Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:06:31 EST New from Columbus, OH! Hi - I'm Kris and I've been on Sparkpeople for almot 2 years now and I JUST ran across this team! LOL. I was perusing another member's Sparkpage and saw this team and said HUH? Really? Cool! <BR> <BR> I live in the Columbus, OH area and fortunately work very close to the one and only TJ's location here. I have a 6 year old girl, 2 cats, 1 dog, a hamster and a few fish. I'm a single mom and my elderly mother lives with me too so that makes me a sandwich :) <BR> <BR> My faves at TJ's are... Mon, 14 Jan 2008 07:21:36 EST Yogurt Hi everyone..I was wondering what brand/flavors of yogurt you liked. I have heard that certain kinds are better than other. I tried the Trader Joe's nonfat blueberry and didn't care for it. I love the Fage Greek Style yogurt with honey but its high in calories..any suggestions? Thanks Wed, 9 Jan 2008 08:17:45 EST Hello from New Jersey I am new to SP for about 3 days and have already inputted about 10 TJ products from my cupboard. TJ is my main grocery store, so I intend to input more. I have yet to figure out how to share them. Tue, 8 Jan 2008 23:00:34 EST Hiya everyone! Holy Moly! I had no idea there was a whole team of fellow TJ enthusiasts! Wow! I am so onboard with all of you. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my name is Chandra and I live in Sacramento, CA I actually grew up four blocks from what is, as far as I know, the original Trader Joe's down in South Pasadena. I've been a fan and customer since before I could talk. I'm looking forward to getting more ideas from all of you. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 8 Jan 2008 19:16:17 EST Just saying hello Hi everyone. I'm so glad I found this team. My wife and I had known about TJs for a while but it was a little far from us so we never checked it out. Last April we moved and there was a new one just a few minutes away. After a few weeks we gave it a shot and now we go there before we go anywhere else. I hope they continue to grow and expand. It's such an amazing store as you already know. <BR> <BR> I'm a (basically) stay at home dad to two girls, (just turned) 7, and 5. My wife is a p... Mon, 7 Jan 2008 13:25:15 EST Complete Body Cleanse Has anyone tried TJ's cleanse-in-a-box, and has anyone had any results with it? The box doesn't really tell me much, just when to take the pills. I am thinking it should work fine if I stick to raw foods & fresh juice, but I really have no idea. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I can't really find any testimonials through google, so if anyone here has tried this, please share! <em>30</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2008 01:46:31 EST TJ's CHEESES I searched the threads and was surprised to find nothing obvious on cheese. So, I hope you don't mind that I posted a Cheese thread! <BR> <BR> Here's my tip- switch to their NON-FAT feta. It is a clean food with the equal sodium to other cheeses. <BR> <BR> It's a super topping for anything salad or tortilla style! <BR> <BR> I love TJ's! <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2008 14:43:23 EST How to get discontinued items?? Does anyone know who to email, or how else I can get a discontinued item? I am looking for the Trader Joe's Matcha Latte. I love it! It's on E-bay for $12, but that is crazy since it only costs $1.99! <BR> Thanks. Sun, 30 Dec 2007 08:40:55 EST Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day as you count your blessings! Thu, 22 Nov 2007 10:03:11 EST What are you buying at TJ's for Thanksgiving? I have ordered a fresh turkey but am hoping to get everything else for Thanksgiving dinner from TJ's..I do almost all of my shopping there but haven't bought for Turkey Day there what is everyone buying? Thu, 15 Nov 2007 09:30:02 EST Just walked in the door from my trip to Trader Joe's and I'm so excited about all the SOUP that I bought! I really hope they taste good! The pictures on the boxes looked yummy: Butternut Squash, Creamy Tomato, Tomato Red Pepper, Sweet Potato Bisque... And a few more. I