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Barbara N says ...
I love cuban sandwiches so much, but to make them a little healthier, I use Whole Foods' In House Turkey, along with ham and swiss. So delicious! I grab a ciabatta bread from the bakery department, add a pickle and some mustard, grill it up and it's soooooooooo good!
10/28/2009 2:47:38 PM CDT
susie singh says ...
I love saving time in the kitchen by preparing things in advance like my side dishes, freezing them, and bringing them out right before we need to eat them. It is also nice if you make dough like cookies ahead of time and freeze them so any time you want a nice fresh homemade cookie, you just pull it out and bake. :> Hope that helps others.
10/28/2009 2:51:38 PM CDT
Elise Ray says ...
I make grilled cheese with seeduction bread from the bakery & pair it with your one of your vegetarian delicious soups
10/28/2009 2:52:40 PM CDT
Carin says ...
I like to strip the meat off of a ROTISSERIE CHICKEN, cut it into smaller pieces and freeze it. I can pull out the amount I need and quickly make a meal because I only have to re-heat it. Tacos, salads, sandwiches, stir-fry (using WF's frozen brown rice and also a veggie mixture), add to soups, or over rice or pasta topped with a prepared sauce....
10/28/2009 3:04:04 PM CDT
Kristen Trahan says ...
Never throw out your celery leaves and hearts! That's where all the flavor is. The inner ribs are more tender and a bit less fibrous. They have a nice balance of sweet and bitter. A bonus in using the leaves is that you can use them in place of an herb. That way, you don't really have to buy a huge bunch of, say, parsley just for one recipe. Save these parts to use as the aromatics for your stocks, soups, stews, sauces, and marinades. They are great to use in chopped and pickled salads as well as chicken and tuna salads. You know what they say: waste not, want not.
10/28/2009 3:17:40 PM CDT
Food Makes Fun Fuel says ...
I think no one can complain when there's a great big seeduction loaf on the table, and right there are plenty of healthy whole grains and seeds for the family!
10/28/2009 3:19:46 PM CDT
Cindy says ...
My biggest shortcut is rotisserie chicken. I use it anytime I am in a time crunch. I make chicken tortilla soup with it, quesadillas,enchilladas, chicken salad (a la Sonoma style), and sometimes just serve it sliced with a side of potatoes, a vegetable and a salad. At the end I save the carcass and freeze it to make stock at a later time. Our WF sells smoked rotisserie chicken in addition to the classic, BBQ and other flavors. I use the smoked in my pumpkin soup. It is a creamy pumpkin soup, but I put a bit of shredded smoked chicken in the center of the bowl before I serve it and add a drizzle of honey and goat cheese. Delicious!
10/28/2009 3:20:06 PM CDT
Bernice Dickey says ...
I usually buy enough meat or fish to last the week and add my own sides everyday to keep the menu fresh There's only two of us so the food goes far!
10/28/2009 3:23:26 PM CDT
Alyson Paige Warren says ...
I am a terrible cook, busy teacher and a vegetarian. Whole Foods prepackaged items let even a selective, time-crunched danger in the kitchen like me pull off a yummy meal. Pre-cut fruits and veggies make for lovely salads, and the wide selection of sides at the deli counter are delicious and nutricious. Add a delectable Whole Foods soup to one of their ready to go fresh breads and you have a meal that warms body and soul - without animal products, hours in the kitchen or setting off the fire alarm!
10/28/2009 3:41:44 PM CDT
Kathy Watson says ...
Sometimes instead of making pizza dough from scratch, we pick up the pre-made pizza dough in the prepared foods section. Then the sky is the limit to fresh veggies and cheese to add to make a complete meal.
10/28/2009 3:46:31 PM CDT
Winnie says ...
There are these chicken breasts that are stuffed with Spinach and some white stuff (I make it sound appetizing, I know... ;)...) that is just delicious - it allows me to make the sides and other items, while only having to bake (but not otherwise prepare) and later enjoy a flavorful main entree. And I also always, always stop in the bread department for some Challah, which they're always happy to slice (though it isn't there everyday...).
10/28/2009 4:25:51 PM CDT
Carolyn Wegner says ...
A short-cut, easy and satisfying meal is achieved with Pacific Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with a dollup or two of sour cream and sliced black olives floating on the soup as pictured on the box. YUM!! I complement the soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. I baked the Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread today (10/28) and it is absolutely delicious. I plan to serve it, spread with a little coconut oil by NOW. Bon Appetit and Happy Snow Day!!
10/28/2009 4:37:46 PM CDT
screwdestiny says ...
