For a mom who will gleefully spend over an hour photographing a toddler and fluffy Goldendoodle together, I have zero chill when it comes to cooking. So much so that I lose my patience exactly at the 30-minute mark of cooking dinner. Especially if it’s during the week and I’ve just come home from work. Which is why I was ecstatic when a Trader Joe’s set its sights on my neighborhood and opened literally behind my building.
Now, at any given time, you can find my freezer filled to the brim with fresh roasted and frozen vegetables, golden and delicious sweet potato gnocchi, and creamy mushroom risotto mere minutes away from the dinner table. Paired with some fresh ingredients and pantry staples, easy Trader Joe’s recipes have given me my weeknights back. Plus, now I have more time to play with my toddler (read: stop her from coloring our walls, furniture, and the aforementioned dog).
Best of all, quick Trader Joe’s dinners turn into tasty toddler or kid school lunches for the next day. So it’s winner, winner, chicken poblano and ravioli dinner!
Ahead, easy and yummy Trader Joe’s dinners you can pop out in 30 minutes or less.
Creamy Chicken & Poblano Ravioli
Coming in at only $3.69, these delicious chicken and poblano ravioli can be piping hot on a plate in a matter of 6 minutes. Yes, you read that right. Sprinkle with some parmesan and add a side of Trader Joe’s roasted brussels sprouts for a filling and appetizing mid-week meal.
Outside-In Stuffed Gnocchi
Run, don’t walk, to your nearest TJs and grab as many of these Outside-In marinara and mozzarella cheese-stuffed gnocchi. At my local store they sell out nearly as soon as they’re stocked. And why wouldn’t they be? Each heavenly morsel is stuffed with all the sauce and cheese that you would typically spoon on top. At $2.99 a bag, these are a steal and cook in about 10 minutes.
You know what else? Kids love them!
Salad, It’s What’s For Dinner
For those evenings when you’re more peckish than hungry, a simple Greek salad with salty and tangy feta cheese will do the trick. Add some Trader Joe’s lemon grilled chicken breast for extra protein. Pack an extra serving for a crisp and light lunch at work the next day.
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We tried making a sculpture of cheese out of this #cheese—but it crumbled. So Meta. In the end, we settled for a #Lentil Salad (#tjsrecipe link in bio)… which, as it turns out, was not settling at all! How could it be? Not when our Wisconsin #cheesemaker takes #organic milk (from cows that have never been given rBST) and crafts curds, which are then bathed in a salty brine, drained, gently pressed, and dried to boost their saltiness. Sure, it’s not sheep’s cheese—but it’s still tangy, firm & crumbly. So #Feta. — | 6 oz. tub | Organic | Pasteurized |
Pan-fried Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burger
If you feel like having a burger but don’t feel like cooking said burger, may I suggest a grilled and seasoned to perfection veggie burger from Trader Joe’s. Made with fresh and savory ingredients like quinoa, black beans, corn, and red peppers, this veggie delight will whet that appetite when served on a brioche bun and paired with some corn salsa. Oh, and a pack of four burgers will set you back only $3.69.
Crêpe Wafer Cookies With Cocoa Almond Drizzle And Fresh Fruit
Why should your savory taste buds have all the fun? Satisfy your sweet tooth with a dessert for dinner. Enter: Crêpe Wafer Cookies with cocoa almond drizzle and fresh bananas or berries. Live a little and add some creamy Trader Joe’s whipped cream for a complete meal. For $2.49 a box you may even share some with the rest of the family.