Cooking for 10 - from Trader Joes, with no Cooking??
Hi...I am away for the holidays in a rented condo with my family...having 10 people for dinner but don't want to 'cook'...but have access to a Trader Joes!! Any suggestions for a quick meal from their ready to go stuff?? have some cooking utensils here but not a lot..thanks for the suggestions!!
Dairy, bakery, prepared refrigerated foods, fruit and vegetables (as well as florals) are locally supplied, so quality will vary, as noted in many, many, many threads.
Do you have a microwave, toaster oven or pots and pans? Frozen and canned items are pretty much national.
If you are only buying locally supplied items, check all of the dates.
In our TJ's in Seattle, in the refridgerated section there is usually (sometimes they are out of things, of course), a 1/2 a smoked or cooked turkey, also a pre-cooked rack of lamb and prime rib. I have never bought these items as I like to cook them myself, but would be worth a try; all you have to do is heat up. Some crackers, cheeses, cold cuts, condiments and some assorted cookies and a veggy tray would make a nice spread. You can get pre made dips, and get baby carrots, celery, snap peas, etc. from the produce section.
Don't forget the wine, beer and some nice flavored seltzers or such as well!
It's been a while since I made this so please forgive some of the vagueness...I've bought their beef sirloin tips (?) (comes in that longish package where they have carne asada, lamb tips, etc.) & added a TJ's (clear glass) orange jam/marmalade for stir fry** & served with steamed rice and broccolini. You can even buy prepared rice in the frozen section. Oh, and how can I forget their frozen chicken gyozas for apps?? A staple after school snack for my kids!
**really good as sugar caramelizes and crisps up the beef slightly; it was a TJ's sample demo so if anyone else has heard/made something like this, please chime in
Here are two things I do.
1) Get some meatballs. Get some beef broth and make a brown gravy (add mushrooms if you wish). Serve over papardelle (wide noodles).
Do the above, only use some tomato-ey Italian sauce instead of the gravy.
2) Lox, spreadable cream cheese, capers, red onion, tomato , and ciabatta rolls or bagels. This is more a brunch type thing, but it is nice for supper as well. A simple light soup would be good with this.
You could have a fajita bar. Beef, chicken and veggies are packaged in the fresh section as are salsa and guacamole. Get tortillas, cheese, sour cream or whatever else floats your boat. Add some canned refried or black beans, yellow rice, and a couple of bags of salad and a bottle of dressing and a frozen dessert and you're done!
re: Terrie H.
thanks for the suggestions everyone....ended up buying some prepped meats (chicken, pork), salads (including the peanut noodle one), a couple of sides (quiona, veggie fried rice), a couple of flatbread pizzas to cut up in small pieces, nachos and dips (con queso looked good), plus a couple of frozen desserts. Lots of food for everyone,including a vegetarian, great value. Wish I lived near a Trader Joe's but have to settle for visiting them!!