Nutrition

The Healthiest Frozen Foods at Trader Joe’s

Stock up on these nutritious finds next time you go grocery shopping.


Trader Joe's frozen food

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There’s no denying that frozen food, while not always the healthiest option, is sometimes the easiest thing to throw together after a long, busy day.

Luckily, Trader Joe’s is one of the best places to find frozen food options that aren’t terrible for you. While there are many frozen food options to choose from at Trader Joe’s, we’re highlighting some of the healthier ones.

These frozen dinners all contain some form of animal or plant-based protein and a variety of vegetables and grains. With these options, you can come home and cook an easy dinner that won’t make you feel bad.

1. Channa Masala

With very low sodium and no added sugars, this is a healthy option for plant-based eaters. The Indian dish contains chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, and turmeric and works well on top of quinoa or brown rice.

2. Shitake Mushroom Chicken

This chicken-based meal is rich in protein, containing 20 grams in one serving. Mushroom caps, edamame, and green beans combine with the chicken and ginger soy sauce to create an umami-rich flavor that’s also a nutritious dinner option.

3. Seven Seasoning Salute to Salmon

Frozen fish is great to have on hand because it keeps for longer and tends to be cheaper. This salmon is already seasoned with garlic, parsley, paprika, and more, making it easy to just throw into the oven or on the grill with no extra work.

4. Chipotle Vegetable Quesadillas

Black beans, onions, and sweet corn are mixed with smoked jalapeños for a smoky, Mexican-inspired dinner. Pair the quesadillas with guacamole or salsa to complete the meal.

5. Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice

Jackfruit has a meat-like consistency but pairs well with any sauce, making it an ideal pulled pork or pulled chicken substitute. This jackfruit is paired with a coconut curry, eggplant, and red pepper and served over jasmine rice.

6. Chicken Burrito Bowl

At only 370 calories and 22 grams of protein, this chicken burrito bowl makes a great post-workout meal. If you’re extra hungry, you can also take the bowl and put it into a whole wheat tortilla to make an actual burrito.

7. Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers

Tri-colored quinoa, red peppers, and black beans make up the base of this burger. It also contains very little sodium and very little sugar, making it a healthy option. Pair it with a whole-wheat bun or put it on top of a salad.

8. Rice Cauliflower Bowl

Instead of using rice, this bowl uses cauliflower for a healthy, low-carb option. With sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and tofu, it has a variety of tastes and textures. Plus, it’s only $2.99 for a ten ounce bowl.