The 13 Best Bang-for-Your Buck Items from Whole Foods on Amazon

The 13 Best Bang-for-Your Buck Items from Whole Foods on Amazon

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The Amazon-Whole Foods merger is the gift that keeps on giving. Earlier this week, the online giant’s $13.7 billion acquisition caused prices to drop significantly at Whole Foods—up to 40 percent!—on items like avocados, kale, almond butter, and eggs. But what if you’re too lazy to go to the store and still want to reap the benefits? Now you can get hundreds of Whole Foods products delivered with your Prime membership—including wine.

Amazon Prime Now (included with Prime membership in a few dozen major cities like NYC and Chicago) and Amazon Fresh ($14.99/month) are selling Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value products, ranging from tons of canned beans to frozen raw meat to olive oil. We’ve selected 13 of the best Whole Foods deals on Amazon to stock up on that’ll save you from schlepping groceries home and help your wallet at the same time.

1. Beans

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Our favorite canned beans are black beans, and cannellini beans are both $0.79 per can, so you can stock up for a big batch of chicken chorizo chili.

2. Rice

There are at least 10 varieties of rice on Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Fresh. You can snag 2 lbs. of long grain white rice for $3.99. That’ll make a lot of fried rice.

3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Right now the only Extra Virgin Olive Oil available is 16.9 oz ($7.99), but hopefully soon there will be bigger sizes.

4. Crushed Tomatoes

We love to use whole peeled tomatoes, but in a pinch, crushed tomatoes ($2.29 for a 28 oz. can) will do. Try it for pizza sauce!

5. Jug O’Canola Oil

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If you want to buy oil in bulk, you can get a 3L jug of canola oil for $8.99, perfect for making fried chicken.

6. Butter

For all of your baking needs, unsalted butter is only $3.49 per pound on Amazon. (Psst, maybe make these biscuits.)

7. Coconut Milk

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Craving some weeknight curry? Buy a bunch of coconut milk ($1.99 for 13.5 oz.) to keep on hand.

8. Coconut Water

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Rehydrate with 1L containers of coconut water for $3.29 each.

9. Coconut Oil

The trifecta is complete with coconut oil, which costs $5.99 for 14 oz.

10. Soy Milk

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Soy milk ($2.99 for half gallon) was the only alternative milk online right now, but we bet almond and cashew will follow suit.

11. Sea Salt

Coarse sea salt for everyday seasoning is $1.99 for 25 oz.

12. Frozen Chicken Wings

Store raw frozen chicken wings ($8.99 for 2 lbs.) in the freezer for when that random baked peppercorn wing craving hits.

13. Spices

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There are tons of Whole Foods spices at fair prices, from basics like thyme and garlic powder to usually-pricey-but-not-essential cardamom ($4.99) to turmeric ($3.99). Tonight’s the night you finally try a Golden Milk latte. And you’ll basically be Scrooge McDuck with all the money you saved, too.

This Chickpea Salad Is Your Shoulder to Cry On

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There’s countless possibilities for this herby, lively salad, and all you need to get started is a can of chickpeas. It’ll be your dinner for all the feels.

Night after night, after lugging a bag full of groceries/unused gym clothes/small animals up every step of your 7-floor walk-up, cleaning up your roommate’s gunk-covered Jenga tower of plates in the sink, and blasting Real Housewives reruns, you may ask yourself, well, “How did I get here?” Or, more importantly, “What’s for dinner?”

Remember that you have standards. You’re not going to reach for a PB&J or worse: a bowl of cereal for dinner. You’re an adult. And that means you’re going to transform a humble can of chickpeas into a tasty, no-fail dinner that you’ll actually crave, and better yet, is actually kind of good for you. Most importantly, you’re going to be a real-life grown-up eating a real-life dinner.

Cuisine based around canned food may sound like the work of a guy named Boyardee, but just to be clear, this ain’t a “pop the top and dig in” situation. This is a dish that’s about swallowing a simple salad without swallowing your pride. So yeah, you’ll need to do some dishes, but hey, that’s what being a grown-up is about.

