There’s no doubt that Trader Joe’s has some loyal fans.
In the three years that data science company dunnhumby has published its Retailer Preference Index — based on both customer preference and financial performance — Trader Joe’s has claimed the No. 1 or 2 spot every year.
The California-based grocery store chain has stores in 42 states, selling mostly its own branded grocery items that attract budget-conscious foodies.
And although the chain attracts a lot of attention for its Two-Buck Chuck (a line of low-cost wines that at the moment sells for $2.99) and varied-but-limited seasonal gadgets (in the event that they promote out of the pumpkin spice espresso, you’ll simply have to attend till subsequent 12 months), we find yourself filling our baskets within the frozen meals aisles.
Not solely are most choices handy and easy to arrange, they’re additionally additionally straightforward on the pockets (all of our picks price lower than $5).
And in case you’re making an attempt to decorate up a dinner with out a variety of effort, TJ’s frozen meals are simply customizable. So in case you gown up chili lime burgers with sprouts and avocado, and no guesses that the burger recipe isn’t your individual, then your secret is secure with us.
Right here’s our prime 11 picks for frozen meals from Dealer Joe’s.
The 11 Greatest Dealer Joe’s Frozen Meals, In response to… Effectively, Us
We don’t faux that our checklist is predicated on rigorous scientific analysis — we polled the employees for his or her favorites and tried them. However we’ve tried to incorporate sufficient selection for every kind of foodies, so everybody can discover a frozen choice for them.
1. Mandarin Orange Rooster: $4.99
There’s no shock that this easy-bake, already battered hen took the highest slot. It’s Dealer Joe’s No. 1 vendor and an all-around favourite. Eat it alone, or boost a meal with the tangy orange and ginger deliciousness.
2. Matcha Inexperienced Tea Mochi Ice Cream: $4.49
This candy deal with is vegan, and it’s additionally soy-, dairy- and gluten-free. Frankly, that doesn’t matter to our panel — everybody throughout the meals spectrum voted for these. The inexperienced nuggets stability coconut with fashionable matcha flavors for a mouthful of wealthy and creamy dessert goals.
3. Chili Lime Rooster Burgers: $3.69
The zesty patties are 150 energy every, and also you get 4 for lower than $4. How’s that for Penny Hoarding? There are solely six substances, they usually make nice meals for lunch or dinner. They’ve a variety of taste and prepare dinner properly on the grill or stovetop, plus they’re Whole30 compliant.
4. Vegan Tikka Masala: $3.69
If you haven’t branched out into the Trader Joe’s frozen Indian cuisine, you’re totally doing it wrong. Get chicken, vegan or vegetarian: They’re all there, although the vegan option was the office favorite. The Indian selections are cheap and convenient, plus they have a nice balance of proteins, fats and low carbs. (And they taste GOOD.)
5. Mac and Cheese Bites: $3.99
These little devils get gobbled up in less time than the 10 minutes it takes to make them. They’re great for parties, an afternoon snack or as a comfort-food side to any meal. Take the cheesy indulgence a step further and dip ’em in barbecue sauce, ranch or honey.
6. Vegetable Fried Rice: $2.49
The Japanese-style fried rice was a close second, but the vegetable one won us over. It’s great by itself or paired with another dish. Hack it any way you like — with eggs, chicken or tofu. You win in a matter of minutes either way.
7. Gnocchi al Gorgonzola: $3.29
A meal in a bag for $3, and it tastes gourmet? Sold. These pillowy delights are a product of Italy, so we know we’re getting the real deal. They can easily serve two and heat up fast. Top with some cracked pepper or toss in some peas. Just don’t overcook them.
8. Pork Gyoza Potstickers: $3.29
These dumplings combine pork and onions in a savory pocket. The bite-sized gyoza can stand alone as a side or spice up a soup. You can make your own dipping sauce or save time by serving them with the Trader Joe’s gyoza dipping sauce.
9. Organic Brown Rice: $3.79
Sometimes we just don’t have 45 minutes to prepare brown rice for a meal. With this, we can have it ready in three minutes, since it’s already precooked and frozen. You don’t lose quality, and you gain back time. Try serving it with the Mandarin orange chicken. Win-win.
10. Spanakopita: $3.99
Get a slice of Greece without getting on a plane. This traditional spinach-and-cheese pie comes precut and ready to bake, so you can enjoy the taste without the fuss. It’s a great appetizer to share with friends and the perfect party side dish.
11. Burrata, Prosciutto and Arugula Flatbread: $4.99
This thin-crust appetizer is a pizza in disguise. You add the cured meats after the flatbread bakes. It’s enough for two but could go down easily for one person. The ingredients are decent for the price, and it’s a safe bet to keep in the freezer when you need a quick bite.
Stephanie Bolling is a former staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Staff writer/editor Tiffany Wendeln Connors updated this post for 2020.