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Meet Summer’s Hottest Cool Dessert: Cheesecake Bites

By Whole Story Editors, May 21, 2018  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

 

You’re already a big mochi fan, you’ve tried almost every cake pop recipe in the books, and you’re obsessed with cheesecake. So, heads up for a seriously cool dessert coming your way soon: Cheesecake Bites. Consider them the lovechild of mochi, cake pops (minus the stick) and cheesecake, all rolled into one. They’re literally cool (they’re frozen), and they’re a micro-sized dessert, perfect for popping right into your mouth.

These bite-sized desserts are squares of cheesecake that are covered in dark or milk chocolate – whichever you’re into. They come in a variety of flavors (none artificial, of course), including traditional New York style, lemon, chocolate, strawberry, espresso, coconut and key lime. No one will judge you for wanting to try all – we promise! The squares are finished with tiny toppings that include a white chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, espresso beans and toasted coconut. Plus, they’re frozen, which means they’re not just sweet, they’re a refreshing, cool treat during the hot summer weather. They will launch in our new Kansas City store just south of the historic Country Club Plaza, and will be available in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas and in El Paso, Texas by the fall.

Sounds delicious. But how should I serve them? Serve them on a platter with a berry garnish (and a glass of wine, if you’re so inclined). We also recommend creating a dessert buffet with these bites, mochi and other bite-size treats. Of course, you can serve them – and eat them – any way you want. Like, in the parking lot on your way to the car …

Any other cool ways to eat them? We’re all about mixing, matching and trying all of the flavors. In our Kansas City store, we have our own version of a “Cheesecake Bite flight” on the dessert menu in our new full-service bar and taproom, The Fountain Room.

How much do they cost? They are 2 for $4, 6 for $10, or 12 for $18. (Yes, it’s one of those “the more you buy, the more you save” kind of things.)

My mouth is watering. Where can I find them at Whole Foods Market?  Look for them in the kind of cooler that holds ice cream sandwiches and novelties in the bakery department and pick them up on your next trip to Whole Foods Market. After all, you can never have too many desserts in your freezer.

Taxonomy: Food

Break the Fast With Tons of Flavor and Zero Stress This Ramadan

By Nadia Hubbi, May 14, 2018  |  More Posts by Nadia Hubbi

Nadia Hubbi is a food photographer, food entrepreneur and food blogger who was raised in New Jersey. She partnered with her childhood friend, Deana Kakabkibi, and together, they run the blog Sweet Pillar Food, where they maintain the traditions and memories of their upbringings through cooking. Hubbi now lives in Los Angeles with her two children (with a third on the way!).

Ramadan is one of my favorite holidays. It’s filled with quality time with family and friends, and elaborate dinners with tons of food (which is basically a must after fasting during the day and not having anything to eat or drink…not even water!). 

Deana and I use shortcuts when we can, and thanks to Saffron Road’s products, ‘shortcut’ doesn’t mean compromising taste or quality. Just because your guests have been fasting all day doesn’t mean they won’t know the difference between good and bad food! Plus, all of Saffron Road’s food is halal-certified and have no hydrogenated fats or artificial colors. Here are some of my favorite tips for preparing your iftar table.

Have Some Snacks Ready to Go

We always have an assortment of various snacks ready on our iftar table: Dried fruit, dates and Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas, Sea Salt. That way, our hungry guests can nibble on something immediately.

Make an Easy Dip

Dips and chips are also an important part of a Ramadan iftar table – and they’re also super easy to prepare. We like to make hummus (or you can just grab some Whole Foods Market™ hummus) and serve it with Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips

Start with an Easy, Small Soup

Every family’s traditions vary, but many start their meals with a bowl of soup. Some people think soup will fill people up before the main course, so I like to meet somewhere in the middle by putting soup in little shooters. Combine Saffron Road Coconut Curry Korma Sauce with Saffron Road Traditional Chicken Broth. Let it simmer, and you’ll have a quick and easy soup! For something a little extra, top the soup with Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas or Baked Lentil Chips.

Make an Easy Entrée

For my family, dinner is incomplete without rice. We’ve used Saffron Road Chicken Biryani for one of our two main dishes. We like to add our own touches to it by caramelizing an extra onion and adding some golden raisins to top it off. You can sear chicken, top it off with Saffron Road Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce and bake it all together. Add some fresh cilantro, and you’re good to go. If you’re really in a pinch, just pop one of Saffron Road’s frozen entrees in the microwave and put it on a nice serving platter. There are many to choose from with so many different flavors from across the globe. One of my personal favorites is Saffron Road frozen Enchiladas al Chipotle.

