This week I spent a few days at Mister’s [please don’t get your judgy pants all twisted] so I hit Trader Joes over the weekend to prepare. I knew I needed to plan an easy to cook/pack/store lunch and some dinners without taking over his kitchen with a massive project.
For lunch I ended up with a delicious creation; steamed baby spinach, corn, fire roasted red peppers and onions, and ground beef cooked in salsa verde. Thank you Trader Joes.
In a skillet do the usual brown the beef, drain excess fat. Then pour on as much salsa as you want (I’m sure any type would work, I was looking for flavor versus heat)
In that same pan, I
dumped poured a bag of TJ’s frozen peppers and onions, I love these for just about any dish. When cooked just enough (mine were still a little frosty, you’re going to nuke them with lunch tomorrow anyway) add to the container with the beef. Then open a can of TJ’s corn and add it to the container…see where this is going?
I used a large square container and kept everything relegated to it’s own section, was just aiming to minimize mess and space.
The night before work I layered baby spinach, then beef, then more salsa verde, then peppers/onions, and corn. Microwave for 2 mins or until hot enough that you want to eat and stir that up. The spinach gets wilted enough to soak up some flavor without over cooking, and hello vegetables!
That just left me with breakfast. Which I conveniently forgot about while at Trader Joes doing my planning. I assumed Mister’s house would have oats. I guessed wrong. So I used the quinoa I picked up for dinner.
I cooked according to the directions, subbing almond milk for water and adding frozen blueberries, as well as some cinnamon and vanilla.
I did manage to remember snacks from TJs though.
I like taking these to work and breaking each bar up a few times for bite sized pieces throughout the day. And I picked up some of their organic lollipops too, wholly moley they are so good! The pomegranate one is tart and not too sweet, and a lollipop tricks my mind into thinking we’re eating all the snacks all day. Perfection.
Any recommendations on great Trader Joes finds or convenience meals?