Last week we found ourselves in Charlotte on Saturday morning, the perfect excuse to get our grocery shopping done at Trader Joe’s. While we sat at breakfast I made a quick meal plan and grocery list and Alex and I went to the store…without the kids!
While Trader Joe’s tends to be a little more expensive than Wal-mart and the shopping is a bit more chaotic since I can’t online shop, we still managed to stay in budget and buy many of our favorite TJ’s goodies! Here’s a quick look at our meals last week and our favorite Trader Joe’s buys.
Saturday: Cauliflower Pizza
Sunday: Tuna Zoodle Casserole
Monday: Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
Tuesday: Greek Pasta Salad
Wednesday: Crockpot Quinoa Enchilada Casserole and chips
Thursday: Greek Pasta Salad (again!) with other picnic snacks
Friday: Chili Lime Chicken Burgers, Roasted Potatoes, Kale Chips
We absolutely love Trader Joe’s! Not all of these items were on our shopping list this week, but these are our favorites from the store.
Chile Lime Chicken Burgers//Riced Cauliflower//Tuna//Three Buck Chuck//Coconut Cream//Coconut Flour//Turkey Burgers//Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups//Roasted Plantain Chips//French Green Beans//Raisin Rosemary Crisps//Coconut Oil Spray//Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta//Enchilada Sauce//Cranberry Chevre//Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract
We utilized many of these items this week to make quick and easy meals on a budget.
On Saturday I had just read Emily’s blog post about her Cauliflower Crust Pizza recipe and was excited to be at Trader Joe’s to pick up the supplies. It was so good but my hungry family could have eaten two trays of this pizza!
Sunday I used the Zucchini Noodle Casserole recipe from Inspiralized to make one of our favorite go-to meals. This is reminiscent of Tuna Helper meals from childhood and will usually be gobbled up by my children. I love using Trader Joe’s red can tuna in this recipe.
Monday was quick and easy Turkey Burgers, Green Beans and Sweet Potato Fries straight out of the freezer section of Trader Joe’s (no shame!). We ate at a friend’s house while Alex helped build a deck.
Tuesday I let Alex take the reigns on this quick meal while I worked at boot camp. The Trader Joe’s gluten free pasta has the best texture. We mixed with olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, cucumbers and Italian dressing for an easy weekday meal.
On Wednesday I forgot to throw the ingredients for this meal into the crockpot until the very last minute. I’m happy to report that it will cook on high in less than an hour! In the crockpot went a cup of quinoa, two bell peppers chopped, a can of black beans and the whole bottle of enchilada sauce. An hour later and it was ready. We piled the mixture on tortilla chips with melted cheese for a nacho dinner.
Thursday, when I realized Alex only used half of the olives and artichokes for the pasta salad I sent him to the store for more dry pasta so I could quickly mix another batch of Tuesday’s dinner. We also grabbed hummus and carrots and took our meal on the road for a picnic at the winery to listen to the live music of one of my favorite musicians.
Friday night we used up the last of our Trader Joe’s haul grilling the Chile Lime Chicken Burgers and roasting fingerling potatoes. I also made a batch of kale chips and cooked the rest of the green beans.
I could shop at Trader Joe’s every week and eat the same 5 or 6 meals on repeat! I just wish we had one closer.
I can’t find our receipt from our haul but I remember we spent $144. I still had to hit up Wal-Mart for toilet paper and a few other odds and ends. I spent about $175 total on groceries this week including Alex’s run on Thursday.
What were your favorite meals this week? What are your favorite Trader Joe’s foods?