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4 Easy Trader Joe’s Meals

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Last year, I shared a 5 trader joe’s meals (5 ingredients or less) and it’s been one of my most-popular posts ever since! It seems like we are all looking for quick meals that come together in minutes – I get it.

And I’m back with some more. I visit Trader Joe’s a LOT. It’s two blocks away and now that shopping involves schlepping a stroller + car seat up stairs…I’m there even more because I can only carry one bag (max) at a time. (Is it ridiculous that I still get a bit nervous to leave the house?!) Maybe you shouldn’t answer that…

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Ideally, each of these meals would have a vegetable component, but some of these are lacking a bit. So to add a quick vegetable side, try salad greens with dressing (I love their refrigerated Cilantro Dressing), roasted broccoli, or sautéed green beans. If you are really desperate, carrot sticks always work in a pinch, too!

Country Potatoes with Eggs:

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The Country Potatoes with Haricots Verts & Wild Mushrroms is one of my new favorite items from Trader Joe’s, it’s SO good! Simply prepare the potatoes as instructed and fry or scramble an egg to serve alongside. It is suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Turkey Bolognese Pizza:

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You know I love my tortilla pizzas! (Healthy Taco Pizza) and I thought trying the bolognese sauce would be a great way to switch up flavors, and get an extra boost of protein. Simply bake the tortilla until crisp (at about 400 degrees), top with sauce (drained as much as possible!) and cheese and bake until cheese has melted. (Brown rice and sprouted tortillas are my favorite to use.)

Falafel Sandwiches:

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If you’re looking for a vegetarian lunch or dinner, this is about as easy as it gets! Whip up a quick cucumber sauce, heat up the falafel and pita and your meal is on the table. Combine one container of greek yogurt, a minced clove of garlic and 1/2 cup shredded cucumber with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dried dill, salt & pepper in small bowl and set aside. Heat falafel (takes 2-3 minutes in the microwave) and pita (in oven or microwave) and serve with cucumber slices.

Penne Peperonata with Sausage and Spinach:

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I branched out and tried some of the frozen pastas that Trader Joe’s stocks in it’s freezer cases. I didn’t have high hopes going into it and frozen pasta has always seemed a bit ridiculous – it’s so easy to make! Well, it’s delicious. And it’s easy. Remove casing from hot italian sausage (or use sliced chicken sausage) and heat over medium heat until cooked through. Drain and set aside. Prepare pasta as directed. Toss hot pasta over spinach (or try arugula!) and top with sausage.

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  1. Amanda @ OrganicGlory

    Your original “5 Trader Joe’s Meals” was one of my favorites, probably because it came at a time when I was hauling a newborn everywhere and lamenting my inability to cook homemade meals very often! Love this, thanks for the ideas as always.

  2. Megan (Braise The Roof)

    Those falafel are SO good! This is reminding me that I need to pick some up next time I go shopping. I don’t have as easy a time getting to TJ’s these days, but I still go out of my way because it’s just the best. 🙂 You should also try their Veggie Birds Nests (in the frozen/Asian section) – they are an awesome appetizer or side dish.

  3. Janine Angel

    Thanks for these ideas…as a mom of 2 boys (7 and 4) it is hard to make a “homemade” from scratch. I have a suggestion for a yummy TJs 3 ingrediant soup…1 carton of the organic creamy tomato soup, 1 can organic crushed/diced tomatoes (it’s the big can) and 1 package frozen asparagus risotto. Literally dump all 3 into a pot and heat to hot stiring often. I serve with grilled cheese “sticks” and it is a hit every time. My 7yr old requests it when it is cold out. I have heard you could also use the mushroom risotto too! Hope you try when the weather cools down.

  4. RossC

    We have become Trader Joe’s shoppers over the past year or so… We are in out late 70’s and more and more, simplicity in putting together meals becomes important… I believe that its safe to say that TJ’s products are part of 75% of our meals… I love seeing meal tips using TJ’s food items..

    Thank you… :O)

    • Emily

      Hi Ross, So glad you find these posts useful, I started a whole series called TJ’s for dinner, so you’ll be seeing inspiration on a regular basis! And if you have any requests, please let me know. I love a challenge. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!