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The 12 Best Frozen Foods From Trader Joe's

August 4, 2016 by Caroline Pirozzolo
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Frozen foods have a bad reputation - generally speaking, frozen meals end up looking nothing like the package (or tasting nearly as good as the cooked-from-scratch equivalent) - but Trader Joe's is the exception here. TJ's frozen foods aisle is a busy girl's dream: you'll find frozen versions of some of your takeout favorites and healthy essentials at budget-friendly prices. If I'm being honest, I even buy about half of my groceries from Trader Joe's frozen aisle (no shame!) and these are some of my favorites.

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Handmade Tamales

Seriously: authentic tamales. In your fridge. No need to leave the house to go to your favorite Mexican place. Need we say more?

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Reduced-Guilt Mac and Cheese

I'll admit: mac and cheese is my ultimate weakness. (Although I really tend to have a weakness for anything involving cheese and carbs.) This version makes me feel slightly less bad about it.

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Falafel

TJ's frozen falafel is the real deal. Pro tip: try it with the grocery store's pre-made tzatziki dip.

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Sweet Potato Frites

I can usually find Trader Joe's sweet potato fries for $1.99 a bag at my go-to store, and they're way more delicious than the price would make you think.

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Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Honestly, there are no words to describe how much I love spinach artichoke dip, and this frozen version allows you to heat it up and eat it warm. Just yes.

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Organic Superfood Pilaf

Proof that frozen foods can actually be good for you too: the grocery store's frozen superfood pilaf is amazing served alongside chicken or another protein for a super healthy dinner.

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Burrata, Prosciutto and Arugula Flatbread

Frozen pizza doesn't have to mean resorting to plain cheese or pepperoni - this flatbread will definitely take your frozen pizza game up a notch. (And if you've never experienced the amazing combination of prosciutto and arugula you really, really should.)

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Almond Croissants

Save money on coffee runs by making these insanely easy frozen almond croissants at home in the morning.

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Salmon Burgers

While we're pretty sure these were designed to be eaten between a bun, they are seriously amazing on their own and make for an upgraded salad topper.
[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

If you know the magic of cookie butter, then you know that these are not just your average cheesecake bites. The best part? There's pretty much no effort involved on your end to make them.

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Organic Pesto Tortellini

Italian food lovers listen up: Trader Joe's frozen food aisle is your new heaven. Their frozen pesto tortellini only proves our point. (And like many of their pastas, it's super budget-friendly.)

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

Gluten-Free Chicken Breast Nuggets

If you're gluten-free, you've probably had to make a few sacrifices when it comes to comfort foods. Luckily, these chicken nuggets are just as delicious as the real breaded thing.

[Photo: Trader Joe's]

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