Trader Joe’s Tuesday – Our Favorite TJ’s Freezer Meal

Mandarin Orange Chicken - Trader Joe's

If you read this blog very often (or if you know me,) my love for all things Trader Joe’s is no secret.   My mom and friends in Upstate NY are just getting some Trader Joe’s nearby so I thought a fun thing to do would be to share some of our favorites.  The list is long so this topic will definintely generate lots of content.

Jim and I try to make most of the meals that we serve from scratch, however life gets busy.  The girls are  into different activities so there are nights when we just need a quick meal.

This is one of the many reasons why I love TJ’s.  I love the fact that I can serve my family a delicious meal (this is one of their favorites) and not feel like I am feeding them processed junk.  You can read Trader Joe’s labels and for the most part recognize every single thing on there.  Everything tastes a little fresher and you have lots of options, too.  Way better for your pocketbook than ordering take-out and healthier, too.  I’m not saying this is health food, but its definintely as close to homemade as freezer food comes.  I love that.

Trader joe's Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

This is a meal my kids would eat on a weekly basis if I kept my freezer stocked with it.  Ella actually requested this for her birthday last year.  Both items taste like they come from a really good Chinese restaurant (except we all agreed it is different from your typical Chinese food.)  I think that the Mandarin Chicken is one of the best things you can buy from the freezer at TJ’s…and the pot stickers are probably a close second.  The chicken has the perfect crunchy coating and the sauce is bright and  so flavorful.  The pasta on the pot stickers is nice and light and the meat is seasoned just like you would hope a pot sticker would be.  Lots of ginger and green onion flavors – yum!

We usually have some TJ’s Gyoza Sauce (not pictured) to dip the pot stickers in, but some soy sauce or sweet chili sauce would be good, too!

For our veggie, we usually serve frozen broccoli or if we are super busy I just let the kids pick a piece of fruit.  Easy peasy!

So, if you are like my family and need to add a few good, non-junk freezer options to your meal rotation I definitely recommend Trader Joe’s Mandarin Chicken and Chicken Gyoza Potstickers.  Your family will be hooked, too!


PS..I have no affiliation with Trader Joe’s.  Just a loyal shopper trying to spread the love:-)


Chicken and Refried Bean Enchiladas

Chicken and Refried Bean Enchiladas

I’m not completely sure if these are enchiladas because they don’t have a sauce on them.  They aren’t burritos because they aren’t completely enclosed.  They certainly aren’t tacos and even though I use fajita shells they are far from fajitas.  So I am going to call them enchiladas and if you would like to add some enchilada sauce, then go for it.

Can I tell you my pet peeve about burritos?  I can’t stand it when they (certain burrito-serving restaurants) stuff a burrito with rice.  I feel like the rice is just unnecessary calories and you already have plenty of carbs from the tortilla.   Plus I don’t like the taste of the rice wrapped up in a tortilla shell.  Just give me the meat, veggies, cheese and beans and keep your stinkin’ rice:-).  Oh, and give me some cilantro, too – and lots of it!

These chicken and refried bean “enchiladas” are so good and so simple.  I love the creamy filling and you can eat them with any toppings your heart desires.

I have two Trader Joe’s shout-outs with this recipe.  First of all, their refried pinto beans are awesome and that is what I usually make these with.  Second shout out is for their red and green jarred salsas.  Not only are the inexpensive, but they are the best tasting jarred salsas I have ever found.  No extra preservatives or thickening agents to make them taste funny.  They taste super fresh – just like a salsa you would get with your chips at your favorite Mexican restaurant.  Yum!


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Chicken and Refried Bean Enchiladas
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts - cooked and shredded
  • 1 can of fat-free refried beans (I love Trader Joe's)
  • 3 cups of shredded Colby-Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup of restaurant-style salsa (I also like TJ's jarred red salsa for this because it isn't chunky)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 10 flour tortilla shells - Fajita Size
  • 2 Green Onions - white and green parts sliced
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Extra Salsa for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9X13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine shredded chicken, refried beans, 1½ cups of cheese, salsa, salt and garlic powder in a bowl. Place filling down the middle of each tortilla and roll up. Place stuffed tortillas seam side down in your casserole dish.
  3. Once all tortillas are stuffed place any remaining chicken and bean mixture along the sides of the dish. Cover the shells with the remaining cheese.
  4. Bake in oven covered with foil for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes. or until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with green onion and cilantro. Serve with additional salsa or your favorite toppings.
  5. Enjoy!