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Daniel says ...
Usually, me and a few friends will go to the prepared section and split up items to buy. Kinda of like a pot luck dinner, without the entire cooking time. It's good for us to make time for the occassional dinner, especially with such hectic schedules.
10/28/2009 9:54:56 AM CDT
Jesika says ...
I love to make omelets for dinner, and they take about ten minutes to whip up with the help of my trusty food processor. We throw big chunks of cilantro, dill, onion, garlic, and anything else we have laying around (chicken, ham, etc.) into a food processor. The processor quickly turns the big bits into an omelet friendly size, and all I've got to do is whisk while the pan heats up. Toss in a few bits of cheese and we've got ourselves a tasty dinner. The whole foods extra large eggs make excellent omelets, very fluffy and about twice the size of an omelet I'd get from standard white eggs.
10/28/2009 9:56:19 AM CDT
Hana Echelson says ...
When I'm in a rush, I'll get one of your rotisserie chickens from the Prepared Foods area and shred it when I get home. Tacos, sandwiches and salads for four days! Then I take the leftover bones and make a chicken stock out of it which will last even longer. This cuts hours off my normal chicken routine, and the results are fantastic.
10/28/2009 10:00:09 AM CDT
Amanda Mae says ...
I like to get some Indian food from the prepared section and take it home and make some rice and naan. But my absolute favorite thing to get is the sushi at wholefoods - almost every time I go I pick up a roll for a snack or quick meal. Love it!
10/28/2009 10:04:06 AM CDT
Meredith K says ...
Rice goes with lots of great stuff, but unless you have a ricemaker or a whole lot of time and patience- it can get ugly trying to make the stuff. I always stop off @ Whole foods to pick up some rice for my fabulous dinners. It is always better than my make-on-top-of-the-stove-and-burn-on-the-bottom instant rice and people usually think I made it myself with a rice maker (shh!). All of the sudden that curry dish or that stir fry I made is actually good! Plus I just shaved tons of time off of my dinner prep (first you have to get the pot, then the water, then you cook it, then you check to make sure it isn't burning, then you have to clean the crusty pot)and cleanup too. I heart whole foods rice!
10/28/2009 10:05:19 AM CDT
Jennifer Hill says ...
As soon as I get home from Whole Foods I take all my veggies and other ingredients and get them cleaned sliced,diced and ready to go. It's much faster to do all at once then do every single meal. That way it's super easy to cook dinner or grab a healthy snack. I found this works great,especially with getting the kids involved with making healthier choices and helping with meals. It also makes making dinner less of a drain for me and more time to spend doing things I want to do!
10/28/2009 10:05:30 AM CDT
Misty Mathews says ...
One of my best ways to save time is pre-prep. This applies to everything from when I bring the groceries home to when I cook my meals. When I come home with my groceries, I find that it saves time in the long-run if I go ahead and prep my fresh fruits and vegetables for however I want to cook or eat them, such as chopping, slicing or peeling. I then place them into tupperware containers so they are easy to access when I need them. When I'm actually cooking, I find that if I do my prep work before I start the physical act of cooking on the stove or in the oven, everything comes together more smoothly.
10/28/2009 10:05:44 AM CDT
Kristin Engstrom says ...
Planning ahead is the biggest time-saver we've found and it also helps us eat healthy. We plan out meals ahead of time and then go to the store to buy the ingredients. It's nice to not have the dreaded "what's for dinner?" question pop up. You go home, make your meal, and life is good!
10/28/2009 10:06:13 AM CDT
Dacia says ...
I love the Whole Foods butternut crab bisque. It makes a great dinner, especially in one of the WF sourdough bread bowls. Sometimes I'll make my own salad, or get one of the prepackaged WF ones if I'm feeling super busy.
10/28/2009 10:07:10 AM CDT
Robie says ...
One pot cooking. I'm a vegetarian so I take handfuls of different veggies and chop them all up one at a time on the same cutting board. I chop the longer cooking veggies first so I can just add them as I go. Once they're all in and cooking I pop a lid on it and clean up. Seasonings and extras like cheese can be added any time. Same can be done with meat lovers, just use a separate cutting board for the meat (and probably sear the meat in the pan before adding any veggies for contamination purposes)
10/28/2009 10:07:53 AM CDT
Morgan says ...
