Deck the halls and the tables with help from Whole Foods

I am a Whole Foods Ambassador and receive product or gift cards in exchange for my participation.

Once again it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another winter feast, one thing is for certain – you do some sort of decorating and some sort of eating. Often, it’s some of the best food and prettiest decorations of the year. What’s your one stop shop for food and decor? Whole Foods, of course.

What’s the one thing we never have enough of during the holidays? TIME! Fortunately, Whole Foods has your back. Check out these fabulous ways to save time and still put out a delicious spread for friends and family:

·         Frozen Pie Crust – the crust is usually one of the hardest parts of pie assembly. Grab a pre-made crust so you can focus on the delicious filling and baking!

·         Mirepoix & Pre-Cut Squash and Garlic – Mirepoix is the perfect “grab and go” item for your Crock Pot. And pre-cut squash and garlic will save you precious minuets of prep time in the kitchen

·         Stuffing Bags – made-in-house stuffing bags from our bakery give you the taste of homemade stuffing without the time commitment.

·         Frozen Rice in a Bag – makes rice cooking easy and worry-free, especially if you don’t have a rice cooker

·         Frozen Rolls – fresh from the bakery department and frozen, so you can break these out and throw them in the oven when the dinner menu calls for rolls!

·         Stuffed Cornish Game Hens – not only is all the work already done for you, but these hens are a wonderful alternative to turkey or ham for your holiday table

·         Pre-made Appetizers – a wide variety of appetizers that are already plated and ready to serve can make attending a party while bringing something to share both easy and delicious

·         Cocktail Shrimp Platters – again, ready to serve and be enjoyed!

·         Instacart – depending on where you live, Instacart’s delivery on demand is the ultimate in stress-free shopping during the holidays

·         Holiday Pre-ordershop online ahead of time and pre-order your turkey, side dishes, appetizers and even full heat-and-serve meals for pickup at your local Whole Foods market!

In need of a tried and true holiday cookie recipe? What’s more holiday than gingerbread cookies?

Molasses Gingerbread Cookies
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Ingredients:
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Method:
Preheat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Add egg, vanilla and molasses and beat until combined. While continuing to beat on low speed, add flour mixture and beat just until combined.

Combine remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar and orange zest in a shallow bowl. To form each cookie, roll about 2 tablespoons of the dough into a 1 1/2-inch ball, then roll in sugar mixture and transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake until outer edges begin to set and centers are soft and puffy, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks and set aside to let cool completely.

Once you have your table set, don’t forget your decorations. Did you know you can buy your tree at Whole Foods also? From table decor and trees to your holiday feast, it’s your one stop holiday shop.

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