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The Whole Deal™ on Thanksgiving

By Winnie Hsia, November 20, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Winnie Hsia

Yes, I couldn't resist posting a Whole Deal tips post featuring Thanksgiving tips.  As you can see from our chosen tips below, we've got some creative customers out there!  From using whole turkeys year-round to spreading out your holiday shopping to planning for leftovers - there are many ways to make your food budget more manageable - even during the holidays!

Remember, each week, we choose tips to be featured in our weekly The Whole Deal™ blog post. Every chosen tip gets a $25 gift card, so submit you tips and recipes here. Pamela W. Use whole turkeys throughout the year, not just at Thanksgiving. I stock up on whole turkeys when they are on sale around the holidays then use them throughout the year. I thaw the frozen turkey, and cut the breast off. This can then be used the same way you would use boneless, skinless chicken breast, for stir frys or kabobs, etc. I then cut the legs off, roast them, then coat with bbq sauce and finish on the grill, just like at the fair. The rest of the turkey gets roasted and I remove the meat and use it for turkey enchiladas or turkey salad for sandwiches. Then I boil the bones for broth that I store in the freezer to use whenever I need it. Jane V. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I have found a way to help with the extra food expenses. I like to plan out my menus several weeks in advance and then spread out my shopping for Thanksgiving and Christmas over several shopping trips. I then absorb the extra costs over several weeks, rather then taking a big hit all at once. This also helps me to take advantage of any special sales(stock up and freeze things if you can) and allows me to try some of the goodies I don’t normally buy. Susan C. Thanksgiving is upon us. This is my first time ever making dinner for my mother. After several consultations with her, I have decided to order a 20-22 lbs Free Range Turkey from Whole Foods for my 10 guests. When getting a fresh Turkey, schedule your pick up on Tuesday or Wednesday. The Medical College of the University of Wisconsin says a fresh turkey can be kept, uncooked, in your refrigerator for no more than 2 days! This way, you don’t have to freeze it. And pick up the Holiday Meat Guide, the entertaining calculator is AWESOME for first time entertaining cooks like myself. It was spot on with the size of Turkey that my mother suggested. My family likes leftovers!
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Daniella Calenzo says ...
I am a grad student stuck in the throes of finals and thus, am stuck in my apartment for Thanksgiving. Just because you're alone, does not mean you have to eat Chinese food on Thanksgiving! Instead of buying a whole turkey, I am going to buy smaller portions, like Turkey Breasts and Wings/Thighs (my favorite part of thanksgiving is the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich the next day so I will be mindful of this when I am choosing how much to buy). For the stuffing, I found an Italian Sausage stuffing recipe that uses loafs of Italian Bread, and so it will easily be adapted to a smaller portion. For other side dishes, such as the cranberry sauce, I will probably cheat a little and buy it at Whole Foods (I doubt I will be sacrificing anything!). While you may not always be able to spend Thanksgiving with those you love, there is no reason to deny yourself delicious, home-cooked, affordable food on this delicious day of Thanks!
11/20/2008 1:07:40 PM CST
Diane Pavlovich says ...
I come from a big family ( 20 people are attending and thats immediate family and a couple family friends, what we always do is each member of the family does 2-3 dfferent things, someone does the starch, sides, salad, desserts etc, then when we have done the turkey we clean the carcass out and make turkey stock and freeze it in ice cubes so we can make soup with it whenever we want.
11/20/2008 6:42:32 PM CST
Molly says ...
Nice to see you paying attention to vegetarians. Love how everyone thinks they too eat turkeys. In other words, can you provide tips beneficial for all of your customers?
11/21/2008 12:41:17 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@Molly Our customer tips are chosen what customers have submitted to us and unfortunately, that did not include any vegetarian tips. As a vegan myself, I know how tough the holidays can be for anyone with any dietary restriction (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, etc). However, we do offer some great vegetarian recipes in our Holiday Recipe guide: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/holidays/recipes/maincourses.php#vegetarian as well as guidance for other dietary needs.
11/21/2008 4:33:11 PM CST
Jenn says ...
I, too, am a frequent Whole Foods shopper and site surfer and would like to see more vegan tips, featured recipes, and products! Thanks, Molly, for requesting some vegan recipes adn thanks Winnie for your response. I want to know if there are any vegan cooking classes offered at Whole Foods in Nashville Tennessee and who/where I can go to discuss this with someone in person. Thanks!
11/21/2008 5:34:07 PM CST
Jody says ...
I am a single dad and my daughter in college spends Thanksgiving with me this year. We are having our favorite- Home made Organic Tofu Turkey, Organic Mashed Potatoes, Organic Yams, Organic Peas, Organic cranberry sauce, Vegan Gravy, Sparkling Cider, Organic home made Vegan Tofu-Pumpkin Pie, and Apple Pie. These are all very easy to make, and we get all our groceries at Whole Foods. They even have a Vegan Pumpkin Pie but I prefer to make my own, which is easy. this Wednesday night when I get home I just press the tofu in a cheese cloth lined colander and the tofu turkey is ready to cook Thanksgiving afternoon. The sides take minutes. Here is a nice recipe for Tofu Turkey and the Pumpkin Pie: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7691.0 http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6174.0 Happy Thanksgiving to All!!
11/22/2008 8:30:34 AM CST
sandra bowles says ...
I get Mollys comment about veggans and turkey but somehow I don't think the first Thanksgiving celebration was about being veggan or not. They just wanted to eat and give thanks for having food, etc. I find that choosing to be veggan often means limited choices when attempting to go traditional- especially in a scenario where turkey and thanksgiving are practically synonomous. One thing I am sure of as a Whole Foods customer myself, is that you will have many non turkey choices and lots of veggan recipes for the holidays online and even around the store. Enjoy your turkey free day of gratitude!
11/22/2008 6:06:40 PM CST
Linda Reddish says ...
Thank you for posting recipes for vegetarians! I was starting to panic as I am cooking this year for my family who are all eat meaters and I am not. The website has helped me find a balance to prepare meals I can eat and I can make for them as well.
11/23/2008 6:04:23 PM CST
Cheryl Sohn says ...
We are not vegetarian, buy we entertain friends that are. So we make sure to inquire whenever we invite people over, what they do or do not eat. What we have done the last couple of years is buy a pumpkin just after Halloween and set it out, uncut, to decorate our front stoop. Then, the week of Thanksgiving, we cut it up, roast it (salt, pepper and a little olive oil), and roast the seeds (season with something like Tony's). We bag it and put it in the fridge until turkey day. The roast pumpkin is yummy as is, or can then be turned into soup or pumpkin risotto. And the seeds make a nice topping for the soup! This year, we tried a batch with no seasonings, and I'm going to try it out as pumpkin pie.
11/26/2008 3:07:31 PM CST