10 No Cooking Required Trader Joe’s Meals

As a medical student, it’s definitely a priority for me to eat healthy and in a budget-friendly way. However, I’ve ruled out cooking meals from scratch as an option because of 1. time constraints, and 2. the fact that I don’t have my own kitchen (thanks med school housing). This means that I’ve become great at putting together Trader Joe’s meals that don’t require anything other than a microwave. Ten of my favorites below!

Chicken Asada + Southwestern Salad ($4.22/serving)

  • Chicken Asada:  pre- cooked, sold in the refrigerated section ($3.40/serving)
  • Salad: ready to assemble, sold in the refrigerated produce section ($.82/serving)

Healthy 8 Veggie Mix + Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken ($2.56/serving)

  • Lemon pepper grilled chicken: pre-cooked, in the refrigerated section ($1.90/serving)
  • Healthy 8 Vegie mix: sold in the refrigerated produce section ($.66/serving)

Baby Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Balsamic Vinaigrette ($2.30/serving)

  • Baby arugula: in the refrigerated section ($.80/serving)
  • Cherry tomatoes: in the produce section ($.50/serving)
  • Mozzarella: sold in oil, in the dairy section ($.75/serving)
  • Balsamic vinaigrette: sold with the other dressings, not refrigerated ($.25/serving)

Hasselback Potatoes + Balsamic Rosemary Chicken ($3.32/serving)

  • Potatoes: sold in the frozen section ($1.90/serving)
  • Balsamic Rosemary Chicken: pre-cooked, sold in the refrigerated section ($1.42/serving)

Any of the frozen meals- e.g. Bibimbap Bowl, Fusilli Pasta, Butter Chicken ($2-$4/serving)

All sold in the frozen section

  • Bibimbap Bowl ($3.49/serving), Fusilli Pasta ($1.99/serving), Panang Curry: ($2.79/serving)

Butternut Squash Soup  + Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken ($2.65/serving)

  • Premade soups: comes in a large carton, sold in non-refrigerated aisles ($.75/serving)
  • Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken: pre-cooked, in the refrigerated section ($1.90/serving)

Meat Lasagna + Hasselback Potatoes ($4.20/serving)

  • Lasagna: refrigerated section ($2.60/serving)
  • Potatoes: frozen section ($1.60/serving)

Beef Brisket + Southwest Chipotle Salad ($2.98/serving)

  • Brisket: refrigerated section ($2.16/serving)
  • Salad: pre-made, refrigerated produce section ($.82/serving)

Chicken Parmesan + Healthy 8 Veggie Mix ($3.90)

  • Chicken Parm: refrigerated section ($3.25/serving)
  • Healthy 8 Veggie Mix: refrigerated produce section ($.66/serving)

Mediterranean Salad Kit + Balsamic Rosemary chicken ($2.56/serving)

  • Salad kit: refrigerated produce section ($1.14/serving)
  • Balsamic Rosemary Chicken: refrigerated section ($1.42/serving)
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