Easy Weeknight: How Whole Foods Market Makes Gourmet in 10 Minutes
Hey You. Are you running hectic around the week already? I thought it would all end in December, that harriedness of here and there. But, stepping into–and out of–last week, I realized busy is just busy and that’s that. So there.
Which is why I’m formulating all sorts of fun, new twists on the Cheeky Kitchen approach to cooking and recipes, some of which I’ll start revealing this week. But, if you’re having one of those nights where making anything homemade simply wears you out, I’ve got a fun new stash for your freezer that will make you feel like you’re still feeding yourself (and your family) right, without any of the prep work, clean up, or stress. It’s also budget friendly. It’s also from Whole Foods Market.
I love you that much. You’re welcome.
So Whole Foods Market sent me a $25 gift card to go shopping in their freezer section for some of their new freezer meals. Holy Happiness. Just look at the new list of offerings available. I mean, those flavor combos? This is no traditional TV dinner line-up…
· Whole Foods Market™ Tandoori Chicken Samosas
· Whole Foods Market™ Potato & Pea Samosas
· Whole Foods Market™ Vegetable Egg Rolls
· Whole Foods Market™ Chicken & Vegetable Egg Rolls
· Whole Foods Market™ Vegetable Potstickers
· Whole Foods Market™ Pork & Vegetable Potstickers
ITALIAN WOOD-FIRED PIZZAS:
· Whole Foods Market™ Wood-Fired Buffalo Mozzarella with Cherry Tomatoes
· Whole Foods Market™ Wood-Fired Margherita with Cherry Tomatoes
· Whole Foods Market™ Wood-Fired Stracchino and Arugula
· Whole Foods Market™ Broccoli & Beef
· Whole Foods Market™ General Tso’s Chicken
· Whole Foods Market™ Orange Chicken
· Whole Foods Market™ Sweet & Sour Chicken
· Whole Foods Market™ Fettuccine Alfredo
· Whole Foods Market™ Fettuccine Alfredo con Funghi
· Whole Foods Market™ Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
· Whole Foods Market™ Gnocchi di Polenta with Peas & Kale
· Whole Foods Market™ Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi
· Whole Foods Market™ Penne all’Arrabbiata
· Whole Foods Market™ Chicken Fried Rice
· Whole Foods Market™ Vegetable Fried Rice
· Whole Foods Market™ Shrimp & Vegetable Stir Fry
· Whole Foods Market™ Stir Fry Vegetables
· Whole Foods Market™ Caramel Apple Blossoms
· Whole Foods Market™ Chocolate Lava Cakes
· Whole Foods Market™ Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies
· Whole Foods Market™ Caramelized Panna Cotta
SIX INGREDIENT ICE CREAMS
· Whole Foods Market™ Chocolate Ice Cream
· Whole Foods Market™ Coffee Ice Cream
· Whole Foods Market™ Strawberry Ice Cream
· Whole Foods Market™ Vanilla Ice Cream
It was a boyfriend weekend, so filled a brown grocery bag of Italian eats and headed up to hang with Steve. I arrived at his casa
armed with the following after a quick run into the store, and a snappy swipe of my gift card:
- Wood-Fired Stracchino and Arugula ($5.99)
- Gnocchi alla Sorrentina ($3.99)
- Caramelized Panna Cotta ($2.99)
In the middle of a lazy Saturday, we decided to pull them out and whip together a quick meal before we went errand-running. The pizza was tossed into the oven, the Gnocchi poured into a skillet on the stovetop, I was supposed to thaw the panna cotta in the fridge, but hadn’t been thinking far enough ahead, so zapped them in the microwave in 10 second spurts for about a minute. Worked perfectly.
Since we’d peeled a pomegranate the night before, we decided to toss a few fresh arils on our pizza just before serving. It proved a smart move.
Steve said the meal was “a good canvas” for a quick meal, and suggested shaved parmesan to oomph up the gnocchi. I agreed that a garnish of fresh basil woulda been welcome, as well. Something about fresh flavors, you know. We both felt gaga happy over the pomegranates, and liked the grainy crunch of coarse sea salt over our pizza. Definitely better than traditional freezer meals, not quite schnappy enough for company, we thought.
The panna cotta, on the other hand, we both enjoyed significantly more than expected. It was cool and perfectly sweet and creamy and that little splash of caramel sauce on top? Yeehaw. We tossed blackberries on our plates (because they look really nice in pictures, and because we had them in the fridge).
At the end of the meal, there was a single sliver of pizza left (I’m currently a carb bigot), and we felt quite contented with our early dinner nosh. For $12.97, two grownups were amply full. Which means I’d want to at least double the portions were I feeding my little people. And probably serve it with a tossed salad, as well.
All in all, I love knowing about the new Whole Foods Market freezer meals. I can see myself using them once or twice a month, filling the freezer so I have a few quick-pick items on hand for those days when I don’t wanna cook, but I still wanna eat fancy flavors.
Don’t think us food bloggers should have all the fun? Neither does Whole Foods Market! They’ve offered to give one Cheeky Kitchen reader a $25 gift card to shop in the freezer section and try out some of their fun, new entrees, sides, and desserts. To enter, just follow me on Facebook (or leave a note on your wall, inviting your friends over to Cheeky Kitchen to get in on the fun), then leave a comment and rock your body. Actually. You can just leave a comment. We’ll keep it easy. (But please do make an effort to get your rock on today. I high suggest an spontaneous dance session to Scream and Shout.)
You’re so cool.