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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
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
Cheryl Miller says ...
I do a lot of cooking and I enjoy it. I will often spend one day off making several things for the week to save my time on busy days. However, on days where my husband and I are home together, I often bring home quarts of yummy soups from whole foods for lunch or dinner. That way I don't feel like I'm in the kitchen all day cooking three meals.
10/29/2009 8:42:33 AM CDT
Maggie says ...
I love the precut veggies. I buy a colorful combination and add olive oil and some sliced garlic and roast in the oven. I especially like the precut acorn & butternut squash as those take a long time to cut. Being able to buy just the right amount of precut red, yellow and green peppers saves a lot of waste. A drizzle of pesto from the condiment bar adds great flavor to finish the veggies.
10/29/2009 8:55:19 AM CDT
Sarah G says ...
On a busy weekend, I will grab some hamburger patties from the meat department. They are fast and easy to fry, since they are already prepared - and, it's much healthier (and cheaper!) than going out to eat. I cook some kale and rice. And, voila, I have a terrific dinner. Sometimes, if I want to splurge, we will get some sushi to supplement our meal.
10/29/2009 10:18:53 AM CDT
Jamie Ervin says ...
I short cut by purchasing ready to eat desserts and breads from the bakery... the chocolate pastries are too die for and make an excellent addition to any brunch!
10/29/2009 10:34:44 AM CDT
Elyse Eisenberg says ...
No time to make pizza dough from scratch? Buy the WFM Garlic Tandoori Naan and make a quick and easy Naan pizza on the grill. Check out the recipe here: http://creativedelites.com/2009/07/14/hello-world/
10/29/2009 10:55:07 AM CDT
Emma says ...
We are a small family and cannot eat the whole rotisserie chicken at once. So we eat the parts we each like for the first meal and the rest(minus the skin) we put into a pot with vegetables to make a quick soup. We save a lot of time by not having to clean and prepare a raw chicken, not to mention the energy saved by not having to roast the first meal or boil the soup for very long.
10/29/2009 11:38:04 AM CDT
Jen C. says ...
I am huge fan of WF prep foods. Of course, the rotissiere chicken is one of the best short-cuts. I get one on shopping day & some prepared sides (the roasted brussel sprouts & mac n cheese are a big favorite) and we have that for dinner. Then, I use the rest of the chicken all week - for chicken salad, in pasta - you name it. But, I also love WF for taking food to parties. I hit the deli counter for some italian meats - proscuitto, salami. Then cheese section for some fresh motz and parm reg. Then the antipasti bar - for olives, roasted peppers, marinated mushrooms - whatever looks good! The platter is always a hit. Along with a tub of brownie bites! It's great when I don't have time to bake or make a dips etc. Couldn't do it without WF. :)
10/29/2009 11:44:04 AM CDT
amber says ...
Roast 2 chickens instead of one. Cut up what you aren't going to use and freeze or refrigerate for later use. Use the bones to make more awesome stock for soup/rice/risotto etc. It takes no more time to make 2 than one. Layer the bottom of the pan with yummy veggies too eat some then and use the rest with your other meals.
10/29/2009 11:53:07 AM CDT
Ann Dougherty says ...
olive bar + herbs + fresh bread + favorite cheese I have the bakery slice the bread while I'm deciding what cheese I'm in the mood for. When I get home, I rub the bread with a garlic clove, brush it with some olive oil, then pile on the olive bar goodies, (Mmm roasted reds and artichokes!) fresh herbs, cheese and let it hang under the broiler for a few minutes. This a quick way to make a warm, wintry sandwich or leave it open face and cut into single serve portions for entertaining. (I stick to vegetables most of the time, but if I'm feeling carnivorous, the salad bar is perfect for grabbing some chicken to go on top, too!)
10/29/2009 10:33:38 PM CDT
Denice Hageli says ...
If I am in need of a quick meal, I turn to soup. It is healthy, tastful, and easy. However, all the chopping,washing,peeling of the vegetables can be a pain. Instead I just open a jar of good quality mild salsa and add it to chicken stock. It is a great, quick foundation for many soups. It already has the mirepoix plus a nice small amount of heat.
10/30/2009 10:23:02 AM CDT
Kelly ODaniels says ...
So my future husband actually eats your prepared food almost everyday, as he is blessed to work right by your Town and Country Store in St. Louis. By eating a comparatively light lunch -think burger and fries if it wasn't for whole foods- he finds he is better able to maintain focus in the afternoon. He struggles with ADD as an adult and the high fiber, low sugar, nutrient dense food helps him steer clear of the sugar/carb crash and burn that a lot of prepared foods give him. I find the prepared foods the best for picking up veggies. Wholefoods prepares the best vegetable side dishes that help me put together a good meal even though I am a bit challenged when it comes to putting together enticing vegetable sides for my family.
10/30/2009 1:58:08 PM CDT
Gina says ...
I buy focaccia bread from the bakery and top it with yummy mediteranean flavors for a quick "pizza". Drizzle with olive oil and warm in the oven. Yum!
10/30/2009 3:12:30 PM CDT
Amy says ...
I buy pre-made guacamole and use it in lieu of may in wraps and on toasted bread for sandwiches. So much flavor, such healthier fats, and so much time saved!
10/30/2009 7:37:32 PM CDT
Nancy Musgrove says ...
Saturdays and Sundays I use my spare kitchen minutes to wash veggies and put them in bags to cook when I arrive home ready to cook during the week. Picking up deli foods helps supplement the cooked veggies, and I'm all set!
11/01/2009 3:53:41 PM CST
Tina Vassil says ...
A little time planning and prepping goes a long way for me. I do my shopping on the weekend so I can take advantage of not only the regular sales, but the "weekender" sales at my local Whole Foods. I plan all my meals around the foods that are for sale. On Sunday, I spend some time washing and chopping veggies and getting them ready to go for the week. Just today I posted my weekly menu on the fridge, complete with notes such as "Monday-meatloaf and brussel sprouts-take out the chicken from the freezer for tomorrow night"...so I remember all the things I need to get done. Without this kind of planning, it would be difficult to raise two kids, work full time and be committed to healthier eating.
11/01/2009 4:31:32 PM CST

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