Deciding on what to eat is difficult when many choices flood the market, but you know what’s even more difficult? Yes, that’s right, Finding a variety in vegan foods at a local food store, i.e., food free of animal products or abuse at any level, whatsoever.
However, things are looking better recently for all the vegans out there, or those who wish to explore more of the diet, with multiple brands, fast food chains such as Taco Bell, and grocery store chains such as Trader Joe’s are embracing vegan options.
The following is the list of the best vegan-friendly foods available at Trader Joe’s so you do not have to spend hours wandering in the store, curating a perfect meal plan.
The bite-sized treats, cauliflower gnocchi, are much like those traditional Italian dumplings. However, these are made from a 100% vegan recipe and make for an excellent break from the good ol’ potato gnocchi.
The Ingredients Include:
- 75% Cauliflower
- Cassava Flour
- Potato Starch
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
The cauliflower gnocchi does not thaw, so you could saute them for crisp snacks, boil or toss them in an air fryer with some olive oil or microwave them, get your favorite vegan sauce and dig right in.
Non-Dairy Strawberry Oat Ice Cream
Who doesn’t like a sweet, cold, and creamy dessert, even more so when it is strawberry flavored and vegan? This vegan dessert contains oat milk as its base and several other plant-based ingredients such as almonds, beet juice, tapioca syrup, etc., making it a must-try at TJ’s for everyone, vegan or not.
Plant Folk Coconut Creamer
Made with just a few main ingredients such as coconut milk (coconut cream and water), cane sugar, sea salt, etc., the coconut cream at Trader Joe’s makes a perfect blend of thick, creamy, and delicious.
Add it to your coffee, smoothie, oatmeals, or in anything you want to add a slight coconutty flavor with sweetness just right and a flavor that doesn’t overpower the overall taste. It makes for an excellent alternative for those who crave the creamy texture of dairy.
Spicy Mexican Style Riced Cauliflower
A Mexican dish is a perfect way to treat the taste buds, even if you’re not a big fan of spice, and also when you are too lazy to drive to Taco Bell. Also, apart from the apparent cauliflower and rice, this tasteful Mexican delight gives you a good shot at colors and spices through jalapenos, tomatoes, lime juice, bell peppers, cilantro, cumin, etc.
Moreover, the nutritional factors are excellent for anyone trying to maintain a diet, with 2.5g of fat, 50 calories, and 5g of carbs per serving. While it could go well as a side dish against burrito, etc., no rules are stating you cannot have it on its own.
Partake Food Cookies
Finding the best plant-based cookies has always been a struggle for vegans as much as it is to make it at home. Trader Joe’s understands this craving fully and has therefore decided to bring in the vegan partake cookies.
Partake foods already have created quite a fanbase across the internet by introducing gluten-free and allergy-friendly vegan cookies, which also happen to be very delicious at the same time.
Since nothing beats a bite of a good chocolate cookie, whenever you are at TJ’s again, make sure you give this boxed satisfaction a try.
It is terrible constantly hearing about how incredible a cheesecake tastes but not having it since it is obviously not vegan. Though not exactly like the traditional cheesecake, Trader Joe’s have put up a pretty good competition with their cheeseless ‘cheesecake.’
Made with lima beans, konjac (a type of plant that provides the creamy, cheesecake-like mouthfeel), coconut oil, and agave syrup, among other ingredients, this cake has the perfect velvety texture and taste. For anyone wondering how dairy-free cheesecake tastes like, TJ’s it is.
Thai Vegetable Gyoza
Dumplings are an all-rounder, and I don’t make the rules. The Thai vegetable gyoza at Trader Joe’s has everything from vegetables such as carrots, white cabbage, onion, and ginger to wheat flour, sesame oil, soy sauce, and much more to fill a person or two easily.
The soft texture, vegetable crunch, and delicious flavors make it a perfect snack or a meal, as per your craving at any time of the day. There are multiple ways to cook them, including pan-frying, microwave, or traditional steam, each of which adds a little different texture and taste, even more so brilliant when dipped in a sauce.
Peanut Noodle Udon Salad
Switching from the convenience store noodles and ramen and trying udon is an excellent way to eat healthy and tasty at the same time.
Udon is the hearty wheat flour noodles coming from the Japanese cuisine, which you could easily take for a meal and feel full a little longer. The soft and chewy, crunchy contrast of the noodles and the healthy quantity of vegetables such as carrots, red bell peppers, etc., and excellent seasoning add a hint of colors, taste, and tons of flavors.
Except for those allergic to peanuts, this is it; you have to grab it for lunch the next time you are at Trader Joe’s.
Greek Chickpeas, Parsley, And Cumin
How could one not add chickpeas when talking about vegan foods? You do anything with chickpeas, roast, boil, or make hummus; they will taste fantastic either way.
Trader Joe’s took this already delightful snack to the next level with its introduction to Greek chickpeas with parsley and cumin. Well, unless you dislike cumin or parsley, let’s not include chickpeas in this statement; there’s no excuse for you not to try this right away edible delight.
Add the chickpeas directly to your meal, whether it is soup or rice or nothing, and have a meal of your day. You can also add additional flavors anytime you crave a little more intensity to food.
There are various vegan and vegetarian foods to explore at the TJ’s for anyone who is looking to take a break from dairy and other animal products.
The choice to accommodate the vegan society into the grocery store menu is a big step by Trader Joe’s. It brings in scope for exciting possibilities everyone is eagerly looking forward to. Before new additions to the vegan menu arrive, make sure you try all the available ones so you don’t wander around confused next time you are there.