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The 10 Best Frozen Foods You Need from Trader Joe’s

Just when you thought Trader Joe's couldn't get any better—you walk down the frozen food aisle. Here's what to look for!

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Macaroni and Cheese

The macaroni and cheese is some of the best frozen food at Trader Joe’s. This meal is perfect as a workday lunch or an easy dinner to whip up for the kids. It has the perfect cheese-to-pasta ratio and is isn’t dry at all. Plus! It features four cheeses: cheddar, Havarti, Gouda and Swiss.

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cauliflower bowlTrader Joe's

Riced Cauliflower Bowl

The best part of this vegan meal could be its price tag ($3), but it definitely doesn’t skimp on flavor, either. The riced cauliflower is loaded with tofu, sweet potatoes and onions and seasoned with chili powder and garlic for a slight kick. It also contains soy sauce and tahini, and those two pair surprisingly well.

Ever wonder why Trader Joe’s is so cheap?

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Homemade Orange Chicken with Rice.Shutterstock / alisafarov

Mandarin Orange Chicken

Asian food requires such a delicate flavor balance, so it’s a challenge to find a really good frozen Asian chicken dish. But once again, Trader Joe’s makes no mistakes with their mandarin orange chicken. California orange peels, ginger, green onions and soy sauce bring everything together. Here’s what makes mandarin orange chicken so good!

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QuicheTrader Joe's

Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Quiche is easy to find in nearly any grocery store, but Trader Joe’s vegetarian version is tough to beat. It’s hard to hit that perfect veggie-to-egg ratio, but this quiche manages to do that and then some with all the mushroom and spinach. Plus, the crust is flaky, making it taste like it’s homemade without the effort you’d put into a from-scratch quiche.

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Chocolate-covered strawberriesTrader Joe's

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Frozen chocolate covered strawberries might be the easiest dessert we’ve ever heard of—and they’re a lot less expensive than ordering a bunch fresh. You don’t even need to defrost these. Just pull out the strawberries, which are dipped in dark chocolate before being flash frozen, and enjoy.

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Potato Pancakes

Trader Joe’s potato pancakes pack potatoes and onions into a cake that’s similar to a hash brown in texture. But unlike hash browns, these pancakes have the beautiful flavor of onion. They’re easy enough to microwave or cook in a pan or oven, depending on your desired crispness.

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Cauliflower stir fryTrader Joe's

Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry

The cauliflower stir-fry is a low-carb version of the classic Chinese dish. Making something healthy can sometimes lead to sacrificing flavor, but this stir-fry manages to lower the carb count while still tasting like fried rice. It’s loaded with other veggies, too, such as onions, peppers and peas.

You can make this—and other Chinese restaurant classics—at home, too.

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Sriracha shrimp bowlTrader Joe's

Sriracha Shrimp Bowl

Sriracha is a tricky ingredient; it’s spicy, so having exactly the right amount is crucial to getting great flavor. The Sriracha shrimp bowl manages to add a kick to tasty shrimp without making you reach for the water after every bite. It’s loaded with broccoli, edamame and baby corn, among other veggies.

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Peaches and cream tartTrader Joe's

Peaches and Cream Tart

This peachy dessert is so much better than you’d expect for a frozen tart. We’re talking fresh peaches, sweet cream cheese and a flaky crust that makes it feel like it was just baked. You can warm it in the microwave, but it’s even better in the oven.

The frozen food is only one thing you should only buy at Trader Joe’s—don’t miss the other eight.

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Chicken burrito bowlTrader Joe's

Chicken Burrito Bowl

Step aside, Chipotle! The Trader Joe’s chicken burrito bowl is a force to be reckoned with—for frozen food, that is. It won’t taste as fresh as making one from scratch. But it’s pretty healthy and comes with a sauce that is so good, it could be eaten by itself.

Julia Mullaney
Julia Mullaney is a writer, blogger and self-proclaimed macaroni and cheese connoisseur based in New Jersey. She is currently a health & fitness writer for Cheat Sheet and previously worked as the editorial manager of Edible Jersey Magazine. Her work has been published in Rachael Ray Every Day, Art Quench, RMagazine and Edible Jersey. She is the author of Man, you can Cook!, a cookbook full of simple recipes for men who consider the kitchen to be uncharted land. In her spare time, she also runs a food blog full of original, easy recipes. Chow down at or on Instagram at @simplydeliciousblogger.
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