The Ultimate Trader Joe’s Recipe List

published Apr 6, 2023
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To say that we are obsessed with Trader Joe’s would be the understatement of the century. We regularly take strolls through the aisles filled with salad kits, brightly colored bags of frozen food (looking at you, naan and Mandarin chicken!), and groovy sauces and cheeses galore. We have our all-time favorite products we always stock up on (let us know your go-to Trader Joe’s grocery items in the comments below!). And we’re always on the pulse of new releases moments after we hear about them. 

More often than not, these Trader Joe’s ingredients are so unique and creatively inspirational that we dream up entire recipes built on them. The result? Affordable and easy meals with eons of high reward. 

What’s at your local Trader Joe’s will vary, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be able to find what you need to make most of these recipes. So grab your grocery list and a pen. From sheet pan nachos to two-ingredient roasted chicken thighs to many ways to riff on TJ’s beloved cauliflower gnocchi, let this ultimate list of Trader Joe’s recipes lead the way for easy dinners now and forever. 

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The Ultimate Trader Joe's Grilled Cheese

This over-the-top grilled cheese sandwich is made with three Trader Joe's superstar ingredients: Focaccia with Tomato and Parmesan, Cheddar & Gruyère Mélange Cheese, and Zhoug Sauce.

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Trader Joe's Flatbread Pizza

Easy artichoke, pesto, and spinach flatbread personal pizzas, all made from Trader Joe's ingredients.

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Trader Joe's Garlic Naan Flatbread Pizza

For an even lazier flatbread fix, slap antipasto vegetables and cheese on frozen vegetables. Bake and call it dinner.

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Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

In this easy 15-minute dinner, the beloved cauliflower gnocchi is paired with a nutty brown butter and sage sauce. Here's all you need to get from TJ's: the gnocchi, some sage leaves, unsalted butter, fresh spinach, and Parmesan cheese.

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Gnocchi Skillet with Green Beans and Asparagus
This one-pan recipe is loaded with cauliflower gnocchi and crisp-tender veggies, all tossed in a lightly creamy sauce.
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Trader Joe's Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Instead of boiling, roast Trader Joe's sweet potato gnocchi on a sheet pan with chicken sausage, then drizzle with pesto for an effortless pasta dinner.

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Trader Joe's Corn & Black Bean Sheet Pan Nachos

These 20-minute sheet pan nachos hinge on Trader Joe's roasted corn, pepper Jack cheese, and Hatch Valley salsa, which meld for a tasty snack or dinner.

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Trader Joe's Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon & Veggies

Sheet pan dinners are a weeknight dinner go-to. We took the concept up a notch by roasting a whole piece of salmon straight from frozen and used bags of frozen vegetables, meaning you save even more time and dishes.

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Trader Joe's Creamy Polenta Shrimp Bowl

This creamy bowl of polenta is topped with frozen shrimp and vegetables. And if you're skeptical about polenta because of how long it usually takes, don't worry — Trader Joe's frozen creamy polenta cooks in minutes.

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Trader Joe's Green Foursome & Goat Cheese Frittata
This fluffy dinner frittata, featuring crumbles of goat cheese and Trader Joe's Green Foursome, is the perfect way to get in an extra serving of greens.
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Slow Roasted Green Goddess Salmon
Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Seasoning blend is the key to the best low-effort, high-reward salmon dinner.
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Trader Joe's Slow Cooker Spicy Mediterranean Chicken
An easy slow cooker chicken recipe using just a handful of Trader Joe's ingredients.
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Zhoug-Roasted Chicken Thighs

More love for Trader Joe's Zhoug Sauce! It's the key to this luxe weeknight chicken dinner.

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Trader Joe's Shawarma Chicken

Hummus bowls topped with Trader Joe's shawarma chicken and cauliflower tabbouleh will be your new favorite lunch.

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Trader Joe's Orange Chicken Fried Rice

While I could crush a whole bag of Trader Joe's mandarin orange chicken on its own, there's always room to play around. On days when I need more sustenance, I make this fun and two-step riff on chicken fried rice.

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Trader Joe's Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Here, we reach for the Masala Simmer Sauce at Trader Joe’s, which packs all the fragrant, creamy flavor of tikka masala into one easy jar. In total, you need three ingredients to make the tasty slow-cooked dinner.

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Trader Joe's Slow Cooker Meatball Parm

Here's how to make meatball Parm using Trader Joe's frozen meatballs and a slow cooker.

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Trader Joe's Cheesy Artichoke Rice Bake

A four-ingredient cheesy rice bake, studded with tender artichoke hearts — what's not to love? Run, don't walk, to Trader Joe's to grab everything you need.

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Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl

Bagged slaw, like the cruciferous crunch mix from Trader Joe's, makes this egg roll in the bowl a cinch to make.

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Trader Joe's Potsticker Stir-Fry

Throw Trader Joe's potstickers and stir-fry vegetables into a pan and you have a crispy, soy- and sesame-slicked main dish with boatloads of vegetables that's ready in minutes.

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Trader Joe's Mediterranean Falafel Salad

A box of Trader Joe's dry falafel mix contains endless possibilities. Prep and cook them before adding to TJ's Organic Mediterranean-Style Salad Kit for an easy way to get a protein-packed salad. Bulk it up even more with some whole-grain farro.

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