The chefs at Whole Foods stores are a lot of fun – and they can cook too! While visiting the Bishop’s Corner location last week, we learned about some of the great holiday food offerings they have in store, ready to go. Let Whole Foods do the cooking so you can enjoy the holidays.
Ham is always a great choice for the holidays. Pick up a Wellshire Farms fully-cooked, holiday ham at Whole Foods store and also a bottle of Schlotterbeck and Food Pineapple ham glaze. S&F Ham glaze is has tast pineapple, sweet brown sugar and piquant Dijon mustard that makes this spiced glaze a perfect baste for any ham. Brush the glaze on top and heat in the oven. When the ham is heated through, slice it thin and put it out for sandwiches all day long.
Ham Heating Suggestions:
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Remove ham from the outer foil wrapper and plastic bag.
Place your ham face down on a rack in a suitably sized roasting pan.
Add 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of the pan to retain moisture.
Heat ham until internal temperature reach 140°F. Allow 7 to 8 minutes per pound. Check the ham using standard meat thermometer.
Ham Serving Guide:
9 lb: serves 18 to 22 people
18 lb: serves 36 to 44 people
4 lb: serves 12 to 16 people
6 lb: serves 18 to 22 people
8 lb: serves 24 to 30 people
10 lb: serves 30 to 36 people
Lobster should also be on your holiday menu. These wonderful tasting bits of lobster were prepared by grilling with a touch of salt and pepper. Simple and easy. Add lobster pieces on small skewers for bite sized portions.
Next up we have lamb chops. The chops were prepared ahead of time through a slowing cooking process. A coating of fine bread crumbs and herbs were applied prior to slow cooking. Right before serving lamb chops, quickly warm by searing them in a hot pan. These were quite tasty with a nice crunch from the coating.
For a simple Gluten-free snack option, try these Gluten-free “Chocolate” Biscotti. There actually isn’t any chocolate in this biscotti recipe but once you taste them you couldn’t tell the difference. Even people who aren’t worried about gluten will love these biscotti treats. Before for a snack or even at breakfast.
Gluten-Free “Chocolate” Biscotti Recipe
These biscotti are Gluten-free, wheat-free, paleo, vegetarian, low sodium, and dairy free
Makes about 14 biscotti
- 2-1/4 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup cocao powder
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1 tablespoon organic decaf coffee, espresso grind
- 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup cocao nibs
1. In a food processer, combine almond flour, cacao powder, arrowroot powder, ground coffee, salt and baking soda. Pulse until ingredients are well combined. Pulse in raw honey until the dough forms a ball.
2. Remove dough from food processor and work in cacao nibs with your hands. Form dough into 2 logs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
3. Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes and remove from oven. Cool for one hour.
4. Cut into logs into 1/2-inch slices on the diagonal with a very sharp knife.
5. Spread slices out on a baking sheet and bake at 300°F for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to become crispy.
Want a real decadent dessert? You must try one of the Whole Foods Bourbon Pecan Pies! These pies are out of this world and are already prepared for you. Just go in the store and pick one up!
Here’s another great recipe from Whole Foods that you’ll love. You’ll be going back for seconds and thirds, it’s that good!
Almond Nog Recipe
This nog is your alternative to traditional egg nog
- 1-1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/4 level teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 level teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup ice
Blend everything in a high-speed blender until smooth. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
What could be simpler than this recipe. Whole Foods always come up with the best recipes to keep you healthy, happy and your belly full.