10 Best Frozen Foods to Buy at Trader Joe’s This Fall

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Trader Joe’s is a year round staple for many grocery shoppers who like to take advantage of the benefits the store offers busy, budget-strapped families and individuals. But their range of seasonal items, like fall staples, really sets them apart from other chains.

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The brand is known for having some of the most affordable prices around – CNET’s Pamela Vachon reported that she saved $77 on her grocery bill by shopping at Trader Joe’s compared to competitors. Further away, GOBankingRates also previously offered 15 tips to save when shopping at TJ’s.

Trader Joe’s offers a line of great products focused on easy-to-prepare meals. Many foods are pre-cooked and frozen, so all it takes is a few minutes in the microwave, oven, or air fryer. The Takeout even rounded up 25 frozen meals you can get on the chain for under $5.

Now that fall is well underway, a hunt for the season’s best frozen foods seemed in order – and what was found were plenty of ideas for apps, entrees and desserts that are just as good for a weekday meals than they would be for Thanksgiving. In addition to staples like mashed sweet potatoes and roasted corn, some favorites follow.

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  1. Pumpkin Spice Mini Samosas ($3.99 for box of 4): This Indian staple gets a makeover with paneer cheese and pumpkin in a flaky crust. These are great additions for a curry dinner, or would be great as bites for a seasonal party.

  2. Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Risotto ($3.99 for 16 oz): Low-carb dieters can still indulge in fall flavors with this Italian-style dinner that pairs gluten-free cauliflower rice with chunks of squash and a rich, creamy sauce. is one of the best ways to get a full day’s serving of vegetables.

  3. Steak and Stout Pies ($7.49 for box of 2): Hot pies are a hearty dinner any time of the year, but especially when the weather turns cold. These rich options from Trader Joe’s combine chunks of beef, potatoes, carrots and onions in a sauce, all housed in a flaky exterior.

  4. Sweet Potato Gnocchi ($3.49 for 14.1 oz): Pasta ends in the fall with Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Gnocchi which offers a new take on the traditional Italian dish. The deli suggests pairing the gnocchi with Alfredo sauce, though they also have a butternut pasta sauce on sale that would also be good to drizzle.

  5. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Bites ($3.99 for box of 10): These creative bites were inspired by the chain’s popular macaroni and cheese and butter, but they kick it up a notch with a deep-fried crust for added texture. The combo also makes it a less messy version, perfect for a party application.

  6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Croissants ($3.99 for box of 2)): Trader Joe’s might be the perfect accompaniment to your morning pumpkin spice latte with these savory pastries that combine pumpkin puree and a creamy cheesecake filling.

  7. Rustic Apple Pie ($4.99 for 17.6 oz): There’s no better time of year to enjoy crisp apples, and Trader Joe’s takes advantage of the seasonal bounty with this perfectly crafted oven-heating dessert. They make them with Northern Spy apples, which might introduce you to a new hybrid you’ll love.

  8. Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie ($6.49 for 16.5 oz): Most have heard of apple, cherry, pecan, or even rhubarb pie. But the cranberry pie? It’s just one more way Trader Joe’s is showing off its surprising ability to present new offerings for curious palates.

  9. Gluten-Free Pie Crust ($4.99 for a 2-pack of 9-inch crusts): One of the great things about Trader Joe’s is that their selection has a ton of options for those with dietary restrictions – especially many gluten-free items. These pie crusts are made with brown rice flour and are free of dairy, egg, soy and peanuts. Now you and your gluten-free guests can also enjoy delicious desserts on Thanksgiving Day.

  10. Pumpkin ice cream ($4.49 for a pint)): Any of the reheated pies above would be great with a scoop of ice cream on top. This one is a purely seasonal treat made with 20% pumpkin puree and flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.

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Freeda S. Scott