Trader Joe’s Dinner

Again, I’ve tried some new things and can’t wait to share!  Trader Joe’s is always on point with their food and it saves me the trouble (and the extra money) of trying to make all of these things from scratch!

Here are this week’s picks!

1.  Frozen Meat Lasagna

This lasagna is seriously so good.  It was a TON of food because it was family style, so I had enough to have some for lunch the next day, which is literally one of my favorite things!  Pair it with some garlic bread and white wine and you’re golden.  Just turn on the Italian music and you might as well be in Rome.

2.  Frozen Turkey Meatballs paired with Tortellini

I am sometimes apprehensive about frozen meats, but I decided to give this one a go.  The meatballs taste so fresh!  All you have to do is microwave them for like three minutes and they are done!  I also bought some spinach tortellini to pair with it, which is in the refrigerator section next to the deli meats.  You just put it in a pot of hot water and boil for three or four minutes and it’s done.  I also decided to top it with some tomato based pasta sauce, but it would have been good with a butter sauce or pesto.

3.  Chicken Chile Burgers

So. Good.  I decided to grill these for Labor Day and they were the perfect compliment to the hotdogs, chips and sweet potato fries.  They can also be cooked really quickly in the microwave if you’re in a crunch.

4.  Shrimp Stir Fry

Microwave.  Holla.  So good.  You put this in the microwave for a few minutes and it comes out (and tastes) like you just ordered it at a restaurant.  Plus, shrimp are so expensive if you try to buy them on your own and make a meal with them.  This was a totally affordable option with all the perks of the shrimp flavor.

5.  Pesto Gouda

I saw on a website somewhere that I should try Pesto Gouda, so I bought a wedge of it and pondered over how I should use it.  I didn’t want to just eat it straight, because that seemed like a waste of cheese.  Last Saturday, I went to the Farmer’s Market and bought some fresh ciabatta bread.  I decided to make a panini.  I looked in my fridge to see what else I had: leftover chicken and bacon, and a brilliant idea was born.  I made panini sandwiches with baked chicken, pesto gouda and bacon on ciabatta bread.  Need I say more?

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