have yet to unpack my bags. I love soup and when the weather turns cooler (like it is now) I could eat it for lunch and dinner daily! <BR> I picked up a few healthy munchies too. Better go unpack it all! Mon, 29 Oct 2007 16:18:42 EST TJ's nutritional info online A friend sent me this website the other day. It's got a HUGE list of the nutritional info for TJ foods. <BR> <BR><BR>alories/food/trader-joes Thu, 18 Oct 2007 14:24:53 EST I've found it!! I love Trader Joes and was excited to discover this group. I'm hoping to learn more about healthy ideas and choices I can make at one of my favorite grocery stores! :) Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:26:07 EST free range? Hello!! I am a 20 year old college student. I do enjoy my meat, but I would like to go towards buying more cruelty free products. Does anyone know if Trader Joe's sell's free range meats? Thanks!! Sun, 30 Sep 2007 11:17:17 EST Frozen Stuff I am a college student and have very little time. I work almost full time (35 hours a week) and I am taking 18 units. I love frozen stuff because it is quick and easy. What are some good frozen dinners from TJ's? Tue, 25 Sep 2007 22:12:43 EST Has anyone ever noticed?? Last week I was at Trader Joe's buying their organic black beans. A woman walking by asked if I'd ever noticed that the organic ones come from China and the regular ones don't. It's true! Look at the top of the cans! <BR> <BR> Does anyone know more about this?? Mon, 24 Sep 2007 14:23:08 EST Healthy Asian Sauces? I'm looking for a healthy, flavorful, LOWCAL sauces to make asian dishes. I'd be particularly interested in sauces to stir-fry. If you have any other (non-asian) sauces that qualify, feel free to post too. Thanks! :) <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2007 02:39:01 EST Pissed at coupon promotion, so-called One of the ads in one of the nutritional articles I read today claimed to be for coupons for TJ's, so of course I clicked on it. Well, it turned out to be no such thing - it was one of those advertising "surveys" where you have to answer a zillion questions about whether you want insurance or diabetes drugs, etc. and you keep checking little radio buttons but you never actually get to anything resembling a TJ coupon. So if you see that promotion, don't be fooled. <BR> <BR> Kelly Sat, 25 Aug 2007 18:08:36 EST Help! Nutrition stats for Smoked low fat cheese? Hi! I bought some reduced or low fat Smoked Gouda, (I think gouda, made in Holland anyway) and I accidentally threw the nutrition info away. Anyone know the stats for this cheese? <BR> It came in a short cut cylander, like what a salami would look like if you cut a thick slice off. <BR> <BR> It was wrapped in clear plastic and has a brown color to the outside of the cheese. Wed, 8 Aug 2007 20:32:52 EST Cereal & Sauce I really like Vanilla Almond High Fiber Cereal, and Lite Organic Morning Cereal from TJ's I haven't been able to get either for months, they say it's in warehouses and not getting to the store. <BR> <BR> As for sauces, I loved the TJ's garlic fig sauce (put it in my egg white omlette to really jazz up the taste). I haven't been able to find it in about a year. When I ask about this they don't even know what I am talking about. <BR> <BR> Is any one else able to get these products still at T... Wed, 25 Jul 2007 18:36:07 EST I am making my trip to Trader Joe's tonight It has been a few weeks since I have been to Trader Joe's. I am definately in need of some items that I can only find there. <BR> <BR> 1. White bread without high fructose corn syrup <BR> 2. Low carb soy milk w/o artifical flavoring <BR> 3. Unsalted peanut butter all natural <BR> 4. Hummus dip - all natural <BR> <BR> Tonight I will be going alone. So I will have plenty of time to look for new, great items :) Fri, 20 Jul 2007 16:57:00 EST Shredded BBQ Can someone please list the nutritional facts for it? I threw the the packaging away. Mon, 2 Jul 2007 17:40:00 EST Trader Joe's recipes Does Trader Joe's have a place where I can get recipes so I can know what to do with some of their products? <BR> <BR> Do