Don’t Stress Over Drinks and Desserts

Water is obviously a must after not consuming any beverages all day. Lots of Middle Eastern families like to drink apricot juice, but we tend to opt for a lemonade and mint drink. You can squeeze your own lemons or you can make the whole thing a lot easier picking up 365 Everyday Value® lemonade at Whole Foods Market and adding fresh mint and honey or sugar on your own. Also, make sure to have enough tea and coffee on hand to serve with pastries, cookies, and dessert!  

The most important thing – aside from eating – is that you get to celebrate an important time with your family and friends. That’s why I like to stop by Whole Foods Market to quickly grab all of these things I need, so I can focus on what really matters (and, you know, beat the hanger).

Happy Iftar!

Taxonomy: ramadan, Holidays

Step It Up from Plain Old Chips: 7 Fun Alternatives to Bring to Your Summer Barbeque

By Paula Forbes, May 10, 2018  |  More Posts by Paula Forbes

You likely know a sunny backyard that’s just begging for a cookout — which means someone’s got to bring the chips. Try one of these twists on the classic snack. The fact they’re on sale this barbeque season*) is a total plus.

For the purist who likes a little bit of a twist: try Garden of Eatin’ White Corn Lime Tortilla Chips. These new chips will take your vessel for guacamole (a.k.a. the traditional corn chip) and add a little extra zest. Scoop them in anything you want … though we wouldn’t judge you if you wanted to eat them right out of the bag.

If you feel like bringing something colorful to the party, how about blue corn tortilla chips? Garden of Eatin’s Original Blue Chips are made from organic blue corn, giving them a hearty texture that’s perfect for salsa scooping, and, of course, that deep blue color.

 

Or maybe you’ve got more of a veggie vibe. Terra Original Vegetable chips combine five different types of root vegetables in the mix, including sweet potato, yucca, parsnip, batata (that’s a white sweet potato, also known as boniato), and distinctive purple-streaked taro chips. They’re sweet, salty, earthy and well worth eating by the handful.

If you’re really feeling the taro vegetable chips, Terra makes a bag of their chips that’s exclusively the taro variety! Terra Taro chips (say that three times fast!) are lightly seasoned with sea salt.

To sweeten things up ever so slightly, try Terra Plantain. Plantains have just a hint of sweetness — that makes them a perfect pairing for a hotter-than-hot salsa like this one, made with serrano chiles.

 

Another great veggie option that’s both airy and crunchy at the same time: Garden Veggie Straws from Sensible Portions are puffed-up combos that start with potatoes and vegetables. Grab a 3.3-ounce bag and a tub of hummus, and you’ll be the most popular person at the cookout.

 

And if you’re a cheese fan, Bearitos Cheddar Puffs might do the trick. They’re baked, they’re made with organic corn, they use organic cheddar — sounds like something seriously snackable. Cheese not your thing? They’re also in a veggie puff variety, so, yes, we’ve got your back no matter your taste in snacks.

The point is, summer is a break from the ordinary. Shouldn’t your snacks be a break from the ordinary too? Just swing by your local Whole Foods Market on your way to your barbeque — we’ve got all these options and more. And what’s more summery than keeping things easy?

*Disclaimer: Valid 5/16–6/12/18. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. While supplies last. No rain checks.

Taxonomy: snacks, Hain

5 Easy Ways to Build a Better Brunch for Mom

By John Stewart, May 7, 2018  |  More Posts by John Stewart
 
“Brunch” has to be one of the Top 100 Best Words of the English language. You can’t help but see bright plates of food, late-morning daylight and smiling, familiar faces. To help you bump up your next brunch (hello, Mother’s Day!), we’ve put Wallaby Organic Yogurt and Love Crunch Organic Granola on sale together*. 
 
Good granola and yogurt bring a nice bright flavor and texture to your table. Here are five great recipes (thanks to our friends at Wallaby and Nature’s Path):
 
1. Be a brunch hero with these pretty tarts. The crust is made from granola and dates for a sweet and crunchy treat.
 

2. Kick off brunch right with these cute and easy starter bites.
 
 
3. Moist and light, packed with juicy blueberries and a crunchy chocolate granola swirl. Pairs perfectly with Mom and tea.
 
 
4. For the savory, tangy, crunchy side of brunch. Fresh, cool and irresistible.
Get the recipe: Yogurt Toast
 
 
5. A good dip is a great brunch add-on. Yogurt and lemon tanginess with warm herbal notes from the za’atar spice blend — perfect on a pita chip.
 
Note: Za'atar (or zahtar or zatar) is an earthy Middle Eastern spice blend that can contain a variety of different ingredients such as toasted sesame seeds, marjoram, thyme, cumin, oregano, sumac and sea salt. Each country has its own unique style of za'atar, and each family develops their own mix.
 

