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The crisp, fresh nature of Trader Joe's Buffalo Ranch Chopped Salad makes it ideal for that hot summer day when you don’t want to cook, but still want interesting flavors to pique your palate. And, it’s enough for a couple people—or more if you’re enjoying it as a side. Top it with crispy chicken breast or grilled tofu for a satisfying lunch or quick dinner.
Trader Joe's Honey Aleppo Sauce is sweet, savory, tangy, and slightly spicy. It brings the kind of heat that’s subtle at first, with tangy overtones from red wine vinegar. That heat builds in the most nuanced of ways, and while this Sauce is never house-on-fire hot, it delivers robust flavor and a focused intensity that will give your grilled meats, your salad dressings, shrimp & rice, and even your crudités a new spin you’ll find yourself going back to again and again.
In need of a comforting concoction to beat the dinner doldrums? Look no further than a warm bowl of al dente Trader Joe's pasta topped with savory meat sauce. This recipe relies on pantry fridge basics (namely, noodles, sauce, meat, and veggies), so feel free to substitute with whatever you’ve got on hand. Enjoy the finished dish as-is, or lean into the checkered tablecloth restaurant vibe and serve with garlic bread and a glass of Grifone Sangiovese.
Think you don’t have enough ingredients on-hand for a delicious, make-it-in-minutes meal? Think again. If you’ve got pasta, a can of fish, garlic, olive oil some spices—then you’ve got Trader Joe's pantry pasta! We used farfalle tuna in ours, but virtually any version of each ingredient will do. Improvise, improvise, improvise!
Tangy, creamy, and totally addictive, Trader Joe’s Avocado Tzatziki Dip is the ideal counterpoint to crunchy tortilla chips and carrot sticks, and begs to be slathered on burgers, sandwiches, and pita pockets. Freshly diced avocado accounts for 30% of the recipe, with diced jalapeños thrown in for a bit of heat. For a quick as a flash, fantastically filling meatless meal, try it on Trader Joe’s Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers with wheat hamburger buns.
How does one use Trader Joe's Green Jackfruit in Brine, you ask? It takes on a “meaty” texture, and, much like tofu, absorbs the flavors of sauces. Our favorite preparation involves cooking jackfruit in barbecue sauce, where it eventually shreds like pulled pork, ready to be piled on a warm Honey Wheat Hamburger Bun and crowned with crunchy cabbage.
The bold, spicy flavor of Harissa plus boneless, skinless chicken thighs equals a package of pre-marinated poultry that’s perfectly suited for the center of your plate—or better yet, a full-fledged Trader Joe's Sheet Pan Dinner! Just place your ingredients on the pan, toss ’em in olive oil excess harissa marinade, arrange ’em in a single layer, bake, and—bam!—you’ve got yourself a meal. And a hearty one at that.
Trader Joe’s Creamy Chicken Poblano Ravioli is made from chunks of breast meat that comes from chickens raised cage-free and fed an all-vegetarian diet, with no antibiotics ever. Rounded out with mild poblano peppers and four kinds of cheese (ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan & Romano), this pedigreed pasta pairs perfectly with Trader Joe’s Mexican Style Roasted Corn with Cotija Cheese—it’s a fresh-tasting, flavorful recipe that can be ready in about 20 minutes!
Perfectly sized for a number of uses — including as a vehicle for avocado toast, a tortilla or pita, or even as a kind of savory, cheesy pancake, if you’re so inclined—Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Thins provide all the structure and texture of flatbread with a fraction of the carbs (only three grams of carbs per serving of two Thins, to be precise!). Taco night will never be the same…
Trader Joe’s Organic Green Vegetable Foursome is a verdant veggie blend of broccoli florets, shelled peas, trimmed French green beans, and tender zucchini quarters. The veggies are organically grown, blanched & gently cooked with organic garlic, onions, parsley, and savory spices, so they don’t require further fussing to make them taste phenomenal. Add a crisp baguette, a strip steak, and a drizzle of Trader Joe's Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce, and you’ve got a satisfying steak dinner for two.
Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Citrus Garlic Bowl is packed with marinated chicken thigh meat served over turmeric-seasoned rice, black beans, chopped plantains, peppers, and onions, tossed in a bright, citrus & garlic, mojo criollo sauce. Outside of the bowl, it just so happens to make a zesty and flavorful base for chicken tacos with a Cuban twist — perfect when you’re running low on time and want a quick meal!
