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15 Best Trader Joe’s Food that I Can’t Live Without (Free Meal Planner Printable)

Wondering what to buy at your next Trader Joe’s shopping trip? Trader Joe’s is famous for its prepared foods and low prices. Below you will find the best Trader Joe’s food products that my family loves. I’m also sharing my weekly meal planner and grocery list as a free printable below. 

Best Trader Joe’s Food Products

1. Trader Joe’s Braised Beef Roast

Trader Joe’s Braised Beef Roast is hands down one of the best prepared food products at Trader Joe’s, the beef is tender and perfect with the gravy. I honestly think that the gravy is so good that it should be bottled and sold by Trader Joe’s! 

The best part about this dish is it’s not frozen. Trader Joe’s Braised Beef Roast can be cooked directly in the oven without defrosting, meaning that a delicious roast dinner can be served in only 20 minutes, thanks to Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe's braised beef roast

2. Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese Bites

Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese Bites is a family favorite. This frozen food item from Trader Joe’s is not just for kids. I love it as an adult too. What I appreciate about this dish is its versatility. It can be served as a quick side dish for a kid’s dinner or as an appetizer when hosting guests.

The best part is that it doesn’t require much effort to prepare. It only takes 20 minutes to cook in my toaster oven, making it the perfect dish for those last-minute meals and even unexpected guests! I make sure to always have a few boxes of Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese Bites in my freezer, just in case!

3. Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken

My family absolutely loves Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken, and it is our go-to Asian frozen food from their store. It’s not only delicious but also very convenient to cook, taking only 20 minutes and there is no need for defrosting. It’s so easy to cook and the best part is the chicken always comes out crispy, which is just perfect. My kids enjoy it with or without the orange chicken sauce since the chicken itself is flavorful enough to be eaten on its own. This is definitely a must-try!

Trader Joe's Orange Chicken

4. Trader Joe’s Crunch Chili Onion

I absolutely love Trader Joe’s Crunch Chili Onion! It’s one of my ultimate go-to items that I can never get enough of. To be honest, I could eat it every day! 

What’s not to like about its crispy texture, which fuses the flavors of onion, garlic, and chili? It’s incredibly versatile and goes well with anything—eggs, noodles, you name it!

Trader Joe's Crunchy Chili Onion

5. Trader Joe’s Korean Style Beef Short Ribs

If you’re in search of authentic Korean-style beef ribs, look no further—this is it! Trader Joe’s Korean Style Beef Short Ribs are restaurant quality and truly delicious. They’re always a hit when I serve them to my kids.

The only downside is that the Beef Short Ribs from Trader Joe’s can’t really be considered a last-minute meal since they come frozen. You need to defrost them before grilling or pan-frying, so they can’t be a last-minute meal. 

Trader Joe's Korean Beef Short Ribs

6. Trader Joe’s Cheese Sticks

Trader Joe’s Cheese Sticks are undoubtedly one of the best snacks in the Trader Joe’s lineup. Once you start snacking on them, it’s hard to stop until you’ve finished off the entire box! 

These crunchy sticks have a delicious flavor that reminds you of parmesan crisps. What’s more, they are perfect for people of all ages, making them an ideal snack for kids and adults alike. I also like adding them to my cheese boards when I entertain. 

Trader Joe's cheese stick
Trader Joe’s cheese stick

7. Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Hummus

Trader Joe’s roasted garlic hummus is a delicious dip that you don’t want to miss. The hummus has a perfect blend of garlic flavor that goes incredibly well with pita chips, carrot sticks, and various other veggies. This hummus is not only tasty but also a healthy snack option that is great for families looking for more high protein snacks.

Best Trader Joe's Food

8. Trader Joe’s White Truffle Potato Chips

I love Trader Joe’s White Truffle Potato Chips—they’re easily one of my favorite snacks from Trader Joe’s. Their white truffle flavor is simply irresistible, and I can never get enough of them. And what’s more, they’re priced unbelievably low!

9. Trader Joe’s Marinated Fresh Mozzarella

Trader Joe’s Marinated Fresh Mozzarella is undoubtedly one of the most popular food items available at Trader Joe’s. The mozzarella balls are infused with a blend of basil, olive oil, and herbs, which lends them a uniquely delicious and addictive taste. These mozzarella balls are perfect when combined with grape tomatoes, and it’s not uncommon to find yourself finishing an entire tub of Trader Joe’s Marinated Fresh Mozzarella in one go, as they are that irresistible.

10. Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn

Trader Joe’s kettle corn is one of my family’s favorite snacks. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Once you start, you can’t stop—it’s that addictive!

Trader Joe's Kettle Corn

11. Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Peanuts

Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Peanuts are an irresistible snack that I absolutely love. The sweet and savory flavors are so addictive that I can’t get enough of them. 

I love these honey roasted peanuts so much that even though my son is allergic to peanuts, I still indulge in this snack every so often. I make sure to eat them in my office away from my son, so that my home remains peanut-free! I can’t resist these peanuts.

Best Trader Joe's Food

12. Trader Joe’s Pepper Jelly

If you see Trader Joe’s pepper jelly, make sure you stock up on it. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of not stocking up on it and found out that it is only available seasonally, starting around Thanksgiving. Now, I only have half a jar left, and I’m trying my best to conserve it so that it lasts me until November. However, it’s only April, I’m not sure I can make it last that long!

Trader Joe's Pepper Jelly

13. Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan Crackers

I can’t resist Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan crackers; they are addictive and garlicky. I pair them with cheese and pepper jelly, and they always make an appearance on my cheese board.

Trader Joe's Garlic Naan Crackers

14. Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies

I always make sure to grab a tub of Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Schoolbook cookies whenever I visit the store. My kids absolutely love these cinnamon alphabet cookies. They can never seem to get enough of them!

Trader Joe's Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies

15. Trader Joe’s Mango Peach Yogurt Cups

I never leave Trader Joe’s without grabbing a few cups of Trader Joe’s Mango-Peach yogurt cups. It’s the only place where I can find my kids’ favorite flavors—peach and mango. I hope Trader Joe’s never discontinues these flavors, as it would devastate my kids.

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