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Trader Joe's Part II - 5 easy dinner ideas

Ever feel like the same dinners are always on rotation? I sure do -- In fact I’m constantly scrolling Pinterest and other blog posts to find new ideas.

Earlier this week I shared my Trader Joe’s grocery haul. It got me thinking about how many easy dinners I put together from TJ’s so I thought I would share. If your looking for something easy and quick, here are 5 dinner ideas to try!

Taco Night

This is a crowd pleaser, I mean who doesn’t love tacos. I typically chop the veggies beforehand and keep them in the fridge until we are ready to eat. This is also a great meal for the nights where everyone seems to be eating at different times. TJ’s has a great selection of veggies, soft/hard shells and organic ground turkey. My kids also love black bean quesadillas for an easy dinner, it’s a great alternative to their mac&cheese or chicken fingers!

Healthier Option: Place all the toppings including avocado and sour cream on a bed of lettuce for a taco salad instead!

Shrimp Fried Rice

We always have at least two bags of cauliflower rice in our freezer. In fact when I first discovered this rice substitute this was my go-to dinner. I typically sauté an onion, chopped carrot, frozen peas in a pan, and set aside. In a separate pan I sauté the shrimp in garlic and butter. Next I sauté the cauliflower rice, once cooked I add back in the veggies and shrimp. Push the rice mixture to one side of the pan and crack two eggs. Allow them to fully cook while scrambling, once fully scrambled stir back in with other ingredients. To be honest my kids even love the cauliflower rice however if your up for doing this recipe twice the bagged jasmine rice at TJ’s is pretty awesome.

Meat Sauce & Pasta

Here’s an easy one for you. Just cook some ground organic turkey, season and add a bottle of TJ’s vodka marinara sauce. This is also a great recipe to double. You can serve it over any type of noodles but these are my kids’ favorite. I like to have a salad with most meals and TJ’s has plenty of bagged options like their Caesar salad mix.

Healthier Option: Air fry or sauté the cauliflower gnocchi as a pasta substitute. Whatever you do don’t follow the package instructions. I sauté mine in the pan with just a small amount of olive oil. I believe their instruction say to boil which will just make them mushy.

Spatchcock Chicken

If there is one thing you should try from TJ’s its their spatchcocked lemon rosemary chicken. This is such an easy and healthy dinner option. Our family of 4 can easy devour the entire chicken so if you have big eaters or like to have leftover I would suggest two. Serve with the frozen organic green beans or if you like Brussel sprouts these shaved Brussels are great in the air fryer. I lightly dust them with olive oil, salt and pepper and then throw them in the air fryer for 20mins at 400 degrees. You can use the TJ’s siracha ranch as a dipping sauce.

Trader Joe’s chicken pot pie

Not the healthiest of the bunch but easy and delicious for sure. This is something I love to keep in the freezer for the days that I just don't have a plan. Having just one isn’t enough for our family of four so I typically cook two at a time. I always keep enough stuff in the fridge to throw a salad together but this would also go great with the frozen organic green beans.

If there is an easy family dinner that you have please share in the comments below, I love trying new recipes!


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