A Weeks Worth of Meals from Trader Joe’s

Did a maj Trader Joe’s haul today. Seriously, you should have seen me struggling to get my groceries from the bottom floor of the garage up to my apartment..because #OneTripOnly, IYKYK. Anyways we made it and I halfway considered making that my “workout” of the day.

I will share recipes after I make them, but wanted to put this post together highlighting what I got and how I plan to utilize the ingredients throughout the week while I had some extra time.

Indian ‘Sampler’

Organic Jasmine Rice $3.79

Chicken Tikka Masala $5.49

Channa Masala $2.99

Palak Paneer $2.99

Let’s just call it what it is. The frozen food section at TraderJoe’s is underrated. They have tons of budget-friendly (we’re talking $4 or less) frozen foods that are perfect staples for healthy meals you can throw together in minutes. 

A lot of the things I bought were new items to me, with the exception of this Jasmine Rice. TJ’s carries a variety of rice that is pre-cooked and frozen. Just microwave for 3 minutes and you’re done. Each box includes 3 bags each with 2 cups or 2 servings.

Easy meal number one – jasmine rice and a trio of Indian entrees (Chicken Tikka Masala, Channa Masala and Palak Paneer). 

$15 for all of the ingredients – that includes the 2 extra bags of rice and left overs. Another perk – all of these items are frozen so we will eat this towards the end of the week.

Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower $2.99

Mexican Style Roasted Corn $3.29

Guac Autentico Chunky & Spicy $3.49

Last week I made buffalo cauliflower tacos and they were bangin’ – so guess what, I’m making them again. Using extra Mission Street Taco corn tortillas and The New Primal Medium Buffalo Sauce from last week. Trader Joe’s has a bunch of salad/slaw kits, but I’m obsessed with the one I got from Fresh Market last week, so just three items from TJ’s for this dinner.

I haven’t tried the Mexican Style Roasted Corn, but I thought this frozen food find would make a fire addition. Stay tuned.

Pesto Chicken and Red Lentil Pasta

Pesto Genovese Chicken Breast $11.16

Pasta Organic Red Lentil $2.99

Herb Basil $2.69

Tomatoes Red Cherry $3.29

Marinated Mozzarella $5.49

Baby Spinach $1.99

I’m going to use half of the chicken breast for dinner and freeze the rest for later. I actually got the basil, tomatoes and mozzarella for a cannellini bean caprese salad, but the flavors work so I’ll add some to this dish too. Going to blister the tomatoes in EVOO with garlic and basil in the skillet before throwing it all together.

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Turkey Bolognese + Baby Zucchini

Turkey Bolognese $3.29

Baby Zucchini $2.49

Cauliflower Gnocchi and Turkey Bolognese are two more freezer finds. I actually already had a bag of the gnocchi in my freezer, but the Turkey Bolognese is another new item for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good, homemade bolognese, but it can take hours to make and cooking for 2, the time and portions are hard to justify. Don’t tell my grandmother.

Shrimp Stir Fry

Red Argentinian Shrimp $9.99

Stir Fry Vegetables $2.99

Frozen shrimp are pre peeled and deveined – just thaw and cook. Easy enough! I thought about grabbing a bag of frozen cauliflower rice to add to this dish, but my cart was already cauliflower heavy so I will probably go with brown rice (or the frozen Jasmine rice I got for my Indian spread). Plan is to sauté with gluten free tamari or coconut aminos, sesame oil and  a little bit of chili oil for some heat.

Medditeranean Buddha Bowls

Misto Alla Griglia $3.99

Baby Spinach $1.99

Red Cherry Tomatoes $3.29

Crumbled Feta $2.69

Medditeranean Chopped Salad $3.99

Tzatziki Dip $3.49

Marinated Grilled Artichoke Halves $2.99

So many options here – hummus, gyro meat, falafel, stuffed grape leaves..

Couldn’t find the sliced gyro meat, but I’m excited to try this frozen food find – Misto All Griglia (Italian for “mixed grill”). Lightly marinated, grilled, frozen egglplant, zucchini and red peppers. I used to make “Buddha Bowls” all the time – basically a bowl loaded with vegetables, protein, grains and dressing.

Grass Fed Beef Sirloin  + Shaved Brussel Sprouts

Grass Fed Beef Sirloin $10.77

Cut Brussels Shaved $2.99

I’m thinking a shaved Brussel sprout salad severed chilled, but oven roasted with some garlic and EVOO is definitely an option. Really curious as to how this beef sirloin will taste. Stepped outside of my norm with this one, but wanted to switch it up.

What are your favorite Trader Joe’s staples?

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