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. Oh, and I already get your email feed.

  2. I love to pack salads. There are endless possibilities and seasonal additions, and I always make my own dressing.

  3. I subscribe via email.

  4. My favorite thing to pack in lunches is grapes…pretty lame but every person in my family loves them and it doesn’t seem like a lunch without! See? This is why I need this book because our packed lunches are major lacking in excitement!

  5. I like Averie Cooks on Facebook!

  6. I am an email subscriber!

  7. My lunch doesn’t feel complete without some greek yogurt….I am a big fan of the TJ’s 0% pomegranate variety!

  8. I am an RSS subscriber :)

  9. My favorite thing that I always include in my packed lunches would be a fuji apple! They are super yummy :)

  10. I love TJ’s. I used to have one 5 min from home but now I have to drive 2 hours. But it’s worth every mile. I have many favorites. But tonight we had the tzsaziki with grilled chicken. YUM! And their coffee…. Aaahhh. The best!

  11. Love going to TJ’s. A couple of my favorites there are the pad thai, the bibimbap, the potstickers, and their bbq chicken pizza!

  12. I like to add fresh fruit like grapes or blueberries in my daughters lunch box. She also likes to snack on cheerios!

  13. I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted this giveaway!

  14. I subscribe via email!

  15. I love to pack muffins, jicama slices, nuts, salads, turkey, and crackers with all sorts of dips. I also love the good ‘ol tradition of PB & J!!!!!

  16. I love trader joes potstickers, almonds, chocolate covered espresso beans, peanut butter, chocolate covered banana slices…..the list goes on.

  17. This might sound odd, but a staple to pack in my lunch is flavored yogurt mixed with a little quinoa . It kinda reminds me of rice pudding.

  18. Leftover lasagna is a great lunch.

  19. my favorite tj’s products! wasabi nori snax, that great gf pasta that’s only $1.39 a bag, lentil curls, spicy hummus.

  20. I follow you on Pinterest and I pinned you Chocolate cake with Ganache

  21. I instagram follow you

  22. I stumble follow you and I stumbled this post

  23. I like Easy Lunch Boxes on facebook

  24. I follow Easy Lunch Boxes on Twitter

  25. What a great cookbook! Children would get so excited for lunch!

  26. My favorite thing to pack with lunch is something crunchy & salty so either…pretzels, chips or veggie sticks.

  27. I already follow you on FB.

  28. I already follow you on pinterest and have re-pinned your recipes.

  29. I already get your e-mails. How I heard about this. :)

  30. cookie butter ! everyone really needs to try it!

  31. My fav TJ product is their soy chorizo
    It is much better and less $$ than any of the ones at whole foods
    I make breakfast potatoes with peppers onions and chorizo
    and a great spaghetti sauce

  32. Wow,The cookbook looks exciting!!! I hope I win it,could put it to good use!

  33. Well, it should go without saying that Cookie Butter is one of their most awesomenest products! And the orange chicken. And salsa. And so many more!

  34. I love the Trader Joe’s fruit leather bits and ends!

  35. I find the frozen edamames to be a great snack

  36. I love basically ALL trader joe’s products..but to pick just a couple, I’ll go with their almond butter (roasted and unsalted) and their cocoa almond butter spread! SO good!

  37. I love their meatless meatballs…I bring them to work all of the time! :) Thanks for the giveaway

  38. I like you on FB

  39. I subscribe

  40. I get the feed

  41. I love including baby carrots and hummus in my lunch.

  42. I like you on Facebook.

  43. I love Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and their blueberry scones
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  44. I follow you on Twitter as MsCarolsueA and I tweeted
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  45. I like you on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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  46. I like Easy Lunch Boxes on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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  47. I follow you on Pinterest as cezovski9 and pinned this recipe
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  48. I follow Easy Lunch Boxes on Twitter as MsCarolsueA
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