10 Simple and Delicious 3-Ingredient Trader Joe's Dinners for Fall

These dishes couldn't be easier to throw together.

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If you've ever cruised through the aisles of Trader Joe's, you know there is a treasure trove of products that offer an array of flavors and preferences to satisfy almost any palate for the entire week. Whether you're trying to ease back into a structured routine following a fun summer frenzy of activities and travel, or just looking for a way to spruce up your weeknight dinner rotation while keeping things simple and efficient, Trader Joe's has your back.

These dinners are some of my favorite and most reliable go-to meals when I'm trying to figure out what to feed my family throughout the fall, as the weather cools down and we begin to crave some more warming, comforting, and hearty flavors. With a mix of carnivorous, vegan, and gluten-free options, there's likely something for everyone. Most importantly, these meals take just minutes to prepare and they keep things interesting at the dinner table, where it can easily begin feeling like a Chopped challenge trying to constantly serve up something totally different from the day before!

Easy 3-Ingredient Dinners Using Trader Joe's Products

Pollo Asado Autentico with Rice

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Pollo Asado Autentico

  • Spanish Style Rice

  • Limes

It's hard to go wrong with chicken and rice. Vibrant and aromatic rice is skillet-toasted, the hallmark of properly cooked Spanish rice. It is seasoned with garlic and tomato, and can go from your freezer to your dinner plate in under 5 minutes via the microwave. It can also be steamed in a hot skillet to further intensify those savory, toasty flavors. This fragrant rice is a delicious base for TJ's Pollo Asado Autentico. Prepare the marinated chicken breast according to the package instructions, and serve this dish with a side of fresh lime wedges for a touch of acidity and depth of flavor.

Fiocchetti with Pink Sauce

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Fiocchetti with Pink Sauce

  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

  • Fresh Parsley

This rich and flavorful all-in-one frozen pasta entrée is perfect if you're looking for comfort food that won't require hours to prepare or a hefty clean-up session after dinner. Pouches of craft egg pasta are filled with three Italian cheeses and smothered in a creamy, luscious cream-and-tomato pink sauce similar to vodka sauce, making every bite full of rich, cheesy flavor and chewy, tender texture. Prepare the Fiocchetti, which is already frozen in the sauce, in the microwave, or on the stovetop with just a bit of olive oil and water. Serve it warm, sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a bit of chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and a bit of earthy flavor to complement the dish. Bonus points for a bottle of Cabernet or Merlot and a loaf of fresh bread from the bakery section!

Crispy Tofu with Tteok Bok Ki

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Tteok Bok Ki

  • Organic Firm Tofu

  • Green Onions

This is a dinner rich in flavor, culture, and origin. The first historical records of tteok bok ki (tuk-bow-kee) come from a 19th-century Korean cookbook, where it is referred to as an example of court cuisine. So even if it's a random Tuesday night, you're technically eating like royalty! Wrap the tofu in a towel and top it with a heavy pan for 20 minutes to release excess water. Slice the tofu into cubes, drizzle with soy sauce, and gently toss the tofu in cornstarch before cooking in a skillet with hot oil until crispy and golden. Boil the tteok bok ki in water before adding the sauce, simmering until it's thickened and ready to serve. Add the tofu and gently combine to evenly coat everything. Garnish the dish with chopped green onions for serving. The mochi-like texture of these rice cakes and the warming flavors of the gochujang will warm you up on those cool fall nights.

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Asian Style Vegetables with Stir Fry Sauce

  • Wild Raw Argentinian Red Shrimp

  • Sliced Korean Rice Cakes

Stir-fries make for a fun, flavorful, and easy weeknight meal that satisfies the taste buds and the appetite. This vibrant mix of sugar snap peas, broccoli, baby corn, green beans, water chestnuts, red bell peppers, and mushrooms comes with a packet of flavorful soy-based sauce. It is beyond easy to prepare in minutes—simply throw the veggies in a hot pan with a little bit of neutral oil (or your favorite cooking oil). Thaw 1 pound of the shrimp, and add them to the pan as you prepare the vegetables for a rich, seafood flavor. Shrimp cooks very quickly, so it's a perfect match for this quick and easy dinner. If you're just looking for a bit of added texture and heartiness, add Trader Joe's Sliced Korean Rice Cakes to the pan so they can soak up all of that delicious flavor.

