On the nights when I don’t have the time or energy to cook, Trader Joe’s is the answer. The affordable grocer is infamous for their amazingly delicious pre-made frozen meals, and word has traveled fast—my coworkers do the same thing. Here are our staff favorites to stock up on for when inspiration is lacking but hunger is lurking.
1. Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains
I love Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains. If I could eat them all the time, I would, easy. They’re so easy to make and the result is delightful pasta-like grains without the pasta-like guilt.
—Julia MacDougall, Senior Scientist
Ever since my favorite Korean restaurant closed, I get my bibimbap fix from Trader Joe’s. I have to bring my own kimchi, though.
—Cindy Bailen, Staff Writer
3. Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese
This is an easy, low-calorie microwavable meal for nights I don’t feel like cooking or eating that much. I always have one of these in the freezer because these nights seem to happen often.
—Samantha Matt, Audience Development Manager
4. French Green Beans
I always keep a bag of Trader Joe’s frozen green beans in my freezer. I like to throw them in a pan with half a teaspoon of oil and season them with garlic and salt. They turn out crispy and flavorful.
—Keith Barry, Editor-in-Chief, Home & Outdoors
5. Chicken Gyoza Potstickers
There’s always a bag of Trader Joe’s chicken gyoza potstickers and chow mein in my freezer. The pairing has become a go-to weeknight dinner when my wife and I are too tired to cook a real meal. Both are easy to make and can be ready in under 20 minutes. Top it all off with some TJ’s Gyoza Dipping Sauce and you’ll be in love.
—Dan Wroclawski, Managing Editor, News & Features
SOURCE: Jessica Teich
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