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(Re)Learning to Cook

My older son started kindergarten this fall, and despite my attempts at planning, it’s thrown a wrench in our eating habits. Finding time to cook between soccer practices, homework and tending to our newborn is tricky, and all too often we’ve relied on takeout. But now that we’ve settled into our school routine, it’s time to tackle the dinner table.

Fall is a great time to jump into the kitchen again – or for the first time – and we’ve got lots of easy, back-to-basics recipes to get you cooking.

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Apples to Applesauce

Frosted Caramel Apple Layer CakeApplesauce is really simple to make at home (here’s a basic Applesauce recipe).

Kid-Friendly Dinner Strategies

Preparing a healthy meal for your family at the end of a long day might seem daunting. Factor in fickle taste buds, extreme opinions, and the ice cream fixations of a three-year old eater like my son’s, and I often just want to pour a glass of wine and order take-out around five o’clock.

3 Ways To Make School Lunch Healthier

Britney Fitzgerald is the web editor for KIWI magazine. Growing up, her favorite school lunch was a veggie burrito.

Take Your Parents to Lunch Day

Local Producer: Nona Lim

Growing up, my family had soup before dinner almost every night. My mom would spend a few hours in the kitchen every day, carefully cutting and preparing the ingredients, and by dinnertime, we were drinking a delicious hot soup to warm up our bodies.

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The Perks of Good Coffee

Grab your mug; Sunday is National Coffee Day and we’re celebrating!

The Newest Coffee Shop

Recipes to Know by Heart

We’re obsessed with cookbooks and recipes, but knowing a few versatile dishes by heart makes cooking a lot more fun and can be priceless on busy nights. Here are some of our favorite go-to’s to get you started:

Broth, the kitchen workhorse that’s basically free:

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Wines from South Africa: Our Best Recipe and Cheese Pairings

Approachable. Diverse. Delicious. South Africa’s wines are characterized by a down-to-earth friendliness. Read on for our best recipe and cheese pairing suggestions!

The White Wines

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11 Basic Ways to Shop If You’re Avoiding GMOs

Whole Foods Market® supports your right to know what’s in your food. We are diligently working with over 100,000 supplier partners to bring you full transparency in labeling GMO products in our stores by 2018. We have many non-GMO options in our stores now and will continue to add more. Here’s how to shop if you’re choosing to avoid GMOs. 

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24 Recipes and Ideas for Polenta

Polenta, basically a porridge made from cornmeal, can be served soft or baked, fried or grilled. Polenta is a flavorful base in these tasty recipes and ideas.
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Fresh Alaska Halibut Fillets

UPDATE: We regret that due to supply issues for fresh Alaska Halibut most of our stores are not able to participate in a previously announced one-day sale this Saturday. Contact your local store to check on halibut availability and price and to see what other delicious deals they have in store.

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Stewards of the Land: Mountain Meadows Wins Regional Award

At Whole Foods Market®, we are passionate about our food, our community, and our environment. Just recently, we added a core value to our company mission: practicing and advancing environmental stewardship. So last week when I found out that one of our local beef producers won a Regional Environmental Stewardship award I was super excited to find out more.

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Let’s Cook: Steam Frying

Learn how to reduce the calories in almost every dish you make by steam frying instead of using butter or oil to sauté.

10 Tips for Helping Kids Try New Foods

Let’s avoid the label “picky eater” and instead keep food talk positive and encouraging. Here are our top ten tips for helping your kids try something new.

GMO: Your Right to Know

Whole Foods Market® is committed to full transparency when it comes to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). By 2018 every product in our U.S. and Canadian stores will be labeled to indicate whether they include GMOs. In this video, Whole Foods Market team members, including Co-CEO Walter Robb and President A.C. Gallo, discuss the specifics of our GMO labeling initiative, as well as outline strategies that shoppers can use right now in our stores if they want to avoid purchasing products that contain GMOs.

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Food Trends: Washed Rind Cheeses

Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.

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GMO Labeling Update

It's been six months since we announced our commitment to transparency by labeling all GMO-containing products in our stores by 2018. We are pleased with the progress we’ve made internally as well as with our supplier partners.

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Café UBUNTU + Win a Trip to Kenya

For some people, coffee can jumpstart their day. For others, it can jumpstart their community. In Kenya, the word “ubuntu” means, “I am because we are.” Appropriately named Café UBUNTU ­– the first bakery in Maai Mahiu, Kenya – is a true collaboration that will create jobs and empower the community. Learn more about the collaboration that created the café and what is means for the community of Maai Mahiu by watching this video.

Secrets to a Serious Lunch-Making Pantry

During high school, I ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich on wheat bread, carrot sticks and an apple for lunch every day. Every single day for four years. (Don’t make fun!) I knew I would eat it and it would provide me the energy I needed to finish the day and head into practice after school. I will tell you though, this daily meal wasn’t inspiring, and I didn’t have a line of people clamoring to trade.

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Blueberry Beet Bread

Zucchini bread is a long-time family favorite. So, why not beet bread? Beets are like the forgotten vegetable. I’m ready to change that. That’s right. I’m talking about a beet revolution.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve always been a little bit hesitant to cook beets. I think it’s because I didn’t know what to do with them until I came up with the idea of creating blueberry beet bread.