Shawarma Chicken and Rice

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Shawarma Chicken Thighs

  • White Rice

  • Lemon

I was blown away the first time I tasted the aromatic and warming flavors of this dish. The spices in each bite of this prepared shawarma-inspired chicken, which is typically cooked on a vertical split, are absolutely mouth-watering. To be able to pick this up and enjoy the flavors of classic shawarma chicken by way of your oven for tender, moist meat or on the grill for a charred, crispy finish, is a true gift everyone needs to try this week! Serve this chicken over a bed of white rice with lemon wedges to add some acidity and complimentary flavor to the dish.

Honey Walnut Shrimp with Vegetables and Noodles

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Honey Walnut Shrimp

  • Organic Green Vegetable Foursome

  • Thai Wheat Noodles

You can put away that takeout menu, and there's no need to pull out the deep fryer either. This is a frozen, fully prepared meal that can be cooked and served in less time than delivery—and with way less mess than a from-scratch version. Large shrimp are coated in a savory batter, crisped up, and tossed with walnuts in a sweet and creamy sauce with hints of pineapple. The package contains separate packets of the sauce and candied walnuts. The nuts are tossed in for serving (or not) for added crunch and a hint of toasty, maple flavor. All you have to do is bake the shrimp so they crisp up again in the oven, toss them in the sauce, and sprinkle the final dish with walnuts. Serve the shrimp with a pack of tender Thai Wheat Noodles and a serving of Organic Green Vegetable Foursome. Simply heat up the noodles and steam the vegetables in about an inch of water until cooked and tender.

Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Dogs

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

  • Brioche Hot Dog Buns

  • Organic Ketchup

Sausage dogs are a fun, simple, and satisfying weeknight meal to pull together. This sausage has been around since my early days as a Trader Joe's shopper, and I can totally see why it's a major crowd favorite! It's made with chopped apples, maple syrup, and hints of cinnamon. A staple in my fridge, these sweet, salty, savory, tender, juicy, texture-loaded sausages take just a few minutes to crisp up on the stovetop or grill. Brown the sausage links in a cast iron pan, and place them in toasted brioche hot dog buns for serving. Before the internet reacts to my suggesting ketchup over mustard here, my family (who loves mustard on a hot dog) prefers ketchup with these maple and apple flavors. But if mustard is your jam, then to each their own!

Vegan Spinach and Cashew Ravioli with Pesto

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Vegan Spinach and Cashew Ravioli

  • Vegan Kale, Cashew, & Basil Pesto

  • Crushed Red Pepper Chili Pepper

It's hard to go wrong with a ravioli dish for dinner. This vegan ravioli invites so many more people to enjoy the cheesy goodness that comes with eating ravioli, as it's made with egg-free semolina pasta and filled with creamy cashew cheese, sautéed spinach, and a crisp sprinkling of breadcrumbs that makes each bite hearty and bursting with flavor. Just boil the ravioli for 3 to 4 minutes in salted water and enjoy with Vegan Kale, Cashew, & Basil Pesto and a sprinkle of chili flakes for added heat and dimension. If you don't like spicy foods, you can simply omit the chili flakes and opt for grated cheese or chopped fresh parsley.

Vegetarian Fish and Chips

Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Gluten-Free Battered Plant-Based Fish Filets

  • Sweet Potato Fries

  • Everything but the Bagel Greek Style Yogurt Dip

Fishless fish sticks? Yep, you read that correctly. This dinner screams '90s kid frozen fish sticks nostalgia! A mix of king oyster mushrooms and jackfruit is coated in a light and crunchy gluten-free batter, creating the flavors of a basket of freshly fried fish. These are deliciously prepared in the air fryer or oven until crispy, golden, and piping hot. Serve them as a fish and chips platter with crispy sweet potato fries and a side of Everything but the Bagel Greek Style Yogurt Dip for dipping.


Trader Joe's Ingredients:

  • Kimbap

  • Coconut Aminos

  • Gochujang

If you're craving sushi but don't feel like ordering out or spending money on that expensive sushi spot, this Kimbap is the answer. It is comparable to a maki sushi roll, but instead of vinegar-seasoned rice and one filling, this is made with sesame-oil-seasoned rice and contains only vegetables. Braised tofu is wrapped in rice and seaweed with greens, crunchy root vegetables, and pickles for a compact dinner that packs a powerful punch of flavor. Let the Kimbap thaw and enjoy it chilled, or warm it in the microwave for just two minutes for a warm or hot option, depending on your preference. To crisp it up for a tempura-like touch, slice the thawed or warmed Kimbap and pan fry each slice in a warm skillet with 1/4 inch of hot oil for 2 minutes on each side. Slice the Kimbap into bite-sized pieces and serve it with small bowls of coconut aminos and gochujang for sweet and spicy dipping. "Sushi" and wine night, anyone?

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