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Trader Joe's Shoppers Are Sharing Their Best Frozen Aisle Meal Hacks, And There Are Soo Many Good Ones

These combos are brilliant.

We all know Trader Joe's is a godsend for affordable and easy dinner ideas, so redditor u/iamnotcreativeDET asked, "What do you regularly put together from Trader Joe's that is quick and inexpensive and preferably done in a single pan?"

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Here are some of the best ideas that I can't wait to try for myself.

1. "Frozen pot stickers, frozen vegetables, and the miso broth."

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"It's delicious."

u/madiison1461

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2. "Chicken pot stickers and a bag of chicken chow mein."

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"Combined in a single pan, it's good for three servings."

u/iamnotcreativeDET

3. "Mandarin chicken with cauliflower fried rice."

"I usually portion out a little less than one serving of the chicken and load up on the cauliflower rice and other veggies. Plus, when I get a hankering for Chinese food, this dish hits the spot — and it’s a helluva lot cheaper to feed my family this meal than to get takeout."

u/HillMomXO

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4. "Frozen dumplings with a bagged salad kit."

"Any pot stickers or dumplings on a bed of bagged salad, like shredded cruciferous veggies, sprinkled with a spicy sesame oil dressing, with some reserved on the side for dipping."

u/Spoonbills

5. "Frozen gnocchi, chicken sausage, and a jar of pesto."

@traderjoesdiet / Via instagram.com

"Use your favorite gnocchi and sausage (they have tons of different kinds). Throw it all on a baking sheet together."

u/chaoticgourd

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6. "Frozen gnocchi Gorgonzola, frozen peas, and kettle-cooked chicken soup."

"Combine it all in a pot and bring to a simmer. Kind of a lightly creamy chicken potpie soup. Salad kit on the side (I think the Mediterranean one is nice) if you want more vegetables."

u/shortieblitz

7. "Frozen zucchini spirals and precooked lemon chicken."

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"I do this all the time for T.J.'s work-lunch meal prep. Can also add a frozen vegetable. If you microwave for two or three minutes, it's perfect."

u/msjessica123

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8. "Vegetable and soba noodle stir-fry with shrimp or chicken."

u/lcrx97

9. "Indian chickpea curry and red pepper tomato soup."

"It was fantastic over rice."

weirdkidomg

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10. "A bag of chimichurri rice and a carton of red pepper soup."

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"Mixed together and heated up, it's really great. It makes four servings."

INXSfan

11. "Two cans of turkey chili cooked in a cast-iron skillet and the cornbread mix batter, prepared and then poured on top."

"Baked in the oven, it's is delicious and feeds my family of five. I've also cut the batter in half and used the other half to make muffins for the freezer for future use."

u/dstam

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12. "Vegetable fried rice and mandarin orange chicken."

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"Make the orange chicken in the pan according to the package directions, remove it, and then throw the fried rice in the same pan without cleaning (so it soaks up some of that tasty sauce). Once it's heated through, mix the two. Makes three servings easily."

u/Ujio21

13. "Cilantro chicken wontons and chicken stock."

u/coolerthansheappears

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14. "Miso ginger broth, wontons, frozen veggies, and fresh bok choy."

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u/rcw16

15. "Black bean soup, canned black beans, and frozen multigrain blend with veggies."

"Throw it all in one pot. Bring to simmer. Top with tortilla chips, cheese, green onions, sour cream (all optional)."

u/Lemurlike33

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16. "Thai shrimp fried rice and scrambled eggs."

@felixandkaraskitchen / Via instagram.com

"Thai fried rice with shrimp becomes pretty hearty if you add scrambled eggs. I follow package instructions and then push the cooked rice to the edges of the pan so it gets a bit crunchy. Pour beaten eggs into the well space created and scramble with a spatula. As the eggs cook, I mix them into the rice."

u/starry_skyz

17. "Frozen brown rice, Soycutash, and pot stickers."

"My kids like the steamable brown rice, a layer of Soycutash, and pot stickers all piled in their thermos for lunch. They take the pot stickers out and I pack a little dipping sauce for them, then they mix up the rice and Soycutash."

u/dstam

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18. "Frozen cauliflower gnocchi and turkey Bolognese sauce."

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u/nwine2

"Bake the cauliflower gnocchi instead of sautéing it in a pan. It doesn't get that gumminess that the pan-cooked gnocchi has and comes out perfect every time. Cook at 425 degrees for like 20 minutes, depending on your oven, then just mix with sauce."

u/Charmadillo

19. "Mandarin chicken, noodles, and any veggies."