Love Your Pet with Whole Paws

Do mystery ingredients in pet food give you pause? Take heart! Whole Foods Market® is pleased to carry Whole Paws®, a line of premium pet foods formulated so the first ingredient is chicken, salmon and other wholesome proteins that pets crave.

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12 Recipes For Cod

This versatile, delicate white fish has a mild flavor and a wild history. Use it in fish sticks, fish tacos, chowder and more of our favorite recipes.

5 Steps Teens Can Take Towards Conscious Living and a Project Green Challenge

What is conscious living? Teens Turning Green believes conscious living is an awareness of your choices and actions and their impact on your health, the community and the environment.

We’re Tops in Cheese Expertise

Don’t know asiago from affinage? Whole Foods Market® cheesemongers do, and 77 of them put their expertise on display at the second annual American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional™ exam.

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Dinnertime Theme Nights

If you can jazz up a party with a theme, why not do the same thing at your dinner table? Beat taste-bud boredom and take-out temptation with theme nights!

Plan ahead and make a meal schedule that takes into account the types of foods your family loves, then get creative. By planning ahead, you’ll cut down on the six o’clock scramble and be less likely to turn to take-out or eating out.

Bonus: theme nights are a great way to introduce new foods and flavors using the comfort of a familiar dish.

Here are a few theme night examples to get you started:

Tips for Cranking Up Your Immune Engine

Did you happen to see the recent research showing how an apple a day really does wonders for wellness? Mom was right!

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Healthy Breakfasts for Busy Days

Healthy eating guru Mary shares her kid’s favorite ways to fuel up on nutritious breakfasts before zooming off to school and beyond.

A Guide to Apple Baking, Saucing and Munching

Apples are the quintessential fall fruit. Perfectly perched on top of teachers’ desks and tucked into lunchboxes, apples are in their prime right now. Fall also brings with it a resurgent interest in baking. I’m finally feeling ready to return to the kitchen for a few cooking projects – whole baked apples, applesauce and even apple chips are on the list.

Bottles of Wine Doing a World of Good

Value is not what you pay, it’s what you get. With two of our Sure Deals you get wow-factor wines for under $13 a bottle plus money from each purchase will fund poverty alleviation around the world through Whole Planet Foundation®. What a deal!

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Sausage

Cool weather, dark beer and hot sausage is all you need for a great Oktoberfest get together. While originally focused solely on beer, Oktoberfest now also celebrates one of the greatest foods ever created — sausage.

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Naturally Fermented Foods

With our reliance on pasteurized foods, we don’t consume many natural sources of probiotics. Add fermented foods (and healthy bacteria) to your plate.
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Food Trends: Odd Fruits

Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.

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Cup This Coffee: Organic Honduras San Marcos

Allegro’s Organic Honduras San MarcosLast spring I took a trip to Honduras with the Allegro® sourcing team while they evaluate

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Tailgate with an Orange Cervezarita

It’s September, and you know what that means! College and pro football and baseball are all in full swing. When it comes to game day, I can’t think of a better way to tailgate than with a super fun beer cocktail.

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Heirloom Tomato Virtual Potluck

Heirloom Tomato Pesto Galette, Photo courtesy of Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod

Good-For-You After School Snacks

After school snacks are an essential part of a school year routine, and we find that snack time is so much easier and more fun when our school-goers have had a hand in preparing the treats.

From selecting the perfect apple to choosing grains, nuts and dried fruit in the bulk aisle and using little hands to form snack cookies or flip on the blender – kids love to get in on the shopping and cooking action, too.

Choose smart mini meals and nourishing treats that are packed with fruits, veggies, whole grains and healthy fats for a little boost until dinnertime.

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a time to welcome a shift in the seasons while rejoicing in the New Year and reflecting on the year that has passed. Food is of utmost importance in Jewish tradition and is often used symbolically. Apples, honey and pomegranates symbolize a sweet and abundant New Year, while noodle kugel, brisket and stewed or roasted root vegetables with dried fruit (known as tzimmes) have become mainstays in many Jewish feasts.

Make sure to dip a slice of apple in honey, but plan on these picks for the rest of your Rosh Hashanah celebration.

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Fast Food for Picky Preschoolers

Easy Baked Penne with Ricotta and BasilI write about food for a living. I’ve vacationed in cities simply to indulge in the food.

23 Ways With Ravishing Raspberries

Raspberry Nice CreamLately, I’ve been on a “nice cream” kick. Nice cream is a non-dairy version of an ice cream-like frozen treat you whip up in your blender. The flavor possibilities are endless.

Five Local Lunchbox Favorites

With the kids going back to school it’s a great time to refresh, restock and restart good eating habits. At Whole Foods Market® we’re excited to partner with many innovative small-scale food companies that are working hard to improve the contents of the American lunch box.

New to our Aisles this Month

From choosing organic to avoiding added sugar, tiny victories add up to big improvements on your plate. These latest additions on our shelves are just the thing if you’re looking to feel good about the offerings at your table.

Plus, like all products on our shelves, these new offerings are free of hydrogenated fats and artificial preservatives, colors and flavors!

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