Frozen & Fancy-Free
Everyone has the right to feel a little fancy, every now and then. Sometimes that might be in the top-hat-and-spats or ball-gown-and-opera-glasses sense, but, of course, one doesn’t always have the opportunity to indulge in such accessories. More often, we’re talking about taking something simple or fundamental, and fancifying it just a bit; when it comes to fashioning foodstuffs, that means cooking as one pleases without culinary restrictions—fancy-free, if you will.
At Trader Joe’s, there’s perhaps no place more favorable for this type of effortlessly elevated fare than in our Frozen section. Below, we’ve curated a collection of three luxurious-yet-accessible recipes to transform some of our favorite frozen foods into complete, uncomplicated meals. Feel free to peruse at your leisure – while you wait for your monocle collection to be polished, perhaps – to see just how easy it can be to combine a handful of Trader Joe’s products into fully fancified fare.
The intersection of “sloppy” and “swanky” is a tricky one, but when pulled off correctly, it’s nothing short of magical. And these Sloppy Joe’s pull it off with ease. Starting with our superbly seasoned Trader Joe’s “Just Sauce” Turkey Bolognese (12 oz. for $3.49), we add a bit of Trader Joe’s Organic Ketchup (24 oz. for $1.99) to give it some contrasting sweetness, then place it between two halves of our soft, buttery Trader Joe’s Aloha Rolls (12 oz. for $2.99) to create a chic, slider-like version of a comfort food classic.
Chimichurri’s distinct blend of aromatic herbs and savory garlic make it a natural choice for food fancification, and luckily, Trader Joe’s Chimichurri Rice (16 oz. for $2.99) does most of the work for us in that regard. All that’s needed on your end is to add in some chopped Trader Joe’s Jalapeño Chicken Sausage (12 oz. for $3.99) and Trader Joe’s Broccoli Florets (16 oz. for $1.69), and you’ve got an electrifyingly delicious, one-skillet stir fry, ready to go for dinner or your weekly meal prep.
Our already quite fancily-named Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Frites (15 oz. for $1.99) are an effortlessly elevated treat to begin with, but when used as a vehicle for savory, flavorful Trader Joe’s Organic Vegetarian Chili (14.7 oz. for $2.29) and gooey, melty Trader Joe’s Shredded Sharp Cheddar (12 oz. for $3.99), it becomes something even greater than the sum of its parts. Altogether, this prime example of high pub couture takes less than 30 minutes to prepare for a crowd, and costs less than $10 to procure, making it a fancy and frugal choice.
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