Some of you have had a Trader Joe’s around for a while now. Here, in WNY it’s still a bit new to us. In fact, my first time there was only two weeks ago, and I know plenty of people who are yet to check it out. I was a bit skeptical, as I’m used to my comfortable local grocers. A need for special cheese sent me there, and like everyone else, I too am now obsessed. The best thing about TJ’s is their recipe section on their website. They offer an abundance of meal ideas you can make using ingredients from their store. I don’t know about you, but one-stop shopping for seasonal recipes is just wonderful enough to win me over.
Since so many of us fall into that “obsessed with pumpkin and fall” category, I’ve compiled a list of delicious TJ’s recipes and items you have to try this season.
Pumpkin Pie Donuts with Maple Glaze
These take about 20 minutes to prepare and cook. Every single ingredient listed is TJs brand, which means it’s bound to be delicious. Find the instructions and shopping list from Trader Joe’s here.
This dinner takes about 40 minutes to prep and cook. TJ’s take on the traditional dinner is one of the most exciting things I’ve found on the internet in 2015. If any of our readers beat me to making this dish, make sure to share your results in the comments below. Find the recipe and shopping list here.
Willie’s Sweet Potato Pie
This one requires a bit more effort, as prep time alone is about half an hour. Then it will take an hour to cook. With cinnamon, nutmeg, homemade whipped cream, and TJ’s pie crust, it’s no doubt worth the effort. Get the shopping list and recipe here.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Cookie Butter
If you’ve had TJ’s Original Cookie Butter, you probably stopped reading this blog and went to the store. If you haven’t had the original flavor, you now have two things added to your shopping list. This treat tops any peanut butter or hazelnut spreads on the market. Use it as a dip or a spread for crackers, toast, bagels, and more. This cookie butter is so delicious that it inspired this entire blog post. Read more about it from What’s Good at Trader Joe’s.
If there is no Trader Joe’s located near you, follow their updates here. They frequently announce new store locations. Also, my deepest regards to your life without Trader Joe’s. I say, make a road trip!