5 Dinner Shortcuts for When You Need a Break in the Kitchen

Bowl of pasta with red sauce, tomatoes and wine.

You've just hosted an epic dinner party or holiday feast. Maybe it's just been a long work week. In any case, you need a shortcut. We've got ready-to-eat meals, juicy rotisserie chickens, frozen entrées and more for satisfyingly simple dinners. Here are five tried-and-true shortcuts to get you to the table — fast.

1. Let us cook for you.

Kitchen fatigue is real. Skip the meal prep and choose from a range of ready-to-eat, ready-to-heat and ready-to-cook meals opens in a new tabin our stores. Chef-inspired flavors that come in a variety of sizes — meals for one, meals for two and family meals — are sure to feed your needs. Less to cook and more to enjoy.

2. Rotisserie chicken remix.

Not to brag, but our rotisserie chicken is amazing. It's a dependable, delightfully versatile dinner staple. Are we making a chicken dinner salad? Chicken-veggie pitas? Or does it feel like a chicken grain bowl night? The options opens in a new tab are limitless. Pick up a luscious rotisserie chicken in the Prepared Foods department opens in a new tab in any of our stores.

3. Pizza is always the right answer.

Whatever your pizza mood, we've got you covered. Grab a sizzling hot pie or try our ready-to-bake pizza, both available in our Prepared Foods department opens in a new tab. The ready-to-bake pizza is a total lifesaver. After just 15 minutes in the oven, your home will be filled with drool-worthy aromas without the work. Top with freshly grated parmesan, arugula and a drizzle of hot (chile-spiked) honey to make it your own.

4. 365 by Whole Foods Market frozen delights.

The virtues of a stocked freezer are limitless. Build this Chicken Stir-Fry with Basil opens in a new tab using 365 by Whole Foods Market Frozen Organic Stir Fry Blend opens in a new tab and frozen brown rice as your base. Allow 365 brand Frozen Wild-Caught Sockeye Salmon Fillets opens in a new tab to play a starring role in this Baked Salmon with Warm Mango Salsa opens in a new tab. Use however much you need for your meal and save the rest in the freezer for later. That's dinner on the table today and dinner later, too.

5. Simple pasta = simply delicious.

Seeking a steamy, comforting dish ready in no time at all? Whip up a heaping bowl of pasta. The hardest part is deciding your vibe. Are you craving 365 brand Kale and Cheese Tortellini opens in a new tab with garlic butter sauce? Or maybe some creamy Whole Foods Market Vodka Sauce opens in a new tab with penne sounds just right.

Add veggies to up the ante with minimal effort. For a vibrant, flavorful dish, pair gnocchi with the beloved Whole Foods Market Provencal Vegetable Blend opens in a new tab. Or make an extra fancy Pasta with Greens opens in a new tab using our Whole Foods Market European Greens Vegetable Blend opens in a new tab. Go vegan with 365 brand Vegetable Ravioli opens in a new tab and tomato basil sauce. Choosing your pasta destiny is sure to be the biggest challenge here.

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