"I stretch their mandarin chicken by adding noodles and any veggies I have on hand. The sauce is usually plentiful enough, but you can make it go even further with some soy sauce, sesame oil, Sriracha, etc."

u/chickfilamoo

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20. "Coconut shrimp, cruciferous crunch slaw, corn tortillas, and any salsa."

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"Makes shrimp tacos, or you can substitute tortillas with rice from the frozen aisle for a taco bowl. They also have pre-marinated carne asada, carnitas, etc., so you can cook those easily and mix up your protein."

u/chaoticgourd

21. "Frozen Gorgonzola gnocchi and frozen mushroom medley."

u/nat_lite

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22. "Frozen fish nuggets, tortillas, and bagged salad kit."

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"You get fish tacos that are so quick and delicious!"

u/msmojorisin1

23. "Frozen Mexican-style roasted corn and a can of refried beans."

"Heat up the corn first, then add the beans until heated through. Makes a great dip or burrito filling."

u/CrunchyChewie

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24. "Pot stickers and frozen edamame."

@movinwithmags / Via instagram.com

"I usually serve it over rice with gyoza sauce on top."

u/LittleWhiteGirl

25. "A carton of creamy tomato soup, frozen artichokes, and crusty bread."

"Depending on how cheap you want to keep it, you can also make a grilled cheese for dipping."

u/dstam

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26. "Turn frozen garlic naan into flatbread or pizza."

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"Just add sauce, cheese, and a topping. My fave is pesto, mozzarella balls, and sun-dried tomato."

u/laceybug03

27. "Latin black bean soup and frozen Mexican-style roasted corn."

"My local Trader Joe's had samples. It's a delicious combo, and we ended up buying both to make it at home."

u/regcrusher

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28. "Frozen paella, frozen Argentinian shrimp, and peas."

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"My husband and I often get the frozen paella and add another bag of frozen seafood. I love to cut a lemon in half and put it cut-side down on a really hot pan for a couple of minutes, then squeeze the charred lemon juice over the paella."

u/champagne_farts

29. "Frozen cauliflower gnocchi, butternut squash soup, kale, and goat cheese."

"SO easy. You literally just throw everything together."

u/fastpeach

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30. "Frozen Japanese fried rice, broccoli florets, and teriyaki tofu."

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"Microwave the rice, microwave the broccoli, cut up the tofu, and warm in a pan on the stove. It's probably enough for two to four people, depending on how hungry you are. I sometimes add the veggie pot stickers as a side."

u/sarah_egg

31. "Creamy spinach polenta and frozen turkey meatballs."

"Microwave them together for five to six minutes. They complement each other so well."

u/Ixi7311

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32. "Frozen turkey burgers, canned vegetarian chili, and frozen vegetables."

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"Cook and dice up one or two frozen turkey burgers with a can of vegetarian chili and a handful of frozen mixed veggies. Bonus points if you add a bunch of shredded cheese and/or slices of avocado at the end."

u/erikarew

33. "Frozen broccoli cauliflower patties and egg."

"Make this with or without a bun! I like to put sour cream and hot sauce on top."

kMiraAnd

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34. "Frozen mac 'n' cheese and frozen creamed spinach."

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"It's my favorite creamy, cheesy, lazy microwave meal."

u/rahnster_wright

35. "Frozen turkey Bolognese, chimichurri rice, cheese, and bell pepper."

"Mix the turkey Bolognese with a bag of chimichurri rice to make stuffed bell peppers."

u/oldenuff2know

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36. "Frozen falafel, hummus, and veggies in a pita."

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37. "Frozen black bean taquitos, frozen street corn, and avocado."

u/happygrapefruit3337

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38. "Frozen sweet potato fries, black beans, and cheese."

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"French fry nachos: Bake sweet potato fries as per package instructions. Sauté an onion, add a can of beans on top of the fries with some paprika, cumin, turmeric, and parsley. Then add lots of cheese. Bake till cheese is crispy. Sooo good."

u/want-to-change

39. "Frozen masala burgers chopped up and cooked with the vegetable biryani."

u/turketron

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40. "Frozen shrimp, limone Alfredo sauce, and pasta."

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"I like using farfalle. You can get at least three or four pasta dinners out of this combination."

u/BobbyFan54

41. "Clam chowder and frozen seafood blend."

"Makes a hearty bowl of chowder. A pat of melted butter makes it even tastier!"

u/rkarl7777

Do you have a favorite throw-together Trader Joe's meal? Share in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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