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Carissa says ...
When I have some extra time (which is not too often), I stock up on fruits & veggies that are on sale and then wash and chop them to be frozen for later use, when I'm short on time. Otherwise, I spend a bit more to buy pre-chopped fruits & veggies at Whole Foods. For a long time I refused to spend anything extra for someone else to do the chopping that I was capable of doing, but then I realized that it was worth my sanity! Plus, I don't ever throw out unchopped/unused produce now! For that reason, I think buying the pre-chopped goodies actually saves me money!
10/28/2009 9:36:12 AM CDT
Brenda R says ...
I love the fresh bread from Whole Foods so I pickup a fresh sourdough roll and gut the inside. I get some fresh spiniach dip and presto - all ready for dip for my guest.
10/28/2009 9:37:31 AM CDT
Eleanor says ...
I have been known to hit the salad bar to put together a quick yummy salad instead of individually purchasing the vegetables. It saves me the time of washing, cutting and chopping!
10/28/2009 9:38:03 AM CDT
Leigh Ann says ...
The prepared foods dept can save MAJOR time with hard-to-deal-with veggies like acorn and butternut squash and fruits like pineapple. If you're like me, and are short on time but love the taste, the extra investment is more than worth it.
10/28/2009 9:40:03 AM CDT
sara says ...
I love to use your prepared foods to augment my meals! I buy a few of your items and then make the rest.
10/28/2009 9:40:30 AM CDT
Anne says ...
On weekends we pick, blanch then freeze the veggies from our garden and store in meal-sized portions to use for recipes during the week. Also whenever we buy meat at the store, we'll separate into meal-sized portions & freeze, usually after marinating for a bit to save time. Then we just put the meat in the fridge the day before we plan to cook it & it's ready to go!
10/28/2009 9:41:31 AM CDT
Carolyn Cummins says ...
I don't cook a lot but when I do I organize my meal planning based on what needs to be cooked first, or prepared first. If there are ingredients in two dishes I prepare those at the same time. Also, I make a lot of my own green juice and to save time I precut a lot of the veggies and fruit and store them in plastic containers. That way it is quick and easy to pop them in the blender.
10/28/2009 9:42:15 AM CDT
Lisa says ...
I love buying your premade soups off of the soup bar and then adding pieces of leftover cooked chicken breast or shrimp to it. It makes the soup a heartier meal and I don't throw out my leftovers. Add a baguette and a little bit of salad greens from the salad bar and we have a wonderful, healthy dinner in no time flat.
10/28/2009 9:45:51 AM CDT
Becky says ...
Buy chicken breasts in bulk/on sale and cook with just olive oil, salt & pepper. Let them cool, remove from bone. I now have cooked chicken ready for soups, tacos, sandwiches, salads, whatever. Or I just freeze it and use as needed
10/28/2009 9:49:20 AM CDT
Kim says ...
Rotisserie chicken makes a quick dinner with a salad and steamed broccoli. also leftover chicken is turned into chicken salad or chicken ceasar for lunch the next day. also, LOVE the roasted root veggies or cilantro lime rice for a side with grilled fish
10/28/2009 9:49:49 AM CDT
Leandra sanchez says ...
My family & I are usually always busy running around from school to work and various places. We never stop. But dinner is a time when we actually get to take a break and sit together for a nice meal. Because my parents are busy, preparing an entirely homemade meal is just not possible if we want to eat by 5:00/6:00. So to help make the meal a little easier, my mom or dad, or whoever is free, will drop by whole foods and pick up something for a main dish. This isn't something we do every night, but it's something we do often. We've had pizza, chicken, lasagna, tamales, sandwiches, burritos, and so many other things. With this, we usually end up getting a side if we don't already have it to prepare at home. Not only is this the perfect way to get a meal prepared in half the time or less, but were all able to spend less time preparing and with one another, to then continue on in our busy lives and have been able to spend valuable time together as well as enjoying our meal.
10/28/2009 9:50:49 AM CDT
Shonda says ...
I used A LOT of onion and garlic in a week, so I tend to buy quite a few onions at a time and I chop them up and keep in the fridge, sometime pre-measured out in 1 cup and 1/2 cup servings. I have also been known to buy the pre-minced garlic in the glass jars, but I always feel guilty about doing this and, honestly, it just doesn't taste as good as fresh garlic.
10/28/2009 9:50:55 AM CDT
Lauren says ...
If I have time on a Saturday or Sunday I will meal plan for the week. I may even cook some of my meals to start the week off. I will also chop up ingredients I will need for the week, so when the time comes I have it already prepped and save time the day of. Also, if we are going somewhere and I bring a veggie tray, I usually get all my veggies, already chopped and washed from the salad bar. I can customize my tray and I am good to go. Although it costs a little more to do then making myself, it saves a ton of time, plus it's still less expensive than buying a pre-made veggie tray.
10/28/2009 9:51:39 AM CDT
Jess says ...
I chop veggies as soon as I come home from the grocery store so they're already prepped and ready to go when I am. Makes it really easy to grab a healthy snack of carrots or broccoli. I know a lot of people dont' have time to do that, but since I know I do, it's something easy I can do to save some money - pre-chopped veggies are expensive! But, I have been known to pick them up when I'm short on time too.
10/28/2009 9:51:52 AM CDT
Alicia Pearlman says ...
One way that I save time when cooking is by cleaning up as I go.
10/28/2009 9:53:10 AM CDT
Kathi says ...
I stumbled upon a tip when Hatch peppers were in season to coursley chop them and put them into ice cube trays! Eureka! However, the only trays I could come upon were for water bottles...long thin cubes. THEY ARE PERFECT for freezing stuff because you can break it in half easily! Trader Joes sells little tsp containers of garlic and basil. WOO HOO!! I now either buy garlic in bulk and crush in the food processor then put in my bottle cube trays! WHAT a time saver and my garlic is always 'good'!! I use more too! And THAT'S not a bad thing! : )
10/28/2009 9:53:49 AM CDT
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

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