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The 10 Best Frozen Meals From Trader Joe's, According To Nutritionists
"I always keep these in my freezer for some quick protein," says Patricia Bannan, R.D., author of . Fill up on 24 grams of muscle-building, satiating protein for just 200 calories in four meatballs. Bannan suggests serving them with marinara sauce or adding them to pasta or soup, with a hefty side of veggies for extra filling fiber and nutrients.
Turkey Meatballs(.69, Trader Joe's)
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Bean and Rice & Organic Vegetable Burritos
Two burritos made with organic beans and rice wrapped in whole-wheat tortillas net you 26 grams of vegetarian protein, seven grams of fiber, and two grams of fat. "I recommend topping with salsa for extra flavor and non-fat plain Greek yogurt to increase the protein even more," says Kroplin. And if you're trying to fit more veggies into your day, Alexis Joseph, R.D., author of the vegetarian blog Hummusapien, says she enjoys TJ'sMildly Spiced Organic Vegetable Burritoswith salsa and guacamole for dipping, as an easy, fiber-packed lunch.
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Bean and Rice Burritos(.69, Trader Joe's)
Mildly Spiced Organic Vegetable Burritos(.29, Trader Joe's)
Simply Seasoned Tuna Burgers
"These frozen tuna burgers are a perfect change of pace from your typical chicken or salmon burger," says Caroline Kaufman, R.D. They're an excellent source of lean protein (18 grams) and pack only 150 calories per patty. Her favorite way to prep them: Pair with a whole-grain hamburger bun (more fiber), ripe avocado (healthy, filling fats), beefsteak tomato, romaine lettuce, and a smear of TJ's wasabi mayo.
Simply Seasoned Tuna Burgers(.99, Trader Joe's)
Vegan Tikka Masala with Cumin Rice & Vegetarian Chana Masala
"I keep this in the freezer for a quick and easy meatless meal that's delicious and satisfying after a busy day," says Kyle. One bowl serves up 430 calories and 20 grams of plant-based protein to help keep you full all night long. In the same Indian-cuisine vein, Kate Taylor, R.D., author of the blog Cookie & Kate, loves Trader Joe's frozen vegetarian chana masala. "It's rich and full of fiber and protein from the chickpeas, and it goes really well with brown rice," she says.
Vegan Tikka Masala With Cumin Rice(.49, Trader Joe's)
Channa Masala(.99, Trader Joe's)
Roasted Vegetable Multigrain Lasagna
This family-style dinner features multigrain noodles, which means five grams of quality fiber per serving. Plus, you'll get a decent 12 grams of vegetarian protein—at under 400 milligrams of sodium. "And it's delicious!" says Kroplin. (Hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy with !)
Roasted Vegetable Multigrain Lasagna(.99, Trader Joe's)
Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burger
For a quick plant-based lunch or dinner, stack a black bean patty—150 calories for eight grams of protein and three grams of fiber—on a whole-wheat bun with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. "These burgers are a perfect mix of spicy and sweet," says Bannan. "The total fat per patty is six grams, and it's the healthy kind—no saturated animal fat or trans fats."
Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burger(.69, Trader Joe's)
Organic Superfoods Pilaf
This low-sodium vegan entrée has plenty of veggies and a decent amount of protein and fiber per serving, at five grams and three grams respectively. It also offers more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin A needs to support your eyes, skin, and bones. "It's tasty and reasonably priced, too," says Kim Melton, R.D., owner of Nutrition Pro Consulting.
Organic Superfoods Pilaf(.99, Trader Joe's)
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Trader Ming's Shiitake Mushroom Chicken
With big chunks of dark meat chicken, whole shiitake mushroom caps, green beans, edamame, and an umami-rich ginger-soy sauce, this dish is ultra-satisfying. "It quells my cravings for Asian-inspired flavors," says Nashville-based dietician Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D., host of the Cooking with Sarah-Jane video series and blog. "Add some brown rice to soak up that sauce, and you'll have a solid meal that's loaded with veggies and ready in minutes." Bonus: You get a whopping 20 grams of protein per cup, at just 180 calories.
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