We love love love Trader Joe's! I don't know how they do it - all the yummy food at such good prices. Since both my husband and I work full time, we have no time for gourmet meals during the week. We pick up HB from daycare and arrive at home around 6pm. We have to get dinner on the table by 6:30 in order to allow time for her bath and 7:30 bedtime. We've become masters at combining ready-made ingredients from Trader Joe's into yummy and relatively healthy meals. I'm going to periodically post some of our favorite Trader Joe's Meals (all ingredients avl at Trader Joe's). Here's the first:
2 packets of miso soup mix (there are 4 packets per box)
1 package frozen Gyoza (pot stickers)
1/2 package frozen peas
1/2 package frozen corn
Prepare 2 packets miso soup according to instructions: boil water and add packets of soup mix.
Add frozen gyoza, peas, and corn. Boil for 5 minutes or until gyoza are hot.
To add more flavor add chopped green onion. To add more protein, add cubes of firm tofu.
This recipe is super quick. It can be done in under 10 min. And, HB *loves* gyoza. When she hears what's for dinner, runs to her high chair shouting "gyyyooozzzaaaa!!!". But, then again, she's not the typical toddler when it comes to food. She likes her espresso black, and dives for the salmon nigiri on the sushi platter. (You may think I'm joking, but I'm not. Was it all the Indian and Thai food I ate while pregnant with her?)