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7 Brilliant Trader Joe's Finds That Make Healthy Cooking WAY Easier

Because NOBODY's got time to crush garlic.
11/10/2016 07:00am ET

Trader Joe’s is known for some of the friendliest service and most innovative snacks on the planet. And when these two elements collide, you get a lineup of products that eliminate all the hard parts of cooking ― like peeling, chopping and crushing ― which we tend to avoid because we're either too tired or too confused about how to do it.

As such, we polled HuffPost editors for their favorite Trader Joe’s products that save time in the kitchen. Whether it’s pre-cut squash that bypasses the peeling process or frozen garlic that requires absolutely no crushing, these foods have got your back so you can get on with your dinner.

1
Pre-Cut Butternut Squash
Suzy Strutner
Butternut squash has a tough, thick skin that makes it notoriously hard to peel and chop. Not so with this version, whose perfect cubes come ready for roasting.
2
Dorot Crushed Garlic Cubes
Suzy Strutner
Not only is this garlic already peeled and crushed, but it's also frozen into single-serving cubes that pop out of the tray right into your stir-fry, chicken or pasta dish. Oh and because it's frozen, it pretty much never goes bad.
3
Riced Cauliflower
Suzy Strutner
Cauliflower rice is having a moment, but grating cauliflower by hand will never be cool. Thank heavens TJ's has a pre-made version!
4
Frozen Cooked Brown Rice
Suzy Strutner
Cooking rice takes precision and time, and cooking brown rice takes even longer. Luckily, TJ's makes already-cooked frozen rice of all sorts, and the single-serving baggies can be popped in the microwave for perfect rice in minutes.
5
Ginger Stir-In Paste
Suzy Strutner
Cooking with fresh ginger requires peeling the root's bumpy skin and then grating the flesh underneath. This paste variety makes it easy to squirt flavor right into your dish, no work required.
6
Mirepoix
Suzy Strutner
Mirepoix is the foundation of most good home-cooked meals. The French term refers to a combination of chopped and diced onions, carrots and celery (and Italians refer to it as soffritto). Once sauteed, it can be used as the base for everything from chicken soup to braised short ribs. As you can see, TJ's has done the hardest part for you.
7
Premium Peeled Garlic
Suzy Strutner
Again with the garlic hacks! For those of us who prefer to avoid frozen garlic or would rather control the size of our minced bits, TJ's offers these nice pre-peeled cloves in vacuum-sealed clusters for freshness.
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