Picture this: you made it through a long day at work, you’re finally heading home, but you’re way too tired to cook a complicated meal. Usually on these days, the drive-thru lines call your name—but a long day doesn’t have to lead to takeout!


The recipes below use our favorite Trader Joe’s “cheats” to help you make a healthy dinner for your family in record time.



1. Vegetable Soba Noodle Stir Fry

 Veggie Stir Fry


Stir fry kits are a busy weeknight dinner must-have. No chopping or dicing here—just dump the veggies it in the skillet and cook…then amp it up with the instructions below.

What you need:

  • Trader Joe’s Vegetable and Soba Noodle Stir Fry Kit
  • Sliced mushrooms (rinsed)
  • Trader Joe’s Baked Tofu or Trader Joe’s Grilled Chicken Strips


What you do:

  1. Follow instructions on package. When instructed to stir fry vegetables, add mushrooms in, too.
  2. Warm up your grilled chicken strips, either on a skillet or in the microwave (see package for detailed instructions). If you want a meat-free meal, cut your baked tofu into small cubes and add it to the pan while cooking your vegetables to warm.
  3. Combine with noodles and sauce, then enjoy!




2. Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts & Sausage



You can make so many delicious easy meals with TJ’s bags of frozen gnocchi as a base. Here’s one of our faves.

What you need:

  • Trader Joe’s Gnocchi al Gorgonzola (or Cauliflower Gnocchi: just add butter, sage, and parmesan)
  • Trader Joe’s Shaved Brussels Sprouts
  • Trader Joe’s pre-cooked sausage of choice
  • Olive oil


What you do:

  1. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet and cook your desired amount of brussels sprouts (we used about half the bag) on medium heat, about 2-3 minutes to soften.
  2. Cut precooked sausage into bite-sized coin shapes and heat, either in the microwave or on the stove.
  3. Cook gnocchi and sauce according to package directions. Stir everything together.




3. Low Carb Fried Rice

 Low Carb Fried Rice

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This meal tastes like it took a long time to prepare, but it’s so quick and easy!

What you need:


What you do:

  1. For a meat free meal, cube your baked tofu and warm in the microwave or on a skillet. If using shrimp, defrost shrimp according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, crack and whisk your eggs with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick skillet and add bag of stir fry. Cook, stirring regularly, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour scrambled egg mixture into stir fry and continue cooking until eggs are cooked through.
  5. Stir in tofu or shrimp.




4. Personal Pizzas

 Personal Pizzas


Instead of ordering pizza delivery, here’s a super easy way to make personal pizzas at home. Bonus points: kids love to help prepare their own pizza!

What you need:

  • Trader Joe’s Cauliflower crusts or Tandoori Naan
  • Sauce of choice: pizza sauce, alfredo sauce, BBQ sauce, or even just a brush of olive oil
  • Shredded cheese
  • Toppings of choice: roasted vegetables, spinach, sundried tomatoes, sliced olives, pepperoni, cooked sausage, etc.
  • Additional herbs, if desired


What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Pre-bake your cauliflower crusts to your desired crispness. Remove from oven and cool. (No need for this step if you’re using naan)
  3. Spread your choice of sauce onto your crust. Sprinkle with cheese, then add toppings of choice—or keep it super simple and just do cheese.
  4. Pop back into the oven on broil for a few minutes, watching for your cheese to turn a nice golden brown. So easy!




5. Healthy Chicken Tacos

 Healthy Tacos

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If you’ve never tried using Trader Joe’s jicama wraps as tortillas, brace yourself: these super-healthy tacos might blow your mind.

What you need:


What you do:

  • Double up two jicama wraps. If you’d like them warm, you can warm them in the microwave.
  • Add grilled chicken, guac and salsa.
  • Eat!