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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
NIcole says ...
I loooove homeads pizza; I make the sauce and slice the toppings, but buy the prepared multi-grain pizza dough. So yummy!
10/28/2009 12:31:39 PM CDT
jessie says ...
LASAGNA!!! Lasagna always makes for a romantic meal for two, but a whole lot of time. Since Whole Foods does it so right, why go to all the effort and have a whole pan for just two of us. Don't even get me started on DISHES!!!! AHHHH! My contribution is fresh baked bread, which I almost always have the dough in the fridge, and a nice italian salad. I'll pick up a nice bottle of wine and my husband and I have a delicious and romantic dinner in for way less than going out. With the time I save in the kitchen I can make a mixed CD and put on a little make up.
10/28/2009 12:33:33 PM CDT
JASMINE BEDI says ...
My husband and I Absolutely love Indian food but it is usually pretty time-consuming to make it from scratch every night like my mother used to. So my favorite shortcut is to just quickly cook up some chicken tenders in olive oil and then pour in the Seeds of Change Certified Organic Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce. It tastes AMAZING and I feel like I am back in Punjab, India.
10/28/2009 12:33:34 PM CDT
julie white says ...
I find that sometimes it is easier to main dish with 2 sides in the hot section ($9.99) and then I have leftovers the next day for lunch or dinner
10/28/2009 12:34:44 PM CDT
erin says ...
I buy a rotisserie chicken, take all the meat off and then divide it up into portioned baggies. put all the baggies in a dated freezer bag then into the freezer they go. grab one baggie in the morning to thaw in the refrigerator that day. come home, whip up a salad or pasta and i already have perfectly portioned cooked meat, ready to make the dish a meal.
10/28/2009 12:40:03 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
I love to pick up a rotisserie chicken and make a casserole or just eat it with some veggies and warmbread from Whole Foods!
10/28/2009 12:40:27 PM CDT
Angelina says ...
I always utilize the fresh and prepared foods at Whole Foods so I don't have to sacrifice on taste! When I want to cook a quick meal I will buy items like pie crust and cream of chicken soup for a pot pie or fresh lasagna noodles and gourmet pasta sauce.
10/28/2009 12:51:47 PM CDT
Kim says ...
I buy veggies from you salad bar, some fake chicken and noodle from your noodle bar and do a stir fry. This way I don't have tons of produce left with all the different veggies used in stir fry. Keep up the great job!
10/28/2009 12:54:27 PM CDT
Christie Zizo says ...
Soups for sauces! Some of the thicker soups at Whole Foods can work great as the base for a souped-up sauce in a pinch. Add a little cream as a thickener, any extra vegetables, let it similar... and mix it in with pasta, veggies, and/or meats. The other thing I love is your pine nut crusted eggplant from the hot bar. Take that and mix it up with some pasta and it's an instant Italian dinner.
10/28/2009 1:03:08 PM CDT
Emily says ...
I love getting the rosemary grilled chicken breasts fresh from the deli counter. I usually buy 3 of them on the weekend and use them to make chicken salad. I add cranberries, toasted walnuts, celery, tarragon and just a touch of mayo. I've got an easy lunch for the week!
10/28/2009 1:06:13 PM CDT
DIANA WELLS says ...
Since I have a round-trip commute of 1-3/4 hours I like to do a quick and dirty weekly menue. This is not detailed, but general. Then I shop for the items I will need. When I want to eat meat I often use some of the seasoned or marinated items from the meat department and build a couple of meals around those. If it's just an omlette I've got planned I'll buy a cheese I've never tried, preferably grated,from the cheese and deli meat section with some condiments from the olive bar. Whole Foods bakery can't be equaled where I live, so a couple of bagettes are a must. As I rarely have time to prepare a dessert, I know I can count on something luscious for a special night. Typically, with the starters I get from Whole Foods, I can prepare a meal for two humans in 20-30 minutes while I feed three dogs between stirring. Since my local Whole Foods is the only place I can get a good Malbec, I try to keep a bottle for red meat dishes. And Coffee: I started going to Whole Foods because they roast their own right in the store with hot air instead of burning it along the sides of a hot drum. The rest of shopping there turned out to be a bonus!
10/28/2009 1:06:38 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
I cook for my husband and 4 kids every night. Many times I find myself cooking things that I don't really like just to make sure that my pickiest eaters will have a healthy meal. Sometimes I just want to cook something a little more on the gourmet side so I pick up a little something special for just my husband and me. Our latest favorites are either sauteed chicken breast or salmon fillet served over one of the whole grain salads from the prepared foods counter. Served warm.
10/28/2009 1:11:55 PM CDT
AARON RICHARD says ...
My wife and I get together on Sunday, go through all the grocery store flyers to see what's on sale and put together our menus for the week. Then we spend Sunday afternoon doing all the shopping so it cuts down on the number of mid-week shopping trips. Also, if I know that dinner is going to be a little more involved, I get up a few minutes early and do the tedious prep work before I go to work and put it all the fridge. Then after work is mostly cooking and eating!
10/28/2009 1:22:43 PM CDT
Deana B. says ...
I buy already prepared side dishes sometimes if I have a complicated main dish item. It helps to save me time to focus on other things. I'll even buy a prepared salad put together from items in the salad bar because there are so many great, healthy choices.
10/28/2009 2:09:26 PM CDT
Jane Butchko says ...
Shopping at a store that is one stop shopping. I live two hours from a Whole Foods Market, but I do have a local store that is not too shabby. They have beer, too.(an oddity in PA)I did visit the store in North Wales, PA and did not want to leave. The staff was more than friendly and the selection superb! Please come to Wilkes-Barre or Scranton and please carry alcohol! Ok, I also, simply, keep my kitchen neat and clean, organized. It really helps to clean as you go, when cooking. By the time my dish is done, my kitchen is back in order and ready to go another round.
10/28/2009 2:11:42 PM CDT

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