10 Easy Trader Joe’s Vegan Meals

Sick and tired of cooking? Need a quick and relatively healthy option that is TASTY too without spending a pretty penny for takeout? These 10 quick & easy Trader Joe’s vegan meals could be your answer.

This list will make your Trader Joe’s meal prep EASY! Cook times range from about 3 to 20 minutes. And portions are flexible, whether you are looking for vegan meals for one or two, or an entire family.

Here are 10 of my tasty, throw together Trader Joe’s vegan recipes.

Chili Onion Cabbage Noodles

Bowl of Chili Onion Cabbage Noodles.
Ingredients for chili onion cabbage noodles.
Package of squiggly knife cut noodles.

Move over takeout…these Chili Onion Cabbage Noodles leave nothing to be desired! If you haven’t tried some of these new items like the unbelievably flavorful Stir Fry Garlicky Cabbage or Squiggly Knife Cut Style Noodles, you are missing out!

Base ingredients:

  • Squiggly Knife Cut Style Noodles w/ sauce (or Thai Wheat Noodles or Instant Ramen Noodles)
  • Stir Fry Garlicky Cabbage
  • Crunchy Chili Onion (or sriracha)

Optional Ingredients:

  • Sriracha Tofu (or plain tofu)
  • Chili Onion Peanuts
  • fresh herbs
  • fresh lime juice
  • Coconut aminos or soy sauce

Simply followed instructions to cook noodles and cabbage (proportions are roughly 1 individual package of noodles to 1 package of cabbage). Then combine them with noodle sauce packet (I only use 1/2 of the sauce) and top with other ingredients!

Souped-Up Trader Joe’s Multigrain Blend with Romesco

Souped-up multigrain blend loaded with veggies and topped with romesco.
Frozen bag of multigrain blend with vegetables.
Frozen shelled edamame bag.
Romesco Dip.

This creation was so satisfying and wholesome that it is now in adult dinner rotation (when kids are eating something else:)). Simply saute the frozen Multigrain Blend in a little water (you could also use olive oil) with a handful of frozen shelled edamame for extra protein and fresh kale until heated through, added salt and pepper and topped with Romesco Dip. Delicious and SO HEALTHY!

Base ingredients:

  • Trader Joe’s Multigrain blend (or other quick cooking grain like farro if you prefer)
  • frozen or fresh veggies of choice (like edamame, greens, carrots, peas, and corn)
  • sea salt, black pepper, or other simple seasoning
  • TJ’s Romesco or Chimichurri Sauce

Vegan Mexican Cobb Salad

Mexican Cobb Salad with black beans, corn, creamy dill dressing, crispy jalapeno pieces, and more!
Refrigerated bottle of Trader Joe's Vegan Creamy Dill Dressing.
Tin of crispy Jalapeno pieces.

THIS Trader Joe’s vegan salad creation is the salad I crave more than any other: creamy, spicy, light. My vegan Mexican Cobb Salad is essentially taco salad ingredients with a ranch-like dressing. And Trader Joe’s makes it EASY with the best salad dressing of all time, Creamy Dill.

Base ingredients:

  • romaine or greens of choice
  • black beans
  • corn
  • fresh tomatoes
  • avocado
  • Crispy Jalapeno Pieces (or tortilla chips if you prefer)
  • Vegan Creamy Dill dressing (tastes like ranch!)

Optional added ingredients (chopped or shredded):

  • radishes
  • bell peppers
  • Impossible Chicken Nuggets (baked and chopped into bite size pieces) or sautéed Soy Chorizo
  • hemp seeds/hearts

Check out all my Trader Joe’s salad recipe ideas here.

Vegan Shakshuka

Vegan shakshuka is one of the tastiest easy Trader Joe's vegan meals.
Jar of spicy chunky tomato and pepper sauce.
Can of garbanzo beans.

Have you heard of this delicious Middle Eastern dish? It starts with a spicy and chunky tomato sauce, using unique spices like cumin, coriander, cayenne, and caraway seeds and vegetables like peppers, onions, and garlic. Traditionally, it is topped with poached eggs.

In my semi-homemade vegan version, I swap the eggs for chickpeas and additional veggies on hand. If you like spice and tomato sauce you need to try this one!

Base ingredients:

  • Trader Joe’s Spicy Chunky Tomato Sauce or the frozen Shakshuka sauce
  • veggies of choice (like bell peppers, mushrooms, or greens)
  • chickpeas or other legumes of choice, or tofu
  • fresh bread or bagel for dipping

Veggie Ramen

Bowl of spicy ramen with tofu and greens.
Spicy Ramen
Box of miso ramen.
Bowl of spicy miso instant ramen soup.
Sriracha tofu.

Nothing says comfort food like ramen! This is my favorite lunch (even brunch) for one when I am working from home during the week.

Base ingredients:

  • single-serve ramen package (I love Trader Joe’s miso or spicy miso)
  • veggies of choice (like kale, spinach, cabbage, or broccoli)
  • tofu of choice (I like TJ’s sriracha or plain tofu)

Optional added ingredients:

  • fresh herbs
  • sriracha

Simply follow the ramen directions to cook the noodles and broth (I omit the oil since I find it’s tasty without it). While they cook, sauté veggies in a pan with 1/4 cup water. When the noodles/broth are ready, combine them with the veggies in the pan, add in tofu of choice and top with fresh herbs and/or sriracha.