Rotisserie chickens are definitely a favorite. I've used them to make tasty salads (chicken and pistachios and oranges--yum!) as well as shredding up teh meat and using it in sandwiches. I'll also grab pre-chopped fruit once in a while if it's something like a pineapple and I know I only need a little bit for a recipe.
10/28/2009 4:41:35 PM CDT
john says ...
For Baking: when you decide on what you're baking and are going to really be pressed for time, pre measure dry ingredients in plastic baggies, and liquids in those plstic containers we take home foods in. After use just toss EVERYTHING away and zero cleanup!
10/28/2009 4:54:00 PM CDT
Jeff Lue says ...
Always prepare the ingredients the night before so when it comes to cooking the main entree I'm ready to go! No need to look for stuff, it's all set.
10/28/2009 7:03:41 PM CDT
susan says ...
love your prepared pasta salads, especially the ones with artichoke- those are way too time-consuming for me make on my own!
10/28/2009 7:14:01 PM CDT
Caroline says ...
Without a doubt, it's the already cut veggies. For small amounts of expensive ingredients, it's the most economical way.
10/28/2009 7:44:34 PM CDT
Charissa Dupres says ...
I am a mother of two who is always on the go, I live on my quick but healthy meals during the week. I usually will shop at Whole Foods on a Saturday and go home and chop up the veggies for the week and the meats I buy will be divided for different meals. I do this because I can throw simple things together to make a healthy meal, and sometimes the left overs from one meal can be made into another meal with few added ingredients very easily. If for some reason I can't make it home in time, picking up a rotisserie chicken with some salad from Whole foods does the trick. The kids enjoy it, it's healthy and economical.
10/28/2009 7:52:31 PM CDT
JENNIFER HARRIS says ...
The biggest shortcut I have is great planning ahead. I always make my list around this time, so I can get the things I need when they are on sale. Next, me and the kids do prep work the night before, cutting up veggies, making desserts and having a blast spending time together!! Then on Thanksgiving Day (or any other big day) all we have to do is get up and put everything on to cook and viola! Dinner is always ready on time! 3:00 p.m.
10/28/2009 7:55:26 PM CDT
Brooke S. says ...
I LOVE WF rotisserie chicken! Hormone- and antibiotic-free! Happy chickens, happy diners! I buy 3 - 4 a week, and use them for everything! The $0.50 - 1 more per chicken is SO worth it for the time savings, the taste, and the ease! I throw it in the food processor with celery, onion, garlic, relish, and mayo for a TERRIFIC chicken salad! I made tons of lunches of a huge veggie salad topped with chicken and dressing. Sandwich meat. Cooked with barbecue sauce for a pulled chicken sandwich. Tossed with freshly cooked pasta, garlic olive oil, olive, suncried tomatoes, basil, and roasted zucchini. Polish "potrawka". . .cook a little flour in butter, add milk and stock and a splash of vinegar, S&P. . .add shredded chicken, and serve over rice (basmati brown, yum!) Collards, stock, dice tomatoes, spices, and piece rotisserie chicken. I cannot come up with a product that has a better value OR time savings! This one is a star at my house. . .and keeps me eating healthy all at the same time!
10/28/2009 8:07:10 PM CDT
Jackie Smith says ...
Whole Foods salad bar is great when having vegetarians or vegans over for dinner: there is always a veggie entree, and I can trust that it is delicious and high quality.
10/28/2009 8:12:45 PM CDT
Diane Spero says ...
I work so I shop on the weekend. I figure out a menu for the week and make my list from the menu. This way I am never missing any ingredient. When I get home I always wash ,trim and bag all produce. It makes it easy to cook when all I do is reach into the fridge and find the cleaned produce for every meal.
10/28/2009 8:14:29 PM CDT
Jacque Bryant says ...
For geting to the table quickly, i like to pick out some prepared side dishes to finish the meal off. This gives me time to just do the main dish. Then all i do is quickly heat the side dishes if needed.
10/29/2009 3:02:28 AM CDT
angie says ...
I always get my Thanksgiving meal from you guys...well the food you don't cook it! LOL That said, the heat and serve rolls, macaroni and cheese off your hot bar, and pre-crumbed bread crumbs from your bakery area always save me a lot of time and no one knows I did not make the goodies!
10/29/2009 7:53:34 AM CDT
scott says ...
I always by your ready-made pumpkin pies and the soy whip. Everyone LOVES my pie! hahahaha Makes the end of the Thanksgiving meal so good!
10/29/2009 7:54:42 AM CDT

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