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Easy Dinner Meals From Trader Joe’s

Easy dinner meals from Trader Joe's
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Hey, grownups! Today, let’s talk about one of my favorite topics: easy dinner ideas that the whole family can get behind. We all have those days when the thought of cooking a complex meal after a long day feels like a Herculean task. Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to go for easy dinner meals. I can get creative and put something together that tastes yum, is quick, and has everyone satisfied. These easy Trader Joe’s meal ideas will get you through a full week and if you have a smaller family, they’re perfect for two as well.

I’ve put together 9 easy meals for dinner that will save you time, you can use them as lunch options for work or pack in your kid’s bento boxes. Oh, there are dessert options too.  

 So grab your shopping list and let’s get into it.

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Why Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is like the cool kid in school who always has the best snacks. From gourmet cheeses and exotic fruits to frozen meals and pantry staples, they truly have it all. But what really sets Trader Joe’s apart from the rest is they offer high-quality food at prices that won’t break the bank. Gone are the days of having to choose between eating well and saving money. You can have your organic quinoa salad and eat it too. LOL.

1. Variety: At Trader Joe’s, you’ll find a wide range of unique dinner options you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re craving Thai curry or Mexican street corn salad, they’ve got it. 

2. Quality: You’ll find lots of fresh and organic products.

3. Budget-friendly: Eating out can get expensive real quick. But TJ’s is so much more affordable for easy family dinner meals.

4. Convenience: Some days I really can’t be bothered spending so much time cooking in the kitchen. After long days at work and school or running from one activity to another pre-packaged meals and easy-to-prepare dishes are a lifesaver. 

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Top Easy Dinner Meal Options From Trader Joe’s

 Life can get hectic and that’s why I’ve put together this list of easy meals for dinner to make your evenings a little bit easier.

Meat Lasagna- When I’m not in the mood to make my own pan of lasagna this is my go-to and any leftovers go off to school with my kid for lunch. Add some organic Trader Joe’s garlic bread and a bag of salad, dinner is served.

Japanese Rice- We took a chance with this Japanese rice and it did not disappoint. Our favorite way to eat it is with BBQ-cut salmon. The BBQ-cut salmon also makes life easier, it’s already cut into individual pieces for you, 2-3 pieces per pack. If fish is not your thing grab the Korean beef Bulgogi, it’s so so good!

Teriyaki Beef Skirt Steak- Yum! Yum! Throw these teriyaki beef skirt steak pieces on the grill or a grill cast-iron skillet and serve it with corn and white rice. I like to use a rice cooker so I can set it and forget it but if you don’t have a cast-iron skillet or rice cooker, just use what you have.

Penne Pasta- If you’re feeding more than 2 people you’ll need at least 2 bags of Penne pasta. Add some chicken sausage and a Caesar salad kit. For the sausage, you can remove the casing or leave it and cut it into slices.

Tacos- One of the easiest of the bunch. Hard shell tacos, ground turkey, and a few good toppings.

Shawarma Chicken Thighs- Another quick and easy meal for dinner is Shawarma chicken thighs, pita bread, and tzatziki. Add some grilled peppers if you like.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken- This rosemary chicken doesn’t stand a chance in our house, ever. It’s a weekly rotation for us and between the three of us there’s nothing left. Potatoes and shredded cabbage make it a hardy meal.

Tikka Masala- Trader Joe’s surprised me with this one. The Tikka Masala Curry sauce goes perfectly with boneless, skinless chicken breast or shrimp. I’ve made it in the oven with chicken and the crock-pot, add some veggies like string beans and rice.

Pizza- Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s a good Friday night meal and a great one to get the kids involved. Everyone can make their own. Add whatever toppings you like.

Desserts- To top your meal off grab some Brookies (cake + brownies) and Chocolate Chunk cookie dough.

9 Easy Meals For Dinner From Trader Joe's.

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Tips For Maximizing Your Dinner Options at Trader Joe’s

1. Embrace the frozen section: Trader Joe’s has a fabulous selection of frozen meals and ingredients that can be quickly thrown together for a tasty meal. There are plenty of options to choose from. 

2. Don’t overlook the pantry staples: Stock up on items like canned beans, pasta, sauces, and spices to create quick and easy meals in a pinch. You never know when you’ll need a can of black beans or a jar of marinara sauce to save the day. 

3. Explore the prepared foods section: If you’re short on time or just feeling lazy, don’t hesitate to grab a pre-made salad or a sandwich from Trader Joe’s prepared foods section. 

4. Get creative with seasoning blends: Trader Joe’s offers a wide variety of unique seasoning blends that can take your dishes up a notch. Try sprinkling Everything But The Bagel seasoning on roasted veggies or using their Everyday Seasoning on grilled chicken. 

5. Shop seasonally: Keep an eye out for seasonal produce and products at Trader Joe’s to add variety to your meals. Whether it’s pumpkin spice everything in the fall or fresh berries in the summer, make dinner more exciting. 

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Trader Joe’s offers a variety of convenient and easy dinner options that cater to different tastes and dietary preferences. From frozen entrees to pre-made salads and soups, there are plenty of choices to make mealtime stress-free. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a simple meal solution for busy days, they have something for everyone. 

Happy shopping!

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