My girls start school this week and my son is back next Thursday so it’s back to the dinner rush in between carpools and activities! You know I’m all about a meal plan and my Batch Cook Sundays, which take me a long way in simplifying dinner time and getting meals on the table in 30-45 minutes, but there are still those days where even that planning and prep won’t cut it.
The first few weeks back to school are bananas in my house! So many BTS nights and meetings…and it seems like everything happens on the same one or two nights in the week. On evenings like those, I turn to Trader Joe’s (my favorite store) for help and I pull out of one my favorite no cook meals to get dinner on the table.
Some of my favorite no cook meals tips:
Salads in a bag are my best friend. You can change these up a dozen different ways into more than just salads. (Watch my recent FB Live on this topic with tons of recipe ideas).
Sauces and dips make for easy meals. (This FB Live video offers several meal ideas with my favorites.)
Canned beans are a quick and easy protein add, plus they add texture and heartiness to any meal.
Pre-washed and cut veggies save time and are worth the extra cost if you’re only using them every once in a while.
In my latest video, I show you 3 of my favorite no cook meals utilizing some of my favorite Trader Joe’s products. I’ve listed them all below, along with a few others.
Taco Salad Bowl
This bowl is quick and easy using Trader Joe’s Southwest Chopped Salad:
Combine the salad kit (omit the cheese and / or replace with a dairy-free alternative) and a can of pinto or black beans, drained. Crush 4-5 tortilla chips in a bowl and and scoop a portion of the salad over the chips.
Top with your favorite salsa and chopped avocado or guacamole.
You’ve got a lot of options here and none of them take more than 10-15 minutes to throw together. Choose from one of the many ideas I’ve put together here.
Mediterranean Pita Pockets
It’s Greek night with this mezze platter:
Set out Trader Joe’s Balela and Tabbouleh in bowls. Serve alongside sliced pita bread, Trader Joe’s stuffed grape leaves, olives, cucumbers, hummus and garlic sauce for everyone to make their own pocket.
Baked Tofu Lettuce Wraps
This is another easy dinner that makes the most of a Trader Joe’s salad kit:
Cut one package of Trader Joe’s Savory Baked Tofu into bite-sized cubes. Prepare one of Trader Joe’s Asian salad kits (they have a few to choose from). Spread out several romaine leaves on a platter. Fill the leaves with the salad and top with the tofu. Serve with lime wedges.
Spiralized Noodles with Bruschetta and Olive Tapenade
Keep it fresh with extra veg power with this no cook swap for spaghetti:
Spiralize yellow squash or zucchini (or buy pre-prepared from the store). Toss with Trader Joe’s Bruschetta and Olive Tapenade. Stir in cannelinni beans. Serve alongside a simple dinner salad and sliced bread.