If you cook for someone on a dairy-free or other special diet, you likely do some of your shopping at Whole Foods Market. With locations in Darien, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Milford, West Hartford, and Westport, Whole Foods is a convenient destination for Connecticut shoppers to pick up dairy-free and other specialized ingredients. They also offer a wide selection of dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan baked goods and prepared foods, making meal preparation a little easier for those with special dietary needs. But did you know that Whole Foods Market now offers an App for the iPhone that can make cooking for your loved one a lot simpler and more fun? Titled “Whole Foods Market Recipes”, this free App will change the way you look at shopping and cooking.
First, the App enables you to search Whole Foods Market’s extensive database of high-quality recipes traditionally, by ingredient or recipe name, or by using filters such as “dairy-free”, “gluten-free”, “vegan”, “wheat free”, and “sugar conscious”. You can narrow down your search by selecting a course, such as “Appetizers”, and/or a category, such as “Budget”. A search for “Dairy-Free Budget Appetizers”, for example, yields fifteen different options, including “Five Spice Cranberry Glazed Chicken Wings”, “Mini Wild Salmon Cakes”, and “Ham and Roasted Pear Crostini”, each with photos, step-by-step instructions, and complete nutrition information. All of the ingredients in each of the recipes can be found at Whole Foods Market, so there’s no searching for hard-to-find ingredients in numerous stores.
What’s more, every time you click on a recipe, you have several convenient options. You can choose to add the recipe to a list of your favorites which you can pull up anytime, making last-minute meal-planning a breeze. Or, you can automatically transfer the ingredients in the recipe, including quantities, to a shopping list, making it a snap to find what you need when you’re in the store. Finally, you can send your recipe or shopping list via email to a friend or family member, if someone other than yourself is going to the market.
Another handy feature of the App is the “On Hand” option. Simply enter up to three ingredients you have in the fridge or pantry, and the App will provide a list of suggested recipes. For example, a search using “lemons, chicken breast, and rice” pulls up six suggestions, five of which are dairy-free, as shown by a symbol beside each recipe. The suggested recipes include appealing options such as “Honey Mustard Chicken and Veggie Kabobs”, “Asian Chicken Salad”, and “Greek Lemon and Chicken Soup”.
Finally, the App includes a store locator. This feature helps you find Whole Foods Markets near you, a great aid to frequent travelers or those who need to eat on the road. Each store page provides a link to the store’s website with information about specials and sales at your local market.
This App is truly a must-have for home cooks dealing with special dietary needs, or those who are simply fans of Whole Foods Market. It’s simple to use, it’s free, and it’s fun! What are you waiting for?
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