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Jay says ...
Quick cooking grains- couscous or quinoa of any hue. Cooking extra batches of rice and other grains and freezing them is really helpful for when we are rushed to put dinner on the table. Having these to serve with a stirfry or other quick meal is great....also lovely to toss into a quick soup, either homemade or pre-prepared.
11/02/2009 2:08:16 PM CST
Mary says ...
I agree with Vanessa Cosenza - Cooking? what’s that – I like to pick up things from the prepard foods department. If I have some leftover meat, I will pick up some side dishes.
11/02/2009 3:15:38 PM CST
Cheryl Flynn says ...
I buy the flavored packaged Chicken Sausages in the meat aisle. They are already pre-cooked. Just heat and serve. I will usually cut up some zucchini, peppers, onion, and whatever else I have on hand. Drizzle with Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, roast on 425 for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, I boil up some pasta...saute up the sausage. When the pasta is done, the veggies should be done, toss together with rounds of the sausage. Top with some fresh parm cheese...yummy! and fast!
11/02/2009 6:33:13 PM CST
Amy Perry says ...
The crock-pot is heaven sent for this busy mother of four! How easy is it to have very little prep time, throw everything together in the morning and come home after sports practice with the kids and have everything ready after a hard day? Buy some pre made sides from Whole Foods and you have a healthy dinner with not a lot of time taken away from your family! And clean up time is practically nothing!
11/02/2009 7:06:49 PM CST
Jackie says ...
Quick Mediterranean Pasta: 1 Whole Foods rotiserie chicken de-boned 1/2 cup calamata olives from the olive bar sliced 1 cup frozen artichoke hearts chopped 2 cloves garlic minced In a large skillet, saute' the garlic, olives and artichokes in 3 tbs olive oil Add the chicken and toss. Add 6 oz. of feta cheese and stir until melted. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half and stir. Add 2 tbs oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer. Serve over pasta.
11/02/2009 8:27:08 PM CST
Maria Qualtieri says ...
I love homemade soups, especially chicken and rice. To save time, I cook celey, carrots and onions in the microwave for a few minutes so veggies cook on in the inside and not all the way through the outside, then they are easy to chop. I sautee them in a little olive oil, add hand shredded rotissere chicken and 360 chicken broth and rice that I got from prepared foods bar and cook about 15 mins. Top off the end with fresh chopped parsely and parmesean cheese. No one can tell it took less than 30 minutes to make a homemade chicken soup.
11/03/2009 8:33:48 AM CST
Nancy Reid says ...
I like to make a vegetable soup for those leftover veggies using a store bought low salt vegetable broth. Saute some onion and garlic, pour in the broth and add those leftover veggies with a pinch of basil and some parsley and you have a wholesome low calories, bone warming soup.
11/03/2009 9:08:23 AM CST
miles morita says ...
Whole foods ready made selection couldn't make it easier! on the way home from work, we run by fill a box with tofu, cheeses, olives, and a variety of fresh cut veggies. I also grab some of the warm ready made, rice, sides etc... Grab a pack of tortillas, a couple bottles of wine, we work hard :) and were done. We do this as our gourmet taco tuesdays to enjoy time with friends during the week and no one slaves in the kitchen. A little blue cheese in a taco... amazing. Everyone loves the variety (we've come up with some amazing combos, cous-cous, cucumber, feta tacos... you get the picture) something for everyone!!! Love it! Thanks!
11/03/2009 10:42:28 AM CST
miles morita says ...
BTW -I posted the taco info but,,, doesn't stop there! in addition to tacos - we do the same with pasta and your flat breads. When everything is cut or prepared we just boil pasta and add a variety of prepared items toss with olive oil or take a flatbread and dump (literally) a variety of items on top - drizzle the olive oil and fresh herbs toss it in the oven... How gourmet! - a few olives, salami and a glass of wine... Mario Batalli better watch his back! we've become quite good at a this!
11/03/2009 10:52:09 AM CST
Kurtis McCurdy says ...
I especially favor the anitpasti bar, for a couple reasons. One, i can give my guests a spread of tapas-like appetizers (which allows more time to cook if I happen to have it) or two, I can use the anitpasti for a light, fresh pasta (the pasta could be made the day before, cooking until about 90 percent done, completely cooled and generously oiled with extra virgin olive oil and reheated with the anitpasti come dinner time). As for an entree along with the pasta, I usually sear off a nice piece of salmon, as it takes only minutes no matter your desired temperature. If a guest happens to be more toward the well-done range and I feel rushed, I get a nice sear in the saute pan, flip it, and finish it in the oven. :)
11/03/2009 11:12:26 AM CST
Charity S. says ...
I love picking up prepared salads or meats. It saves me time in the kitchen and cleaning up. I can use the time to relax with my family. Thanks
11/03/2009 11:40:56 AM CST
Caleb says ...
My favorite shortcut is to grab some fresh bread and some of the prepared soups. In the time it takes to heat the soup up I can put together a quick salad and even fry an egg to put on top for a little extra protein. In under 10 minutes I've got a great meal that hits the spot come fall/winter. My favorite is the ginger/carrot!
