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I Shop At Trader Joe's Wayyy More Than I'd Like To Admit, And These Are My Favorite Cheap And Easy Recipes

These recipes are pretty much impossible to mess up — and none of them breaks the bank.

It's officially summer, which means you probably want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. And, of course, the price of groceries (and everything else) is skyrocketing. So I'm on the lookout for realistic, low-effort recipes that call for as few ingredients as possible.

A man barbecuing while holding a beer

Which is yet another reason I really adore Trader Joe's. I always rely on TJ's for creative and delicious products that I can turn into easy recipes without spending a fortune. So I wanted to share a few of my favorite easy meal ideas.

A refrigerated aisle at Trader Joe's

Without further ado, here are a bunch of my favorite meal ideas — all using four Trader Joe's items. Besides the ingredients listed, all you'll need are basic ingredients from your kitchen (think: olive oil, salt, and pepper).

1. Easiest Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Breaded Chicken Tenderloin Breasts + Bruschetta Sauce + Genova Pesto + Mozzarella

2. Spicy Summer Corn and Burrata Ravioli

Zucchini + Sweet Corn, Burrata & Basil Ravioli + Roasted Corn + Chili Onion Crunch

3. Easy Pork Fried Rice

Eggs + Fully Cooked Pork Belly + Vegetable Fried Rice + Soyaki

4. Everything Bagel Seared Salmon

Salmon Fillets + Cherry Tomatoes + Leeks + Everything Bagel Seasoning

5. Soffritto Potato and Egg Skillet

Baby potatoes + Eggs + Spinach + Soffritto Seasoning Blend

6. Barbecue Jackfruit Sliders

Shredded Cabbage + Sweet Pull Apart Aloha Rolls + Green Jackfruit in Brine + Truffle Flavored BBQ Sauce

7. Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Pasta Alfredo

Pappardelle Pasta + Asparagus Sauté + Lightly Smoked Salmon + Limon Alfredo Sauce

8. Hash Brown Eggs Benedict

Eggs + Hash Browns + Smoked Salmon + Avocado

9. Carne Asada Cauliflower "Rice" Bowls

Riced Cauliflower + Carne Asada + Melange à Trois Bell Peppers + Jalapeño Sauce

10. Breakfast Sausage and Potato Egg Hash

Eggs + Shredded Sharp Cheddar + Breakfast Sausage + Roasted Potatoes With Peppers and Onions

11. Coconut Masala Cauliflower Curry

Cauliflower + Coconut Milk + Masala Simmer Sauce + Rice

12. Seafood Fiocchetti Pasta

Cheese Filled Fiocchetti With Pink Sauce + Parmesan Reggiano + Seafood Blend + Peas

13. Pickle Falafel Pita Pockets

Pita Bread + Dill Pickle Mini Falafel + Antipasto Mix + Zhoug Sauce

14. Brie and Prosciutto Naan Pizza

Tandoori Naan + Brie + Prosciutto + Fig Butter

15. Korean-Inspired Short Rib Rice Bowls

Korean Style Beef Short Ribs + Rice + Baby Bok Choy + Kimchi

16. Crispy Fish Tacos

Breaded Cod Fillets + Tortillas + Corn and Chile Tomato-Less Salsa + Guacamole

17. Baked Meatball Sandwiches

Brioche Buns + Bread & Butter Pickle Chips + Italian Style Cooked Meatballs + Magnifisauce

18. Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Nectarine Summer Salad

Mozzarella + Prosciutto + Nectarines + Balsamic Glaze

19. Lightened-Up Chicken Cacio e Pepe

Grilled Chicken + Spinach + Squash + Frozen Cacio e Pepe

20. Spring Vegetable and Goat Cheese Frittata

Eggs + Garden Vegetable Hash + Goat Cheese + Shredded Potato Hash Browns

21. Tuscan Cauliflower Gnocchi Skillet

Cauliflower Gnocchi + Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup + Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage + Kale

22. Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches

Whole Grain Frozen Waffles + Eggs + Sliced Gouda Cheese + Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon

23. Chicken Shawarma Bowls

What you need: Chicken Shawarma + Couscous + Hummus + Grecian Style Eggplant With Tomato & Onions

24. And Finally, Paratha Breakfast Burritos

Malabar Paratha + Eggs + Pico de Gallo + Shredded Mexican Style Cheese Blend

What are your favorite easy meals using minimal Trader Joe's ingredients? Tell us in the comments!