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As any wellness-minded individual can attest, meal prep is life—but it can also be incredibly time-consuming. And that’s where Trader Joe’s comes in. The inexpensive grocer is a mecca of healthy, easy-to-prepare staples. (And not-so-healthy staples, but whatever. We still love you, Cookie Butter.)
Here, find our favorite healthy items from Trader Joe’s that make meal prep fast, easy and enjoyable. Pro tip: We’ve also found the Sunday task to be infinitely more enjoyable if you drink rosé while you cook. Just saying.
Shaved Brussel Sprouts
TYSM Trader Joe's for gifting us with these incredibly versatile veggies. They're sliced thin enough that you can toss them in a salad raw or crisp them up on your stovetop.
Organic Riced Cauliflower
The TJ's produce aisle is basically heaven for people who hate chopping/dicing/dealing with whole vegetables.
Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken
We're not laughing at the name of this item because a) we are adults and b) it's delicious and literally so easy to make.
Cage-Free Hard-Cooked Eggs
Fair warning: These do kind of smell when you open up the bag. But they taste good (well, as good as hard-boiled eggs can) and will save you lots of time and mess in the kitchen.
Chopped Veggie Mix
Because chopping vegetables is incredibly time-consuming.
Shawarma Chicken Thighs
These recently released pre-marinated chicken thighs have 21 grams of protein per serving.
Butternut Squash Zig-Zags
If you've ever tried to peel and cut a butternut squash, you know what a lifesaver these are. Roast them with some olive oil and salt, or toss them in a stir-fry.
Fire Roasted Bell Peppers and Onions
Find this Taco Tuesday-ready blend in the frozen-food section.
Just Coconut Chunks
These frozen chunks of coconut (the name is nothing if not apt) are perfect for tossing in smoothies.
Again, Trader Joe's gives you virtually no excuse not to eat your veggies. These frozen carrot spirals come pre-salted and make a tasty pasta stand-in (or side dish).
Wild Rice and Mushroom Sausage-Less Sausage
Perfect for Meatless Mondays.