11/03/2009 12:27:28 PM CST
Aislinn says ...
Depending what's on sale, for instance ground beef, I will make a meat loaf for dinner that night, large meatballs for later in the week and freeze mini meatballs for wedding soup another time. I try to do this with all meals. If I am chopping veggies for soup tonight I go ahead and chop an additional amount for beef stew tomorrow. It saves me a lot of time.
11/03/2009 1:25:57 PM CST
Rita Greenberg says ...
We are so busy during the week I try and prepare as much as I can on a Sunday for the rest of the week. I will make a chicken or chicken cutlets on Sunday along with lots of fresh vegetables which I will buy already cut up - but fresh from Whole Foods, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, pepper, garlic, and whatever else looks fresh. I place it on a cookie sheet in bite size pieces with olive oil and sea salt and pepper and roast for 1-hour at 400 degrees.I then use several ways during the week, in omelets, on Kashi pizzas with rice and again with chicken cutlets or a roast chicken. It assures me that we are getting fresh vegetables several times a week and I only have to do the hard work once on Sunday.
11/03/2009 3:31:12 PM CST
Angelica says ...
Picking up a rotisserie chicken is such a time saver. I cut up the meat and use them for tacos, enchiladas, or sandwiches. Any leftover meat can be added to a salad for protein or added to a quick vege stir fry - Yummy! Then I simmer the chicken bones overnight in a pot of water with onions and celery. The next morning, I have delicious chicken broth for making poached eggs. Leftover stock gets stashed in the fridge or the freezer (to be used later as a base in soups and sauces).
11/03/2009 3:52:56 PM CST
Heather says ...
I love buying the pre-cut veggies and roast chicken. And since I know where they come from, I don't feel bad about feeding my family prepared food! Nothing like the yukky stuff with fillers and msg.
11/03/2009 5:58:24 PM CST
Natasha McKenzie says ...
When it comes to putting together a meal for myself or for a group of friends I go straight to Whole Foods for a variety of choices, at an affordable price. At Whole Foods, I know that whatever I choose will be of the highest quality and nutritional value. Sometimes I purchase some of the new and exotic items and I am never disappointed. They always offer an array of foods in season too. I usually get chicken breasts or seafood fillets to pan saute, and they are absolutely delicious. You can't go wrong with the assortment of sides that would appeal to even the finickiest of palates. Whole Foods saves me time at a great price, without sacrificing flavor and freshness. You can't go wrong with Whole Foods.
11/03/2009 6:41:20 PM CST
heidi holloway says ...
My family of three never complains when I serve them a simple pasta or spaghetti dinner. I jazz it up with some fresh veggies and garlic, but it's my "go to" dinner when I am short on time or just not in the mood to spend time in the kitchen. 365 marinara and pasta sauces are tasty, affordable and super easy. Now here is where the shortcut chef in me steps in. The next night I use the leftover sauce to either make mini pizzas or added to vegetable broth to make a hearty stew. It is delicious, already seasoned, and most importantly a cheap easy shortcut.
11/04/2009 8:04:01 AM CST
Shelly Schmidt says ...
I like to buy a large bag of boneless, skinless chicken breast and then cut it into bite-size pieces. I cook the chicken in olive oil with chopped onions and garlic. After cooking, I package the chicken in 1 to 2 lb. freezer bags and freeze. It is very convenient to just defrost a package and add other ingredients for a quick, delicious meal.
11/04/2009 9:31:21 AM CST
Ronda Arnold says ...
When I decide to make anything stuffed, as in peppers, or shells, Etc. /I double my stuffing and freeze the other half for a quick dinner fix at a later date or unexpected quests.
11/04/2009 12:30:37 PM CST
Jason Cureton says ...
I hate cutting cantaloupe, so I love buying it precut. No bloody fingers and delicious cantaloupe; a win win!
11/05/2009 2:54:47 PM CST
Valerie says ...
Wow, today I shopped at your Arlington Texas location for the first time. I have never been to a Whole Foods Market before. What a great experience! I LOVED seeing all of the labels that said "organic" on them. I purchased a small cup of the Butternut Crab Bisque - WOW!! - it was heavenly! Does Whole Foods share their recipes? I'd sure like to have that one! I plan to bring my husband back with me next time! THANK YOU for providing a plethora of GMO free foods/organic! Here's to better health! Valerie
03/15/2010 7:47:20 PM 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
Patrick Herrick says ...
was looking for recipe for sonoma mock chicken salad but could not find it - what a great sustitute
06/17/2010 5:58:20 PM CDT
Jennifer B. says ...
I always grab some olives because I am always tossing them in salads or pizza to add that bite of saltiness. I also throw them along with a few other ingredients in the food processor for a quick tapanade. Also buying bags of dried beans and making them in the crockpot overnight has really helped cut down on prepping for meals. We just freeze them in portions and then defrost and use in recipes. Also making burritos and freezing them individually has helped tremendously! :)
10/26/2010 7:52:36 PM CDT

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