If you know me well, you know that my personal comfort food is “anything in a bowl.” Back in the day, that meant cereal, pasta, soups, and ice cream. These days, give me a bowl of chili, and I am a happy, happy girl.

It’s really easy for me to get ambitious with my cooking and plan out several time-consuming recipes for the week. But oddly enough, when I really want comfort food is exactly when I do not want to be cooking (funny how that works out, huh?). This recipe is ideal for those nights when you just want to order takeout–and you’ll be eating even faster than if you ordered in!

This dish consists entirely of pre-cut and packaged ingredients. *GASP* I know, I’m actually recommending packaged foods here! But look, I may be a Personal Trainer, but I’m also a Time Management Master–and I am 100% in support of taking help from Trader Joe’s when you can. Pre-cut, frozen veggies are an absolute must in our house. Just make sure the only thing in the bag is the vegetables; you don’t want any added preservatives or sauces.

Paleo Fried “Rice”


  • 1 Bags of Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 Cup frozen peas
  • 1 Cup frozen carrots
  • 1 Cup frozen cut green beans (optional)
  • 1 Cup frozen pineapple chunks (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Aminos
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • A few dashes of Fish Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Just put everything in a nonstick pan and warm through. That’s it! Turn the heat up a little toward the end if you want a little golden-brown goodness on the veggies.

Trader Joe’s Bool Kogi Korean-Style Marinaded Beef Ribs

img_7474You can eat almost any protein with this fried rice. Tonight, we wanted to try out these Trader Joe’s Korean-style beef ribs. My husband is half-Korean, and his mom is an excellent cook, so we were excited to see what these tasted like.

So we laid these strips out on a hot nonstick pan, flipped once to cook through, and served on top of the rice. Super-quick and easy!

Overall, these were pretty darn tasty, especially on top of the fried rice (yes, I know we mixed our Asian cuisines here, but the flavors were really great together). They weren’t exactly the Korean-style ribs that we are used to; these were not spicy at all, unlike the blazing ones my mother-in-law makes. But they were fast and easy, and we’ll definitely be buying them again. (Note that these contain soy sauce, so they’re not totally gluten-free).

Tonight, we went from freezer to bowl in 15 minutes, and I do not feel guilty at all about cooking from a package. These bowls were tasty and healthy. And hey, sometimes you just need a tasty takeout-style meal that can be on the table ASAP. No shame!