Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Lazy Days Call for Trader Joe's

I love cooking, let's get that clear. But there are indeed days that I feel lazy, have other things to check off my to-do list, etc. I try not to eat out during the week - and I think I have finally found the holy grail of quick-fix meals. Thanks Trader Joe's - 'preciate ya. Typically when you think 'microwaveable' or 'quick' the words 'flavor' and 'delicious' don't always come to mind. With these  dishes, brought to you by Trader Joe's, all of those things are possible on one plate.

Let's get this Trader Joe's party started....

BBQ Ribs and Garlic Fries

Trader Joe's Ribs

1 package Trader Joe's Fully Cooked Pork Baby Back Ribs (fridge chilled meat section)
1 package Trader Joe's Garlic Fries (frozen section)

These ribs are only $10.99 for fully-cooked & tender meaty pork ribs. You can either grill them or broil them in your oven for just 10-15 minutes. Making them super quick and hands-off as well. Either way, while you are cooking the ribs also line a baking sheet with foil and the garlic fries. Cook until golden.  Once the fries are done cooking, all that’s left to do is toss with the garlic spread (provided). I also cooked up some portabella mushrooms and drizzled some of the rib's BBQ sauce over them to finish them off!

Trader Joe's Ribs

Kung Pao Chicken and Rice

Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken

1 package of Trader Ming's Kung Pao Chicken (frozen section)
1 package Trader Joe's Fully Cooked Brown Rice (dry goods)

This 23oz bag comes at a whopping price of $4.99. Can't beat that. It is best prepared stovetop but can also be prepared in the microwave.  It's spice level sits at medium, unless you actually consume the chili peppers - that takes it to another level. Serve it with microwaved Trader Joe's Brown Rice and you have yourself some cheaper, healthier & better tasting Chinese takeout!

Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken

Oven-Baked Chicken Sliders and Sweet Potato Frites

Trader Joe's Pollo Asado Chicken Sliders

(Yes, I was racing with the sunset on this night by the time we got to eat dinner - but still a perfect meal when you are in a rush!)

1 package Trader Joe's Pollo Asado Thinly Sliced Chicken Breasts (fridge chilled meat section)
1 package of Trader Joe's Mini Hamburger Buns (or something similar)
1 package Trader Joe's Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese (cheese section)
1 jar Trader Joe's Hot & Sweet Mustard (dry goods)
1 package Trader Joe's Sweet Potato Frites (frozen section)

Trader Joe's Pollo Asado Chicken Sliders

This chicken has some great flavor. Typically it goes for $7-11. Either throw it on the grill or bake until finished - because they are small breasts they are done in no time. While the chicken is cooking, throw the sweet potato frites in the oven for a quick bake.
To prepare the sliders, cut the chicken breasts into slider-size pieces and add pepper jack cheese to the top. To melt the cheese either add it at the end of the chicken's cooking process or microwave with the cheese pieces on top. Add to mini hamburger buns and add some hot & sweet mustard. Don't forget to serve it with those fries and some yummy dipping sauce!

Trader Joe's BBQ Sliders

Trader Joe's BBQ Sliders

1 package of Potato Rolls or Trader Joe's Mini Hamburger Buns
2 packages of Trader Joe's BBQ Pulled Pork (prepared meals section)
1/2 package of Trader Joe's Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix (fridge veggie section)
1/2 cup of mayo
1 tablespoon of honey
2 tablespoon of white wine vinegar

Heat up the pulled pork in the microwave. Place the heated pulled pork onto your rolls/buns.
To prepare the slaw, mix the rest of your ingredients into a bowl and season to taste. Place the slaw on top of the pulled pork for the best flavor.

Do you have a quick Trader Joe's inspired meal that you love? Please share! I am always looking for new ideas that utilize their flavorful, time-saving and cost-effective dinner options.

1 comment :

  1. Quick ribs and pulled pork? Just what I need in my life. Label me a bbq fiend!

    -Abby's co-worker