Wegmans, a supermarket chain headquartered in Rochester, New York, has a very loyal following—and for good reason.
As a former employee for nine years through high school and college, I still remain a loyal customer because of the friendly service, fresh produce, wide selection of unique foods, and epic cheese shop. The prepared seafood, meats, and side dishes are ready to be cooked or reheated, which can really save the day when I'm in a rush during the week and have forgotten to prep dinner.
Here are 10 of my favorite (unsponsored!) Wegmans groceries to buy when I need a little help getting supper on the table:
The Wegmans family pack of pulled pork saves you hours of cook time and makes dinner so much easier. It's tender, with a slight acidic taste from the apple cider vinegar and mustard, and smothered in Memphis BBQ sauce. All you have to do is reheat the pork in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes on high and serve on a roll with some creamy coleslaw and shredded lettuce for a quick and easy dinner.
Wegmans has a variety of ready-to-bake meals in oven-safe containers that are generally ready in about 15 minutes or so. The crab-stuffed mushrooms (lobster-stuffed also available)—loaded with crab meat, smoky paprika, celery salt, citrus, and so much more—are just one of many shortcuts that can add some serious flair to your weeknight dinners. I like to serve them over cauliflower rice with baked sweet potatoes topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
I will admit, it took some time for me to be able to eat these again after having to make them myself for five out of the nine years I worked there. But Wegmans' rotisserie chickens really are a lifesaver when you need something fast and tasty during the week. You can get a whole chicken already cooked and hot for just under $5 in a variety of flavors like lemon pepper, BBQ, and plain (so you can add your own sauce). Just pair it with some of their pasta salad like the penne, tomato, and mozzarella and some sautéed greens for a quick weeknight wonder.
Sometimes you just need comfort food fast, and you don’t always have the energy to throw it together yourself. The family pack of Parmesan-covered chicken cutlets feeds around four people. They're huge pieces that you could even cut into strips and pair with spaghetti and a side salad to stretch them further. To give the cutlets a nice crisp, bake them in the oven at 400°F for about 5 to 7 minutes, or microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes.
Just fire up the grill, and you'll have delicious burgers in about 10 minutes—with bacon and cheese already stuffed inside! When you cook these, the bacon inside crisps up and the cheese gets nice and melty. Grab a bag of brioche rolls while you're at it and toast them up on the grill, piling on shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, ketchup, and pickles to complete the burger. Wegmans burgers also come in blue cheese, Buffalo chicken, and Greek turkey, all seasoned and ready to be cooked.
Mealtime is made easier when the entire pork tenderloin is already pre-stuffed with flavorful dressing in an oven-safe container. When you get home, all you have to do is preheat the oven to 375°F and place the container in for about 40 minutes, or until the pork loin temps at 165°F. For a sweeter savory option, you can go for the Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Tenderloin or the Apple Raisin Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.
This is easily one of the best dishes that money can buy at Wegmans! You can serve it as a side or eat it as your entrée. The cavatappi pasta is loaded with lobster, coated in a generous amount of creamy cheese sauce, and topped with a sprinkle of cracker crumbs. It's incredibly rich and flavorful, and only takes about 15 to 20 minutes in a 375°F oven to bubble up and get a crispy brown crust on top.
This dish doesn't even need any sides because everything's packed into one slice. All you have to do is preheat the oven to 350°F and let the pie cook for 45 to 50 minutes. You’ll want to let it cool for a few before diving in to cut it, but once you do, you’ll see chunks of juicy turkey breast, celery, pearl onions, carrots, peas, and broccoli coated in a creamy sauce with spices.
For something really simple, pick up a container of Wegmans soup, like creamy tomato basil with orzo that can be heated quickly on the stovetop. Don't forget the grilled cheese for dipping: They have an amazing bakery section with different flavors of breads, rolls, pastries, bagels, and more. Even with countless options, the Garlic Tuscan bread is the way to go when you're making grilled cheese. It's so flavorful and delicious, you just need a few pieces of cheddar or American cheese, and the flavor of the bread combined with the creamy soup will blend together nicely.
The Wegmans frozen pizzas get a lot of buzz for being tasty, but they also have full pizzas already baked that just need to be quickly heated through before serving. Just preheat the oven to 400°F and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. These are great for nights when you want delivery to taste a little fresher—but to be honest, you should still pick up a few frozen pizzas to stock your freezer. They’re delicious, inexpensive, and come in handy on those nights when you're in a rush!
The craft beer movement continues to rise, so it only makes sense to start cooking with it! Wegmans makes life so much easier with their bagged meal options and easy-to-follow cooking instructions. The chicken comes out flavorful and tender from the beer with a hickory smoke flavor from the barbecue sauce. It only takes about 40 minutes to cook, but the meat is all pre-marinated for you and ready to go.