Trader Joe’s Delicious Favorites

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Trader Joes Delicious Favorites

I was introduced to the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread Mix by one of my good friends. One day I heard her talking about how much she loved the mix so I knew I had to try it. I have always loved pumpkin bread so this was the perfect recipe for my pumpkin bread cravings. Like any good pumpkin bread, this mix turned out very moist and had the perfect pumpkin flavor. There was a fantastic combination of spices and sweetness. Additionally, it’s very easy to make with the only ingredients being the packaged mix, 2 eggs, vegetable oil, and water. Even though it might not seem like the pumpkin season, I would highly recommend this pumpkin bread mix, you won’t regret it.

 Everything but the bagel sesame seasoning blend is a mixture of both white and black sesame seeds, garlic, onion, sea salt, and poppy seeds. It can be added to anything and everything and has been a popular Trader Joe’s staple ever since its launch in 2017. It became so popular that Trader Joe’s came out with additional food items with the seasoning blend such as salmon and mixed nuts. I am a big fan of everything bagels and would highly recommend this seasoning if you’re into them too. Although it can be a bit garlicky at times, I love adding it to my avocado toast and salads. Give it a try, I’m sure it would taste fantastic on almost anything. 

Chocolate Brooklyn Babka is a fan favorite in my family. Babka is considered a sweet bread or cake which originated from Jewish communities in Poland. It is a doughy bread/cake consistency with a variety of flavors of filling. My family loves this because it’s not too sweet and it’s not too dry. It also has the perfect ratio of filling to dough and is then topped with chocolate chips. In addition to their chocolate filled babka, Trader Joe’s also sells cinnamon babka and seasonal pumpkin spice babka which I’m sure are also amazing. Whether you have tried babka before or this is your first time hearing of it, I would for sure give the Trader Joe’s babka a try!

TJ’s frozen Hash Brown Patties are unbeatable. They are a classic brunch or breakfast-for-dinner in the Marmet household. Each pack has 10 patties, which for my family is the perfect ration, two per person. Regardless of the packaging quantity, these hash browns taste just as good, if not better than, restaurant hash browns. What does it for me is that they do not need to be slathered in butter or even pan fried. All one needs to do is take them out of the package and put them onto a baking sheet to be met with not-too-greasy, crunchy, and delicious hash browns for any breakfast-influenced dish endeavor. As a person who loves crunchy hash browns, these have the perfect ratio of soft inside potato to crunchy outside potato.Seriously, though, these hash browns are easy, mess-free, and just as equally delicious as any other hash brown. 

I love gnocchi: it is so versatile and is a fun way to mix up regular pasta dishes. This led me to try Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi, which I have grown to love. For me, no store bought gnocchi that I had tried could top homemade gnocchi, but Trader Joe’s proved me wrong yet again. While gnocchi made out of potatoes is the classic form, cauliflower is just a healthier alternative to the potato base that most gnocchi dumplings have. The Cauliflower Gnocchi come frozen and, in my opinion, the best way to prepare them is to toast them in a pan for 2-3 minutes in butter, oil, or whatever sauce they are being prepared in. Other alternatives for a crispier gnocchi would be to air fry or bake the dumplings. In terms of cooking ease and overall flavor, TJ’s Cauliflower Gnocchi tops any of the others that I’ve tried and their gluten free Cauliflower Gnocchi is equally as good, not sacrificing any flavor or texture.

With the recent rise of popularity in charcuterie boards, Trader Joe’s Fig and Olive Crisps (and all of their additional seasonal flavors) are a great addition to the antipasto. These crackers are a perfect combination of sweet, salty, and crunchy notes from the combination of fig, olive, and crisp in each bite. I love to top these with some sort of jam, preserve, hummus, fruit, olive, or peppadew. Some of my favorite combinations thus far have been a cracker with spicy red pepper jam, hummus, and a grape (spicy, sweet, savory, creamy, and crunchy), one with fig jam, a green olive, and a peppadew (sweet, salty, almost buttery, and spicy), or just one with fig jam and an olive on top to expand upon the cracker’s flavor.