8 Quick Trader Joe’s Lunches for an Easy Balanced Meal
It may not be the most easily accessible store for me, but man, do I love me some Trader Joe’s products. After seeing TikTok after TikTok of minimal ingredient, easy Trader Joe’s meals, I decided I needed to try some out and make my own round up for tasty Trader Joe’s lunches. Of course these could be for any meal of the day, but lunch tends to be the meal that I need no-fuss, quick and easy options to either prep in advance or quickly heat and eat.
I don’t frequent Trader Joe’s that often because it’s not in a very convenient location for me. However, there are some staples that I will gladly make the drive for. Everything but the Elote seasoning? Yes please. Cauliflower Gnocci? Love it. Unexpected Cheddar? Can’t get enough. So whenever I see online reviews and social media posts about TJ products, I add it to my list to try next time I make it there.
Now a hesitation to convenience foods like Trader Joe’s products, but also from other stores (like rotisserie chickens as an example) is concern for the sodium content. Yes, there is a likelihood that convenience options are going to be higher in sodium. However, if you do not have a medical condition that requires limiting sodium, there’s a good chance it’ll be just fine. Even if you do have a medical condition that limits your sodium intake, my question would be, what’s the alternative meal if you don’t utilize convenience options? Is it to get fast food or take out? It’s very likely that any restaurant meal you choose is going to be higher in sodium than a convenience food from the grocery store.
So what would I get for my lunches when going to Trader Joe’s? Well you certainly could check out these two blogs to see other favorites:
- 8 Trader Joe’s Meals: Dietitian-Approved Meal Series: Prepared Foods
- 10 Trader Joe’s Dinner Ideas: Easy Dietitian-Approved Meal Series: Frozen Foods
But here I’ve rounded up 8 delicious ideas inspired by my excessive TikTok scrolling.
8 Tasty and Convenient Trader Joe’s Lunch Ideas
Sourdough Toast with Burrata
Tomato Soup with Rice, Black Beans, and Corn
Creamy Tomato and Gnocchi Soup
Lemon Chicken with Burrata and Arugula
If you frequent Trader Joe’s, there are so many tasty frozen and prepared foods to help make meal time happen, and keep things interesting! Variety is so helpful in the sustainability of meal planning and prep. We often get bogged down in what is the “best” choice or “most nutritious” or “least processed” when sometimes it comes down to how can you fuel your body? How can you make mealtime happen? How can you incorporate a balanced meal of protein, fat, carbohydrate, and fiber? Convenience options do not need to be demonized and can be a part of a balanced diet!
An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.