7 Mouthwatering Ways to Upgrade Trader Joe's Ingredients
Picture it: It's Wednesday night, and you just got home from work—hungry, sleepy, feeling a little adventurous but not trying to rock the boat too much. What’s for dinner? Well, you could hop on Postmates or Seamless like you did last night, or you could whip up one of these recipes that take our beloved Trader Joe's infamously easy and infinitely versatile ingredients and makes them totally special again. Sound good? Read on for seven tasty ways we’re upgrading the staples.
The flavorful, oh-so-versatile “Cuban-style” canned black beans from Trader Joe’s make for a perfect base for these smoky, flavorful grilled-shrimp tacos. Topped with a bright mango slaw, the dish is also irresistibly colorful. Win-win!
For the complete recipe, visit Feasting at Home.
This 15-minute meal is big on summer flavor. Trader Joe’s frozen ravioli, named Girasoli—which means "sunflower" in Italian, an allusion to their charming flower-like shape—are tender and rich, and have restaurant-entrée impact when paired with handfuls of baby greens, spinach, or kale.
For the full recipe, head to The Clever Carrot.
This is one of those weekday workhorse recipes you’ll be happy you committed to memory. Cooked amid carrots and onions, Trader Joe’s spicy Italian chicken sausage becomes the perfect hearty addition to healthy quinoa.
For the complete recipe, visit Engineering in Style.
Forget Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Oh, the glory of autumn at Trader Joe’s. The boxed Butternut Squash Soup from Trader Joe’s is a creamy delight of a blank slate to work with. Garnished with pomegranate seeds, toasted pistachio nuts, and a swirl of two-ingredient coconut-ginger cream, et voila—magic.
For the full recipe, visit Half Baked Harvest.
Fish sticks… in tacos? GENIUS. Trader Joe’s beer-battered halibut pieces get perfectly crispy and golden in the oven, and serve as a perfect base for tacos. Just add salsa, chopped veggies, and sliced avocado: equal parts effortless and delicious.
For the full recipe, head to Lauren’s Latest.
A bag of frozen TJ’s chicken wings + the store's crazy-delicious sweet chili sauce = party magic. Really punch up the sauce by heating it in a saucepan with brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and a dash of Sriracha.
For the full recipe, head to Oh So Delicioso.
Mmm, macaroni and cheese—we love it in any form, truth be told. But if you have a few extra minutes to spare, take the cooked mac ’n’ cheese out of its plastic packaging, set it in a baking dish and sprinkle generously with panko breadcrumbs. The extra crunch is such an easy upgrade.
For full directions, visit Chow.