Trader Tom’s Recipes With Joe

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We all know that senior struggle when you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to pay for your next meal when you need to save up for that happy hour with your friends this weekend. Lucky for you, Tom’s got those deliciously simple dollar saving meals for you made with just a few items from your neighborhood Trader Joe’s! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an iron chef to whip up these recipes.

Disclaimer: I am an undergraduate student at the George Washington University. I created this page as part of a team project for one of my classes. Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the George Washington University.

Curry Chicken & Cauliflower


This is one of my favorite meals to make. It is wicked quick and easy to make but also tastes delicious. Warning: You will have to convince your friends that you actually made this dish because they will think you got it from an Indian restaurant.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 Lb of Chicken thighs
  • 1 bag of Trader Joes pre-cut cauliflower
  • 1 jar of Trader Joes curry sauce
  • 1 package of pita bread
  • 1 cup of your favorite rice

Begin with cooking the rice. Just follow the instructions on the bag. (You got this.)

Then cut the chicken thighs into small cubes and combine with the curry sauce in a medium size pot. Bring the Sauce to a boil and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes add in the pre-cut cauliflower and cook for another 5 minutes.

Lastly, heat the pita bread in the microwave for 45 seconds and get ready to eat!

Now run to Trader Joes and get cooking!

Trader Tom

March 7, 2016

Easy Asian Stir Fry


This is one of my favorites! I practically lived off this meal during midterms. Taking about 25/30 minutes to prepare, this dish is ideal for your busiest days. Plus the left overs taste great! Get down to your local Trader Joes and buy the following ingredients:

  • The pre-cut asian vegetable stir fry package
  • Package of broccoli
  • package of diced onion
  • 1 lb Chicken Brest
  • your favorite rice (I recommend the express cook brown rice because it only takes 15 mins to cook)
  • Your favorite Teriyaki sauce

The first step is important! You must start cooking the rice first. If you do not then when you finish cooking the chicken and vegetables you will have to wait for the rice to finish. Don’t make this mistake! No one likes cold stir fry! Follow the instructions on the back of the rice and then move on to the next step.

Next, over medium head pour a little olive oil in your wok or a large pot. Pour the full package of asian vegetables and half of the broccoli and onion packages. Cook for about 10 minutes or until vegetables have softened.

Simultaneously, cube you chicken breast and cook it in a medium sized skillet over medium heat with a little olive oil. Roughly 6-8 minutes.

When your chicken and vegetables look about done pour in the some teriyaki sauce to your liking. Finish the cooking process and you’re ready to go!

Its time to bring the whole dish together. Get out a plate and lay down some of the rice. Then add a layer of vegetables. Top the dish off with some of the teriyaki chicken.


The beauty of this dish is that the left overs taste just as good as the fresh meal. In a large pot over medium heat, pour all your left overs in with some additional teriyaki sauce. This is way better than using the microwave! Stir occasionally until you leftovers are all warmed up.

Trader Tom

February 23, 2016

Corn Bread Chili


Pay attention because I am going to drop come culinary knowledge on you. You do not have to be an professional chef by any means to follow this recipe. Although this simple meal will make your friends think you are an innovator in the kitchen.

Here is all you need:

  • 6 cups of chili (either home made or three 15 ounce cans of your favorite chili) I really like Trader Joe’s turkey chili.
  • One box of cornbread mix (plus the required eggs, oil and milk)

Here is all you need to do:

  1. Heat the chili up in a pot on the stove and then spread on the bottom of a 8×10 baking dish
  2. Mix all the cornbread ingredients together in a bowl and then pour mixture over the chili
  3. Then bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees

That’s it! Now get in the kitchen and start cooking! This layered dish will have your friends running for seconds.

Trader Tom

February 17, 2016