Along with Nashville’s mild sunshine and crunchy leaves on the ground, the fall season is is especially sweet with the seasonal goodies at Trader Joe’s. Like most people, I relish in trying out all the autumn-inspired foods and sundries at Trader Joe’s. Keep reading to see my top picks for what to stock in your fridge, pantry, and home for the fall season, including home goods, happy hour drinks, main meals, and appetizers. What are your favorites?
Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed for Cider
This apple cider is crisp and effervescent with a fruit-forward aftertaste. If you like Crispin cider, you will love Henry Hotspur’s cider. You can find me sipping this on a warm fall day after work while I start preparing dinner. It’s sweet yet tart and very refreshing.
Scented Candles: Honeycrisp Apple and Vanilla Pumpkin
Did you know that TJ’s sells candles? At $3.99 each, these strongly scented candles bring warmth and atmosphere to my place. The Honeycrisp Apple candle gives off a tart apple scent while the Pumpkin Vanilla is warmer and spicier in category. If you need inexpensive fall candles, grab these and enjoy!
Pumpkin Tortilla Chips and Fall Harvest Salsa
If these pumpkin tortilla chips were in a contest, they would squash the competition (laughs). All vegetable jokes aside, these chips are crunchy with a hint of salt and cinnamon. Of course, I have to dip these in the Fall Harvest salsa for an afterwork snack. The chips are also delicious when paired with a greek yogurt dip. Sometimes, I dip chips in the tiniest bowl of greek yogurt for a filling, satisfying snack that holds me over before dinner.
Now, let’s talk about this tomato-based Fall Harvest salsa! Including pumpkin, apples, and butternut squash, this mildly spicy salsa is delicious on scrambled eggs and bib lettuce salad. Instead of salad dressing, I spoon a bit of this salsa on my greens and savor the spicy fall flavors.
Pumpkin Cereal Bars
I don’t usually buy sugary fruit bars, but I make an exception for these pumpkin cereal bars. When paired with a cup of coffee (pumpkin spice, of course), these cereal bars are the perfect mid-morning snack. Sometimes, I eat half in the morning and save the second half for dessert after lunch. If you love cinnamon, you’ll have to try these.
Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix
This pumpkin bread mix yields the most moist, flavorful pumpkin muffins. I bake these once every fall and freeze the muffins in little sandwich bags. Anytime I’m craving a sweet treat, I thaw one in the microwave for 30 seconds and violà!
Don’t forget to pick up chocolate chips and add them to the pumpkin bread mix, if you like that flavor profile. I also add a handful of golden raisins to give the muffins some fiber and texture. Be sure to wash it all down with a Henry Hotspur’s cider, if you feel so inclined.
Organic Cold Pressed Fuji Apple Spiced Cider with Cinnamon & Clove and Harvest Blend Herbal Tea
Both of these seasonal drinks are spectacular! If you enjoy sipping spiced cider, you must try the Fuji Apple Spiced Cider. It’s refreshing when served cold, but warming and electric when taken hot. If you are a tea-drinker, the Harvest Blend Herbal Tea is an absolute dream. I brewed some in my classroom tea kettle before school started one morning and all of my students commented on how good the room smelled for hours! This tea tastes exactly like cinnamon apples without any sugar. For $1.99 a box, this makes for a lovely gift, too.
Autumnal Harvest Alfredo Sauce and Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
This pumpkin ravioli is stuffed with a mild cheese filling that gives it the perfect balance of creamy, salty, and ever-so-slightly sweet flavor profiles. While it can be paired with the Autumnal Harvest Alfredo Sauce (which is delicious poured over broccoli and cauliflower) , I prefer to serve it simply with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, flaky sea salt, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. This ravioli is rich, filling, and highly recommended if you like pumpkin and squash flavors in your pasta.
This vegan chili makes for a hearty, hot lunch if you pack a lunch for work. Made with quinoa, beans, sweet potatoes and pumpkin purée, this soup will fill you up with fiber and protein. I pair mine with a few slices of baguette and a side salad, if I have time to pack it. Have you tried this autumnal soup?
Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps and Toscano Cheese
If you are looking for an easy cheese plate for entertaining during the holidays, serve up the Toscano Cheese and Pumpkin Crisps on a board. Dusted with cinnamon, this creamy cow’s milk cheese has a sweet, nutty flavor. Slice it up and serve with the crunchy, chewy crisps to impress your guests and spice up happy hour!
What do you think of the seasonal foods I picked up on my grocery store run? I hope this post inspires you to embrace the flavors of fall and try new things. My top 3 picks are the candles, Harvest Blend Tea, and Pumpkin Muffin mix. Have you tried these seasonal foods and sundries? Let me know if you have any other fall favorites at TJ’s!