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From such humble beginnings…

The first thing you’re going to do is drain the liquid out of the can and rinse the chickpeas. You can save the aquafaba—AKA that liquid from the can—for making a fancy vegan mayo, but you won’t need it right now. After rinsing the liquid from the chickpeas, pat them dry with paper towels, and then they’re ready for a slurp-worthy dressing.

The dressing is key to making this chickpea salad feel more “Mediterranean cuisine” and less “can cuisine.” My go-to method starts with freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, ground cumin, crushed red pepper flakes, and kosher salt in the bottom of a mixing bowl. Stream in olive oil gradually while whisking to combine all of the dressing’s ingredients. Add a handful of chopped herbs (I like flat-leaf parsley, mint, and dill) before mixing, tasting throughout to make sure this salad is bright tasting and lively.

A caveat about those herbs: they are not a garnish. They are as much of a part of the dish as the chickpeas, so use a heavy hand (or maybe two). Add the canned chickpeas to the herb dressing, stir, and taste, adding more olive oil, lemon juice, or salt as needed.

Much like the Real Housewives, there are many spin-offs to the canned chickpea salad, like an extra hit of acid from sherry vinegar, a quick dusting of ras el hanout or another spice mix with some crumbled feta, a punch of chile-rich heat from sambal olek (the best hot sacue, IMO), or a spoonful of thinned tahini for a nutty and bitter dressing. Newman wishes he could call this dressing his own. But it’s all mine; now it’s all yours.

Once finished, you’ve got plenty of options for serving this dressed chickpea salad, depending on your desired level of effort. You can put it on toast with a crispy egg (easy!). You can put it over yogurt with a bit of grated garlic and salt stirred in (even easier!). You can put it over sautéed greens (green!). You can do all three at the same time if you’re indecisive (or just want to get SWOLE from three protein sources).

It’s what I make when it’s time to pay the bills. It’s what I make when I have 20 minutes to put on an acceptable pair of big boy pants, call a car, catch up on Tweets I missed, and eat dinner somewhere in between. It’s what I make when I invite a friend over for dinner and realize whoops, I don’t really have anything to offer (or do I?). It’s what I make when I feel like making something without actually making a big deal.

It’s my dinner for all the feels. And it never, ever fails.

The 13 Best Bang-for-Your Buck Items from Whole Foods on Amazon

The 13 Best Bang-for-Your Buck Items from Whole Foods on Amazon

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The Amazon-Whole Foods merger is the gift that keeps on giving. Earlier this week, the online giant’s $13.7 billion acquisition caused prices to drop significantly at Whole Foods—up to 40 percent!—on items like avocados, kale, almond butter, and eggs. But what if you’re too lazy to go to the store and still want to reap the benefits? Now you can get hundreds of Whole Foods products delivered with your Prime membership—including wine.

Amazon Prime Now (included with Prime membership in a few dozen major cities like NYC and Chicago) and Amazon Fresh ($14.99/month) are selling Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value products, ranging from tons of canned beans to frozen raw meat to olive oil. We’ve selected 13 of the best Whole Foods deals on Amazon to stock up on that’ll save you from schlepping groceries home and help your wallet at the same time.

1. Beans

whole foods cannellini beans

Our favorite canned beans are black beans, and cannellini beans are both $0.79 per can, so you can stock up for a big batch of chicken chorizo chili.

2. Rice

There are at least 10 varieties of rice on Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Fresh. You can snag 2 lbs. of long grain white rice for $3.99. That’ll make a lot of fried rice.

3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

whole foods olive oil

Right now the only Extra Virgin Olive Oil available is 16.9 oz ($7.99), but hopefully soon there will be bigger sizes.

4. Crushed Tomatoes

We love to use whole peeled tomatoes, but in a pinch, crushed tomatoes ($2.29 for a 28 oz. can) will do. Try it for pizza sauce!

5. Jug O’Canola Oil

whole foods canola oil

If you want to buy oil in bulk, you can get a 3L jug of canola oil for $8.99, perfect for making fried chicken.

