I have a confession to make…I had never been to a Whole Foods Market until I was invited to shop this past week for my family’s barbeque! My 2 year old and I went on an adventure to find the perfect mix of adult food and kid friendly food! As many of you know, shopping with a 2 year old is an adventure in itself but I was pleasantly surprised. I expected high prices and food that my kids would refuse to eat – you know, the “healthy’ stuff! Boy, oh boy, was I wrong! As soon as we hit the door, we saw things that would be perfect for our barbeque! We just needed to decide what we would eat as the selection was huge!
What should have been a quick trip was actually a nice little outing for my son and I. We spent about an hour and a half just roaming and looking at all of the offerings at our local Whole Foods Market. We even ran into friends – an added bonus! He was so excited to see the toys and I was so excited to see the 365 Everyday Value brand! I love trying “store brands” as they tend to be a little cheaper than the big name brands and this store brand had a lot to offer.
After walking around I narrowed down what I wanted to prepare for our dinner. Chicken and veggie kebabs and (after seeing their brick oven pizza area) I was inspired to create my own grilled pizza for the kids! It was time to get down to business and get our supplies, but not without sampling some of the fresh pressed juices first!
- Appetizer – wine, cheese, olives, roasted garlic and pretzel thins (their olive bar and cheese selection is one of the largest I have seen!)
- Salad – salad mix, feta, purple onion, strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette
- Main Coarse (adults) – chicken, variety of vegetables, olive oil, seasoning
- Main Coarse (children) – pizza crust, pizza sauce, mozzarella, basil and tomatoes
- Dessert – frozen kefir pops, caramel and apples
- Drinks – Whole Foods Market seasonal special Watermelon Lemonade and Lime Mint Elderflower Sparkling Water
***Sidenote: Whole Foods Market offers most of what we needed already prepared but we like to prepare our meals together so we opted out, this time.
We gathered everything we needed for our family barbeque but couldn’t leave without glancing at the bakery! Have you seen their bakery? There is no shortage of delicious choices and honestly, it was difficult leaving without buying a few macaroons! I could have taken home the entire bakery! As we were getting ready to walk to the checkout lanes, I noticed the bar and coffee bar. I “needed” a hot cup of coffee that morning (you know what I mean!) and I am so glad I stopped and picked up a cup of their breakfast blend! Yummy!
Make sure you check out the Complete Grilling Guide offered online… one of many resources of this nature they put out via their website. Our Whole Foods Market inspired family night in barbeque was a success! Do you shop at Whole Foods Market? If so, tell me what your favorite Whole Foods Market items are! I’ll try them next time I go because there will most definitely will be a next time!
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