Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook Giveaway

Yesterday I mentioned that I am one of the contributing authors in the new Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Easy Lunch Boxes, which was just released this week.

And I’m giving away a copy of the book for one lucky reader.

The book is the brainchild of author Kelly Lester, mom of three, avid Trader Joe’s fan, and creator of the ingenious EasyLunchbox System. Kelly and the book’s co-authors share their stories, favorite recipes, and time-saving tips to make lunch-packing madness a thing of the past.

Here is one of the recipes I contributed

Holy Frittata: Spinach and Red Pepper Frittata

There are over 80 recipes for easy-to-prepare meals and snacks that will appeal to both kids and adults, such as Holy Fritatta!, Mangia Muffins, Work it out Veggie Wraps, Ham and Cheese Hug-a-bles, All Thai’d Up at the Office, Reuben Pasta Salad, Guyana Finish That Rice, Slap Yo Mama Vegan Burger, Caprese Heaven, Husband-Tested Chicken, Cauli-fornia Dreamin’ Pizza, Salad You’ll Swim Upstream for, Pasta-tively Delicious, and many more.

Nutritional information is provided throughout and the book includes gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and kid-friendly chapters, as well as substitution ideas for nut, dye, and other allergies.

And like the other books in the Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook series, the ingredients are wholesome, no-fuss, and come from Trader Joe’s, but can be substituted with products and ingredients from other grocery stores in case you’re not fortunate enough to have a TJ’s in your area.

My fabulous friend and photographer, Marla Meridith, did an amazing job with the photography and the book includes gorgeous full-color photos for every recipe.

When I pack lunches, I generally like the food to have crunch, texture, or have an accompanying sauce or dip. Here are some items that I’ve made recently that I enjoy tossing into lunches:

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake, vegan, GF)

Cheese and Crackers with Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan, GF if GF tempeh is used)

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds (vegan, GF)

If you’d like to enter to win a copy of the Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Easy Lunch Boxes, comment below to enter the giveaway.

1. What’s a favorite food that you like to include in the lunches you pack? (recipe links welcome)


What’s your favorite cookbook of all time and why do you love it so much? (links welcome)


What are a couple of your favorite Trader Joe’s products?

2. For a second entry, Twitter Follow @AverieCooks and and then tweet the following:

I entered to Win the new Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook in the @AverieCooks Giveaway

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Contest ends Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and winner will be chosen randomly. Open to continental U.S. residents only.


  1. Hello! Would love to win that book. We adore Trader Joe’s, and the list of faves from there is endless, but here are some: Italian meatloaf, garlic fries, cilantro dressing, vanilla almond milk, handful of nuts varieties, their peanut butters (!!), yellow curry sauce, organic jasmine rice, barbeque chicken pizza, etc. Thanks!!

  2. I love to make my own trail mix using the half salted , roasted almonds, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and banana chips! My kids eat it up! We also love to munch on Strawberry Yogurt O’s as a snack too!

  3. What’s a favorite food that you like to include in the lunches you pack?
    I always pack snacks in my lunches – fruit, nuts, cheese, granola bars, and sometimes a cookie or some chocolate ;-)

  4. Averie, you made it really hard to decide: I don’t have just a couple of favorite TJ’s products. I love the whole TJ’s :) OK, If I have to choose, that would be dried fruits and berries: fantastic! Beers and wine selection. What? That’s a product too, right? :) Frozen panna cotta, do they still sell it? And then everything else… But more than that I want that book because it’s made by bloggers, because you contributed to it, and it’s precious… :)

  5. Its hard to pick just two favs from TJs, but the first one that comes to mind are the Dark Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups… and their Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt :)

  6. I’m so happy that we’re finally getting a Trader Joe’s here in southern Oregon. I’d love the cookbook now that we can go to Trader Joe’s whenever we want! :)

  7. My daughter likes when I pack a whole salad bar in one container: lettuce, cukes, black olives, carrots, sliced turkey, sliced ham and shredded cheese with a small container of ranch dressing on the side.

  8. A few of my favorite TJs products are the Greek honey yogurt, the chocolate covered potato chips, and the frozen potstickers.

  9. It’s so awesome that you’re doing a giveaway of this! (I’d still buy it if I didn’t win of course :) My most favorite thing to pack in my lunch is wheat thins. That stuff is my guilty please and I could eat an entire box in a single sitting!

    Thanks again for the giveaway! :)

  10. I also “Liked” Averie Cooks on Facebook.

  11. I like TJ’s pumpkin butter.

  12. Every single work day for lunch I go to Trader (I work in the same plaza) and pick up one of their salads. It makes me excited for lunch and I know EXACTLY how many calories i’m eating, which helps in losing weight. I simple can’t pick a favorite, but I especially adore the curry chicken salad and side salad combo, the southwestern salad, the mediterannean pasta salad and the walnut and balsamic salad. Yum!!!

