I don’t know about you guys, but when I head to my local Trader Joe’s, I usually end up filling my little red basket to the brim! And still, I feel like I never spend more than 30 bucks at that place. Delicious snacks, frozen treats, and affordable avocados line the shelves at this magical market and let us not forget the samples. I mean S-A-M-P-L-E-S that are so god damn tasty, you’ll find yourself creeping past the sample stand as many times as you can reasonably get away with before being identified by staff for triple dipping. In my mind, there’s only one occasion that makes TJ’s even more delightful than it already is — going buzzed. I simply adore picking out whatever “heat and serve” snacks satisfy my drunchies. Here’s a list of my personal (no real cooking required) faves:
POPCORN WITH HERBS & SPICES Savory, salty, and packs a serious flavor punch that will leave you wanting more. And at $1.99 per bag, you can basically scarf down as much as you want.
FROZEN MAC & CHEESE BITES Get ready for the best mac balls you’re likely to ever eat. They’re delicious dunked in sauce or perfect on their own and for only $3.49, you should probably go ahead and grab two trays — you won’t be sorry.
MANDARIN ORANGE CHICKEN Ok, this does require a pan and a stove, but that’s still pretty minimal. Basically, you just heat it up for a bit and drench it in this tangy orange sauce that’ll change your life. It’s the most expensive item on my faves list and it’s only $4.99!
DARK CHOCOLATE POWERBERRIES Power is right! These little gems are plenty powerful when it comes to seducing you into eating the whole bag in one sitting. They’re only $3.49 for an 8 oz. bag, can you believe it?!
BLACK BEAN AND CHEESE BURRITO No shit, this burrito is amazing either cold or warm so no need to get fancy and heat it up if you don’t want to. Most importantly, it’s $2.99 and can be enjoyed smothered beneath all those Taco Bell mild sauce packets you’ve been hoarding.
ORGANIC TEA & LEMONADE You need something to wash down all those bites and this heavenly drink is just the thing. It’s only $2.99 and is best enjoyed over ice.