Studies show that we are less likely to waste food if it's prepared and cooked. Your bag of baby spinach is less likely to be lost to the stench of old greens if you sauté it with mushrooms for morning omelets or cook it into a stew as soon as you bring it home. So it's important to have a plan for your groceries.
But you shouldn't have to be an expert cook to enjoy a decent meal at home. In fact, all you really need is a bag of Trader Joe's groceries and a little know-how. The best meals often happen when you Frankenstein together your favorite Trader Joe's products. Here, our readers shared their smartest and savviest Trader Joe's food hacks so that you never spend another weeknight staring at your fridge.