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Amie Monte says ...
For a quick, tasty, and healthy dinner (that won't break the bank) I pick up small amounts of Whole Foods Prepared Salads and use these flavorful spoonfuls to perk up bigger salads made with fresh veggies, lettuce, and homegrown herbs. It's the best of both worlds because the prepared salads go a long way in flavorville but I don't have to buy pounds of the pre-made goodies to make a complete meal. Love you, Whole Foods:)
10/28/2009 11:42:25 AM CDT
Jen says ...
I will often supplement my meals with soups from the soup bar. Soups are really nutritious, but they take a lot of prep work. By buying soup at Whole Foods I can focus on my main dish.
10/28/2009 11:45:52 AM CDT
Eliza Koehler says ...
I buy meat in bulk and split it into several ziploc bags. I also marinate some of them before I freeze them to save me some time later. I also try to buy pre-cut veggies that are time consuming to prepare, like butternut squash.
10/28/2009 11:48:05 AM CDT
Brenda H. says ...
Love the vegan options in the prepared foods! I'll pick up a main course item and supplement with veggies, salad or grain at home. Love the "chicken" used in the "mock" chicken salad and stock up when the nuggets are available! They are great for stir-frys, sandwiches, soups, etc. Thanks Whole Foods for providing great vegan foods!
10/28/2009 11:52:24 AM CDT
laura says ...
I use the frozen organic brown rice and just add fresh sauteed tomatoes in garlic and olive oil, some fresh fish and your done!
10/28/2009 11:58:20 AM CDT
Joshua Graning says ...
I try to preview my menu for the week and have everything close together in my cabinet. When I get home from Whole Foods I place things that I need near each other for each dish. Because, I have the most time after shopping. To save time in buying and pre-portioning frozen vegetables. It also helps to have a section of the refrigerator for defrosting frozen meats. When I take one out I replace it with the next nights meals. Above all organization is the key!
10/28/2009 11:59:31 AM CDT
Janece Suarez says ...
It's not shameful to buy frozen/refrigerated pie dough, and I do to speed along my pie preparations. Buying pre-chopped and prepared vegetables and salad from Whole Foods goes a long way towards shortening my overall meal preparation time so I can spend more time with my family, which is what the holiday is all about! Another thing I do to save money and time later is when I am preparing veggies for cooking every day, I wash everything before peeling, etc and throw the ends and peelings into a bag in the freezer. A few times a year I pull out all of my bags and make my own broth. It saves me money, and since I can freeze it in sizes that I use, when I need broth I pull out as much as I need for the meal, so no leftover broth to deal with saves me clean up and storage time too!
10/28/2009 12:11:23 PM CDT
Vanessa Cosenza says ...
Cooking? what's that - with whole foods hotbar handy...haha A great shortcut is buying prepeeled garlic - Maybe it's just me but I find dealing with garlic such a hassle & smelly so no longer buy the heads -
10/28/2009 12:16:05 PM CDT
Theresa says ...
I chop lots of onion and celery, and freeze them. When it's time to cook, I just take out what I need for that meal.
10/28/2009 12:18:38 PM CDT
Krista says ...
I buy bagged greens. It is just so much easier and quicker than chopping, scrubbing and washing. I also use my electric pressure cooker. I throw in beans or rice (that I buy in bulk) and let it cook while I do whatever and it beeps telling me it's done, no need to watch it and I don't even need to soak the beans ahead of time. It is the ultimate time shortcut!
10/28/2009 12:25:45 PM CDT
Nora Oconnell says ...
I usually save time in the kitchen by getting the hot stuff started, things that need to be boiled, steamed or baked for any length of time, then setting up my work station for the other dinner items. For example when I make chicken cutlets and mashed potatoes, I put the potatoes on to boil then prepare the chicken for frying. The potatoes and chicken are then finished around the same time. Also while the chicken is cooking, I put my salad items together so that everything is complete around the same time. I clean the dishes in between different parts of the meal. If I have a baked desert I also start that at the same time as the boiling, steaming, etc so that it will be ready and cooling while we are eating dinner.
10/28/2009 12:30:38 PM CDT
Christine Reid says ...
I use the rotisserie chicken for most of my chicken recipes. That one step saves so much time!
10/28/2009 10:36:24 AM CDT
Alana says ...
The best way my bf and I save time is that after we go grocery shopping, right when we get home, we rinse and cut all of our produce. That way, when we want to use it for a meal later on, it's already prepped and ready to go! Saves money by buying things "unpackaged," saves time, and makes for some good bonding over lettuce chopping or carrot peeling!
