10 Easy Vegan Meals at Trader Joe’s for Lazy Days

This iconic grocery store makes it easier than ever to be vegan.


We all have those days when going home and cooking a homemade dinner is the last thing we want to do. Luckily, popular grocery chain Trader Joe’s offers a multitude of delicious and nutritious plant-based meals that make our lives so much easier. Pop these meals into the microwave or oven, and you’ll be enjoying a flavorful vegan meal in minutes.


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1. Vegan Tikka Masala
Spicy tomato and coconut-milk sauce seasoned with onions, garlic, cashews, and spices covers soy-based “tikka” meat and cumin-spiced rice in this popular Indian-style dish.


2. Legume and Spinach Salad Palette
Convenient meals can be healthy, too, as evidenced by this vegetable-loaded salad. Protein-rich green lentils and chickpeas are tossed with roasted cauliflower, fresh spinach, crunchy apples, and buttery pecans for a meal that will definitely leave you feeling refreshed.

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3. Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry
Cauliflower is a huge food trend right now; get in on the trend with this Asian-style, grain-free stir-fry. Sesame oil, ginger, and tamari pack plenty of flavor, while green peas, red peppers, and grilled corn boost the nutrient content of this dish.

4. Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice
We can’t get enough of this fiery yellow curry which utilizes popular meat replacement jackfruit, making for a perfectly pulled “chicken” texture. Creamy coconut-milk sauce and spices such as lemongrass, cumin, and turmeric make this dish a can’t-miss!

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5. Chicken-Less Mandarin Orange Morsels
A little sweet, a little spicy, but completely irresistible, this popular vegan meat product is finally back on shelves at Trader Joe’s! Serve these crispy morsels over brown rice for a simple meal.


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6. Vegetable Masala Burger
These plant-based patties are full of flavor thanks to the warming Indian spices. Even better? They crisp nicely when popped in the microwave.

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7. Vegetable Panang Curry with Jasmine Rice
This curry is loaded with asparagus, green beans, and zucchini, and topped with a mouthwatering Kaffir lime-infused curry sauce. Best of all? This complete dinner retails for a mere $3!


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8. Vegetable Pad Thai
Ready in just three minutes, this microwaveable meal is a classic Trader Joe’s staple enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike. No need to order take-out … stop by your local store to satisfy that Pad Thai craving.

9. Vegetable Spring Rolls
Pop these crispy spring rolls into the oven, and soon you’ll be enjoying these golden bundles filled with kale, edamame, mushrooms, and shredded tofu. Pair them with Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce for a deliciously amazing combination.

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10. Japanese Style Fried Rice
Sensing a theme here? Trader Joe’s has a wide array of vegan-friendly, Asian-inspired dishes, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention their popular Japanese fried rice seasoned with Hijiki seaweed and spiced-tofu.
Sarah McLaughlin is an assistant editor at VegNews who can often be found wandering the aisles at Trader Joe’s.

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