Trader Joe's food review thread ****Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkinfest! And updated list of new stores post 754***
I've been trying out various food products from Trader Joe's. Thought a food review thread might be fun. Please do add your own reviews of Trader Joe's foods/products.
Trader Joe's Chocolate (Product of Belgium): Really nice and a good value too.
Shepard's Pie: This one was a huge disappointment. It was watery, almost like soup and had very little meat in it. Hubby couldn't even eat it. The pic makes it look so good, the reality was a shock.
Chicken Enchiladas in Salsa Verde: Very tasty, have had this one a couple of times. Not bad value either. Cheaper than TV dinners at other stores. *Note: The only pic I could find is not the best, it looks much nicer IRL on a plate.
Chicken and Chile Verde Burritos: Not bad, would eat again but not as nice as the enchiladas. Would be nicer with a sauce on top.
Chicken and Gorgonzola with Lentils: Not my thing, found the chicken a bit bland for me, although the lentils were nice.
Mandarin Orange Chicken: This one is very nice and pretty easy to fix. Just put a 1/4 cup of oil in a pan, brown the chicken and then dump in the sauce and serve over rice (sold separately). To make it a little healthier, I took the chicken out of the oil, patted it to remove the excess oil and then mixed in the sauce. You can also bake the chicken in the oven, the instructions are on the package, it's just been too hot to fire up the oven here. Just bought more today. It's enough for a family of four or you can just do half for 1 or 2 people, as it comes with two sauce packets.
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List of Lounger approved (or disapproved) TJ foods.
Good Foods by category:
Gluten free favorites:
Rice Noodle Soup Bowls
Rice mac and cheese
Fiberful fruit leathers
Raspberry chicken walnut salad
gluten free brownie mix
gluten free pancake mix
Individually packaged omega fortified cranberry and nut mix
Baked Goods, Cookies and Desserts
Brioche loaf (not bakery good but better than the grocery store type)
Candy Cane Joe Joes (available at Christmas time)
Caneles de Bordeaux (fairly good 3.5 out of 5 - needs a little more flavor and custard on the inside)
Carrot cake muffins
Chocolate Caramel Tartlet
Chocolate Dipped Dunkers
Crispy crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dark Chocolate Triple Ginger Cookies
Lacy's milk chocolate macadamia nut cookies
Lemon Cream Cheese muffins
Lemon loaf cake
Mango Passion Torta Cotta
Maple Cream Cookies (oreo style)
Parmiago Rosemary Rolls
Pumpkin Bread mix
Pumpkin Spice Bunt Cake (baked goods area)
Raspberry Tarte (Best thing we've had so far. Frozen foods. They also have a blueberry tarte.)
Raspberry Chocolate Torte (frozen foods)
Seven grain bread (great flavor and texture)
Sheppard's Bread (great taste, with just a touch of honey)
Shortbread Chocolate Thumb Print cookies
Strawberry Shortcake (frozen foods, cake)
Triple Gingersnap cookies (in the tubs)
Vanilla Bread mix
Vanilla Lemon Cupcakes with cream cheese icing
White Fudge drizzled Oatmeal Cranberry Dunkers
Alsace tart (appetizer) (frozen foods)
Any of the TJ chocolates
Blue tortilla chips
Dark Chocolate Caramels
Dark Chocolate Roasted Pistachio Toffee
Ginger gummy bears
Gluten free trail mix
Lemongrass Spring Rolls (frozen foods)
Mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups
Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers
Phillo dough (frozen foods)
Pistachio covered toffee
Pita chips with cinnamon and sugar
Pretzel Slims (either plain or chocolate covered)
Roasted Plantain Chips (they are salty, not sweet)
Thai Lime and Chili Cashews (spicy!)
