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10 of the best breakfast foods to get at Trader Joe's, according to chefs

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 09 Oct 2019

Chefs told Insider about some of their favorite breakfast dishes and ingredients to buy at Trader Joe's.Some chefs said they use Trader Joe's cold brew, frozen fruit, and rolled oats to make smoothies.Other chefs love the brand's ready-made dishes, like its egg frittatas and breakfast burritos.VisitInsider's homepagefor more.The popular grocery chain Trader Joe's has shelves stocked with all sorts of breakfast staplesand even the culinary pros have a few favorites.Here are some of the best breakfast items to get at Trader Joe's, according to chefs.This chef pairs TJ's breakfast burritos with the brand's Green Dragon hot sauce.Jimmy Papadopoulos, executive chef of Bellemore in Chicago, Illinois, told Insider that Trader Joe's breakfast burritos are always a solid choice."TJ's chicken-sausage breakfast burritos pack in everything good about a breakfast burrito (cheddar cheese and a flour tortilla) and make the easiest on-the-go snack when I'm rushing to get out of the house with my kids," he said.To kick things up a notch, Papadopoulos said he recommends dipping the burritos in Trader Joe's Green Dragon hot sauce."The Green Dragon sauce has a fresher flavor than a Sriracha, and that's why I can't get enough," Papadopoulos told Insider. "This one is spicy, so be careful."Read More: 11 of the best hot sauces from around the worldQuiche Lorraine was another chef's pick.Matt Abdoo, executive chef at and partner of Pig Beach in New York City, said he has a few favorite breakfast items from Trader Joe's, including its quiche Lorraine.The frozen dish comes fully cooked and contains uncured ham, eggs, and cheese."[It's] absolutely delicious, ready in minutes, and costs less to buy than it does to make it," Abdoo said.The chef told Insider he also likes Trader Joe's frozen frittatas.Abdoo said he also really likes Trader Joe's Swiss cheese and cauliflower frittatas."Frittata is an Italian staple that I grew up on," Abdoo said. "This frittata is great for a quick grab and go, just microwave for a few minutes and breakfast is ready."Per Trader Joe's, these frozen frittatas are fluffy and contain "45% egg and 30% Swiss cheese."Read More: 9 of the best frozen foods you can get at Trader Joe's, according to chefsTJ's cult-favorite everything-bagel seasoning is a breakfast staple for this chef.The brand's famous seasoning blend, which consists of ingredients like garlic, onion, and poppy seeds, is a top pick for Alfredo Nogueira, executive chef of Cane & Table and Cure in New Orleans, Louisiana.The chef told Insider he uses this versatile blend in a variety of ways, but his favorite involves toast."My favorite is to grab some Trader Joe's sliced sourdough, toast it, and top with smashed avocado, a soft-boiled egg, and a healthy sprinkling of the everything-bagel seasoning," Nogueira said.Read More: Trader Joe's has a new Everything but the Bagel Dip, a 60-calorie spin-off of the iconic seasoningThis chef combines two Trader Joe's products for an indulgent breakfast.Andrew Henshaw, chef at Zahav, told Insider that his perfect breakfast involves pancakes and some ice cream."My guilty pleasure is buttermilk pancakes made from Trader Joe's mix topped with Trader Joe's French vanilla ice cream," Henshaw said.This chef combines several ingredients to make a cold-brew breakfast smoothie.Yehuda Sichel, chef at Abe Fisher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, told Insider he likes to take a few ingredients and whip them into a smoothie."My favorite breakfast smoothie is TJ's creamy organic peanut butter, ready-to-drink cold brew, whey protein powder, and a banana blended together," said Sichel.Read More: 10 of the best lunches to get at Trader Joe's for under $7Breakfast smoothies are also a popular choice for this chef.Chef David Tam, founder of Rolln in NYC, told Insider that he loves Trader Joe's rolled oats, and he and often uses them to make smoothies"I mix them with seeds, goji berries, and frozen mixed berries every morning to make a breakfast smoothie," he said.A sweet and savory breakfast can be made from some of Trader Joe's staples, according to this chef. Chef Matt Fein, culinary director at Federal Donuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, told Insider that Trader Joe's steel-cut oats are a key component of one of his go-to breakfasts."I love TJ's steel-cut oatmeal topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, and real maple syrup, served alongside TJ's uncured Applewood smoked bacon," said Fein. This chef uses a sweet Trader Joe's bread to make a buttery French toast."My guilty breakfast pleasure is a Trader Joe's cinnamon croissant loaf prepared like French toast," Mike Solomonov, chef and owner of various Philadelphia-area restaurants (including Zahav andK'Far), told Insider.Trader Joe's describes the toasted loaf as being a cross between its cinnamon-swirl bread and a buttery croissant.One chef uses a few simple ingredients to whip up a sweet breakfast.Chef Caitlin McMillan, culinary director of Philadelphia-based restaurant group CookNSolo, told Insider that one of her favorite breakfasts consists of just three ingredients."I love a simple and perfect combo: Trader Joe's organic soft white bread with a ton of butter and TJ's cinnamon-sugar grinder sprinkled all over," said McMillan.Read More:11 chefs share the one food they always buy at Trader Joe's10 incredible foods you can only get at Trader Joe'sWe compared Trader Joe's stores in the city and in the suburbsand the loser was clear11 beauty products from Trader Joe's that people swear by
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