Easy Weeknight Trader Joe’s Recipes For Exhausted And Hungry Moms

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For a mom who will gleefully spend over an hour photographing a toddler and fluffy Goldendoodle together, I have zero chill when it comes to cooking. So much so that I lose my patience exactly at the 30-minute mark of cooking dinner. Especially if it’s during the week and I’ve just come home from work. Which is why I was ecstatic when a Trader Joe’s set its sights on my neighborhood and opened literally behind my building. 

Now, at any given time, you can find my freezer filled to the brim with fresh roasted and frozen vegetables, golden and delicious sweet potato gnocchi, and creamy mushroom risotto mere minutes away from the dinner table. Paired with some fresh ingredients and pantry staples, easy Trader Joe’s recipes have given me my weeknights back. Plus, now I have more time to play with my toddler (read: stop her from coloring our walls, furniture, and the aforementioned dog). 

Best of all, quick Trader Joe’s dinners turn into tasty toddler or kid school lunches for the next day. So it’s winner, winner, chicken poblano and ravioli dinner!

Ahead, easy and yummy Trader Joe’s dinners you can pop out in 30 minutes or less. 

Creamy Chicken & Poblano Ravioli

Coming in at only $3.69, these delicious chicken and poblano ravioli can be piping hot on a plate in a matter of 6 minutes. Yes, you read that right. Sprinkle with some parmesan and add a side of Trader Joe’s roasted brussels sprouts for a filling and appetizing mid-week meal.


Outside-In Stuffed Gnocchi

Run, don’t walk, to your nearest TJs and grab as many of these Outside-In marinara and mozzarella cheese-stuffed gnocchi. At my local store they sell out nearly as soon as they’re stocked. And why wouldn’t they be? Each heavenly morsel is stuffed with all the sauce and cheese that you would typically spoon on top. At $2.99 a bag, these are a steal and cook in about 10 minutes.

You know what else? Kids love them!

Salad, It’s What’s For Dinner

For those evenings when you’re more peckish than hungry, a simple Greek salad with salty and tangy feta cheese will do the trick. Add some Trader Joe’s lemon grilled chicken breast for extra protein. Pack an extra serving for a crisp and light lunch at work the next day.

Pan-fried Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burger

If you feel like having a burger but don’t feel like cooking said burger, may I suggest a grilled and seasoned to perfection veggie burger from Trader Joe’s. Made with fresh and savory ingredients like quinoa, black beans, corn, and red peppers, this veggie delight will whet that appetite when served on a brioche bun and paired with some corn salsa. Oh, and a pack of four burgers will set you back only $3.69.

Crêpe Wafer Cookies With Cocoa Almond Drizzle And Fresh Fruit

Why should your savory taste buds have all the fun? Satisfy your sweet tooth with a dessert for dinner. Enter: Crêpe Wafer Cookies with cocoa almond drizzle and fresh bananas or berries. Live a little and add some creamy Trader Joe’s whipped cream for a complete meal. For $2.49 a box you may even share some with the rest of the family.


Spicy Salmon Burgers With Bloody Mary Salsa

If you’re in the mood for a burger but don’t feel like having red meat for dinner, then kindly see yourself to the frozen fish section at your nearest Trader Joe’s. And while you’re at it, stop by the condiments section and pick up the new no alcohol Bloody Mary Salsa. Pull the salmon burger, salsa, and veggies like avocado and sprouts together on a toasted brioche bun for a dinner for two that costs less than $15 and will take less than 15 minutes to pull together.

Spicy Vegan Super Burrito

This vegan burrito is a mélange of flavors and textures and can be found right in the frozen section. A mix of white and red quinoa, sweet potatoes, kale, onions, and a healthy heaping of red chili flakes wrapped in a toasted wheat tortilla. I don’t know about a super burrito but it’s definitely super flavorful.

Pollo Asado Fajitas

Think it’s impossible to get restaurant quality sizzling chicken fajitas at home? Wrong! Mix TJ’s Frozen Mélange à Trois bell peppers with cut strips of their Pollo Asado Autentico and bake on a sheet at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. While the chicken and peppers are roasting, toast up some tortillas and prepare sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Enjoy.

Vegan Or Chicken Tikka Masala Burritos

This meal is proof that we can have nice things in life. Microwave Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala dinner while you get a tortilla nice and toasty on the stove. You can pick up the Vegan Tikka Masala dinner if you’d like instead. Both options are $3.69. Layer rice, chicken, tikka sauce, peas, and yogurt, and your favorite TJ’s chutney one-by-one before carefully wrapping the whole delectable concoction together into a burrito. Pro tip: replace the tortilla for garlic naan bread and send your taste buds into a frenzy.

Shrimp Or Vegetable Spring Rolls With Creamy Sesame Dressing

This is a really complicated meal to put together so read these directions carefully. 1) Pick up TJ’s vegetable or shrimp spring rolls. 2) Pick up TJ’s Organic Toasted Sesame Salad Dressing. 3) Open packages, dip spring rolls into dressing. 4) Eat.

Bon appétit!