Meet the Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving menu.

By Ariel Klein and Lauren Phillips
Updated November 10, 2020
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Thanksgiving (or as I like to call it, “stretchy-pants day”) will be here before you know it. And while the holidays are a great time to get together with family and reflect on the past year (or maybe less of the former and more of the latter in 2020), they can also be seriously stressful. Whether you’re playing host and top chef for your household or attending an outdoor Thanksgiving dinner as a guest (we’re all about celebrating Thanksgiving safely this year), chances are, Trader Joe’s has everything you could possibly need for your feast. Why spend countless hours cooking everything from scratch when you can give the people what they really want: a Trader Joe’s feast?

From mouthwatering appetizers and seasonal salad kits to delectable side dishes, Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving options—outlined in the November 2020 Fearless Flyer—may be what you’re most thankful for this year. Just remember to shop early: Trader Joe’s isn’t open on Thanksgiving in 2020. Here’s a list of some of our favorite classic Turkey Day dishes at Trader Joe’s, plus some innovative ones, too.

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Skip the garden salad and try out TJ’s kale slaw kit, which is more side salad than slaw and comes with several types of vibrant veggies. With walnut pieces, caramelized shallot, and a Dijon mustard vinaigrette, you can eat it on its own or add sliced turkey, roasted squash, or other Thanksgiving ingredients for a heartier dish.

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It ain’t Thanksgiving without some sort of yam dish, and this one can be ready in just a few minutes. I know what you’re thinking—potatoes from a bag?!—but these aren’t your typical microwavable mashed potatoes. These Mashed Sweet Potatoes are made from real sweet potatoes—and that’s it. Enhance them with candied pecans or brown sugar or just eat them as-is: Either way you’ll have a nutrient-rich, yammy Thanksgiving side.

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Why eat traditional stuffing when you can have cornbread stuffing? Trader Joe’s created the perfect, convenient mix packed with crusty white bread, cornbread croutons, and aromatic herbs. Just add water and butter and prepare this dish on either the stovetop, as a casserole, or bake it inside your turkey. (There’s even a gluten-free stuffing mix option.)

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Thanksgiving is likely one of the most indulgent holidays of the year, so it’s important to still get your greens (or at least have them on the table). And who has time to chop up veggies all day? Not you! Trader Joe’s is known for its wide variety of pre-chopped veggies, like Brussels sprouts, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, and just about anything else you can think of. Simply roast them in the oven with some salt and pepper.

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No interest in cooking a 25-pound turkey this year? Trader Joe’s has you covered with the Turkey & Stuffing En Croute, which is basically the Thanksgiving version of Beef Wellington. Your guests will go crazy for this turkey tenderloin and stuffing rolled into a flaky, buttery puff pastry. It also comes with an herb blend to sprinkle on top and a side of decadent gravy.

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Mosey on over to the bakery aisle and grab a few of these tarts. They’re so good, you'll definitely be able to fool your guests or family members into thinking you made them from scratch. These tarts come out of the box fresh and ready to eat, but if you want dessert bonus points, heat them in the oven briefly and serve with ice cream on top for a dessert bar–worthy treat.