6. Butter

For all of your baking needs, unsalted butter is only $3.49 per pound on Amazon. (Psst, maybe make these biscuits.)

7. Coconut Milk

whole foods coconut milk

Craving some weeknight curry? Buy a bunch of coconut milk ($1.99 for 13.5 oz.) to keep on hand.

8. Coconut Water

whole foods coconut water

Rehydrate with 1L containers of coconut water for $3.29 each.

9. Coconut Oil

The trifecta is complete with coconut oil, which costs $5.99 for 14 oz.

10. Soy Milk

whole foods soy milk

Soy milk ($2.99 for half gallon) was the only alternative milk online right now, but we bet almond and cashew will follow suit.

11. Sea Salt

Coarse sea salt for everyday seasoning is $1.99 for 25 oz.

12. Frozen Chicken Wings

Store raw frozen chicken wings ($8.99 for 2 lbs.) in the freezer for when that random baked peppercorn wing craving hits.

13. Spices

whole foods turmeric

There are tons of Whole Foods spices at fair prices, from basics like thyme and garlic powder to usually-pricey-but-not-essential cardamom ($4.99) to turmeric ($3.99). Tonight’s the night you finally try a Golden Milk latte. And you’ll basically be Scrooge McDuck with all the money you saved, too.

These Indian-Inspired Dishes Will Take You on a Flavor Trip, No Passport Required

These Indian-Inspired Dishes Will Take You on a Flavor Trip, No Passport Required

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For those who think Indian food tends toward the heavy side, it’s time to rediscover this multifaceted cuisine. Drawing from a multitude of spices, herbs, textures, and ingredients, you can utilize a plethora of ways to bring new flavor combinations into your next dish. at home. More chefs are playing with Indian tastes and techniques, bringing natural spices like cinnamon to the heart of their culinary creations. We partnered with Folgers®Simply Gourmet™ to share our favorite recipe ideas that bring these vibrant Indian-inspired trends into your home.

The Simple Dessert That Will Totally Win Over a Crowd

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Serving a bunch of grapes for dessert doesn’t sound that impressive, but what about a rich Concord grape compote that’s been stewed with fresh cinnamon sticks and sugar to bring out a delicious depth of flavor? Now, that’s a dinner party winner that brings the influence of India to your table. For an impressive presentation of this cooling post-spicy-dinner dessert, keep the grapes on the stems. To finish, serve the compote in decorative bowls with a luscious labneh—a super thick cream cheese made from strained yogurt.

The Roasted Carrots You’ll Start Craving for Every Weeknight Dinner

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Sure, not every roast carrot is going to wow you. But what if said carrots are tossed in a homemade Indian spice rub with ground cinnamon, cumin, and coriander before you roast them? Now, that’s impressive. But it’s not just the perfumed vegetable that sets the tone as a superior side dish. Once roasted, serve your carrots over a golden, turmeric yogurt sauce, and sprinkle a mix of salted pumpkin seeds and mixed herbs on top for a toothsome crunch.

This Savory Granola Is Anything but Basic

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Granola doesn’t always have to be sugary-sweet. Savory granola made with fragrant spices like cinnamon and curry powder can turn this crunchy topping into a must-have addition to your next meal. With the inclusion of toasted coconut flakes, turmeric, coriander, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, oats, and sliced almonds, it’s as delicious topping a bowl of creamy, tart yogurt as it is sprinkled over a charred vegetable salad for lunch. Alongside a cup of Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ Natural Cinnamon Coffee, the touch of soothing spice unleashes a flavor experience rarely duplicated.

Breakfast Is Worth Waking Up for with These Dessert-Inspired Dishes

Breakfast Is Worth Waking Up for with These Dessert-Inspired Dishes

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Yes. We’ve all heard of the breakfast for dinner concept (who doesn’t love a dish topped with a fried egg?) but what’s really making waves is an even sweeter treat. Dessert for breakfast—think next-level pancakes, crumb cake, and fruit tarts—it’s all about bringing a little whimsy into your morning routine. We partnered with Folgers®Simply Gourmet™ to share our favorite recipe ideas from this delicious new trend.

