Here’s my weekly/bi-weekly Trader Joe’s grocery list. It includes the staples that I keep on hand week after week. Items include produce, frozen foods, and shelf stable staples.
You can find a printable at the bottom of this post to save on your phone or print out before you head to TJ’s.
There was a time in the not too distant past when I might go to the grocery store every day or every other day. But since March, I’ve been limiting my visits. I’m opting for bigger trips every week or two instead.
To make sure I have all of my usual staples on hand, I refer to my master grocery list before heading out. I check the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer, and see if I need to stock up on any standards.
My paper list from the spring is now a crumpled, fading mess. It’s been folded and re-folded, shoved into a pocket over and over.
So to make sure I don’t lose this list I’ve come to count on, I’m sharing it here with you. It could also be a good jumping off point if you’re trying to be sparing with your supermarket visits, as I am.
(To see more of my favorites, check out my full list of favorite Trader Joe’s vegan products.)
However, this generally gets us through a couple weeks for two people, especially if I get more than one of some items. And while I’m there, I can grab whatever impulse buys are calling me that day. (Hello, cashew cheese shreds!)
After grabbing a cart, my first stop is the produce section. Whether my menu for the week is a hearty vegetable pot pie or something lighter like tomato cucumber salad, produce is the heart of every meal.
My must have produce items include:
- Baby spinach
- Romaine lettuce
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Avocados (I like the mini size the best!)
Then I make a quick stop in the bread area for my favorite sandwich bread with an orange cat on the label. And a baguette for garlic bread or baguette pizzas.
My husband loves the almond or cashew milk yogurts for quick breakfasts or snacks.
In the refrigerated area, I get:
- Extra firm tofu
- Baked tofu
- Non-dairy butter
- Almond milk yogurt
From the freezer area, I grab:
- Tater tots and/or fries
- Chickenless crispy tenders
- Vegetable spring rolls
- Thai vegetable gyoza
- Monteli organic pizza crusts
- Vegetable samosas
- Organic brown rice
- Hashbrown patties
Trader Joe’s has really good prices on raw cashews. I reach for them a lot when making creamy soups and sauces. (Think vegan risotto, creamy gnocchi soup, spinach & artichoke dip, or cashew cream for breading vegan fried chicken.)
Getting the goods for pasta with marinara makes quick work of dinner.
For ways to use jackfruit, check out these vegan jackfruit recipes.
And when snacking calls, I often reach for tortilla chips and bean dip or salsa.
Here are my must haves in the shelf stable aisle:
- Raw cashews
- Organic tomato basil marinara
- Grilled artichoke halves
- Sandwich pickles
- Beans – black, pinto & chickpeas
- Popcorn kernels
- Tortilla chips
- Chipotle black bean dip
- Garlic chipotle salsa
- Taco shells
Here is my full Trader Joe’s grocery list. Click here to print or download it to your phone or computer.