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31 Trader Joe's Shortcut Dinners That Are Basically Just Assembly

You don't need a ton of ingredients to make a masterpiece.

When it comes to home cooking, you don't need a million fancy ingredients to whip up something delicious. Sometimes, simple is best. So here are some creative, no-fuss meals, and excellent meals, all of which you can make using just a handful of Trader Joe's ingredients.

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1. Crispy Fish Tacos

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Ingredients: Tortillas + battered fish nuggets + Southwestern chopped salad kit.

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2. Harissa Chicken Plate

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Ingredients: Harissa chicken thighs + riced cauliflower + cucumbers + tzatziki.

3. Shrimp Pesto Gnocchi

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Ingredients: Cauliflower gnocchi + cashew kale pesto + wild-caught Argentinian red shrimp + zucchini + parmesan + chili flakes.

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4. Middle Eastern-Inspired Naan Flatbread

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Ingredients: Garlic naan (frozen or fresh) + cucumber tzatziki + gyro slices

5. Cauliflower Thins and Egg

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Ingredients: Cauliflower thins +  Trader Giotto's Genova pesto pesto + egg + mushrooms + onions + shredded mozzarella cheese.

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6. Shakshuka With Chickpeas

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Ingredients: Shakshuka starter + eggs + garbanzo beans + Feta cheese

7. Beef Short Rib Stroganoff

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Ingredients: Fully cooked short ribs + pappardelle + onion + mushroom + beef broth + sour cream + flour + mustard.

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8. Cajun Lobster Ravioli⁣⁣

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Ingredients: Lobster ravioli + fire roasted bell peppers & onions⁣⁣ + diced & fire roasted tomatoes⁣⁣ + cajun seasoning⁣⁣ + garlic powder + parmesan.

9. Air Fryer Caprese Chicken

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Ingredients: Chicken breasts + olive oil + balsamic glaze + mozzarella slices + tomato + basil.

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10. Tuna Poke Bowls

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Ingredients: Arugula + frozen white rice + green onions + cucumbers + sesame crusted ahi tuna + chili onion crunch + furikake seasoning.

11. Smoked Salmon Soba Bowls

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Ingredients: Matcha green tea Japanese noodles + smoked salmon + cucumber + avocado + soy sauce.

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12. Shrimp Fajitas

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Ingredients: Frozen raw shrimp + handmade flour tortillas + taco seasoning + fire roasted bell peppers and onions + bloody Mary salsa

13. Grilled Haloumi Flatbread

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Ingredients: Pita bread + tabbouleh hummus + halloumi + red onion + tomato + spinach.

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14. Copycat Starbucks Spinach, Feta, and Egg White Wraps

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Ingredients: Whole wheat tortillas + egg whites + crumbled feta + sun dried tomatoes + fresh baby spinach.

15. Tortellini Salad With Brussels Sprouts and Proscuitto

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Ingredients: Cheese-filled tortellini + prosciutto + Brussels sprouts + sea salt + pepper + garlic powder + olive oil.

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16. Tempura Shrimp Bowls

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Ingredients: Frozen rice + shelled edamame + cucumber + green onion + avocado + shredded carrots + tempura shrimp + furikake seasoning.

17. Mediterranean Orzo Salad Bowls

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Ingredients: Orzo + rosé vinaigrette + shawarma marinated chicken thighs + Greek olives + tomato + cucumber + tzatziki sauce.

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18. Lemon Ricotta Orzo With Steak

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Ingredients: Orzo + lemon + ricotta + asparagus + olive oil + rosemary balsamic steak tips + balsamic glaze.

19. Burger Bowls

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Ingredients: Baby spring mix + shredded cheddar cheese + cherry tomatoes + beef patties + Magnifisauce + bread & butter pickle chips.

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20. Broccoli Bolognese

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Ingredients: Broccoli florets + Italian pork sausage (sweet or spicy) + pasta + garlic cloves + shredded Parmesan + olive oil + red pepper flakes.

21. Orange Chicken Bowls

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Ingredients: Mandarin orange chicken + Organic green vegetable foursome + brown rice + egg +  soy sauce.

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22. California Shrimp Stack

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Ingredients: Frozen jasmine rice + frozen fully cooked shrimp + rice wine vinegar + English cucumber + avocado + mayo + Sriracha + soy sauce.

23. Burrata Pesto Pasta

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Ingredients: Egg fettuccini + pesto + burrata.

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24. Carnitas Flatbreads

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Ingredients: Frozen garlic naan + traditional fully cooked carnitas + shredded mozzarella cheese + Mexican style roasted corn with cotija cheese + cilantro.

25. Egg Roll Bowls

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Ingredients: Ground pork + shredded green and red cabbage + gyoza dipping sauce + vegetable oil.

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26. Lemon Shrimp Alfredo

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Ingredients: Frozen Argentinian red shrimp + spaghetti + lemon alfredo sauce + parmesan + red pepper flakes.

27. Thai Veggie Red Curry

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Ingredients: Thai style red curry sauce + spinach + cauliflower florets + gold potatoes + fire roasted red peppers + coconut milk + basmati rice + lime.

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28. Loaded Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

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Ingredients: Red pepper and tomato soup + frozen cauliflower gnocchi + sun dried tomato chicken sausage + spinach + shredded cheddar cheese.

29. Jicama Salmon Tacos

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Ingredients: Jicama wraps + BBQ cut salmon + chili lime seasoning + arugula +  pineapple salsa + goat cheese + sriracha. 

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30. BLT Salad

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Ingredients: Bacon + avocado + arugula + tomato + spicy bomba sauce + organic ranch dressing.

31. Shrimp and Grits

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Ingredients: Stone ground grits + pimento cheese dip + frozen fully cooked Argentinian red shrimp.

Do you have an easy Trader Joe's meal you love cooking? Tell us in the comments below.

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