Stack ’Em Up! These Vanilla-Oat Pancakes Are What Dreams Are Made Of

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Take a regular pancake batter up a notch with the addition of fresh vanilla beans and coarsely ground oats. This fluffy and filling treat is further elevated with a delicately sweet and tangy vanilla sour cream and freshly grated lemon zest on top. The perfect pairing for your a.m. decadence? A cup of mellow and creamy Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ Natural Vanilla coffee.

Rise and Shine! You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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We’re all fans of coffee cake as a morning indulgence, so why not savor an all-time favorite as a sweet start to the day? This luscious vanilla pound cake has the perfect crumb and is drizzled with a velvety glaze made with specks of natural vanilla beans. To add even more flavor to your wake-up, top with candied oranges for a pop of color and zesty citrus flavor.

Wake Up to a Total Eclipse of the Tart

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Consider it a breakfast scone gone rogue. Starting with a tart will make you feel like you’re at high tea and indulging in a work of culinary art. The base of this frangipane tart is made with subtly fragrant vanilla beans and roasted almonds spread into a shortbread crust. It’s then topped with lush, multi hued fresh figs and baked until golden. Enjoy this sweet-scented vanilla dessert in tandem with your morning coffee, or along with some fresh whipped cream for a little extra oomph.

These Asian-Inspired Dishes Are Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner

These Asian-Inspired Dishes Are Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner

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Whether you are a fan of Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese dishes you may have noticed a common thread appearing across these unique cuisines. Basting, glazing, or caramelizing meats, veggies, and other ingredients is a great way to increase the depth of flavor and bring the mouthwatering combinations of sweet and savory to the forefront. We partnered with Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ to share our favorite recipe ideas for Asian-inspired dishes that take all kinds of caramel to the next level.

Yes, Everything Is Better with Pork Belly

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There’s nothing better than the treacly flavor of sticky and slightly sweet ribs. Switch in a trend-forward ingredient and use the same candied technique to make caramelized pork belly. The pork gets cooked with sugar until the fat has rendered and the burnt-sugar caramel base has formed. Then the caramelized pork gets a coat of toasted and coarsely ground aromatic spices like fennel, coriander, and cumin. It’s perfect with a side of rice to soak into the sauce, or even on a bao bun for the ultimate handheld snack.

A Rice Porridge by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

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A breakfast staple all over Asia, congee (or rice porridge) is having a moment. Whether you prefer yours sweet or savory, it’s always a good idea to play with textures to make each spoonful unique. For a seriously delicious mix of both flavor profiles, top a delicate congee with freshly cracked pieces of sweet and salty caramelized nut brittle that’s spiked with a little Sichuan pepper. The spicy nut caramel adds the perfect crunch, while a sprinkle of green onions or fresh herbs will amp up the umami and create a truly memorable breakfast at home.

The Secret-Weapon Side Dish You’ll Want to Bring to Every Dinner Party

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Caramel doesn’t always have to sit in the “sweet” category. Mixed with soy and sesame, it takes on a beautiful depth that’s perfect for glazing a variety of root vegetables. For a standout side dish next time you’re whipping up an Asian recipe at home, toss roasted Japanese sweet potatoes in the savory, sticky caramel sauce and then sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. The menagerie of flavors strikes a perfect balance with a cup of rich and buttery Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ Natural Caramel Coffee.

Vanilla and Oat Pancakes With Whipped Vanilla Sour Cream

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for the pan
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, scraped, divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Preparation

In a food processor, pulse together flour, oats, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt until the oats are coarsely ground.

In a large bowl, whisk together milk, egg, oil, and 1/2 scraped vanilla bean. Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Brush a layer of oil in the skillet. Drop about 1/4 cup each batter into skillet and cook until few bubbles rise to the surface, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until golden brown and springs to the touch. Repeat.

In a medium bowl, whisk sour cream, remaining sugar and vanilla bean until smooth and glossy.

Serve pancakes with a dollop of vanilla sour cream and maple syrup.

