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renee harsche says ...
My 9 tray excalibur dehydrator. I spend 1 day a week dehydrating. We all know the raw diet can be time consuming and tricky. Especially when you are preparing for a family. I load up my 9 tray excalibur with bread batter, meatless meatballs, veggie burgers, crackers, granola, muffins, etc. Dehydrate for 8-24 hrs. Voila I have our meals for the week!
10/28/2009 10:36:31 AM CDT
Zoe R. says ...
Whole Foods salsa fresca is a favorite timesaver of mine! It's perfect as an addition to salads, or over fish or chicken, and I never need to worry about adding seasoning when I use it. I'll mix in veggies and beans to add nutrients. Plus it's low calorie!
10/28/2009 10:36:32 AM CDT
Patty says ...
What I try and do is alittle pre-prep work on the weekend, especially in the summer when its so hot out. I will bake (sometimes bbq) some free range chicken and pasta and make a great pasta salad (carrots, celery, fresh dill, etc). This way we can have it as a side dish, taken in a lunch, or you can make a sandwich with it. Yummy! We usually top it up with some homemade ice tea made from organic black tea!
10/28/2009 10:36:32 AM CDT
Angela Tuell says ...
We absolutely love Whole Foods! We find that the fruits and vegetables are so fresh, they last longer. When we come home from shopping, we chop and clean everything and it really saves time throughout the week!
10/28/2009 10:38:56 AM CDT
Andrea Harrison says ...
I totally love your salad bar. It's so easy to through a large salad together to compliment a good home cooked meal, and there is no chopping, washing, drying etc to deal with!
10/28/2009 10:40:38 AM CDT
Angela says ...
Plan one hour a week to wash and chop all the vegetables I just bought from your beautiful produce department. All I have to do at dinner time is grab clean vegetables and serve in a raw salad, steam, or roast. Favorite Prepared Food: handmade pizza for $8.99. We just add a fresh salad. The BEST deal around, better than ANY take out pizza joint. We never "order" pizza anymore!
10/28/2009 10:40:42 AM CDT
Kristin Canny says ...
When entertaining, I buy pre-made appetizers and spreads from the Prepared Foods department. (My favorite is the artichoke dip and tortilla chips). This way if guests come really hungry, they can have something to snack on while waiting for the main course. I don't feel so rushed to get dinner on the table and we all get time to chat pre-dinner. The bonus is everyone thinks I made all the goodies myself!
10/28/2009 10:41:43 AM CDT
Emily says ...
I`m a big advocate of freezer meals. For example, I`ll either find a day where I have a big chunk of time and go ahead and assemble a few meals (in proper portion sizes) to stick in the freezer. I also pre-chop all my vegetables for the weeks ahead. I`m a big fan of the Whole Foods Hot Bar, so I`ll often stop in and pick up a few items for sides.
10/28/2009 10:42:21 AM CDT
Katharine says ...
To make cooking in the kitchen more convenient - and faster - I often pick up a pre-cooked chicken. Perfect with some veggies the first night, on top of a salad for lunch, and then use the rest to make some hearty soup - great for a fall day like today!
10/28/2009 10:47:27 AM CDT
bill martin says ...
ok pre cut food for recipe place it in frig in mornig bring it out and start going on meal and get it done faster and one time
10/28/2009 10:48:24 AM CDT
andrea says ...
I am a HUGE fan of the rotisserie chicken. One night we have roasted chicken with fresh veggies and mashed potatoes, with the left overs I shred the chicken and make enchilada's. I can save time on two dinners with your chickens, and being a mom with very active 7 year old twins, I need to save time anywhere I can. Thank you Whole Foods for helping me keep my family eating healthy!
10/28/2009 10:53:57 AM CDT
Mary Lynn Conejo says ...
Since I principally cook Cuban foods in my home, and these require chopping onions and peppers for each dish, I put chunks of onion and pepper in my mini food processor, and grind them once a week. I put them in a glass jar in the fridge and put a tiny bit of olive oil in it. When I need my freshly cut onions and peppers for whatever dish I am cooking, they are there, and they keep quite well. By the way, I started doing this, the grinding up of the onions and peppers as my mother would not eat anything where she could find the bits of onions and peppers. It is handy for kids as well, who might not eat it if they can see it.
10/28/2009 10:54:12 AM CDT
Ray Bryan says ...
I will pick up a whole pie from the pizza counter and then make a nice salad to accompany the pizza.
10/28/2009 10:56:15 AM CDT
Heather says ...
I plan about four meals for the week in advance and go to Whole Foods to buy all the protein, starch and veggies for these meals. I will bring everything home and clean all the protein and freeze what I won't use the for the first two meals. I then clean all the produce so it is ready to go. I love Whole Food's 365 brand brown rice, Near East Rice Pilaf and the Alexia frozen mashed potatoes for side dishes. With all this stocked up I get to be a little more flexible about what we are going to have and mix and match the proteins, veggies and starches depending on our mood that night! Then night 5 can be what we fondly refer to as "Week In Review" where we bring out the leftovers and have our own potluck dinner!
10/28/2009 11:05:08 AM CDT
nick says ...
