Omg. Trader Joe’s. Lately, this has been my favorite place to shop for groceries, and is quickly becoming one of the only places I go. They have a huge assortment and basically everything I need in one place. Their prices are completely reasonable, too. These past few weeks, I haven’t felt like cooking when I got home, so their frozen dinners have seriously been a lifesaver. I did some research to see what everyone recommended, and here are my top choices/meal pairings to create a full, well rounded dinner.
1. Asian Cuisine
- Pot Stickers
- Japanese Fried Rice
This has honestly been one of my favorite meals for the past couple of months. It is so quick and easy. You put the pot stickers in a pan with some olive oil and fry them until they are heated through, same goes for the rice. The edamame goes into a pot with some boiling water and salt for 5 minutes and then you’re done. Seriously the easiest thing ever.
2. Italian Cuisine
- Mushroom Ravioli
- Garlic Bread
- Charles Shaw White Wine
This mushroom ravioli is amazing. It has the same taste that you would get from going to a restaurant, but all you have to do is throw it in the microwave. The garlic bread goes in the over for a few minutes and you’ve got a good, filling meal. I will note that the ravioli doesn’t have as much in the bag as it looks like, so I would recommend two bags if you are trying to feed (and fill up) multiple people.
3. Mexican Cuisine
- Handcrafted Chicken Enchiladas
- Chips and Salsa (in the grocery section)
- Spanish Rice (in the grocery section)
I’ve personally never made the enchiladas, but I’ve eaten them and I was impressed. They tasted so authentic. I’m pretty sure all you do is put them in the oven for a few minutes and voila! A great side for anything Mexican is that red Spanish rice. I know, mixing styles, but I LOVE it. And I also can’t have a Mexican meal without chips and salsa to start out.
4. American Cuisine
- Mac and Cheese
- Fresh made Sandwiches (in the refrigerated section)
Classic comfort food. Trader Joe’s always has fresh made sandwiches in their refrigerated section that are ready and waiting for you to grab and eat. Their frozen mac and cheese is the perfect partner, because you can either heat it in the microwave or a traditional oven.
5. In a Rush
- Sushi (in the refrigerated section)
You can’t go wrong with they sushi. It’s pre-made and tastes so good. It may not look like a lot, but it is really filling!