Thanksgiving with Whole Foods Market 365

It's my favorite time of the year and I am excited to share more quick and easy tips in collaboration with Whole Foods Market 365. Growing up, I shopped at the original Whole Foods Market and it has been incredible to watch my local health food store evolve from humble roots to leading the way in offering high-quality food, standards, and service at an accessible price. With streamlined stores offering a more simplified shopping experience and additional savings for Amazon Prime members, Whole Foods Market 365 makes healthy living easy.

I am all about convenience anytime of year so I thought I'd share some of the ways that I save time and money while staying healthy and enjoying the holiday season. Because Whole Foods Market 365 is a smaller store with a more curated experience, it's easier to get in and out with what you need.

I was recently in Portland and met a long-time “insta-friend” in real life. She hosted a Friendsgiving dinner and introduced me to her community of strong and supportive women. I introduced her to Whole Foods 365 Lake Oswego, where we were in and out in 10 minutes and picked up their grab n' go cheese board, simple mills crackers, marinara sauce for meatballs, and 365 holiday s'mores chocolate bark. The pre-made cheese board was a huge hit, and I loved how it included a board and markers to indicate the types of cheese. All items sold at Whole Foods follow quality standards which means there are no artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats.

Back home, I headed to my local Whole Foods Market 365 in Concord to shop for the week leading into Thanksgiving and put together a few ideas to make meal-times streamlined and flexible for all the leftovers to come. I love my local 365 store, as it's a bright and beautiful with a huge selection of grab n' go items, prepared foods bar, in-house taqueria, and more. I decided to create my own take on turkey dinner leftovers using sweet potato toast as a base and traditional toppings like turkey and cranberry sauce as toppings.

I am a huge fan of turkey, but the idea of cooking an entire bird for myself was a little intimidating. Fortunately, the hot bar at Whole Foods Market 365 stocks juicy turkey and all the fixins like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. I picked up several sweet potatoes, pre-pack sides including organic cranberry sauce, garlic parsley green beans, and plenty of staples for simple dinners throughout the week.

Sweet Potato Toast

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut sweet potatoes into 1/4″ slices
  • Place on baking sheet or rack.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes, until just soft. You may need to adjust for your own taste and depending on if you will eat them all immediately or toast and reheat later.

Sweet Potato toasts can be refrigerated and stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days and reheated in a toaster like a traditional slice of bread!

I am looking forward to making more sweet potato toast with Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. The turkey with cranberry was a delicious combo and I think it will be next-level with the addition of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy on Black Friday.

This is one of my tried and true recipes. I've made this with pears and peaches, though I think it's next-level with Honeycrisp apples If you aren't already a fan, you soon will be. In my opinion, Honeycrisp is THE most delicious apple variety, sweet like honey with a crisp bite. This is also an excellent way to use fruit that doesn't ripen as cooking naturally softens and sweetens.

Cinnamon Apples with Pumpkin Spice Latte Pecans

  • Heat 1-2 tbsp of butter in stovetop skillet
  • Slice fruit into wedges and arrange evenly
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon
  • After about 3-4 minutes (this varies by fruit, but generally you'll know it's time to flip when the underside is a beautiful caramel brown)
  • Add a handful of pecans. You can also use walnuts or sliced almonds if you prefer. For this recipe, I used Whole Foods 365 Pumpkin Spice Latte Pecans

During the week leading up to Thanksgiving, I'm often short on time so I stocked up on a few Whole Foods 365 Grab n' Go Soup Kits to batch cook so I can easily reheat a bowl for lunch or dinner. Want to see my entire cart haul and a tour of my local store? Follow me on Instagram and watch the 365 stories on my feed!

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Basil Pesto & Blistered Tomatoes

As Fall sets in, it's the perfect time to savor the last of the summer produce. I'm always looking for easy options to throw together a quick and tasty dinner, especially as the calendar fills up and days get shorter. This meal couldn't be more simple, taking only 5-10 minutes from start to finish, and is easily adaptable to suit your tastes and ingredients on hand.

I picked up all four ingredients from Whole Foods Market 365 –– a streamlined grocery store evolved from Whole Foods and their 365 Everyday Value product line. I've been excited to try this cauliflower gnocchi since they launched their extended line of frozen fresh pasta and sauce. With tomatoes at their peak and abundant in gardens and markets, they are a natural choice to add flavor to this easy weeknight meal.

Preparation is super fast and flexible. Both the cauliflower gnocchi and pesto sauce are found in the frozen section and can be stored in the freezer or refrigerator, depending on how soon you'll use them. I left mine to thaw in the refrigerator overnight so they'd be easier to work with when I was ready to make dinner.

Ingredients

  • Frozen or fresh gnocchi
  • Frozen or fresh pesto
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes
  • Shaved parmesan cheese
  • Avocado or olive oil

Start by heating oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet and then filling a pot with water to boil. Once the water is on the burner, add the tomatoes to the skillet. If you don't have tomatoes on hand, try swapping for another vegetable. Some of my favorites include spinach, squash, peppers, and eggplant. The key to this meal is simplicity so get creative and use whatever on sale or what you have on hand.

Once the water is boiling, gently place the gnocchi in the pot. It only takes 2-3 minutes to cook, depending on if started from frozen or thawed. Either way, you don't need a timer –– it happens quickly, so be prepared to remove from the burner. You'll know it's done when the gnocchi floats to the top of the water. Once they've risen, pour into a strainer and return to the warm pan and mix in a few spoonfuls of the pesto sauce. If you don't have pesto on hand, try adding a simple tomato sauce or even just some butter –– it's hard to go wrong with this cauliflower gnocchi as the base. Once you've folded in the sauce to the warm gnocchi, top with your blistered vegetables, parmesan, and you're done! It's really that simple.

When I shared this on Instagram last week, many of you were excited about to try it yourselves, asking where to find it in store. Most of you are familiar with the 365-brand of items carried at Whole Foods, but many were unfamiliar with the 365 specialty stores, which are opening up around the country. Whole Foods Market 365 is a special branch of Whole Foods with its own branded stores. I shop at the Concord store, which is the first in the Bay Area. These they are popping up in cities around the country and you can find your nearest local store here!

Keto Pizza Frittata (Low Carb)

Frittata's are one of my favorite egg dishes and this Pizza Frittata is one of the most tasty I've ever concocted. Although a bit more complicated than a simple scramble or omelette, the results are far more impressive. Fritter's are also a great way to use miscellaneous scraps from your refrigerator so get creative. I came up with this recipe to satify my craving for pizza and it's absolutely worth the effort.

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