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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
Jeanne Marie says ...
We often buy 7-10 hazelnut cutlets when they are on sale. We store most of them in the freezer -- they thaw out perfectly. They are so good on a bun, in chili or goulash, or as a pizza topping. They are a great source of protein and yummy to boot.
10/29/2009 9:49:55 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
Sue says ...
I'm single, and cook in small portions. So, I pick up fresh chicken soup, mushroom soup, cheese sauce, Italian pasta sauce, chicken or beef bullion, or white or Pesto sauce, and pour it into ice cube trays, then when frozen I crack them into ziploc bags. For a quick meal, all I have to do is microwave a potato, or boil up some pasta or rice, and while that happens, I just pop out a few of the cubes, and either microwave them or stir them into the very hot carbs in the same pot, and dinner is served! Nothing ever goes to waste in the frig. And so many combinations I keep inventing! My freezer always has an assortment of little frozen cubes! The ice cube trays go into a dishpan of water in the sink, with a little bleach, and after they soak overnight, the trays come clean easily with a whisk of a scrub brush, same with the pot for the rice or the pasta, which literally melts away. So easy! And so much cheaper than TV dinners! (Since you make small portions you won't overeat, the carbs satisfy your hunger, and you can always make a salad to go with it. That's how I'm 5'5" and 125 lbs.) Enjoy!
10/29/2009 6:31:00 PM 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
Nicole F says ...
I buy deli sliced turkey, chicken stock, prepared mashed potatos and a couple bags of frozen veggies. I make a quick gravy out of stock and a roux and my special blend of spices and toss in the turkey, warm up the delicous simple mashe potatos and steam frozen veggies for a quick warming thanksgiving inspired week night meal, complete with cranberry sauce.
10/30/2009 12:35:20 AM CDT
Cynthia Gallaher says ...
As soon as I walk in the back door in the evening, even before I take my coat off, I either start heating the oven or fill a pot of water and place it on high heat on the stove. This way, I can take off my coat, shuffle through the mail, gather my items to cook and have water or oven heated and ready when I am.
10/30/2009 8:45:37 AM 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
p says ...
i buy the carrot-ginger soup, or the butternut squash soup and then add garnishes, or even toss in some vegetables to make a hearty start to dinner.
10/30/2009 12:07:04 PM 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
Lawrence Pray III says ...
Every Sunday I prepare my dinners for the week. I steam brocolli & cauliflower and mix in some quinoa. I store it in my fridge in 12 individual servings for my family of 3. Every 3 -4 weeks I buy about 20 pounds of Mary's boneless skinless breasts, butterfly them and individually freeze them. So 4 out of the 5 weekdays I come home from work & all I have to do is microwave the mixed veggies & quinoa and quickly season and grill the chicken. I prepare my breafasts for the week the same way. On Sunday I cook up a bunch of quinoa & seperate it into individual servings. I top it with organic rasberries, organic blueberries & a handful of organic walnuts. I can get all of this prep work done in about three hours and it makes my busy workweek much more manageable! The one day a week I don't have a dinner planned we are at whole foods here in las Vegas eating our dinner. Everything they make here is amazing! It makes it nice when you live just a few blocks away! Thanks Whole Foods!
11/02/2009 9:19:34 AM CST
Cady says ...
I get my sides already made to save time.
11/02/2009 10:08:32 AM CST
Kathryn says ...
I take the salad bar tofu or the vegan popcorn chicken from the case and throw it into a stir fry - saves the time and mess of pressing and marinating fresh tofu to get that extra firm texture.
11/02/2009 11:12:19 AM CST
Serah says ...
On Sundays, we'll grill up a bunch of chicken or cook up a bunch of ground beef and freeze it for upcoming meals. It saves so much time to be able to pull a bag of frozen, chopped up chicken from the freezer in the morning for dinner that night. With a full-time job and family, the little timesavers really add up!
11/02/2009 11:23:00 AM CST
Ashley says ...
I live alone so the prepared meal section of Whole Foods is a life saver for me. I work a lot and do not get home until sometimes 10 or 11 at night. I tend to get the meals from whole foods that are fully prepared, with the main dish, a side and a salad. I then split that up and either freeze some or put it into the fridge divided. This way, there is little to no prep involved, all i have to do is heat it up. For 14.95, I am able to get two to three meals for myself, an excellent money saver, and super delicious and easy!
11/02/2009 12:35:25 PM CST

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