Adjusting to life without fourteen meals swipes a week may be challenging, especially for upperclassmen
Balancing the long walk from the townhouses, schoolwork, and cooking for yourself can be a lot in college. Luckily, Trader Joe’s is located 1.5 miles from the Fairfield University campus. TJ’s is so enticing because of their low prices, aesthetically pleasing packaging, and ample supply of pre-made frozen foods. Though the produce section is full of fresh and colorful options, let’s be real, the average college student is going straight to the freezer aisle. Lost on what to get? No worries, I have compiled lists of assorted Trader Joe’s frozen meals, sides, and snacks that are sure to save you time without breaking the bank.
Let’s start with lunch and dinner-time meals.
Most of these meals are microwave-safe (always double check beforehand!), but if you have access to a stove – go for it. I know it takes more work, however not using the microwave will elevate the quality of your meal.
- Trader Joe’s Steamed Pork and Ginger Soup Dumplings
- BBQ Teriyaki Chicken
- Carne Asada Burritos
- Gluten Free Uncured Pepperoni Pizza
- Chicken Burrito Bowl
- Beef Pho Soup
Next up is breakfast.
On the days you don’t want a Tully breakfast sandwich, or don’t want to splurge on a BEC from Firehouse Deli (which are bomb by the way), try one of these breakfast picks.
- Egg Bites Cheese, Spinach & Kale
- Unsweetened Organic Açaí Puree Packets
- Eggwich Breadless Breakfast Sandwich
- Vanilla Overnight Oats
- Hash Browns
Don’t worry – I did not forget about all of the HerCampus vegetarian readers out there.
Trader Joe’s is notorious for their delicious veggie based options. You can absolutely dress some of these meals up and make them your own with your favorite sauces, spices, or dressings.
- Chickenless Crispy Tenders & Organic Riced Cauliflower
- Mediterranean Style Orzo Pasta Salad
- Joe’s Diner Mac ‘n Cheese
- Organic Trofie Pasta & Truffle Piccante Spicy Pasta Sauce
- Kimchi & Tofu Soup
What is a good meal without some sides?
There truly is nothing like freshly baked bread. The Mini French Baguettes are SO GOOD.
Finally, bring on the snacks.
Snacks are essential.
- Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers
- Organic Garlic Naan Crackers
- Organic Cacio e Pepe Puffs
- Everything but the Bagel Seasoned Crackers
There you have it!
I hope you enjoyed my recommendations For The Fairfield Girl Trader Joe’s must haves for replacement on campus meals. Whether you are cooking these in your off-campus home, townhouse kitchen, or in your dorm lounge, I hope you find these dining hall alternatives quick, easy, and most importantly delicious!