On Sundays I cook up a huge batch of beans. Normally, I make chickpeas, black beans, red beans, and pintos. Then I have them all ready to for the week. YUMMY BEANS!
10/28/2009 11:05:25 AM CDT
Carol Graham says ...
I love to buy the prepared chicken. So easy to toss with pasta and olive oil and then add some of the roasted veggies. Dinner on the table in about 15 minutes and healthy to boot.
10/28/2009 11:12:57 AM CDT
Alisa - One Frugal Foodie says ...
The fresh made salsa at my Whole Foods is a saviour. I simply pour a container of it over two large boneless skinless chicken breasts in a glass baking dish, pop it in the oven at 350F, and within 30 to 35 minutes, I have perfectly cooked, tender chicken with salsa sauce to serve over brown rice with a side of steamed veggies (pre-cut broccoli if I am really shortcutting it!). A great meal that is also gluten-free and food allergy-friendly! This can also be made in the crockpot. Top the chicken with the salsa in your slow cooker, and fire on low for several hours.
10/28/2009 11:15:41 AM CDT
Claire S says ...
Can't believe no one said this yet: when cooking brown rice, make extra and freeze in quart freezer bags. Then when you want a quick meal, micro or steam rice, heat a can of your favorite beans (black, pinto, edamame, or black eyed peas are great). Make a big pile: rice, beans, cheese, garnished with any or all of the following: salsa, cherry toms halved, cilantro, pepitas, sliced olives, hot sauce, avocado.... It's all about good garnishes. All-in-one meal! Also I chop an extra onion or two and store in freezer bags in freezer. Always ready! I can't afford to hit the prepared food section at WF so I plan by making Planned-overs! If you have a plan for the week there's no last minute "we're starving" scramble. And three or four slow cooker meals are great to rotate weekly in fall and winter! In summer, grill it!
10/28/2009 11:17:27 AM CDT
Diana Doon says ...
Stay organized! Write out a meal plan that itemizes the prep for a big meal to a few days ahead, one day before, 3-1 hours prior, etc, and get as much done ahead of time as possible. If the recipe allows, it also helps to measure your ingredients out ahead of time so that you can add everything all at once.
10/28/2009 11:23:11 AM CDT
Lekki says ...
I know a filling, nourishing breakfast is ideal, but it is tough to find time. I buy the WF premade salads (shrimp, turkey, salmon & dill etc) and have a pot in the fridge - I chuck it in my omelet every morning, so I get some extra protein and flavour. The variety means I don't get bored, and its breakfast ready in 5 mins for me!
10/28/2009 11:26:12 AM CDT
Tiffany says ...
I always buy larger packages of meat, and then divide and freeze for quick defrosts during the week, but a great trick that I use for sauces is to make more than I need, then freeze them in ice cube trays, then bag the "sauce blocks". Then I just add as needed to a dish I am making later on, and it still tastes great! Also, the pre cut veggies are a lifesaver on weeknights for a quick stirfry! I have found frozen rice in the freezer section, and that comes out perfect in soups!
10/28/2009 11:28:08 AM CDT
Blakely Sullivan says ...
I use a pressure cooker whenever possible. It can save tons of times (i.e. Risotto in five minutes)! Also, I tend to use prepackaged sauces (i.e. stirfry sauce) instead of making my own, and will occasionally use canned beans instead of homemade, etc.
10/28/2009 11:30:20 AM CDT
Debbie Freid says ...
The rotisserie chicken or turkey breast is something that always saves me a lot of time throughout the entire week. I live alone and at first thought that a rotisserie chicken was too much for me. On the contrary. Purchase a rotisserie chicken on Sunday and have a nice chicken and rice dinner with roasted brocolli. I get the frozen brown rice (cooks in 3 minutes) and the pre-cut brocolli (through on cookie sheet with salt and pepper and roast for 9 minutes). Great dinner in less than 10 minutes. Then with the leftovers I make dinner on Monday that is a chicken burritto with the leftover chicken and rice, throw in some beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream and salsa! Tuesday it is chicken and pasta with a can of diced tomatoes, garlic (purchased pre chopped), pine nuts and basil! It we have leftovers on Wednesday, chicken salad or green salad with chicken. On Thursday, take some store bought organic chicken stock and add the chicken with any veggies I might have and make a quick soup. It's the rotisserie chicken that keeps going and going!!!! Very economical and quick!!
10/28/2009 11:30:35 AM CDT
elizabeth says ...
i try to find easy ways to cook different types of food, putting things in the oven or slow cooker saves alot of time. then you can work on other things while somethings cooking.
10/28/2009 11:41:23 AM CDT
Amie Monte says ...
For a quick, tasty, and healthy dinner (that won't break the bank) I pick up small amounts of Whole Foods Prepared Salads and use these flavorful spoonfuls to perk up bigger salads made with fresh veggies, lettuce, and homegrown herbs. It's the best of both worlds because the prepared salads go a long way in flavorville but I don't have to buy pounds of the pre-made goodies to make a complete meal. Love you, Whole Foods:)
10/28/2009 11:42:25 AM CDT

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