15 Grocery Finds For 15-Minute Dinners
By Riley Cardoza
Spend more time at the table than you do in the kitchen when you stock up on these grocery list staples.
Life’s short. And we’re willing to bet that, unless you’d choose to be a chef, the last thing you want to do is spend all of it in the kitchen. That’s why you should be more mindful next time you’re writing up your weekly list and heading to the grocery store. With better buys like these, you can start cooking less and living more. Whatever you do with your newfound free time is totally up to you, but can we recommend taking advantage of it to quickly prep some morning meals? Look no further than our 50 Overnight Oats Recipes For Weight Loss if you need a little inspiration.
Caulipower Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Per 1/3 crust (57 g): 170 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 105 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 2 g protein
With this fun find, you can whip up a pizza faster than having a pie delivered. Stick the frozen cauliflower crust in the oven topping-free and then go crazy once it’s been crisped the way you like it. Whether you end up splashing on a simple sauce and cheese or loading it with veggies instead, pop your masterpiece back in for a few more minutes. You’ll be doling out slices for dinner in no time. But if meal prep isn’t the only thing you’re looking to speed up on, we’ve also got The 55 Best Ways To Boost Your Metabolism
Dennison’s Turkey Chili With Beans
Per 1 cup: 210 calories, 3 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 850 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (7 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 16 g protein
With jalapenos, bell peppers, and onions mixed into a ground turkey and kidney bean base, one serving of Dennison’s will pack on 16 grams of protein. But what we really love about this can is that it cuts cutting out of the equation by adding in so many extras. Use the time you saved to throw in more ingredients or simply grate some cheese over the top and serve! It is a little on the salty side, though, so remember to keep refilling those water glasses.
Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Bell Peppers And Onions
Per 3/4 cup: 30 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 1 g protein
Looking to speed up your stir fry? Quit cutting and grab a bag of bell peppers and onions from Trader Joe’s instead. This bag of colorful, fire-roasted veggies is the perfect topper for a rice bowl. Add in some chunks of chicken, mix in a little sauce, and you’ve made yourself a meal no sweat.
Wild Planet Skipjack Wild Tuna, No Salt Added
Per 2 oz (56 g): 60 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 14 g protein
For extra protein added to your meal without extra minutes added in the kitchen, open up a can of Wild Planet tuna. Not only is it low-cal, fat-free, and high in protein, but it will take seconds to dump onto a salad. For other quick fixes, take a look at these 20 Healthy, Five Ingredient Dinners.
Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burgers
Per 1 burger (114 g): 150 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 310 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 19 g protein
Can’t find enough time in the day to fire up the backyard BBQ? Head to the Trader Joe’s frozen section instead for some delicious chicken burgers you can grill on your stovetop in minutes. And don’t even worry about what else you’re going to add between the buns when you’re done. With onions, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, salt, lime juice, and red pepper flakes already mixed into the meat, you’ve got enough texture and flavor in just one patty. Maybe a drizzle of hot sauce or a dollop of avocado can top it off, but then you’ll be good to go.
Minute Whole Grain Brown Rice
*Per 1/2 cup dry (50 g): 180 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 4 g protein
You might not have an hour to devote to meal-making, but you’ve probably got a few minutes. With this box of instant brown rice, you can have four servings of whole grains ready in less than 10 minutes—enough to feed the whole fam! Pile on chunks of avocado and raw tuna for quick poke bowls everyone will love.
Modern Table Jalapeno Cheddar Mac & Cheese
Per 1 cup (93 g): 330 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 540 mg sodium, 64 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 16 g protein
Got 15 minutes for a pasta dish that tastes like it took much longer? This Modern Table meal kit doesn’t just come with lentil elbows packed with pea protein—16 grams per serving, to be exact—but a packet of spicy sauce. Boil the noodles, stir some butter and milk into the cheesy powder, and mix it all together for a meal that’s easier than easy and will set your mouth on fire.
Amy’s Breakfast Burrito
Per 1 burrito (170 g): 270 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 540 mg, 38 g carbs (6 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 12 g protein
Yes, this is technically labeled a “breakfast” burrito, but who wouldn’t love ending their day with tofu, black beans, and salsa in their belly? Especially when it’s organic with a nutrition label you can feel good about. When the founder, Rachel, wanted organic ready-made meals but came up short at the grocery store, she and her husband made their own. You know what that means? All kinds of effortless eats from Amy’s that don’t taste like you pulled them out of the microwave. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anybody!
Whole Foods Rotisserie Herb Chicken
Per 1/2 chicken: 1,585 calories, 111 g fat (32 g saturated fat), 1,630 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 137 g protein
We know, we know. That nutrition label is fatty and frightening, but keep in mind that those numbers are for one entire order of chicken, which is half the bird. If you split this between family members—and between days of the week—you’ll be just fine calorie-wise. And with its fresh ingredients, not to mention its complete convenience, you’ll be packing protein into any meal no problem. It’ll come in handy on meal-prep Sunday since chicken is all over our 25 Tips To Cook Once, Eat For A Week.
Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils
Per 1/2 cup (100 g): 120 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (8 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 9 g protein
For protein-rich seeds that are fully cooked and full of flavor, pick up a pack of steamed lentils next time you’re at Trader Joe’s. If you made them yourself, they’d take at least a half hour. But with this time-saving option, you can quickly add them into some soup broth you’ve heated up or onto the salad you’ve mixed. Don’t make dinner harder on yourself when you don’t have to and use these instead.
Sea Best Raw Shrimp
If you want protein with dinner, but don’t want to spend time slaving over the stove grilling, look no further than a bag of raw shrimp. It only takes a couple minutes to thaw them and a few more to boil them to perfection. While they do need to be stored in the fridge for an hour before serving, they’ll save you time in the long run—and taste delicious in a taco.
Tasty Bite Channa Masala
Per 1/2 pack: 168 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 452 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (5 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 6 g protein
Remember that super speedy rice from before? It’ll come in handy again when this classic Indian dish comes into play. This Tasty Bite product boasts its “1 Step - 1 Minute” microwave process, but you can boil the sealed channa masala pouch as well in just five. Spoon it out with rice or spread it onto flatbread, but either way, it’ll be full of flavor with a guilt-free nutrition label and a list of all-natural ingredients.
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Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower And Broccoli
Per 2/3 cup cauliflower (85 g): 25 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 2 g protein
Per 1 cup broccoli (85 g): 35 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 2 g protein
Hit up Trader Joe’s fridges for a produce product that will help finish dinner in a flash. Whether you go for the riced cauliflower or the riced broccoli—or both—you’ll be walking out with the perfect pasta base or side dish. No ricing is required on your end, so put the knife away and check out these nutrition stats instead. A serving of each ranges from only 25 to 35 calories.
Evol Lean & Fit: Teriyaki Chicken
Per 1 bowl (255 g): 260 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 600 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 14 g protein
Dinner for one? Try Evol’s teriyaki chicken! We’ve given you healthy hacks for how to pick up the pace when making rice, chicken, and veggies, but you can kill all three birds with one stone if you heat up a microwaveable meal like this. We love Evol’s options because they’ve got ingredients we trust and clock in at less than 300 calories. But if you’re looking to use the stove instead of the microwave, check out these 15-Minute Dinners For Weight Loss instead.
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