26 responses

  1. rebecca andestic
    April 24, 2014

    Thanks Em, these are great ideas!

    I was actually gifted a fabulous cook book called, “The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook” by Cherie Mercer Twohy.
    Over 150 recipes using Only Foods from T.J’s. I refer to it at least once a week since I practically live at Trader Joe’s.

    • Emily
      April 24, 2014

      Oh, I’ve heard of that cookbook, I’ll have to check it out!

  2. sarah k @ the pajama chef
    April 24, 2014

    what a fun post! i wish i had all those stores in walking distance. or any stores within walking distance, really. well, there are a few basic grocery stores i could conceivably walk to but they are off really busy roads so that wouldn’t be very safe.

    • emily (a nutritionist eats)
      April 24, 2014

      It is nice to have the option to walk…but sometimes I forget I’m walking and then I have way too much to carry! :)

    • Megan (Braise The Roof)
      April 25, 2014

      There are actually several “editions” of that cookbook…I may have been gifted 3 of them. Think I talk about loving TJ’s enough? ;)

  3. allie@sweetpotatobites
    April 24, 2014

    Great Ideas!

    Trader Joe’s is definitely one of my go-tos along with Sprouts and a local produce market. Another quick meal I do is pasta with a poached egg on top and some vegetables. Super easy!

    • Emily
      April 24, 2014

      I love Sprouts too and was so happy when a new one opened near my office! Poached eggs just make any meal so great, especially on pasta!

  4. Mercedes
    April 24, 2014

    Emily, I love this! I am so into Indian food lately since I found a great little place close to our house so I am very intrigued by your Indian meal! Also, that reduced-guild mac and cheese looks great. Is the shredded chicken all breast meat? I love that you posted easy meals made from convenient foods that manage to be healthy and delicious! Great post!!

    • Emily
      April 24, 2014

      Don’t you love Indian food? Have you been to Dancing Ganesha yet? It was my favorite in MPLS! The chicken isn’t 100% breast meat, but it is pretty lean. So glad you liked the post!

  5. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    April 24, 2014

    We don’t have any Trader Joes in my area. So sad!
    But I like that tortilla pizza. I always make mine with a pita but I might give a tortilla a try for a change.

    • Emily
      April 24, 2014

      You should definitely try the tortilla pizzas, I couldn’t live without them!

  6. janetha
    April 24, 2014

    Awesome post! I love it! And I love TJ’s!

    • Emily
      April 24, 2014

      Thank you! I’m so excited for you, not sure if I told you that or not yet!

  7. Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet
    April 24, 2014

    Thanks so much for the shoutout, Emily! I’m honored our little video inspired such genius.

  8. Michelle
    April 24, 2014

    Love this! And- we have very similar taste! I make brown rice tortilla pizzas weekly and we too love the chimichurri rice. I usually get the chicken jalapeño sausages. We use their vegan fried rice, add more veggies and scramble a couple of eggs into it. Also adore the naan bread!

    We are about to get a new TJs about 5 miles away and I can’t wait!

    • Emily
      April 24, 2014

      Of course we do! I’m not surprised. :) Have you tried the kimchee fried rice? I love that one.

  9. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    April 25, 2014

    No Trader Joe’s for me! Sad, because I love grocery shopping. I love the idea of topping palak paneer with eggs…I will definitely have to try that!

  10. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    April 25, 2014

    One of my favorite TJ’s mashups is a piece of their frozen naan, topped with their WI extra sharp cheddar (their cheese may spoil a bit faster than that from other stores, but it’s so cheap! And delicious!)and baked until the cheese is bubbly, served with a simply dressed side salad. Can’t miss with that one!

    • Emily
      April 25, 2014

      Wisconsin natives never let cheese spoil. It’s just a fact. :)

      That sounds perfect.

  11. Amanda
    April 26, 2014

    This is awesome! We love making Trader Joes meals. Our favorite is the frozen orange chicken cooked in a pan with olive oil and the frozen veggie fried rice. We pick up their frozen dumplings or go get takeout crab rangoon from a nearby chinese place and call it a meal!

    Question for you — how spicy is the palak paneer?

    • Emily
      April 26, 2014

      I’ll have to pick up the orange chicken again, it’s been a while! I didn’t think the palak paneer was spicy at all, but I love spicy foods. But I don’t even remember it having much of any spice…not like when you get it at a restaurant!

  12. She Rocks Fitness
    June 22, 2014

    LOVE this idea and you definitely need to keep doing this more often! I absolutely love the simplicity, budget friendly, and healthy ingredients. :)

  13. Kristen M
    June 25, 2014

    My kids love “chicken soup” which is really just a can of TJ’s chicken heated up with a carton of TJ’s broth. To fancy it up a bit I add a back of TJ’s cheese tortellini. Spinach is great addition too.

    • Emily
      June 26, 2014

      What a great idea!

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