10/28/2009 10:36:30 AM CDT
renee harsche says ...
My 9 tray excalibur dehydrator. I spend 1 day a week dehydrating. We all know the raw diet can be time consuming and tricky. Especially when you are preparing for a family. I load up my 9 tray excalibur with bread batter, meatless meatballs, veggie burgers, crackers, granola, muffins, etc. Dehydrate for 8-24 hrs. Voila I have our meals for the week!
10/28/2009 10:36:31 AM CDT
Zoe R. says ...
Whole Foods salsa fresca is a favorite timesaver of mine! It's perfect as an addition to salads, or over fish or chicken, and I never need to worry about adding seasoning when I use it. I'll mix in veggies and beans to add nutrients. Plus it's low calorie!
10/28/2009 10:36:32 AM CDT
Patty says ...
What I try and do is alittle pre-prep work on the weekend, especially in the summer when its so hot out. I will bake (sometimes bbq) some free range chicken and pasta and make a great pasta salad (carrots, celery, fresh dill, etc). This way we can have it as a side dish, taken in a lunch, or you can make a sandwich with it. Yummy! We usually top it up with some homemade ice tea made from organic black tea!
10/28/2009 10:36:32 AM CDT
Angela Tuell says ...
We absolutely love Whole Foods! We find that the fruits and vegetables are so fresh, they last longer. When we come home from shopping, we chop and clean everything and it really saves time throughout the week!
10/28/2009 10:38:56 AM CDT
Andrea Harrison says ...
I totally love your salad bar. It's so easy to through a large salad together to compliment a good home cooked meal, and there is no chopping, washing, drying etc to deal with!
10/28/2009 10:40:38 AM CDT
Angela says ...
Plan one hour a week to wash and chop all the vegetables I just bought from your beautiful produce department. All I have to do at dinner time is grab clean vegetables and serve in a raw salad, steam, or roast. Favorite Prepared Food: handmade pizza for $8.99. We just add a fresh salad. The BEST deal around, better than ANY take out pizza joint. We never "order" pizza anymore!
10/28/2009 10:40:42 AM CDT
Kristin Canny says ...
When entertaining, I buy pre-made appetizers and spreads from the Prepared Foods department. (My favorite is the artichoke dip and tortilla chips). This way if guests come really hungry, they can have something to snack on while waiting for the main course. I don't feel so rushed to get dinner on the table and we all get time to chat pre-dinner. The bonus is everyone thinks I made all the goodies myself!
10/28/2009 10:41:43 AM CDT
Emily says ...
I`m a big advocate of freezer meals. For example, I`ll either find a day where I have a big chunk of time and go ahead and assemble a few meals (in proper portion sizes) to stick in the freezer. I also pre-chop all my vegetables for the weeks ahead. I`m a big fan of the Whole Foods Hot Bar, so I`ll often stop in and pick up a few items for sides.
10/28/2009 10:42:21 AM CDT
Katharine says ...
To make cooking in the kitchen more convenient - and faster - I often pick up a pre-cooked chicken. Perfect with some veggies the first night, on top of a salad for lunch, and then use the rest to make some hearty soup - great for a fall day like today!
10/28/2009 10:47:27 AM CDT
bill martin says ...
ok pre cut food for recipe place it in frig in mornig bring it out and start going on meal and get it done faster and one time
10/28/2009 10:48:24 AM CDT
andrea says ...
I am a HUGE fan of the rotisserie chicken. One night we have roasted chicken with fresh veggies and mashed potatoes, with the left overs I shred the chicken and make enchilada's. I can save time on two dinners with your chickens, and being a mom with very active 7 year old twins, I need to save time anywhere I can. Thank you Whole Foods for helping me keep my family eating healthy!
10/28/2009 10:53:57 AM CDT
Mary Lynn Conejo says ...
Since I principally cook Cuban foods in my home, and these require chopping onions and peppers for each dish, I put chunks of onion and pepper in my mini food processor, and grind them once a week. I put them in a glass jar in the fridge and put a tiny bit of olive oil in it. When I need my freshly cut onions and peppers for whatever dish I am cooking, they are there, and they keep quite well. By the way, I started doing this, the grinding up of the onions and peppers as my mother would not eat anything where she could find the bits of onions and peppers. It is handy for kids as well, who might not eat it if they can see it.
10/28/2009 10:54:12 AM CDT

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