Caramelized Pork Belly With Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork belly, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 6 large scallions, green and white parts separated
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

Preparation

Season pork with salt. Heat oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. In batches, add the pork belly and cook until lightly browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon oil from the pot and add brown sugar. Cook until sugar is melted and the color of molasses, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in sherry and 1/2 cup water, the caramel will sizzle and seize, but will become a sauce once it is melted again. Add coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds, ginger, scallion whites, soy sauce, and pork belly into the pot. Add 2 cups water, enough to cover the pork, bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low until pork belly is tender, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Uncover and increase the heat to medium and boil to reduce the sauce in the pot until the sauce is glossy and coats the pork belly, about 15 minutes. Top with sliced scallion greens and serve.

Cinnamon Curry Savory Granola

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons mild curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened large coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 300F.

In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds.

In a small saucepan, combine olive oil, coconut oil, sliced garlic, and cinnamon stick and place over medium-low heat and cook until the oil starts to bubble around the edges of the pan and the garlic is lightly golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in curry powder, turmeric, maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Pour oil mixture over the oat mixture and toss to combine. Spread the oat mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola is golden. Stir in the coconut flakes and bake another 5 to 7 minutes until the flakes are toasted. Stir in red pepper flakes and sea salt.

Julie Klausner Really, Really Loves This Cream Cheese

Julie Klausner Really, Really Loves This Cream Cheese

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In The Grocery List, Bon Appétit invites some of our favorite people to share what they bought and cooked in a week. Below, Difficult People star Julie Klausner shares what’s on her list. Season three of the Hulu comedy is streaming now.

I buy most of my groceries online. Sometimes it’s because I’m lazy, but sometimes I have a hard time getting out of the house. I’m first and foremost a writer, and I have a cat. I know it’s a stereotype, but we are kind of introverted and like to have our little space. I have a very cozy apartment and so sometimes, especially when I’m on a roll or I hit some sort of a flow, I’m not gonna break it up by going to the grocery store and waiting in line at Whole Foods.

My only holdup to grocery shopping online is my intense love of fruit. It’s in my DNA! My grandpa was a fruit vendor and my grandmother had very specific rules about picking out a cantaloupe. Here’s the secret: You have to smell it. I mean, you reallyhave to smell it, you have to hold it in your hands. It can’t be too firm, and the smell has to be really fragrant and attractive, but not cloying. So the problem with buying groceries online is that you’re not getting your hands on the fruit. My grandmother would have no idea what to do with that information if I told her, “Oh yeah, no, I order my fruit from the internet.” My family would look at me like I was insane, saying, “What’s next? You’re gonna order shoes from the internet?” Well, yeah, grandma… but, you know what, nevermind. I’m still gonna use FreshDirect, or expensive-but-fast Max Delivery here in New York. Because of them, I never have to leave my apartment. That’s the dream.

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Illustration by Alaina Sullivan

It’s actually harder than you’d think to avoid impulse purchases online. I saw these little single servings of chocolate-covered cranberries from Dylan’s Candy Bar and was like, “Oh, helloooo.” But then it was a very satisfying experience. They’ve got that fabulous waxy consistency on the outside, where you bite into them and you really feel like you’re getting your chocolate on. It’s better than when I end up with Sour Patch Kids and I’m like, “What’s wrong with me? I’m 40!” For me, it’s either gummy candies or frozen dinners. I think it’s a good idea to have a Weight Watchers Chicken Parmesan dinner in my freezer, but I never eat it. Anything that’s frozen and savory is not gonna get eaten, and I should know that by now.

I feel guilty about eating meat, so I keep things mostly vegetarian for “cooking”—I put that loosely, because I mostly mix things together—at home and rely on the important things, like Kozy Shack rice pudding. It’s fantastic. It’s from God above! The extent of my cooking is probably eggs (when I have the energy), pasta, and putting cinnamon applesauce when I reheat meat and it’s dry. Try it!

Here’s what I bought and “cooked” this week.

