The red block letters of Trader Joes are like a beacon to loyal customers. Day or night, in rain or shine, they promise a singular shopping experience. Walk into any Trader Joes, go about your normal weekly shop and youll not only discover amazingproducts that will save weeknight dinnersyoull probably save a bunch of money too.

There are a fewthings a lot of people might not know about Trader Joes, but one thing the chainisknown for in particular is selling their in-house brand almost exclusively and typically at incredibly competitive price points. The freezer section is a perfect example its a wonderful place to peruse and pick out some particularly delightful products, including somemuch loved Trader Joes products. But whatessential items should you buy every time?

From single ingredients and appetizers to main courses and desserts, always keep your eyes peeled for these 15 fantastic frozen food items at Trader Joes.

If youre looking for a potato alternative, this cauliflower gnocchi is sure to satisfy. Made in Italy, these little dumplings can be cooked from frozen whether crisped up in a saut pan, boiled or even microwaved before being tossed in your choice of sauce. Thispastaalternative is so tasty that it might evenrival Grandmas pasta recipes.

Here we are again with cauliflower, this time in a different iteration of an Italian classic.Pizza of any kind is undeniably delicious, but if you want something a little less carb-y, this is the pizza base for you! The crust, made from riced cauliflower, corn flour, potato starch, olive oil and salt, doesnt contain the massive amount of cheese usually found in other cauliflower pizza crusts (whilecheese is not a bad thing, sometime you want it in moderation, right?), which means each slice contains just 80 calories. Add toppings and enjoy pizza or cut the crust into strips for cauliflower breadsticks the possibilities are endless! Get your hands on one of these 10.6 -ounce cauliflower crusts for just $3.99.

Trader Joes chicken tikka masala is a great alternative to takeout. If you dont feel liketurning to your slow cooker for a homemade rendition, pick up an 8.5-ounce box from the freezer section for just $3.49. With a creamy, slightly spicy tomato sauce, tender pieces of white chicken and a cumin-infused basmati rice on the side, this entre, which has been a customer favorite since its debut in 2009, is sure to satisfy your taste buds!

Homemade chocolate lava cakesare known for being tricky to perfect. But that doesnt mean you cannot and should not be able to enjoy them from the comfort of your own home! These frozen lava cakes by Trader Joes are apparently well worth the $2.99 per box (each of which includes two individual cakes). Theyre decadent and delicious and will make you feel like youve got a five star restaurant in your own home so theres no need to go to one ofAmericas most expensive restaurantsto get your chocolate lava fix.

A nationwide fan favorite, this particular frozen appetizer is classic party fare. In The Daily Meals very ownTrader Joes frozen appetizer taste testit was described as creamy and buttery. It heats up in just a few minutes and is the perfect accompaniment to some sturdy corn tortillas. An 8.8-ounce container will set you back $2.99, which seems like a bargain for melty-cheesy goodness.

Though there may be a few different variations of eggplant parmesan floating around the freezer chests of Trader Joes, this product in particular is the one to look out for. The 12-ounce box costs $3.49 and contains a wonderfulvegetarian-friendlyversion of the classicItalian-American dish. The eggplant is sliced about an inch thick and soaks up the rich garlicky tomato sauce it is layered with. Enjoy this on its own, with a nice crusty ciabatta or even overpastafor an easy and delicious dinner.

Whether youretrying to get a meal thrown together in a hurryor are preparing a fully fledged dinner party, peeling garlic can be an inevitable and odious task.As an ingredient, garlic is all but magicaland adds unbeatable flavor to so many dishes. However, if youre sick and tired of papery garlic skin, smelly fingers and the time it takes to prepare a simple clove of garlic, then the frozen garlic found at Trader Joes (though not an in-house brand) is the time-saving product for you! This product is nothing like the acrid jars of shelf-stable minced garlic. The frozen garlic is presented in cubes in a small tray much like ice cubes, with twenty 4-gram cubes each equal to one clove and costs about $2.

For those cravinga sweet treat but still wanting to stick to something healthy, the Gone Bananas! chocolate-covered banana bites are the thing to buy! Made with just three simple ingredients banana, chocolate and coconut oil an 8-ounce box (about 20 covered slices of banana) costs $1.99. Trader Joes also began selling chocolate-covered strawberry pieces, so even if you arent a banana fan youll find a tasty alternative. At $2.99 for a 5.3-ounce box the strawberries are a bit more expensive, but no doubt just as delicious.

Who doesnt love ice cream? These mini cones (coated with chocolate on the inside!) with vanilla ice cream are a fabulous way to enjoy something sweet when you dont want to commit to an entire full-sized cone. Great for kids and grownups alike, eight mini ice creams come in each box, each weighing 7.9 ounces. One box costs $2.99 and might not last very long in some households.

Trader Joes Mandarin Orange Chicken has been on the (freezer) shelves of Trader Joes since 2005 and has even beenvoted, by customers, as the No. 1 favorite productin stores. Each 22-ounce package contains battered chicken pieces as well as a separate container of sauce. Theres no need for take-out when you have this in your freezer, and since once bag only costs $4.99 (much likeCostcos famous rotisserie chicken) its an easy and affordable meal for any day of the week!

Trader Joes Mandarin Orange Chicken has been on the (freezer) shelves of Trader Joes since 2005 and has even beenvoted, by customers, as the No. 1 favorite productin stores. Each 22-ounce package contains battered chicken pieces as well as a separate container of sauce. Theres no need for take-out when you have this in your freezer, and since once bag only costs $4.99 (much likeCostcos famous rotisserie chicken) its an easy and affordable meal for any day of the week!

Pig in a blanket who?These Parmesan Pastry Pups got high scoresfor their presentation when they went head-to-head against some of Trader Joes other popular frozen appetizers. If you are looking for an easy finger food, these $4.49 pastry pups (in a 10.5-ounce box, about 12 pups per box) these mini beef franks, wrapped in puff pastry and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese are not a bad way to go! Serve with some high-quality mustard for extra credit.

Dumplings of any kind deserve praise, and these pork gyoza potstickers from Trader Joes are no exception. With a tasty and balanced filling of pork, cabbage and scallion, and skin that is the perfect thickness, these dumplings are an excellent item to keep on hand for any kind of last-minute meal emergency. Along with a big salad, these dumplings, which come in a big 16-ounce bag for $2.99 and can be pan-fried, boiled oreven microwaved, make for a convenient and satisfying meal.

If you are vegan or simplyavoid dairy, chances are you have hunted high and low for a suitablysatisfying ice creamthat doesnt taste overtly non-dairy-y. Well, friends, the search is over. Trader Joes own coconut milk-based strawberry ice cream is a thing of dairy-free dreams. Somevegan and non-dairyice cream imitators get pretty darn close to tasting like the real thing, but none come close to this pint of strawberry-coconut heaven. Soft, creamy and rich, this non-dairy dessert actually tastes like real strawberries and with only 150 calories per 1/2-cup serving this product sold for a mere $2.99, seems almost beyond belief.

The final item on our list is a versatile time-saver. Meatballs are a great addition to so many dishes and having one of Trader Joes 16-ounce bags in the freezer is sure to come in handy. From adding them to any number ofperfectly delicious pasta recipesto makingmouthwatering game-day snacks(for any game really: football, soccer, Scrabble) its easy to see why these meatballs are one of thefoods that Trader Joes customers love the most.

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