What paleo food items do you buy from Trader Joes? Looking for help with grocery lists. Thanks!
Finally, a question firmly in my wheelhouse - until I moved right next door to a farm, I did 90% of my shopping at Trader Joe's. We've already covered the grass-fed ground beef (which I just had for dinner), and I'm a big fan of the almonds, both lightly roasted and raw, in convenient 200 calorie gatherer-friendly packets. The sardines are also great, if that's your thing.
I just took a survey of my freezer, because TJ's is all about the frozen foods, and the seafood is the star. (If you don't live on the coast, I'd rather get my seafood frozen, and you probably are getting it frozen whether you know it or not.) Below is a list of my favorites, with all the caveats in parentheses - personally, these caveats don't bother me, they're way down the ingredient list for the most part, but I'm the kind of paleo who doesn't stress out about having chicken wings fried in canola oil at the sports bar every so often. YMMV.
Cioppino Seafood Stew (white wine, soybean oil, olive oil, tomatoes) (this is freaking awesome, my favorite breakfast)
Pork Al Pastor (sugar, "soy grits")
Chile Lime Chicken Burgers ("natural flavor") (great in the toaster oven)
Mojito Salmon (canola oil, something unpronounceable, fermented wheat protein, tomatoes)
Tilapia Citronette (xanthan gum, natural flavors, fermented wheat protein, unpronounceable stuff)
Shrimp Stir-Fry (snap peas, water chestnuts, dextrose)
Chimichurri Wild Pacific Salmon (olive oil)
Ground Buffalo Burgers
There's also a fantastic stuffed salmon with a cream cheese center that I'm not thinking about because I talked myself into giving it a go without the dairy for a little while. If you eat cheese, seek this out, but be careful you don't get the one with breadcrumbs that's thrown in the same bin at my TJ's.
In the deli section, I'm a fan of the prepared turkey and chicken breast, and the Italian-style chicken sausage. If you eat cheese, find the Mexican frying cheese - cube it, microwave for 20-30 seconds, crack some black pepper over top, maybe a squirt of lemon juice. WHY MUST YOU HAUNT ME, CHEESE?
In the meat case, the bratwurst are awesome (but list beer as an ingredient, eh, not going to stress about a splash of suds) and the vacuum packed carnitas are great for a microwave-and-go lunch. They also have a bunch of marinated vacuum packed meats, which I've been avoiding because they seem a little more salty than I'd like, and I'm smart enough to season my own meat.
Very excited to hear more ideas.
I try to keep things simple as I am pretty busy during the week and have not perfected my culinary skills...
Semi-Paleo (some oils/sugar/dried fuit/dairy):
Total bill for all this is about $65 here in California.
Trader Joe's is my number one source for organic sweet potatoes and bananas (rather difficult to locate at Washington state farmers markets), dry roasted unsalted macadamia nuts, raw milk cheeses (they have tons), uncured bacon (from Niman Ranch), organic dark chocolate (the 73% bar is soy-free), organic frozen berries, frozen fish (wild Alaskan salmon and cod), and of course, Kerrygold butter. They also have a nice selection of packaged organic herbs. Their prices are outstanding. Before I started making my own yogurt from raw milk, I was also hooked on their organic whole milk yogurt (in fact, it's what I used as a starter to get my own yogurt going).
The Trader Joes I shop at does not have grass fed meats (so I buy those at Whole Foods) but otherwise I get everything there. Vegetables, leafy greens, raw nuts, uncured bacon, free range organic chicken eggs, berries, etc. Unfortunately they only have "light" coconut milk which really isn't too tasty. If you do the dairy bit my Trader Joes has two raw milk cheeses as well as a few grass fed cheeses (but not raw AND grass fed). Of course they always have a cheap and tasty selection of red wine if you're into that.
Forgot to mention plenty of canned fish, Sardines being my personal choice
The Trader Joes I visit is the one in San Jose, CA
They have grass fed ground beef at the TJ's here in Santa Monica. Its usually kind of hard to see and I never noticed it until Robb Wolf mentioned they carried it. Id look again and if they dont ask your local store to get it as some of their other branches do. You pretty much covered everything else I get from there. Great store!! Oh, I also buy many of my vitamins there. They are whole food based and most are gluten free and much cheaper than other gluten free vitamins.
They have a great selection of frozen fish. Also the Peppered and Original flavors of the Beef Jerkey are gluten free (not the teriyaki though).
Here's a great paleo recipe blog from one of Robb Wolf's trainers. It seems that she buys almost exclusively from TJ's and it has been a wealth of great Paleo/TJ ideas!
My local Trader Joe's has a new product - beef bacon. I tried it today and while it's not the same as pork it is good stuff. Obviously should be better than pork bacon for minding your 6's and 3's.
TJ has become a regular visit for me... Best deal there is still the Kerrygold butter which is cheaper by far than anywhere else around here. Actually that's the second best deal... the best deal is the free sample stuff where I figure I can forget paleo most of the time because it's just one bite. On the downside their grassfed ground beef is $6/lb - and I get that at Costco for about $4/lb. So for now I'm still splitting my shopping all over the place. I have like 5 places I go to for different things - what a headache.
New find (for me): my local TJ now sells boxed packages with a pouch full of tuna in red or green curry sauce. Aside from a high sodium count, the ingredients are all legit... tuna, coconut milk, curry spices. And it tastes very good. It's already cooked so you can eat it right out of the pouch - I throw it over a salad like this - or heated up per their suggestion.
The TJ Greek "Style" Yogurt is not a real Greek Yogurt and would avoid it. I have yet to see any grass fed beef in my local- rather large and busy- TJ store. They only sell "light lowfat' coconut milk and seem to have gone fat free in too many products. I will never buy a low/free free product unless nature made it that way.
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