You’re always looking for meals that are kid-friendly, healthy, easy-to-put-together and budget-friendly. We found six easy ideas to add to your arsenal, which we hacked together using ingredients you can find at Trader Joe’s (aka every parent’s dream come true!). Read on for the scoop!

1. Next-Level Ravioli

Trader Joe’s has a great selection of ravioli, but topping it with marinara can get old. By adding steamed spinach, peas and melted Boursin cheese, this pumpkin ravioli now has three veggies (and they all taste like cheese!).

2. Carnitas Salad

The cilantro salad dressing at Trader Joe’s is no joke, and it’s delicious on more than just salads. Create a filling dinner salad or a tasty lunch by adding their pre-cooked carnitas, Mexican cheese, avocado, salsa, cilantro salad dressing and a small amount of sour cream to a bag of romaine lettuce.

3. Kid-Friendly Curry

Expose your kids to a taste of Thai with this easy recipe. Mix a can of coconut cream (also available in a low-fat version) with a bottle of Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry Sauce and simmer. Cube some of Trader Joe’s pre-cooked all natural chicken breast to throw in the pot, and serve over their three-minute rice. You can also add steamed spinach!

4. Easy Vegetarian Soft Tacos

These tacos can be thrown together in less than five minutes. Pictured below are Guerrero tortillas and Amy’s organic refried beans, but Trader Joe’s has their own version of both items. Heat the refried beans, then add Trader Joe’s Double Roasted Salsa, Mexican cheese, guacamole and chopped spinach.


5. Delicious Pulled Pork Tacos

Trader Joe’s Pulled Pork can be made in the microwave in three minutes, and makes a super-tasty base for these tacos. Add your favorite toppings, but don’t skip the Roasted Tomatillo and Mango Salsa, which adds some tang and spice.

What are your 10 minutes or less go-to meal hacks? Share them in the comments below!

— Sara Olsher (all photos courtesy of the author)