We love good ol' Trader Joe's as much as the next person, but sometimes it's so overwhelming (so many choices! Such a long line!). When faced with an array of cute packaging and delicious-sounding treats, that can mean a slippery slope for many of us. Sometimes we buy too much (we're looking at you, mini ice cream sandwiches) or we'll walk out with only a few random things that may (or may not) go together.
Luckily, we've scoured the internet for some fun—and delicious—ways to cook up some of those yummy grab-and-go ingredients into a healthy and satisfying meal. The best thing about it? Many of these ingredients can be stored in your pantry or freezer, which is perfect for those late nights when you're both too tired to try out complicated, multi-step recipes (you can save those babies for lazy Sunday afternoons).
Check out our top 5 favorite recipes from Trader Joe's below and get cookin!
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Brooklyn-based blogger Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo fame has an awesome assortment of great recipes featuring Trader Joe's products (tip: scroll through some of the comments from her avid fans for even more ideas). This Sweet Potato Gnocchi dish features fresh arugula and a little spicy sausage (leave out for a veg-friendly option), and is both quick to prepare and super filling.
Lemon Feta Couscous with Spinach
This colorful, healthy dish comes together in mere minutes (btw, couscous cooks way faster than rice so it's a great option when you're trying to get dinner on the table fast).
Asian Veggie Stir Fry Over Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice is a secret mainstay of grain-free Paleo-based diets like the Whole 30. Trader Joe's version is the easiest to prep—it comes in both frozen and fresh varieties. Add an egg and a few sautéed veggies for a next-level fast and healthy meal.
Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers with Pepper Jack
Make a batch of these protein-packed pepper halves ahead of time and bring for lunch all week long—they're the perfect portion size.
Acorn Squash Tacos
This vegetarian dish pairs sweet roasted squash (pre-cubed for easy prep) with subtly-spicy Mexican flavors.