  13. this looks great! thanks for the giveaway! :)

  14. My favorite cookbook is The Moosewood Cookbook. It is a great classic cookbook for vegetarians.

  15. This book looks awesome…gives me alot of ideas for the kid’s schoollunch and mine for work!

  16. One of my favorite TJ’s items is the frozen garlic naan. I’m also a fan of their organic, fair trade coffee.

  17. One of my favorite Trader Joe’s products (right now, it is bordering on an obsession) is the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Yummy!

  18. Favorite TJ’s products: regular (natural) flavored soy protein powder, Super Red drink mix, and Bourbon Vanilla. I also like their mustards.

  19. I always have some form of peanut butter in my lunches

  20. My favorite TJ’s products are cookie butter, pita bread, dried fruit and peanut butter.

  21. My favorite of all time is the king arthur flour cookbook,the breads are awesome,especially the italian bread

  22. I’m not sure I could (or would want to) live without TJ’s Roasted Garlic hummus! I also love their “Monkey Business” trail mix, and my mom is addicted to the White Cheddar Corn Puffs :)

  23. I have so many Trader Joe’s fav products. Been shopping there since the 80’s in LA! How about – organic basil, mozzarella chess in olive oil and herbs, mochi, crunchy choco chip cookies, choco covered espresso beans, wine, wine and more wine – Hungarian wine too!, mango sorbet, used to have hemp chips, the low fat crunchy cheetos things, flowers, salmon,,,,list goes on and on…thank you for being there Trader Joes! When I lived in Mn in the 90’s a friend would sent me a trader joes care package!

  24. Man I would love this cookbook! My favorite Tj’s products are: milk (I don’t know what it is but there milk tastes 100x better than any other milk I’ve had!), Meatless Meatballs (I never thought I’d get to experience a Subway meatball sandwich again until I found these!), and their Nuts About Raspberries Trek Mix is my all time favorite!

  25. i love their almond wafer crackers. not sure what the name really is, but it’s in a green box and yum!

  26. liked easy lunch boxes on fb

  27. liked you on fb

  28. one of my favorite TJ product are the mini peanut butter and chocolate cups!

  29. i subscribe to your feed!

  30. Liked on facebook.

  31. Medjool dates! Perfect sweet ending!

  32. I love just about any cookbook. But my new fav right now is Chloe’s Kitchen.

  33. I like salads for lunch. Any Kind. Pasta, Lettuce, Rice, etc.

  34. what a great giveaway! TJ’s is the best:) thank you!!

  35. Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze makes everything delicious! Their cookie butter, sweet potato gnocchi, and wine country chicken salad are also amazing!

  36. Thanks for the great giveaway! There is a TJs on my way home from school, and I love their frozen mangoes, cereal, and yogurt.

  37. My lunches always include something crunchy. One of my favorites is the Apple Sticks from TJ’s. I also like doing a pasta, veggie, protein combination for the main part of the meal.

  38. My favorite thing to pack in my lunch is leftovers. Whatever I make the night before gets packed up for lunch the next day!

  39. I love all of Trader Joe’s cheeses!! I just tried the creamy Toscano cheese dusted with cinnamon. Mmmmmmmm.

  40. I followed you on Pinterst and re-pinned your pumpkin banana bread. Sounds great!!

  41. I’ve always packed a yogurt and fishy pretzels in my lunch.

  42. I already subscribe to you by email!

  43. My FAVORITE cookbook of all time is my 1937 Household Searchlight. I grew up with it, my mom got it as a new bride is 1942, so by the time I was born in 1956, it was well used and worn. Made cream puff the first time at age 13 with that book. Flash forward to 1987, I am at a huge flea market and guess what I stumble acroos? For $5.00, in perfect condition, the very same book. I snapped it up immediately! Thanks for a chance to win

  44. We just got a trader joes in the Knoxville area and I am over the moon happy to have it. I like the frozen bananas with chocolate covering(Monkey something). I also like to buy the fresh salsa which would be awesome with the lunch box fritatta. I mostly pack my son a veggie “subway” sandwich with lettuce, olives, green pepper, onions and pickles, but this gets old sometimes. We always pack ice water and sometimes a homemade vegan muffin which could be banana, pumpkin, sweet potato or zucchini (whatever I have in the house).

  45. Some of my favorite TJ’s products are the dried mango, banana chips, and coconut cream!

  46. I like you on Facebook

  47. I get your email updates.

  48. I also did the Pinterest thing.

  49. I can’t pick a favorite Trader Joe’s item! I do almost all my shopping there.

    So…either the garlic chipotle salsa or the sunflower seed butter.

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