After working late, running errands, and picking up the kids from soccer practice, cooking dinner from scratch can certainly be a drag. Thank the heavens above, Trader Joe’s fresh and frozen sections are flowing with fuss-free foods for nights when you’re craving linguine with pesto and tomatoes but only have the energy to make a ham and cheese sandwich.
We rummaged the aisles of our local Trader Joe’s in search of the most delicious and least time-consuming products, all of which take 20 minutes or less to make. Even better, the majority of them cost under $3.99. The highest-ticket items include pre-marinated meats — carne asada, chicken shawarma, rosemary balsamic steak tips — and even then, they’re less than $10 per pound. Who wouldn’t dish out a few extra bucks to skip all that prep?
So fire up the grill, slick a skillet, warm the oven, or just pop open the microwave because your next stress-free meal awaits. Whether you live on your own with a few dozen cats or have multiple hungry bellies to fill, these 26 Trader Joe’s products are guaranteed to save weeknight dinners.