Living in any big city is a challenge and we have to keep the budget tight but we gotta eat good! New York is filled with groceries and for me it was about finding one I could trust. After so many stores filled with rotten meat and expired pancake mix I decided to give Trader Joe’s a try. Everybody associates it with Whole Foods so they think it’s unaffordable - WRONG. Trader Joe’s is the cheapest and most valuable grocery experience I’ve had.I was in heaven, everything is like organic or store made which made me feel like it was a community store. The meat looks fresh and is presented well. I can always count on a whole chicken to cost no more than $7, a pack of wings $4, I can honestly go through every product, but I won’t do that to y’all. I’ll name my top 10 must haves from Trader Joe’s:
21 Seasoning Salute
Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute is packed with flavor: onion, black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice and lemon oil. This compliments anything - beef, chicken, turkey, vegetables, and finger foods.
This tangy and sweet glaze goes well with vegetables and breads. I can honestly eat this by itself or with a piece of italian bread. When using this glaze do not be afraid to be a little heavy handed, the balsamic vinegar isn't as heavy it's a perfect balance.
This is so tender and works great for empanadas, sandwiches, sandwiches and salads. Season this up with some of the 21 Seasoning Salute and some cayenne to kick it up.
Orange Peach Mango Juice
I buy 5 of these at a time (LMAO!) my favorite juices mended together. It is naturally sweetened and addictive. You can mix some rum or Dusse with it and sit back and relax.
Vanilla Almond Crunch Cereal
Most of the cereals with nuts and granola are super sweet which makes me just want to eat frosted flakes. This cereal has the perfect crunch and can also go well with yogurt and fruit sorbets.
Cinnamon Roll Bread
You can eat this 24/7 throw it in the oven or microwave with some butter or cream cheese WOO! Save money on buying breakfast sandwiches from those expensive city deli’s and take a flew slices of this and be set. You can even make some bomb ass french toast with this too.
Sometimes we can forget about the fruit we buy and it goes bad ending it wasted money and fruit flies. I buy mango, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple - TJ’s also has coconut and a bunch of others. They're like real fruit too not those mangled, indescribable fruits.
Langostino Lobster Tails
On my budget Lobster is out of the question BUT when I walked past these lobster tails for $10 I had to indulge. My friend would always say she used them in her pastas and how flavorful and fresh they are. These are precooked which I don't usually go for but they're nice and soft work well in pasta’s and soups.
This is what I make when I’m not in the mood to cook. It’s honestly better than any Chinese food you can buy in New York. I follow the instructions but a little sesame oil, ginger powder, and crushed red pepper.
Frozen Brussel Sprouts
These are so convenient. You can do whatever you like to these, bake, fry, saute- ANYTHING! These are usually like $1 so stock up!