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15 Trader Joe's Frozen Foods Recipes You Need to Try

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It's a truth universally acknowledged that Trader Joe's is the mothership when it comes to frozen foods. Many of the items found in the frozen food aisles are affordable, tasty full meals that you can quickly heat up in the microwave or the oven (favorites like chicken tikka masala and the pepperoni pizza mac and cheese bowl come to mind). These are ideal for nights when you just don't feel like cooking, but the wonders of Trader Joe's frozen foods don't stop there.

If you want to do some cooking and mix things up a bit, there's no shortage of recipes that start with TJ's frozen foods. From frozen meats to pasta to vegetables, here are 15 recipes that you can make using affordable, high-quality frozen foods from Trader Joe's.

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Gnocchi Breakfast Hash

gnocchi breakfast hash with a fried egg
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Using TJ's beloved cauliflower gnocchi, this breakfast hash is quick and easy to make. And it's definitely not boring, thanks to the addition of flavorful peppers and other veggies of your choosing. It's also a great option if you're cooking brunch for a few friends and don't want to sacrifice quality time because you're stuck in the kitchen cooking an elaborate dish.

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Berry Smoothie Bowl

berry smoothie bowl
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

This berry smoothie bowl is perfect for when you want to whip up a quick breakfast. Three ingredients and a blender are all you need. Using frozen bananas and mixed berries from TJ's, blend until it looks (and tastes!) like soft-serve.

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Simple Berry Compote

berry compote in jar
Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

This two-ingredient compote is super easy to make. Pick two of your favorite berries, whip it up, and then add ginger, cinnamon, or another favorite spice to give it some extra flavor.

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Quick and Easy Blueberry Muffins

blueberry muffin on cooling rack

Blueberry muffins are one of the most tried-and-true comfort foods. Grab frozen blueberries from TJ's, then follow this simple recipe, and you'll have eight warm, delicious muffins in just 30 minutes.

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Lunch & Dinner

Peanut Orange Chicken Pasta

orange chicken pasta with fresh vegetables
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Use Mandarin Orange Chicken to take your pasta game to the next level. We love classic spaghetti and meatballs as much as the next person, but the added flavors like peanut sauce give it an extra kick. We can't get enough of this unique, delicious dish.

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Cauliflower Gnocchi alla Vodka

gnocchi in vodka sauce with bacon
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

If penne alla vodka is one of your favorite dishes, you need to try this cauliflower-based version! It's super easy to pull together and just as delicious as the gluten-filled version.

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Cauliflower Gnocchi With Onions, Peas, and Turkey Bacon

trader joes cauliflower gnocchi with peas onions turkey bacon on plate
Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

This quick, filling weeknight meal hits all the key food groups: carbs, veggies, and protein. Just be sure to follow the recipe instructions closely when you're cooking up the gnocchi, because this is one time you don't want to follow the package instructions. Instead of boiling or microwaving the gnocchi, pan roast it with a little olive oil or butter.

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Slow-Cooker Hoisin Turkey Meatballs

hoisin turkey meatballs with rice
Courtesy of Inquiring Chef

Another easy weeknight dinner is slow-cooker hoisin turkey meatballs. Simmer TJ's frozen turkey meatballs in a sweet and savory sauce, and you'll have a filling dish that comes in at under 300 calories. Add a side of rice and vegetables (steamed broccoli or green beans are highly recommended) and you've got a full meal.

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Pan-fried Cacio e Pepe Cauliflower Gnocchi

cacio e pepe cauliflower gnocchi on plate
Courtesy of I Am a Food Blog

Cook up TJ's famous cauliflower gnocchi, then add black pepper and parmesan. Commenters noted that you can get creative with this one, so don't be afraid to experiment by adding in your favorite veggies, basil, garlic, or all of the above.

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Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

shrimp tacos with cilantro and lime
Courtesy of Well Plated

We love shrimp tacos, but this recipe steps it up with a seriously delicious creamy cabbage slaw made from shredded cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts cilantro, lime, Greek yogurt, and jalapeño. We don't know about you, but our mouths are watering just looking at this recipe.

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Lemon Pepper Grilled Swordfish Kabobs

swordfish kabobs with lemon slices
Courtesy of Inspired Taste

TJ's has excellent frozen swordfish, and it tastes even better in kabobs made with a marinade of olive oil, lemon zest, black pepper, anchovy paste, and thyme. We may have just discovered our new summer go-to.

Get the recipe from Inspired Taste

Vegetarian Quinoa Fried Rice

bowls of quinoa fried rice
Courtesy of Simply Quinoa

This vegetarian and gluten-free dish is perfect for people who love fried rice but are limiting their carb intake. Use TJ's quinoa, and if you love the result, consider swapping quinoa for rice in other dishes like tacos and burrito bowls.

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Vegetable Soup

pot of vegetable soup with saltines
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

There isn't a strict ingredient list for this soup recipe—pick your favorite vegetables and go forth to make the soup of your dreams! Luckily for us, TJ's offers a wide variety of frozen veggies.

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Snacks & Appetizers

Easy Elote Dip

elote dip
Gimme Some Oven

Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, elote (which translates to "corn on the cob" in Spanish) is flavorful and easy to make. It can be served hot, cold, in a cup, as a topping… the sky's the limit!

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Easy Shrimp Cocktail

shrimp cocktail on ice with cocktail sauce
Courtesy of Foodie Crush

Who doesn't love shrimp cocktail? This five-ingredient cocktail sauce is quick and easy to make, especially if you pair it with TJ's frozen shrimp. It's a great snack, or pair it with a salad and you'll have a complete lunch or dinner.

Get the recipe from Foodie Crush. 

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