Trader Joe's: Top Ten Vegetarian Finds
Horseradish hummus -- best thing you've ever eaten.
Photos by Hannah Sentenac
There are many wondrous finds on the shelves of Trader Joe's: coconut-covered cashews, cookie butter, $2.99 wine. It's a magical place -- like Wonka's Chocolate Factory for grownups.
And unlike your average Publix, there are all kinds of vegetarian and vegan foods.
Here are the top ten vegetarian finds at Trader Joe's:
10. Tom yam soup
This spicy, lemongrass-infused favorite is a freezer staple. It's perfect for those chilly, 75-degree nights we're about to encounter.
9. Meatless meatballs ($3.99)
These clever little balls could fool anyone. The possibilities are endless -- meatball subs, spaghetti and meatballs, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3. Whatever.
8. Beef-less strips ($2.99)
Just because you're vegan doesn't mean you don't love the taste of some good beef every now and then -- as long as it doesn't come from a cow, that is. And these beef-less strips are the next best thing to the real deal. Add 'em to fajitas, salads, sammies, or whatever floats your boat.
7. Italian sausage-less sausage ($3.99)
Better than hot dogs any day, these thick, juicy specimens are great on the grill. Feed 'em to your friends; they might not know the difference.
6. Cheese and green chile tamales ($2.29)
Vegetarians are usually bereft of tamale options, because traditional tamales contain meat. But these cheese and green chile varieties are delish.
5. Meatless corn dogs ($2.99)
Everyone's favorite carnival treat is available in a meat-free version. Hallelujah! It's like Santa's Enchanted Forest in your freezer.
4. Chicken-less mandarin orange morsels ($2.99)
Chinese food can be a real bummer when you don't eat meat. It's hard not to miss that delicious sweet-and-sour chicken. And TJ's mandarin orange bites are mighty delicious -- they could go up against Panda Express any day.
3. Stacked eggplant Parmesan ($3.49)
When you're too tired to make your own eggplant Parm -- which is probably always -- this is a way easier option. No mushiness here, and it's packed full of mozzarella, ricotta, feta, and Parmesan. Yum.
2. Pretzel rolls ($3.99)
If you thought bread couldn't get any better -- you were so wrong. You might never go back to garden-variety Wonderbread after you taste these amazeballs rolls, which go great with everything from Swiss cheese to veggie burgers to mustard.
1. Horseradish hummus ($1.99)
Why have horseradish and hummus never made a beautiful baby before? Their union is the most delicious thing to happen to chickpeas since, well, ever.
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