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?

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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.

253 comments on “Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. I love Trader Joe’s! It’s hard choosing what I love the most, but I die for their fleur de sel caramel sauce, the peppermint Jo-Jo’s during the holidays, their guacamole, and I love packing their Thai chicken wraps in my lunch sometimes. It’s so delicious!

  2. I love cooking with the famous TJ’s Two Buck Chuck which I learned about when I was living a couple years in CA. We got a TJ’s after I moved back to NC but it’s a 2 1/2 hour drive from me. I still like to stock up on several TJ favorites when I get to go there including the wine, which is $3 here and also their sliced candied ginger and cashew butter among other things.

  3. what a super book and I think I know the photographer! Great giveaway! I am coming out under my boxes of my move. Thanks for all your support!

  4. Avocado is by far my favorite lunch time ingredient. I mash it up and put it on sandwiches and wraps or leave it diced and mix it with canned chicken or tuna. Delicious!

  5. Favorite cookbook has to be anything primal!

  6. I’m a big Trader Joe’s fan! I buy most of my panty staples there (oils, flour, sugar, honey, oats, rice, stock, etc) b/c the price is right & its good quality. Some of my favorites from there are the white wine Dijon mustard, Meyer lemon cookie thins, gummy candies, New Zealand Organic white cheddar cheese, andouille chicken sausage, and of course many of their wines. I could go on & on!

  7. I facebook like your blog!

  8. my favorite lunchbox ingredient is by far PEANUT BUTTER

  9. I love Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn and Peanut Butter.

  10. I subscribe to your RSS feed via google reader.

  11. My favorite cookbook is Joy of Cooking because everything I make from it comes out amazing!

  12. I like you on Facebook

  13. I seem to pack some kind of salad for lunch–either standard greens or some random chopped veggies

  14. Oh I need this so bad. My lunches are straight 1982 style, sandwich chips cookies fruit. YAWN! This would be so perfect!

  15. Favorite Trader Joe Products: Almond meal. I use this instead of flour when I make parmesan chicken or peanut butter cookies and it is delicious! I also love the lemon curd and sea salt carmel sauce! I use these two lovely items constantly as fillings in cakes — white cake with lemon curd, or chocolate cake with carmel sauce…absolutely delicious.

  16. I’m all about hummus these days. I buy my hummus from the local farmer’s market, but I love to eat it with Trader Joe’s naan bread (whole wheat).

  17. Oh, I forgot to say that I liked you on FB.

  18. LOVE TJ’s and am fortunate to have one close by. Their mini cinnamon and raisin bagels and cream cheese have replaced cupcakes for the school parties (the kids love it!), and we love the soups, especially the roasted red pepper and butternut squash. I miss the vegetarian chili soup they used to make!!

  19. One of my fave cookbooks is my 1960s Better Homes & Gardens classic red and white cookbook. Great recipes in there!

  20. favorite TJs products:
    Butternut Squash Triangoli
    12 Mini Mint Ice Cream Mouthfuls
    cinnamon almonds
    turkey meatloaf muffins

  21. I have FB Liked Averie Cooks :-) So glad to have found your page!

  22. Veggies! Especially English cucumbers.

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