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

3. For extra entries and you must leave a separate comment for each (please don’t do these ‘just’ for the giveaway and then unsubscribe or unfollow immediately):

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


  1. It’s not super exciting but I love to pack Greek yogurt and/ or an apple to round put lunches!

  2. I love to pack greek yogurt with cantaloupe, blueberries and almonds. I love it so much I’ve been known to bring the entire cantaloupe…

  3. Favorite TJ produce – Cookie Butter

  4. Twitter followed Easy Lunch Boxes

  5. I love the cookie butter and their flavorings for baking!

  6. I like Averie Cooks on Facebook

  7. I get Averie Cooks in my newsfeed

  8. I follow you on pinterest and reprinted your pumpkin banana bread that I can’t wait to make!

  9. I follow you on instagram

  10. I like easy lunch boxes on facebook

  11. Following easy lunch boxes on twitter

  12. I subscribe to email updates for your blog

  13. I follow you on stumble and stumbled this

  14. I seem to be stuck on egg salad right. Pretty boring, huh? I also include something crunchy like pepper strips and almonds.

  15. I already “liked” you on Facebook.

  16. I love kale chips in my lunch!!! Although I really like Trader Joe’s tofu burger the best, Cookie Butter is to DIE for!!!

  17. I follow you on FB!

  18. I love so many products from trader joes its hard to choose. Their black bean and quinoa infused tortilla chips, roasted garlic hummus, pumpkin butter, and dark chocolate powerberries are some of my favorites!

  19. I like you on facebook

  20. I follow your RSS feed

  21. I follow you on pinterest and repinned your PB&J Blondies

  22. I like pita bread with hummus and cucumbers. I also pack grapes for something sweet.

  23. My kids love any kind of meatballs in their lunch. They don’t mind eating them cold. I’ve made Asian ones, Italian ones, Greek ones.

  24. I follow Averie Cooks on Facebook

  25. I subscribe to the rss feed and have for a long time!

  26. love tj’s belgian chocolate!!!

  27. i already like averie cooks on facebook

  28. I’ve always loved including a crisp, juicy apple in my lunch – especially this time of year when apples are so perfect!

  29. Already like Averie Cooks on Facebook

  30. Already follow you on pinterest; just re-pinned eggnogg donuts

  31. I subscribe to your feed via Google Reader

  32. Already follow on twitter; tweeted about this!

  33. I love anything in the chocolate-covered isle of TJ’s! I also love the chocolate, rock sugar, and coffee grinder. Plus any of the tea or trek mixes…everything!

  34. I follow your instagram (treats_with_a_twist)

  35. I love packing yogurt into lunches…I have one every day at work! I think I might need to branch out and try new things, so I would love to win this cookbook. It looks awesome!

  36. Awesome giveaway!

    I think my favorite cookbook of all time is the Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hestor. The recipes are so simple yet SO packed with flavor and wholesome goodness… my favorite things I’ve ever cooked have come out of there. And the leftovers make amazing lunches! You should totally check it out. The vegan philly (with seitan added) is amazing, along with the pumpkin or garlic sauce lasagna. There’s even recipes for breads and oats made in it.


  37. I love to pack a mix of raisins/Craisins in lunches! Desperately could use new ideas though! This book looks great!

    kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  38. I don’t even know where to begin for my favorite TJ’s foods…
    Dried banana
    Frozen Veggies and Fruit
    8 veggie salad
    Sweet apple chicken sausages
    Dark Chocolate anything (especially with Cookie Butter)
    Mango Black Tea
    Cat Cookies
    Corn salsa
    Sweet potato and falafel chips
    The list goes on and on…

    I prob shouldn’t get into the wine (TJ’s blanc de blanc is the best 5$ wine around) or there won’t be room for anyone else to comment : )

    Congrats on the huge success. This looks like a fun and useful cookbook!

  39. I love TJs cookie butter…my favorite cookbook is Great Food Fast by Martha. This is a brilliant idea for a cookbook!!!!!!

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