I stole this idea from littlemissmel. She does one of these lists every once in awhile. Just when I am convinced I've tried everything from Trader Joe's, a friend (or a peek in someone else's cart) turns me onto something new and tasty. Right now, these are the items that come to mind (there are many more, but I figured this was all you could handle):
1. Frozen Chocolate Croissants. I'm not usually one for sweets in the morning, but oh my. I will make an exception for these. They aren't all that sweet anyway....just a bit of bittersweet chocolate tucked into the fluffiest and flakiest croissant. Served piping hot from your oven. And there's absolutely no work involved. Just place them on a baking sheet the night before to let them proof, then bake them the next morning. I can't imagine you would need anymore convincing.
2. Refrigerated Pizza Dough. Such a great base for any number of toppings. Try this one (my friend Helena-the-chef made this for me): caramelized onions and zucchini, asparagus tips, grape tomatoes, little dollops of ricotta and just a bit of grated mozzarella.
3. Lavender Dishwashing Soap. Sorry, a little boring, but it's just about the only one I like. All natural, but still foams up and smells purty.
4. President's Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I've tried many, many, many but this is the one I always come back to for everyday salads, bruschetta, vegetables, etc.
5. On a related note: the Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Balsamic Vinegar. I don't really buy salad dressings (I find them too sweet usually), but I love keeping this on hand for a quick salad toss.
6. Sea Salt (in the tall blue container). Great flavor. Super cheap. Don't pour directly into dish as the top has tendency to become dislodged. I still have a little heartburn over the lovingly made tomato sauce from last summer (from tomatoes from our garden, no less) that turned into a salty mess thanks to this product. It wasn't enough to keep me from going back for more, however.
7. Fage Greek Yogurt. If you haven't tried this yogurt, do so, and be prepared to have your life changed. Tastes like sour cream, but has nutritional value! I am assuming here that you like rich and creamy things the way I do. I know there are those of you out there who don't like heavy, creamy, yummy tastes (Like. My. Husband. huh???), but for the rest of you this yogurt is as good as it gets.
8. Frozen Mini Chicken Tacos. Great snack to eat while watching sports with said husband while kids are napping (ideally). Pop them in the oven until they reach crispy perfection and serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
9. Which brings me to the new Cabo Salsa. Not sure what make it "Cabo" but that's the name they picked. Fire-roasted, tangy, fresh. Yum.
10. Raw Almond Butter. We started using this when C-Man was little because I was all freaked out on peanut allergies. (He doesn't have one, I was just a freaked out mom. Of course, I no longer am, in case you were wondering.) Anyway, this makes great sandwiches or a little dip for sliced apples or celery. Plus almonds are supposed to have a lot more nutrition than peanuts do. I've been meaning to make almond butter cookies. I'll let you know when I do.
What about you? What can you not live without from Trader Joe's?