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3 Trader Joe's Products That Help Make Dinner Easy

Cooking dinner from scratch is all well and good, but sometimes there's just not enough time. Thankfully, there are a few shortcut ingredients you can buy in the store, to buy you some extra time. We've picked out the best time-saving products from Trader Joe's that help get dinner on the table a little faster. I've also selected a few recipes to make with these clever products.

1. Trader Joe's Falafel

Falafel is one of those dishes I love eating out, but hate making. Deep frying falafel is messy, and time consuming. So if you feel like some Middle Eastern cuisine, without the hassle, try Trader Joe's  fully cooked Falafel instead. It's a simple and quick dinner that's perfect for busy weeknights. Make one of these tasty salads to go with it, and serve with warmed pita bread.

Good For You Greek Salad

Israeli Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Israeli Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Photo by LilSnoo

2. Trader Giotto's Spinach Tortellini

Trader Giotto's Fresh Spinach Tortellini is quick-cooking, and makes a mean pasta salad.  Here are a few other dinner recipes where you could use this fresh, tasty Tortellini.

Tortellini Carbonara

Italian Sausage Tortellini Bake 

Cheese Tortellini Salad

Cheese Tortellini Salad

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now!

3. Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils

If you hate wasting time cooking lentils, then you'll love these convenient ready-cooked lentils from Traders. These small packs of lentils are such an easy, healthy, and versatile protein. You can use them in soups, burgers, curries, tacos and salads. Here are a few protein-packed lentil recipes that could be used for dinner.

Winter Lentil Vegetable Soup

Lentil Burgers

Red Lentil Curry

Tasty Lentil Tacos

Tasty Lentil Tacos

Photo by *~Lissa~*

4. Trader Joe's Cauliflower Rice

It’s not hard to rice cauliflower, but it all takes time. Prepping the cauliflower, pulsing it in a food processor, and then cleaning up afterwards. Trader's cauliflower rice is a real time saver. With your prepared cauliflower rice you can make delicious cauliflower fried rice or even a low-carb pizza base.

Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Photo by bd.weld

5. Trader Joe's Candied Pecans

It’s easy to make candied pecans, but you do have to watch them like a hawk, as they burn so easily. You also have to clean up that sticky pan afterwards. A good shortcut is to buy candied pecans and use them to make a fancy salad. You could also add a few crushed pecans to sweet potatoes, or serve them with your cheeseboard. Check out these gourmet salads with candied pecans.

Spring Strawberry Salad with Chicken

Roquefort Pear Salad 

Roquefort Pear Salad

Photo by lutzflcat


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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at