I love Grubhub as much as the next person but as someone who orders takeout a little more often than they should, I can understand the need to take a break. Not only does the price of take out add up fast, but the delivery minimum forces you to order more food than you want to eat. Not to mention the delivery fees and tips. While wandering through Trader Joe’s, I noticed that some of my favorite takeout items were available in the frozen and refrigerator sections. I decided to stock up on my favorite foods so that the next time I wanted to order takeout, all I had to do was open my freezer. Here are some of my favorite Trader Joe’s take out alternatives:
Instead of ordering Japanese, try Trader Joe’s ready-made Sushi and frozen edamame beans in the shell. You can choose from a variety of different ready-made sushi rolls in the refrigerator section. Then, head over to the frozen section and pick up a frozen bag of edamame. All you have to do is boil or microwave the edamame before serving.
Instead of ordering Chinese, try Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken. It takes a little more time to prepare than ordering takeout, but it’s worth it. To prepare, open the bag, dump the chicken onto a baking sheet, bake it, then warm up the sauce and mix it with the chicken. It’s fresh, crispy and delicious.
Instead of ordering Indian, try Trader Joe’s Chana Masala and Garlic Naan. Chana Masala is a chickpea curry and all you need to do is put it in the microwave. Trader Joe’s version of the garlic naan is actually better than the naan I get from most Indian restaurants. The naan can be warmed up in the oven or microwave.
Instead of ordering pizza, try Trader Joe’s 4 Cheese or Arugula Pizza. The 4 cheese is a classic, while the arugula features arugula, cherry tomatoes and 5 different cheeses, including Mozzarella, Grana Padano, Manchego, Provolone and Pecorino. Both can be prepared by baking in the oven for about 15 minutes.
Instead of ordering Mexican, try Trader Joe’s Chicken Enchiladas. These chicken enchiladas have the perfect amount of spice and are covered in warm, gooey cheese. Microwave or bake them and share the huge tray with your roommates.