We’re busy, on-the-go boss ladies who simply don’t have the time to cook (at least, that’s what we tell ourselves when we’re flopped on the couch surfing Netflix). Obviously, we love ourselves some Trader Joe’s pre-made meals. Unfortunately, a lot of our faves aren’t exactly quote-unquote healthy—so we decided to spruce them up health-wise (because we’re adults and eating healthy is something adults do). The secret lies in the Trader Joe’s prepackaged veggie section. So simple, so easy.
Here’s how we hack a healthier—key word: healthier—Trader Joe’s meal.
Diner Mac And Cheese + Spinach
There is nothing more delicious that TJ's mac and cheese (yes, this is the hill we'll die on), but cheese and carbs do not a healthy meal make. Adding a couple handfuls of spinach gives us a nutritious dose of vitamins (like A, C, E and K), along with tons of iron, zinc and magnesium.
Asian Vegetable Stir Fry + Frozen Riced Cauliflower
The carb addict inside us doesn't even mind utilizing vitamin B-rich cauliflower rice in place of starchy white rice. Cauli rice also packs a ton of choline, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
Channa Masala + Chicken + Peas
Pimp out your channa masala with lean chicken breast (you can get it pre-cooked at TJ's) and peas to increase the protein and veggie content. Bonus points for also using cauliflower rice.
Chicken Burrito Bowl + Greek Yogurt
Skip the sour cream and sub in Greek yogurt—it adds protein and is lower in fat.