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.


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  4. this looks AMAZING!
    thank you for the chance.
    in terms of favorites– i was using it last night, and realized that rachael ray’s ANCIENT “365” cookbook is my all-time fave in terms of repeat use of multiple recipes.

  5. I love the chocolate covered potato chips

  6. I subscribe to your blog via email

  7. love simple packed lunches….and my fav snack to add are the dried cranberries from TJ’s

  8. I am so excited! They are finally opening a Trader Joes in my area by the end of next year. I love the tomato less corn salsa. I add it to quinoa, beans and avacado for a lovely salad.

  9. I could use this for some new lunch ideas…I pretty much eat a PB sandwich and apple every day at work! I love it but could branch out!

  10. I follow you on pinterest

  11. I like you on facebook.

  12. peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with crackers!

  13. How awesome you are in the cookbook! And who doesn’t like Trader Joes?! I follow you on FB and newsfeed!

  14. I instagram follow you!

  15. My favorite snack to include in packed lunches this time of year is apple chips. They are healthy, crunchy, and scream fall!

  16. Some of my favorite Trader Joe’s products are:
    1. Unsalted pb with flaxseed
    2. Spices (can’t beat the 1.99 price)
    3. Frozen, microwavable spinach and artichoke dip…. Seriously so good.

  17. My #1 fav at TJ’s — Sunflower butter…..,also…frozen mango chuncks, Chicken Satay and finally mynts!

  18. i alwayssss love a pb & j!

  19. So many favorites from Trader Joe’s, but the primo has to be the honey sesame almonds. I put them on top of my fruit and yogurt and they give a wonderful crunch and protein kick!

    Just for the heck of it, my favorite cookbook is Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything (I think that’s the title)–the recipes always work.

  20. I tweeted! @bluetamarai

  21. I LOVE Trader Joe’s! Some of my favorites are sweet potato chips, peanut butter, naan bread, nuts & of course wine!

  22. I LOVE Trader Joe’s! Every time I have new foods to share to friends, I am like a walking advertisement for them! =) So many favorites it’s hard to pick, but my new obsession is honey roasted almond slices & nonfat greek frozen yogurt. Chocolate almond spread, chocolate powerberries, & Joe Joe’s = Choco YUM!

  23. It’s almost impossible to choose just a couple of favorites from Trader Joe’s, but we do love their bacon ends and pieces, their Orange Cream Soda and their beer batter Vidalia onion rings.

  24. One of my favorite cookbooks of all time has to be Julia Child’s Master the Art of French Cooking! The recipes are classic and absolutely delicious!!

  25. I like Averie Cooks on Facebook!!

  26. I follow you on Instagram!!

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  28. I don’t know if its’ possible for me to choose one favorite Trader Joe’s product….but I’m obsessed with their original hummus, thai vegetable gyozas and dark chocolate almonds with sea salt!

    This cookbook looks fabulous :) I’m always looking to change up my lunches!

  29. I’m an email subscriber

  30. I love TJ’s salsa verde!

  31. I follow you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

  32. And lastly I follow easylunchboxes on twitter!

  33. My favorite foods from TJ’s are…
    The veggie bird’s nests
    Lemon crisp cookies
    Quinoa with sweet potato
    Fajita chicken burgers
    Greek-style orzo (and making it myself from scratch with TJ’s produce ;) )
    Organic vodka sauce
    Lemon pepper pappardelle
    …And too many more!

  34. I LOVE tj’s ginger cashew almond granola, its definitely one of a kind. Also a big fan of the mango chutney but definitely plan to try averie’s reciepe out!

  35. I like packing apples and cereal!

  36. I have fond memories of my mom making many meals from The Joy of Cooking. I was delighted when I finally got my own copy.

  37. My favorite cookbook is my 1941 edition of The Boston Cooking School Cookbook handed down to me by my mother…I may not make any recipes from it but I treasure it just the same!

  38. I am an email subscriber!

  39. I love Trader Joe’s goat cheeses :D

  40. Pb and J with homemade peanut butter!

  41. Favorit Tj products-
    1.cookie butter…duh
    2. Instant brown rice
    3. Banana chocolate protein muffins
    4. Peach salsa
    I could go on and on and on :)

  42. I’m an email subscriber:)

  43. I love Trader Joe’s! Ever since I moved from California, I miss their variety of tasty and affordable products. Some of my favorites are the frozen meals: palak paneer, spinach pesto pizza, and plain tart fro-yo. They are the ONLY place I know to sell tubs of plain tart fro-yo, and it is so good and healthy!

  44. I just tweeted and followed you on RSS feed! I love your website! The pictures are gorgeous and the recipes fun and either sinfully delectable or healthy and happy!

  45. Was there ever a winner posted for this giveaeay? This is my first time entering one of your giveaways. . .and I am not sure how the winners are announced. Thanks!

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