Wallaby + Nature’s Path

They’re separate companies that approach what they do in very similar ways — a commitment to organic ingredients, producing in small batches, with a focus on breakfasts and brunches that people love. Yogurt and granola couldn’t go together any better.
 
*Valid 5/2-5/15/18. While supplies last. No rain checks. U.S. stores only. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. Excludes Wallaby Aussie 6-oz. yogurt.
Taxonomy: Food & Recipes

What’s New: Botanical Flavors, Meaty Antipasto Combo and More

By Whole Story Editors, May 7, 2018  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors
Meet the newest products you can't live without from backyard barbecue essentials like brioche buns and ready-to-serve margaritas to everyday staples like organic probiotic chewables for kids. We asked our buyers about the latest and greatest additions to our shelves, and here are their picks for this month. 
 
Like all the food we sell, these new food and drink additions meet our quality standards, which include no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners, and no hydrogenated fats or high fructose corn syrup either. For personal care products, we evaluate quality in terms of ingredients and experience. In fact, there are more than 100 ingredients that are not allowed in any body care products we sell.
 
Stop in our stores to try these latest additions:
 
365 Everyday Value® Limited Botanical Editions
Shortbread Cookies, Frozen Fruit Bars, Italian Gelatos, Organic Italian Lemon Elderflower Soda, Organic Blackberry Rose Lemonade, Dark Chocolate Violet Marshmallows, Lemon Lavender Granola
Surprise and delight your taste buds. We developed a line of limited-edition botanical treats and drinks, which capture the subtle aromatics and sweetness of geranium, hibiscus, lavender and more. Try the trend today — “limited edition” means they won’t be around forever!
 
Olympia Provisions Antipasto Salad
This fruity, savory salad is a combination of marinated Greek olives, Asiago cheese and cubes of salami cotto from Portland's famed Olympia Provisions, plus parsley, thyme and black pepper. The olives are sourced from growers with a focus on centuries-old harvesting and brining methods. Find it at the olive bar for an easy snack or side.
 
Birch Benders Pancake and Waffle Mixes
Banana Paleo and Classic Blueberry
Meet pancake and waffle mixes that will change your breakfast game. Each represents months of double-blind taste tests to ensure that every ingredient and their combinations and proportions hit just the right flavor notes. Just add water. 
 
Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Organic Kids Daily Care
Strawberry Banana, Watermelon
These gluten-free chewables contain 14 different probiotic strains designed to help support a child's digestive health. Also an excellent source of vitamins C and D*. No artificial colors or flavors!
 
Whole Foods Market™ Brioche 
Braided Loaf, Rolls, Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns
From French toast and sandwiches to hamburgers, sliders, and, yes, hot dogs, our brioche is always buttery, rich and pillowy-soft. Made using a French recipe with cage-free eggs and unbleached and unbromated flour. 
Artista Cocktail Co. Organic Ready-to-Serve Margarita Wine Cocktails
Lime, Strawberry
Margaritas are perfect for lazy hot days, so making them should be easy. Try this organic bottled version made with agave wine, brightened with real lime juice and ready to serve over ice — no mixing needed. Each bottle makes 12 4-oz cocktails. No artificial colors or flavors allowed!
 
Miss Jones Baking Co. Cake in a Cup
Confetti Pop, Vanilla, Organic Warm Double Chocolate, Organic Chocolate Chip, Organic Fudgy Brownie
Just add water and microwave for delicious cake in less than a minute. No artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. You can only find them here. 
 
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Vital Proteins' Collagen Peptides are formulated to be easily digested and soluble in cold or hot liquids. Add a scoop into beverages, smoothies, soups and your favorite recipes to support healthy hair, skin, nails, bone, joints, digestion, muscles and more*. Tip: It's a great addition to morning coffee.
 
Made In-House Marinated Chicken Breasts
Tequila-lime, Pollo Asado
Looking for some festive flavors to grill up? These ready-to-cook in-house marinated tequila-lime and pollo asado chicken breasts cut your prep time for an easy, perfectly seasoned meal. No antibiotics, ever.
 
Whole Foods Market ™ Spring Harvest Build-Your-Own Salad
A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and pretty soon you have an amazing salad with baby arugula, peas, goat cheese crumbles, chopped hard-boiled egg, sugar snap peas, asparagus, roasted golden and red beets, shredded rainbow carrots, sunflower seeds and green goddess dressing. Find all the ingredients you need at the special build-your-own spot at the salad bar. 
 
Visit our stores to find new favorites, and check out more recently added products.  
 
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Taxonomy: Trends & New Stuff, Whats_New

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