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.

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

  1. I love using those little divided containers for my lunch. Perfect size! When menu planning, I always buy extra chicken breast and make a batch of chicken salad for my lunches. I usually put it in a small low carb tortilla. It makes a quick and filling lunch!
    PS. . .Trader Joe’s JUST opened here in Plano, TX last week! I am so glad. I have missed them since we moved here from California!

  2. Also glad to have found your Pinterest page — repinned your Fluffernutter Shake. YUM!

  3. Love the old Betty Crocker cookbook – and then adapt the recipes. I have this thing about yogurt with lunch and fresh fruit! Yum!

  4. I have FB liked Easy Lunch Boxes — shared it with my sister, who is always looking for new lunch ideas for her kiddos.

  5. Cool! I just “liked” the Facebook page for Easy Lunch boxes. Looking forward to checking it out! I have been looking for something like this! Thanks!

  6. I love slice having TJ’s sliced Persian cucumbers (or English cucumbers), sliced tomatoes, flatbread and a selection of hummus flavors for lunch (and snacks). And, maybe a slice of TJ’s Blondie Bar with a cup of coffee. :-)

  7. String cheese is one of my favorite quick-pack lunch items. Especially since cheese tastes better at room temperature.

  8. The first cookbook I ever really received or Bought was the Susan Branch “Heart Of the Home” cookbook. Since it is the one that started me off on my love of cookbooks that is why I love it so much. I have made a number of items from this book and from the others of Susan Branch that I have bought since that first one.

    As for food items from Trader Joe’s we love their Italian Meatballs that are in the freezer section. We also love the Chicken Potstickers.

  9. I am a new follower via Rss reader feed.

  10. My favorite TJ item is the reduced fat cilantro dressing found in the produce department. Also, their part-skim string cheese; I take it with me whenever I travel.

  11. I have 2 favorite cookbooks: “Taste of Home” and “Looney Spoons”
    I look through my other cookbooks but always end up with something from Taste of Home.
    And Looney Spoons has easy, healthy recipes, but also lots of fun cartoons and nutritional facts throughout the book that make it much more than just a cookbook.

  12. One of our favorite lunch box items is low-sodium turkey and provolone cheese roll-ups paired with sliced persian cucumbers. My daughter also loves the seaweed snack in her lunch box.

  13. I just “liked” Easy Lunch Boxes on Facebook.

  14. One of my favorite TJs things are the party meatballs

  15. I liked Averie Cooks on FB

  16. I liked easy lunchboxes on FB

  17. It’s nothing special, but I always need to have a fruit packed in my lunch. Apples are my first choice (I like the crunch!) but any type of fruit will do!

  18. Ohh, this sounds wonderful–congrats on this cookbook! I’m such a TJ convert. I’m a huge fan of tempura mushroom sushi in my bento, so there you have it

  19. I always have a container of salsa and a bottle of hot sauce in my lunch bag.

  20. I always include fruit in my box lunches.

  21. Some favorite Trader Joe’s products: lucques olives, frozen artichoke hearts, frozen mac n cheese, dye-free gummies, organic surfboard tortilla chips, organic carrot juice, stroopwafels (waffle cookies with maple syrup).
    Our TJ’s just opened in August, so I am so happy about that – and, my daughter just started Kindergarten last week, so this would be perfect timing!
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

  22. I am a facebook fan of Averie Cooks (Marysa N).
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  23. I am a facebook fan of Easy Lunchboxes (Marysa N).
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

  24. I follow EasyLunchboxes on Twitter (Marysa1)
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  25. I follow you on Pinterest (Marysa1) and repinned a post:
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