Homemade sushi for lunch with anything possible as the filling is time efficient. Making a big batch of sushi rice lasts a whole week and its also healthy and delicious.
10/28/2009 10:08:04 AM CDT
Robie says ...
Ooops! Just saw the entire blog question! Sorry!
10/28/2009 10:10:33 AM CDT
Sydney says ...
I use my slow cooker! When I know I have a long day ahead, I'll run by WFM, grabs a raw rotisserie chicken, fresh veggies, and some chicken stock. Put in in the slow cooker, come home from work, and dinner is served!
10/28/2009 10:10:37 AM CDT
Stephanie says ...
I buy things like sides (rice, veggies) from prepared foods and then put that with an herb rotissery chicken at least once a week for dinner. Always a big hit. I like the rosemary potatoes a lot. When I have guest over I buy the olives, beans, etc from the olive bar and serve those before a meal.
10/28/2009 10:13:38 AM CDT
Beth Drake says ...
I put little hands to work! My daughter is 4 and really likes to help in the kitchen. I took the time to figure out what she really can do to help. There are lots of things besides chopping that can cut my time in the kitchen in half. One of the things she really likes to do is clean up any messes! What a help when she takes a dish towel to the counter after I mix things up. She is also a pretty good little dish washer!
10/28/2009 10:14:12 AM CDT
Jenn says ...
my go-to item is canned black beans...i usually rinse them before adding them to a meal and use them often as a great source of protein and fiber. A brilliant multitude of recipes can be created using black beans...and having them "pre-cooked" takes out alot of the rinsing/cooking time!
10/28/2009 10:20:30 AM CDT
Kika Davis says ...
To help save time, I usually pick up my sides and deserts from the pre-made section. Already made coleslaw, rice, greek salad and steamed veggies cut my process in half! And the little pies/cakes/heaven WF creates are the perfect size for my boyfriend and I to share at the end of a long work day.
10/28/2009 10:20:35 AM CDT
Gerry P says ...
I had unexpected guests staying with me on a Friday night, we had planned for an easy dinner out, but I thought...What am I going to do for breakfast?! After dinner I stopped in to my local Napa Whole Foods and grabbed some roasted veggies from the prepared food area, scooped up some fresh Parmesan cheese and eggs. Voila! My roasted veggie frittata was born! So easy to make with simple ingredients, healthy and filling. Great way to start the morning in the Napa Valley and we were off to take our guests wine tasting.
10/28/2009 10:24:11 AM CDT
Ace says ...
I open cans-- (low salt, possibly organic, if my budget allows) -- I throw the contents into a big pot -- I add olive oil garlic, spices, rice and lentils, I put the gas on low, I set the timer -- I get outta the kitchen in record time, and do other stuff (pet the cats, sit on the terrace, get on my puter).. Then...DING!! OK!! Chow time!!! (yum!)
10/28/2009 10:28:52 AM CDT
Giselle C says ...
For baby food, when making it fresh, if you make a lot and then put the extra in an ice cube try and freeze it. You have perfectly portioned servingsg of fresh, homemade baby food! Easy to pop out and take to go, as it is cold.
10/28/2009 10:28:58 AM CDT
Zeyna says ...
I make chicken stock (concentrated) and freeze in icecube trays and once they're solid frozen, I transfer them in a tupperware and keep them in the freezer. I use the individual cubes whenever the recipe calls for chicken stock. Especially Asian noodle bowls which I love. I also freeze cut up chicken meat in small portions. This saves time quite a bit.
10/28/2009 10:30:38 AM CDT
Melissa says ...
I love to pick up a rotisserie chicken and make chicken salad.. saves me time and adds great flavor!
10/28/2009 10:31:17 AM CDT
Jennifer Palazzolo says ...
I always clean and wash dishes/utensils/pots/pans as I go...I never have a HUGE mess at the end :) I also prepare as much as possible in advance!
10/28/2009 10:35:55 AM 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

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