Our 6 Favorite New Trader Joe's Products (and Recipes to Put Them to Good Use)
Our Favorite Trader Joe’s Food and Drinks
Style mavens have fashion week. Music aficionados look forward to Friday album releases. But thanks to Instagram announcements and frequent online updates, food fans need not wait for a special occasion to stock up on the latest and greatest culinary delights.
Always on the hunt for budget-friendly buys (and ways to avoid these 7 tricky strategies supermarkets use to get you to spend more), we've been keeping an eye on the fresh items recently revealed on Trader Joe's "What's New" column. Here are 8 new Trader Joe’s products that caught our eyes—plus scrumptious ways to put these goodies to great use.
Cocoa Almond Cashew Beverage
With zero lactose and more cocoa and nutty goodness than plain cow's milk, this non-dairy drink is made with two kinds of nuts and real cocoa powder.
Use this Trader Joe’s drink to....replace plain milk in a brownie-inspired cake
Come dessert time, crank up the decadence factor without altering the calorie count. Trade the rich and creamy chocolate nut milk for the standard milk called for in this two-chocolate cake to make it a three-peat.
Get the recipe: Double Chocolate Cake
Soft-Baked Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Remember those melt-in-your-mouth cookies you whipped up with grandma or mom as a kid? These taste-alike PB&C cookies have the same cakey texture, but with a bit more protein (since 25 percent of the recipe is peanut butter) and a touch less white sugar than the original treat since some is replaced with date paste. (Whip up your own PB cookies, blondies, and bars with these easy recipes!)
Use this Trader Joe’s dessert to…sandwich ice cream
Since two cookies are always better than one, use two peanut butter cookies as the bookends for a dessert sandwich stuffed with homemade ice cream. Kids big and small will devour every bite long before the ice cream melts.
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream
Italian Marinara Sauce with Barolo Wine
Inspired by a trip to Parma, Italy, this marinara is infused with plenty of full-bodied Barolo wine (in fact, it's the third item on the ingredients list!). For extra nutrition and flavor, carrot, celery, garlic, pepper, and basil are also blended. (Praise hands for the sneaky vegetables!)
Use this Trader Joe’s food to…top baked eggplant Parmesan
This restaurant remake recipe cuts about 450 calories from the original, yet keeps all the crunchy breading and cheesy topping. Then save time by swapping this Trader Joe’s pasta sauce for the DIY version called for here.
Get the recipe: Panko-Crusted Eggplant Parmesan
Cilantro, jalapeno, and chile flakes are the three key flavors in this pesto-like sauce that was likely invented in Yemen. It's made with just eight (totally pronounceable) ingredients, so you can feel good about zhoug-ing up some pasta or grilled steak.
Use this Trader Joe’s food to…dress up falafel
Follow the Middle Eastern example and use a scoop of zhoug as a dressing for falafel or a gyro sandwich. Might we recommend our easy chickpea patties that require just 8 minutes of cooking time?
Get the recipe: Falafel with Spicy Yogurt Sauce
Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce
Taking notes from a trip to Thailand, a Trader Joe's Product Innovator boosted the complexity of this meal-starting green curry sauce with lemongrass, galangal (a pungent cousin of ginger), Thai lime, and other herbs and spices.
Use this Trader Joe’s food to…whip up super-speedy Thai curry
Snag a jar of this warmly spiced creation and skip ahead to midway through Step 2 in our takeout-inspired vegetarian curry. The simmer sauce can replace the first eight ingredients in our already-easy Asian entree!
Get the recipe: Thai-Style Chicken Curry
Made with 75 percent cauliflower, plus a bit of gluten-free cassava flour, olive oil, and salt, these lower-carb gnocchi are a healthy-minded mangia kids and adults alike will adore.
Use this Trader Joe’s food to…lighten up a hearty Italian entree
Dig in to a big bowl of these prosciutto-topped “pasta” pillows for about 425 calories. With plenty of fresh veggies via the peas and cauliflower, each serving offers a lot of satisfaction in a fairly fit package.
Get the recipe: Gnocchi, Peas and Prosciutto