Ah, Trader Joe’s. Maybe it’s the wooden-countered checkout stations, or rather the punny food labels (“a cranberry walks into a bar”) — whatever it is, there’s no doubt that Trader Joe’s is a trendy, unpretentious supermarket. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Trader Joe’s offers a multitude of unconventional, seasonal products (don’t worry, you can still find your favorite pumpkin pie and roasted turkey).
Here are 9 things to try next time you go:
1. Ready-Made, Microwave-Friendly Thanksgiving Items
This selection will make your dorm room Friendsgiving easy and delicious.
2. Stuffed Squash Turkey Pot Pie
It’s the perfect balance of sweet acorn squash and savory turkey meat — we sampled it about 6 times just to make sure.
3.Turkey-Less Stuffed Roasts
For all the vegetarians out there. Nix that rubbery, brand name Tofurkey this year and try these instead. They’re microwave, oven-friendly and taste super juicy.
4. Pumpkin Croissants
Start your Thanksgiving feast early with a pumpkin croissant for breakfast. The croissants rise and defrost overnight, so they are ready to bake by morning. This helps make for that buttery, flakey, fresh taste that’s essential to an authentic croissant.
5. Seasonal “Butters”
Pair your croissant (or dining hall white bread) with these seasonal butters to add more festivity to your plate.
6. Pre-Made Mixes
These pre-made mixes ease the process of a dorm-life Thanksgiving. Eggs, oil and water are all you need to make these sweet treats.
7. Trader Joe’s Ice Cream
Skip the $4.99 pint of Ben and Jerry’s at the C-store for a $3.99 quart of seasonal Trader Joe’s ice cream — a perfect pair for those treats you baked from #6.
8. French Macarons
Bored of pumpkin pie/bread/lattes/the list goes on and on? Try a pumpkin-flavored French macaron instead.
9. Sparkling Cranberry Juice
Top off your meal with this sweet, yet tart juice — a toast to a week of festive eating! Spiking (non-)optional