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10 Things I Buy from Trader Joe’s for No-Cook Dinners


1These Trader Joe's picks are 10 of my favorites to help me prepare no-cook suppers when I'm too busy to get the oven going. 

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Steamed Lentils, $3.79

These pre-cooked, steamed lentils are all about convenience — one quality I’ll happily take. Turn these into cold salads and hearty vegetarian wraps.

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Sesame Crusted Hardwood Smoked Ahi Tuna, $5.99

Use this stuff to make poke bowls at home. If making rice is too much cooking for you, you can also put this tuna on a salad.

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Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast, $4.99

This thinly sliced turkey breast is a staple in my fridge because when all else fails and I need a dinner, it’s sandwiches to the rescue.

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Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip, $3.99

Some nights it's too hot to even put an uncooked meal together — and those nights, yogurt dip and pita chips is a totally sufficient.

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Organic Mediterranean Style Salad Kit, $4.49

This one is a current fave because it’s got feta cheese and crunchy roasted chickpeas.

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Channa Masala, $2.49

Using the microwave does not count as cooking. This frozen meal is immensely flavorful and pairs especially well with TJ’s garlic naan.

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Organic Brown Rice, $2.99

Another microwave option! Zap this and add some black beans for quick and filling dinner.

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A Dozen Cousins Mexican Cowboy Pinto Beans, $2.49

TJ's recently started carrying A Dozen Cousins, which is one of our favorite bean companies here at Kitchn.

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Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Quiche, $2.29

Breakfast for dinner is always a winner. This cheesy, mini quiche is enough for one and, you guessed it, cooks in the microwave.

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Sardines in Olive Oil, $1.69

Tinned fish, particularly sardines, are the savory, salty backbone of simple and satisfying no-cook summer meals.

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