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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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