Sunday

I grocery-shopped today, which means then I’ll end up eating out instead afterward. I had brunch at The Smile, which has a really great ricotta on toast with tomatoes and the best chocolate chip scones in New York City. They’re just layered chocolate and biscuitty texture and it’s unbelievable how good their scones are. I had scrambled eggs and bacon, too. Life’s simple pleasures.

Monday

My one true love is Temp Tee whipped cream cheese. I wake up craving it. I go to bed craving it. I think of it in the shower sometimes. I have to stop. I have to rein myself in. But I’m just a Jewish girl who really appreciates whipped cream cheese and its flavor and consistency and spreadability! I eat it with everything but it’s better with starches, obviously. But have I dipped baby carrots into it? Yes. Yes, I have. Have I tried to dip Carr’s water crackers in it? I sure have. The crackers break, and that’s completely fine because I will recover them and I will make sure they have the right proportion of cream cheese on them. Even when I’ve been either sick physically or really depressed and can’t eat, I will always make room for a Carr’s cracker with cream cheese on it. That will be something that even when I’m on death’s door, I’ll still eat it.

But the best thing in the world is Temp Tee on challah, whether a roll or a thick slice, with a little bit of jam. That will cure anything that ails you that day. It’s better than any stupid danish or apple turnover. And that’s what I had for breakfast. So the rest of the week can’t be so bad.

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Everything you need in life is in my fridge: Temp Tee, champagne, challah, La Croix, Kozy Shack.

Julie Klausner

Tuesday

I don’t cook, but I do prepare food by combining things. I made myself a Caprese-ish snack of mozzarella balls, cut up tomatoes, and basil and ate it off the cutting board. I had some melon and prosciutto off of the same board. It’s a fancy snack that makes me feel like I’m in Florence in August.

Later that night, I went to a premiere for Fun Mom Dinner, so I had a bunch of hors d’oeuvres, which is also my favorite dinner. They had one of my favorites: potato pancakes with smoked salmon and a dollop of creme fraiche. That’s heavenly to me. We also had those little pouches with chicken inside of them that are kind of like dumplings. Those were a goddamn delight.

Wednesday

During the day, I was doing color-correct and sound mixing for Difficult People, which meant midday takeout. I got a yellowtail scallion roll, a cucumber roll, a piece of salmon, a piece of shrimp, and a few other random ones from a spot I love called Mottsu on Mott Street.

From there, I went to see Groundhog Day on Broadway and knew I wouldn’t have time to grab dinner. So I put a string cheese and a Balance Bar in my bag to eat during intermission. Let’s be honest with ourselves: cookie dough Balance Bars are candy. They have a milk chocolate outside and the inside is obviously vitamin-enhanced cookie dough-like substance. It’s starchy and it’s got those little crunchies instead of chips.

When I got home that night, I had cereal. I let Grape-Nuts sit in milk so they get mushy for as long as I can bear it, and then put some DIY trail mix on top (pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries). Even though I’m not lactose intolerant, I buy Lactaid. It’s sweet and lasts at least a week longer than regular milk!

Thursday

Another day of takeout. I got a chicken quesadilla from the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, but really I was there to go to town on the free candy around the studio. My weakness is a Twix. The crunch and the chewiness is wonderful, then there’s the integrity of the milk chocolate wrapper. If I had a choice, baked goods are my favorite kinds of dessert. I want a Blondie and a Rice Krispie Treat. I grew up with Duncan Hines box cakes and brownies and cookies, so to me, a Twix candy bar is the closest thing to something that you get at a bake sale.

Friday

One of my favorite easy meals is spaghetti with cottage cheese and salt and pepper. I don’t care if that sounds disgusting to you—growing up, that was my family’s Cacio e Pepe! It’s cheese and noodles and it made me very happy as a little girl, so I eat it when I want some comfort. It’s usually between that or some random pasta salad with chopped vegetables, gemelli pasta, olive oil, salt and pepper. Sometimes lime or vinegar for acidity plus scallions and dill for more flavor. Sometimes I add tuna. But today it was single-serving cup of Breakstone’s cottage cheese mixed into spaghetti with a lot of pepper, and that’s fine by me.