any of you have any? <BR> <BR> I get their flyers in the mail but have yet to go. A lot of their stuff sound soo good but I would not know what to do with it. <BR> <BR> How do you use your trader joe's goodies? Sun, 24 Jun 2007 01:17:42 EST Fruit Floe "milkshake!" Or maybe it's a smoothie - whatever it is, it's GOOD. <BR> <BR> I bought a package of Trader Joe's strawberry "Fruit Floe" frozen fruit bars and enjoyed one before they melted in my freezer (I have a lame apartment-sized refrigerator with the freezer inside, and it is NOT efficient). <BR> <BR> My poor-student-self can't afford to be throwing out perfectly good food, so I poured the popsicle into a glass with some light vanilla soymilk and mixed it all together with my hand blender, and it... Tue, 12 Jun 2007 21:04:23 EST Tastes just like.... Growing up, and especially during my first year of college, I had a nasty habit of eating Ramen noodles a lot. Not just cooked, no, I would grab a bag and munch on the uncooked noodles and the seasoning, as a snack. You can only imaging how quickly the calories would add up. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the other day I bought some of Trader Joe's Tandoori Masala Papadum Chips and they taste almost exactly like uncooked ramen noodles. Imagine my glee! They're still chips, so they do have some fat, but ... Sun, 10 Jun 2007 18:30:33 EST Vegetable Bird's Nests!!! This is the first time I've seen them at my TJ's and all I gotta say is... <BR> <BR> HOLY YUMMY, BATMAN!!! <BR> <BR> It's like a little temupra nest, but low on calories and low on sodium. Just don't use their dipping sauce. <BR> <BR> I'm going back today for more! <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Jun 2007 09:08:51 EST Entirely TJ's Turkey Meatball and Wild Rice Soup OH MY GOSH!!! So i was going through my freezer and lo-and-behold, i found a bag of tuckey meatballs that i had forgotten about from a few months back!! while im trying to cut chicken and turkey out of my diet (vegetarianism is my goal) i decided i couldnt waste them. Hey im only human! So i made a soup with them! YUM! This was the recipe i use, and it was good!! I think about 4 gams of fat and somewhere around 200 calories for a serving. It took about a half hour to make and i froze it in in... Wed, 23 May 2007 20:35:11 EST The best unsweetened, calorie-free Iced Tea My boyfriend and I discovered TJ's Kettle Brewed Unsweetened White and Green Iced Tea!! Its soo refreshing and minty. It has virtually no additives at all, and no calories. They sell it by the gallon and i have to admit that i substitute about 2 cups of water for this each day!!! So much better than NesTea or something that adds a lot of sugar or sugar substitutes to their FLAVORED ice teas!! Mon, 21 May 2007 15:16:33 EST TJ's Vitamins Hey folks..i just wanted to share that i love TJ's High Potency Chewable Vitamins. I am uncomfortable with swallowing pills but have always been mildly disgusted with the chalkiness of chewable vitamins. Ive found that not only are TJ's chewable vitamin not too chalky, but it also has a pleasant taste...well in terms of chewable vitamins at least! Its pretty well rounded supplement as well. Maybe its just all in my head, but ive also felt a more alert and active in the last couple months of t... Wed, 16 May 2007 19:01:15 EST TJ's Rice Jambalya Yum. It's supposed to be a side dish for two, but I ate the entire package for dinner. It was just 360 calories and really tasty! Beware though. It was spicy. Thu, 3 May 2007 21:36:31 EST I love TJs, but they might not feel the same We've all seen or heard it done: you're standing in the store and hear something break. A beet red customer apologizes profusely over the shards while an employee cleans it up. You stand there, smugly laughing inside at the clumsy idiot who so carelessly knocked over the item. <BR> <BR> Today, that blushing idiot was me. <BR> <BR> I went to Trader Joe's to pick up some Clif nectar bars (try them if you haven't). As I wandered the aisles, picking my way between the geriatric women driving ... Thu, 3 May 2007 17:53:18 EST