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Ray Bryan says ...
I will pick up a whole pie from the pizza counter and then make a nice salad to accompany the pizza.
10/28/2009 10:56:15 AM CDT
Heather says ...
I plan about four meals for the week in advance and go to Whole Foods to buy all the protein, starch and veggies for these meals. I will bring everything home and clean all the protein and freeze what I won't use the for the first two meals. I then clean all the produce so it is ready to go. I love Whole Food's 365 brand brown rice, Near East Rice Pilaf and the Alexia frozen mashed potatoes for side dishes. With all this stocked up I get to be a little more flexible about what we are going to have and mix and match the proteins, veggies and starches depending on our mood that night! Then night 5 can be what we fondly refer to as "Week In Review" where we bring out the leftovers and have our own potluck dinner!
10/28/2009 11:05:08 AM CDT
nick says ...
On Sundays I cook up a huge batch of beans. Normally, I make chickpeas, black beans, red beans, and pintos. Then I have them all ready to for the week. YUMMY BEANS!
10/28/2009 11:05:25 AM CDT
Carol Graham says ...
I love to buy the prepared chicken. So easy to toss with pasta and olive oil and then add some of the roasted veggies. Dinner on the table in about 15 minutes and healthy to boot.
10/28/2009 11:12:57 AM CDT
Alisa - One Frugal Foodie says ...
The fresh made salsa at my Whole Foods is a saviour. I simply pour a container of it over two large boneless skinless chicken breasts in a glass baking dish, pop it in the oven at 350F, and within 30 to 35 minutes, I have perfectly cooked, tender chicken with salsa sauce to serve over brown rice with a side of steamed veggies (pre-cut broccoli if I am really shortcutting it!). A great meal that is also gluten-free and food allergy-friendly! This can also be made in the crockpot. Top the chicken with the salsa in your slow cooker, and fire on low for several hours.
10/28/2009 11:15:41 AM CDT
Claire S says ...
Can't believe no one said this yet: when cooking brown rice, make extra and freeze in quart freezer bags. Then when you want a quick meal, micro or steam rice, heat a can of your favorite beans (black, pinto, edamame, or black eyed peas are great). Make a big pile: rice, beans, cheese, garnished with any or all of the following: salsa, cherry toms halved, cilantro, pepitas, sliced olives, hot sauce, avocado.... It's all about good garnishes. All-in-one meal! Also I chop an extra onion or two and store in freezer bags in freezer. Always ready! I can't afford to hit the prepared food section at WF so I plan by making Planned-overs! If you have a plan for the week there's no last minute "we're starving" scramble. And three or four slow cooker meals are great to rotate weekly in fall and winter! In summer, grill it!
10/28/2009 11:17:27 AM CDT
Diana Doon says ...
Stay organized! Write out a meal plan that itemizes the prep for a big meal to a few days ahead, one day before, 3-1 hours prior, etc, and get as much done ahead of time as possible. If the recipe allows, it also helps to measure your ingredients out ahead of time so that you can add everything all at once.
10/28/2009 11:23:11 AM CDT
Lekki says ...
I know a filling, nourishing breakfast is ideal, but it is tough to find time. I buy the WF premade salads (shrimp, turkey, salmon & dill etc) and have a pot in the fridge - I chuck it in my omelet every morning, so I get some extra protein and flavour. The variety means I don't get bored, and its breakfast ready in 5 mins for me!
10/28/2009 11:26:12 AM CDT
Tiffany says ...
I always buy larger packages of meat, and then divide and freeze for quick defrosts during the week, but a great trick that I use for sauces is to make more than I need, then freeze them in ice cube trays, then bag the "sauce blocks". Then I just add as needed to a dish I am making later on, and it still tastes great! Also, the pre cut veggies are a lifesaver on weeknights for a quick stirfry! I have found frozen rice in the freezer section, and that comes out perfect in soups!
10/28/2009 11:28:08 AM CDT
Blakely Sullivan says ...
I use a pressure cooker whenever possible. It can save tons of times (i.e. Risotto in five minutes)! Also, I tend to use prepackaged sauces (i.e. stirfry sauce) instead of making my own, and will occasionally use canned beans instead of homemade, etc.
10/28/2009 11:30:20 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
vaughnm says ...
Recipes vary based on store, so you'll have to check in w/ yours to see if they'll share! :) http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/all/index.php
03/16/2010 11:51:22 AM CDT

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