30 Minute Trader Joe’s Meal

Are y’all as obsessed with Trader Joe’s as I am?  One of the perks of being a stay at home mom is that I can go to TJ’s in the off hours, which means available parking spaces and no shopping cart bumper cars in the store.  So obviously we go often.

One of my favorite areas of Trader Joe’s (besides the chocolate covered everything area) is the marinated meat section.  I only recently began trying the different marinated meat options, but they are the greatest cheats for dinner!  The latest one that Nick loves is the garlic peppercorn pork tenderloin.  You sear it on each side, then bake it for 20 minutes per pound.  It has so much flavor!  A little spicy, a little tangy from the garlic, and you can use the leftovers for Cuban sandwiches the next day.

The other night I just heated up some Cuban style black beans, added some lime and cumin to them, and served them over the 10 minute farro as a side.  I also grabbed the broccoli and kale slaw, which comes with dried cherries, sunflower seeds, and dressing.  I threw it in just to have something green, not expecting to really enjoy it, but it was delicious! The dressing is a little sweet, which masks the bitterness of kale (blech, kale).

The whole dinner cost about $15 (with only one tenderloin), took 30 minutes to make, and majorly delivered on flavor.


Shopping List:
Pre-marinated, fresh garlic peppercorn pork tenderloin (about 1 lb serves two hungry adults)
Bag of Broccoli & Kale Slaw
Can of cuban style black beans
Bag of 10 minute farro
One lime

Timing Cheat Sheet:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat a cast iron pan (or regular frying pan) and sear tenderloin on each side.  Once there is color on each side, place the cast iron pan in the oven (or place tenderloin on oven safe pan) for 20 minutes per pound.  Place a small pot of water to boil.  Place another small pot over a burner for the beans.  When pork is 10 minutes out from being done, begin to boil the farro and heat the beans, adding lime and cumin to the beans, if you like.  Mix the salad in a large bowl, tossing thoroughly to coat the kale.  Remove pork from the oven, letting it rest for 5 minutes.  Drain the farro.  Slice the pork and serve beans over the farro!

What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s meal?

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