Once you step into Trader Joe’s, you’ll definitely plan to come back again. Everything seems so cheap, and it’s easy to fill up a cart quickly because you’ll feel like you want (no, NEED) everything you see. I’ve been buying vegetarian and vegan food from Trader Joe’s locations all across the country for years now, and I’m a huge fan of the store.
Whether you’re shopping in Los Angeles, New York, Cincinnati, Atlanta, or somewhere in-between, Trader Joe’s is a goldmine for meat and dairy-free treats. Here are some frozen vegan food items you can find at Trader Joe’s.
Vegan Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala is a favorite Indian dish for many due to its rich and creamy tomato sauce. Trader Joe’s offers a meatless version with cumin rice! It looks pretty freakin’ good for a frozen meal.
Wheat Free Toaster Waffles
Sometimes, we don’t make time for breakfast. As you’re putting coffee into your mug, toast one of these babies and take it with you for your AM commute.
Trader Joe’s Zucchini Fries are lightly battered and grilled — the perfect substitute for french fries if you’re trying to eat a bit healthier.
Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas
Trader Joe’s Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas are made with organic white corn tortillas, corn & black beans. The dish is wheat-free and dairy-free.
Image: The Friendly Fig
Veggie pakoras are delicious, especially as you peruse the Indian buffet. Instead of paying for a lunch out, you can actually make a nice little meal from the Indian food items at Trader Joe’s. These Vegetable Pakoras would taste delicious with that Vegan Tikka Masala.
Image: The Indolent Vegan
Chicken-Less Mandarin Orange Morsels
If you like to order Orange Chicken from your local Chinese restaurant, try this vegan version.
Vegetable Panang Curry With Jasmine Rice
Panang curry is flavorful and full of veggies. This Trader Joe’s version is vegan and gluten-free!
Image: Creative Cooking Gluten Free
True Thai Vegetable Pad Thai
Trader Joe’s skips the artificial stuff and uses all natural ingredients for this Pad Thai, which is made with tofu and cashews.
Trader Joe’s Falafel is pretty good, though I don’t get why the bag says the preferred cooking method is the microwave. I hardly ever use that thing and always opt for the oven instead. When baked, the chickpea balls hold their shape well. This makes them a bit dry, however, but a quick fix is to serve them with hummus and tahini.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Soy Creamy Dessert
I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds amazing, and it reminds me of a certain childhood favorite dessert. Did anyone else used to eat that Cherry Cordial ice cream, the one with Red 40? Ick. This soy version sounds so much better. Thank you, Trader Joe’s!
Image: Exploring Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s is an excellent place for vegans and vegetarians to shop for weekly groceries. I go there about once a month, but I used to go almost every week when I was living in L.A. Trader Joe’s is especially convenient for young people like myself who are often “grabbing” dinner instead of eating a sit-down meal, and who also want cheap food solutions.
Plus, the art on the walls and the products themselves are pretty cool. Like this lady.
Have you tried any other vegan frozen food items from Trader Joe’s?
All images are from the Trader Joe’s website unless otherwise stated.