White Cheddar Corn Puffs
Meats and main courses
Smokehouse Pulled Beef Brisket
Paneer Tikki Masala (new frozen food)
Chicken Empanadas (frozen foods)
California Rolls (prepared foods)
Beef or chicken tacos (frozen foods)
Chicken Enchiladas in Salsa Verde (frozen foods)
Chicken and Chilie Verde Burritos (really needs a sauce)
Mandarin Orange Chicken (frozen foods)
All of the pasta dishes
Asparagus Rissotto (frozen foods)
ChickenTaquitos (frozen foods) *note: the beef ones are okay but not as good as the chicken taquitos*
Chicken Gorgonzola with mushrooms (frozen foods)
Pre-cooked seasoned lentils (produce section)
Organic Jasmine Rice (frozen foods)
Vegetable Masala Burger (frozen foods)
Turkey chili with beans (canned)
Puff Pastry Margherita Pizza
All of the pizzas (esp. the BBQ Chicken Pizza)
All of the meats
All frozen fish - tilapia and cod is awesome
Roast beef, pickled onions and honey mustard sandwich (prepared foods section)
Chicken Serenada (frozen foods)
Chicken Pompadoro (frozen foods)
Carne Asada (makes great fajitas)
Steamed clams (frozen, in shells, with garlic butter)
Pizza dough (in the prepared/refrigerated foods section)
Garlic & Herb Pizza Dough ( even better than plain)
Spring Creek garlic and herb goat cheese
Roasted Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade
Masala Simmer Sauce (starter sauce)
Multigrain flax seed crackers
Golden Entertainers crackers
Brown Rice Medley
Grilled eggplant and zucchini (frozen foods)
Greek style yogurt with honey
All soups (except Miso)
Red pepper hummus
French Roast Coffee(drive across town just for this)
Bold and Smokey Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
Romano Caesar salad dressing
Chile Spiced Mango (dried fruit section)
Thai Style Soy Ginger Carrot
Black Raspberries (frozen foods)
pear sauce (in cups like apple sauce)
Garlic naan (frozen foods)
Banana waffles (frozen foods)
Lightly smoked canned sardines
Powdered Chai (pretty sweet but yummy and easy to mix)
Winter Blend coffee
Garlic Bread (frozen foods, by pizzas)
Beans So Green (frozen foods)
Oatmeal bars (way too sweet)
Shepherd's Pie (watery and nasty)
Chicken and Gorgonzola with Lentils (bit bland)
Orange juice (too sweet)
Instant Miso soup (powdered miso)
Dried Salted Green Beans
Currant cookies (too seedy)
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Egg salad sandwich (bland and dry)
Perline Pasta & Proscutto (terrible filling, bad flavor and weird texture)
Chocolate covered frozen bananas - bummer, I thought they'd be a hit but no one liked them here
Filet of Sole reduced calorie meal (frozen foods - good flavor but very small portion)
Dried pumelo (over sweetened yet still bitter)
Cream filled Oscar Meyer hot dogs (cream does not belong with beef. Bad idea)
Tom Yum cashews (the flavor was too overwhelming)
Turkey meatballs - frozen foods section - (Mixed reviews, one lounger's DH liked them but to me they had a weird texture and odd taste, plus they gave my DH terrible heartburn so with 2 out of 3 no's, in the bad foods section they go.)
Eggplant Garlic Spread - bland and had an odd aftertaste
Spicy Shrimp Bao (strong fishy aftertaste)
Frozen falafels (incorrect seasoning, tastes like frozen veggie burger discs)
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Reason: Fixed the store links.
All the pasta dishes youll like . Ilike the asparagus rissotto its yummy. What I usually do is add some mushroom, oniion and green beans to make the portions a little bigger.
Also get those salad mixes for one and add some lettuce, tomato cucumber to make a 2 person portion.
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I wondered how their green chili enchiladas were. The last time we were there we got the beef taquitos. I'm pretty discerning when it comes to taquitos, and these were delicious alone without the guacamole and sour cream on the side.
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Tell me about it. I was shocked at how reasonable some of the things are at TJ. A few of the fresh made meals are a little pricey, IMHO. I took one of their salads that I like and bought the separate ingredients to make it myself. $5.00 for a small salad that barely feeds one person is a bit much. It's the mixed greens with blue cheese, dried cranberries, sugared pecans and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
Probably not one I would have tried, didn't sound appealing, but they were giving away samples one day and it was soooo good.
a tj is suppose to be built by the new mall 3 miles from me but its out of my way to go check.might have to go see if the coke target gc deal is working so i can check then if tj is almost ready to open or they are slow to construct it.i looked on tj website but it doesnt show it as open or sheduled to open yet.
i'lll second both rices. both are pretty yummy and very quick fix. my friend does individual portions just for her. just heats up what she eats.
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