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How to Make a Whole Week of Meals from One Trader Joe’s Grocery Run




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Credit: Phots: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Amelia Rampe

If you can resist filling up your Trader Joe’s shopping cart with just snacks and cheese, the cult-favorite grocery store is actually a brilliant place to help you meal prep for a super busy week. It’s a one-stop-shop for breakfast essentials like coffee and oats, and their already-prepped ingredients like hard-boiled eggs and frozen stir-fry blends make quick work of lunch boxes and weeknight dinners.

This Power Hour Meal Prep will walk you through everything you need to buy at Trader Joe’s, plus how to turn the haul into nine recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the end of an hour and a half, you’ll have prepped enough food to feed a family of four a week’s worth of breakfasts and dinners, as well as weekday lunches for two adults.

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This Trader Joe’s haul is heavy on fresh produce and packaged shortcuts that will save about an hour of prep time.

Power Hour: How I Get the Prep Done

A Week of Easy Trader Joes Meals

We alternated between the Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal and the Egg Joe Muffins. The kids seemed to prefer the oatmeal! Next time, I’ll prep the Egg Joe Muffins more like a bento box breakfast so the frittata and bacon can be reheated separately to keep the English muffin from getting soggy or spongy.

I had the Pesto Chicken Salad almost every day for lunch, while my husband powered through Protein Boxes. We even sent one box as a Hail-Mary school lunch (sans the peanut butter) for one of the kids during the week.

All-in-all, this super-quick Trader Joe’s meal prep saved my food life this week! It’s a great plan to have when you don’t have much time to prep over the weekend and still want to eat quickly and well throughout the week.

Power Hour Meal Prep is the series where we help you put it all together. We show you how to eat well during the week with an hour or two of Power Hour prep over the weekend. Every plan is different; mix and match to find your own personal sweet spot.

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