This prep feels more elevated than just eating out of the paper cup and it’s a scrumptious way to pack in the veggies;). Definitely one of my go-to vegan meals for one.

Lentil Bruschetta Toasts

Lentil bruschetta , one of the easy Trader Joe's vegan meals.
Bruschetta sauce.
Box of pre-cooked lentils.
Can of white beans.

The Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Sauce is delicious all by itself, but can easily be made into a meal by adding legumes like lentils or white beans. I serve on toast or crostini with a little arugula on top for the adults. My kids prefer white beans and they use crackers to shovel it in;)!

Base ingredients:

Optional added ingredients:

Proportions of bruschetta to legumes are personal preference. I typically start with about 1/2 container of sauce to about 1 cup of legumes and then taste and alter.

This is one of our family’s favorite easy vegan Trader Joe’s meal ideas, and it works well as a snack or appetizer too!

Easy Vegetable Gyoza Soup

Easy vegetable gyoza soup with fresh veggies.
Bag of frozen Thai vegetable gyoza.

This dumpling soup is a great way to pack in veggies to your diet while still enjoying these yummy gyoza. While it is almost too simple for a recipe, I have mastered some preparation hacks that are worth sharing. Here is one of my favorite Trader Joe’s vegan recipes.

Refrigerated Soup with Greens: Easy Vegan Trader Joe’s Meals

One of the easy Trader Joe's vegan meals: refrigerated soup with greens and bread.
Harvest Chili.
Organic hearty Minestrone Soup.
Lentil soup with ancient grains.

Trader Joe’s carries a handful of plant-based soups in the refrigerated section that are delicious on their own…but adding a handful of fresh greens while simmering on the stove somehow makes them feel more special, like a complete meal. Throw in some crusty bread for a heartier bowl.

Base ingredients:

  • prepared soup (like Hearty Minestrone, Harvest Chili, and Lentil with Ancient Grains. Note: some of TJ’s soups are seasonal and regional)
  • fresh spinach or kale

Optional added ingredients:

  • crusty bread
  • hot sauce

These are the quickest vegan Trader Joe’s meals!

Sweet & Spicy Rice Salad

Colorful bowl of sweet & spicy rice salad, of the the best easy Trader Joe's vegan meals.
Crispy jalapeno pieces tin.
Sriracha tofu.
Box of frozen brown rice.

This Asian-inspired Spicy Rice Salad is oh so addicting, with the perfect balance of textures and heat. It tops the list for my favorite Trader Joe’s Salad Recipes!

Base ingredients:

  • salad greens of choice
  • brown rice (quick-cooking frozen works great)
  • cucumbers
  • Sriracha Baked Tofu
  • Crispy Jalapeño Pieces
  • Toasted Sesame Dressing (unfortunately the Spicy Cashew Butter Dressing was discontinued…that was the best!)

Optional added ingredients (chopped or shredded):

  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • raw beets

Hearty Pasta: Easy Vegan Trader Joe’s Meals

Hearty pasta, one of the easy Trader Joe's vegan meals.
Bag of gluten free brown rice fusilli pasta.
Jar of tomato sauce.
Precooked lentils in box.
Dry red lentils in bag.
Can of white beans.

Healthy and hearty, this dish has so many variations and can be gluten free too. Start with your favorite TJ’s pasta and sauce…then add in veggies on hand and either lentils or white beans. I often make this dish when I have leftover spaghetti squash as my kids barely notice it mixed in with all the pasta and sauce. And for the legumes, my favorite is the red split lentils, which cook about as quickly as the pasta; or else, the ready-made lentils or white beans work great too.

Base ingredients:

  • pasta of choice
  • tomato sauce of choice
  • veggies of choice (like mushrooms, carrots, kale, spinach, spaghetti squash)
  • beans of choice (like white beans or lentils)
  • vegan parmesan

I hope this post gave you some new ideas for quick and easy Trader Joe’s vegan meals! If you try any of these ideas or want to share yours, please let me know what you think in comments below!

For more simple meals for one person, check out Easy Vegan Meals for One.

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6 thoughts on “10 Easy Trader Joe’s Vegan Meals”

  • This list was EXACTLY what I was looking for! We are moving at the end of this month, and I want to have easy meals on hand for that last week, when we will be spending our evenings packing. Definitely going to use several of your ideas, thank you!

  • Staying in a condo in Miami Beach with a kitchen that contains 1 pot and 1 pan. I am cooking for 3 adults, all vegan & 1 who is gluten sensitive. Spices and seasonings are limited too. If I were home there would be no issues. These meal suggestions have given me 3 ideas for easy dinners. I can ride a bike to TJs and fill up the basket and be back in 30 minutes. Easy peasy.

  • Saved this in my Notes app… going to skip the meal delivery kit for a couple of weeks and try these out one by one! Thanks for making my shopping easy!

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