3-Ingredient Trader Joe's Recipe Hacks

Jun 25 2021
We love putting together easy recipe hacks with just a few ingredients. And when it comes to finding fun ingredients, Trader Joe's is a gold mine. Here are five 3-ingredient hacks using TJs products with bonus quickie video demos.

Buff Chick Noodles

Entire recipe: 223 calories, 8.5g total fat (4.5g sat. fat), 800mg sodium, 15g carbs, 4g fiber, 9g sugars, 23.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 4*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 3*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 3*

You’ve never had Buffalo chicken like THIS before… Empty 1 package frozen Zucchini Spirals into a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray. Cover and cook over medium heat for 7–9 minutes. Drain excess liquid, and return zucchini to the skillet. Add 2 oz. Grilled Chicken Strips and 3 tbsp. Buffalo Style Chicken Dip, then cook and stir until hot.


Mac ‘n Cheese Hack

Entire recipe: 403 calories, 9g total fat (4g sat. fat), 793mg sodium, 45.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 34.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 10*
Blue Plan (Freestyle™) SmartPoints® value 10*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 10*

Bulk up that cheesy pasta with protein and veggies! Microwave 1 package frozen Reduced-Guilt Mac & Cheese for 3 minutes, or until hot. Add 1 cup frozen Organic Riced Cauliflower and 3 oz. chopped Just Chicken. Mix it all together, and microwave for 1 minute, or until hot.


Saucy Chorizo Slaw

Entire recipe: 232 calories, 8g total fat (1g sat. fat), 1,164mg sodium, 26.5g carbs, 10g fiber, 6g sugars, 12g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 6*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 6*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 6*

We love this spicy, plant-based twist on spaghetti and meat sauce! Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add 2 oz. Soy Chorizo (choose a different protein for less sodium), then cook and crumble until hot. Add 1 1/4 cups steamed Organic Broccoli Slaw and 1/2 cup Organic Tomato Basil Marinara sauce. Cook and stir until hot and well mixed. (P.S. We like to steam up a bagful of broccoli slaw ahead of time, and then just scoop out what we need later!)


Bagel & Lox Crisps

Entire recipe: 160 calories, 8.5g total fat (3g sat. fat), 459mg sodium, 12g carbs, 1g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 9g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 5*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 5*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 5*

Cheese & crackers meet a loaded bagel! Spread 1 tbsp. Organic Light Whipped Cream Cheese over 6 pieces of Cauliflower Crisps Snack. Top off the crisps with 1 oz. Everything but the Bagel Seasoned Smoked Salmon. SO tasty, SO satisfying…


Creamy BBQ Dip with Carrots

Entire recipe: 102 calories, 3.5g total fat (2g sat. fat), 275mg sodium, 15.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 9g sugars, 2g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 3*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 3*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 3*

Last but not least, mix things up in the condiment department! Stir 1–2 tsp. Organic Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce into 2 tbsp. Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeño Dip. Enjoy it with 1 cup Organic Cut & Peeled Carrots of Many Colors — multicolored baby carrots just make us happy.


HG FYI: Trader Joe’s stock varies by location.

No Trader Joe’s? No problem. You can find similar products in most grocery stores. (Nutritional info may vary.)

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