Trader Joe’s Turkey Bolognese Sauce is a concoction of tomato, ground turkey, onions, carrots, celery, butter, garlic & spices. It makes a protein-packed topping for a quick pasta dish but can also be utilized as a flavorful filling in this classic camp recipe for Sloppy Joe Sliders. Use Trader Joe’s Aloha Rolls to make an excellent snack-sized-slider or your favorite Trader Joe’s Hamburger Buns for a more substantial sandwich experience.
Let Trader Joe’s Organic Yellow Lentil & Brown Rice Spaghetti transcend tomato sauce by serving the noodles cold with crunchy veggies, dressed in spicy peanut vinaigrette. A little bit Thai, a little bit Italian, and a whole lot of energizing flavor, it’s a versatile noodle salad that wows in warm weather, and pairs masterfully with grilled chicken breast or salmon, pan-fried tofu, sautéed veggies...
In search of a Trader Joe's dinner adventure? Avoiding a trip to the store to restock? In either case, fridge foraging is the answer. This recipe gives you the basic building blocks for a fantastic fried rice, with plenty of leeway for ingredient substitutions. How much leeway? We tested a version using ketchup balsamic glaze in place of tangy marinade—and it worked just fine!
The ingredient list for Trader Joe’s Broccoli & Kale Pizza Crust is simple as can be: broccoli and black kale (which make up over 50% of the recipe), corn flour, water, cornstarch, potato starch, olive oil, and salt. Like its Cauliflower Pizza Crust predecessor, it’s gluten free! For the best Broccoli & Kale Crust-ed pizza of your life, pre-cooking the crust is a must. Do so, and you’ll be rewarded with crispy edges and a slightly chewy center, not to mention earthy, vegetal flavor...
No grill? No problem. Toss some shrimp in Trader Joe’s Organic Sriracha & Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce and blast them under the broiler. They cook in mere minutes, with complex flavors of hickory smoke, sweet molasses, and fiery peppers that provide a counterpoint to cool, crispy slaw and sweet, charred mango chunks. The spicy, creamy dressing that accompanies said slaw is a snap to pull together, making it the ideal warm weather meal.
We’ve put Trader Joe’s Amba Mango Sauce in a stand-up pouch with a screw-top lid so you can easily drizzle this spicy, savory sauce on chicken kebabs for dinner. In addition to meats, it also makes a velvety, vibrantly hued dressing atop vegetables and salads. Or, try it with Trader Joe’s Fully Cooked Falafel, in a pita with Cruciferous Crunch for lunch!
The authentically-flavored marinade in Trader Joe's Carne Asada Auténtica is a very traditional, northern-Mexico-inspired blend of citrus & spice—and it elevates your standard summer grilling recipes to something really special. Stuff it into grilled peppers with ripe chunks of buttery avocado and shower with freshly chopped cilantro for a satisfying warm-weather meal that won’t weigh you down. Or for a full feast, serve it alongside grilled tortillas, rice, and beans.
Trader Joe’s Breaded Chicken Tenderloin Breasts and cool, crisp slaw on a toasted bagel make for picnic-perfect spicy chicken sandwiches. Garnish with sriracha mayo and spicy pickle chips and wash it down with an ice-cold glass of Trader Joe's French Market Sparkling Pink Lemonade. And don’t forget the lawn games!
Trader Joe’s Organic Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce is a grill’s best friend. Its tangy, sweet-smokiness instantly ups the ante on grilled meat, ribs, and chicken, commanding center of the plate attention with the flick of a basting brush. But you don’t need to fire up the grill to get your fill—try replacing the marinara in a meatless meatball sub with a drizzle of this Organic BBQ Sauce for a rib-sticking supper that’s ready in no time.
Trader Joe’s Frozen Roasted Corn gives this quick meal a roasted smokiness which is sure to satisfy. We love a fancy culinary endeavor just as much as the next Joe, but when faced with all-too-brief lunch breaks and super-long days, we opt out of “fancy” in favor of “easy,” every single time. But an easy meal doesn’t have to equal a boring meal — this ready-in-ten, four-ingredient Trader Joe’s Demo Station classic is proof positive. Soup’s on…
Trader Joe’s Falafel Mix is a traditional Mediterranean recipe of ground fava beans, chickpeas and spices that’s capable of creating the flavorful Falafel of your dreams. This handy Mix takes some of the work out of making falafel at home, while yielding restaurant-quality results—and it’s vegan and gluten free! Try stuffing the falafel with crumbled Feta before you cook them for a cheesy surprise, and serve the finished fritters in warm pita with fresh herbs and a generous drizzle of tahini.