I have my Trader Joe’s receipt and meal plan right here next to me, and I wanted to share a realistic shopping list, prices of everything, as well as our 3-meals-a-day meal plan from Monday to Friday. Everything on this list is easy enough to make regardless of how much time you have in the day. Some of them could even be prepped ahead of time, so all you’d need to do is toss it in the oven/onto the stove.
I was inspired to make this list, because usually a quick Pinterest search of Trader Joe’s shopping list and meal plans usually turns up quite a few posts recommending Trader Joe’s infamously delicious novelty snacks and foods. I love their snacks and frozen foods, but I gravitate more towards their whole foods and produce when making meals for my family.
I get it, not everyone has time to cook dinner every single night, especially if you’re a mom. Sometimes “grab-and-go” is more your style, whether you have kids or not, and that is perfectly fine. I am always an advocate for finding what works best for you.
My Shopping List
Here is everything I bought this week, most of it is from Trader Joe’s with a couple of things I had to pick up from Target. Prices and tax may vary in your area, but I’ve added the prices of everything & what I spent, just to help you get an idea. I know budget is an important factor when grocery shopping!
1 bag frozen broccoli florets – $1.69
1 red onion – $0.99
10oz organic cherry tomatoes – $3.29
2lb bag sweet onions – $2.99
1 bag frozen stir fry veggies – $2.99
2 green bell peppers – $2.99
10oz white button mushrooms – $1.99
2 bags salad spring mix – $3.98
1 head of cauliflower – $2.79
1 hothouse cucumber – $1.49
1lb bag organic carrots – $0.89
kalamata olives – $2.99
2lb bag of grapes – $4.99
1 lemon – $0.49
4 bananas (19 cents each) – $0.76
1 pink lady apple – $0.79
gluten-free frozen chicken breast nuggets – $4.99
pork loin roast- $10.79
1lb organic ground beef – $5.99
kosher organic boneless/skinless chicken breasts – $11.46
kosher chicken leg quarters – $6.35
8oz cream cheese – $1.69
strawberry yogurt squishers – $3.29
crumbled feta cheese – $2.69
herb goat cheese log – $2.99
1/2 gallon organic whole milk – $3.49
organic apple carrot pouch (4 pack) – $2.79
pita bite crackers – $2.49
classic hummus – $2.99
frozen blueberry waffles – $1.99
fresh dill – $1.69
wisconsin cheddar mac & cheese – $0.99
organic tomato paste – $0.89
Thai green curry simmer sauce – $1.99
wide egg noodles – $0.99
(good substitute for these is the Trader Joe’s pappardelle noodles but they were out)
nature’s own multigrain bread – $3.19
(I don’t like buying TJ’s bread because it seems to spoil quickly – you do you!)
TOTAL: $109.83*not including tax
My 5-Day Trader Joe’s Meal Plan
Here is my 5-day Trader Joe’s meal plan using the ingredients above. Assuming you have common pantry staples like salt, pepper & other spices, vinegar, cooking oil, butter, nut butter. I also always have rice in the pantry and eggs on hand because they last a while (I am usually the only one eating them).
You’ll notice there’s no leftovers on this meal plan – my husband usually takes our leftovers in his lunch for work. I’ve also included a few modified meals for Ezra. We are slowly introducing egg into his diet, so he does not eat plain eggs, but can eat baked goods and other foods that contain eggs. Otherwise, he eats what we eat!