Defining “Active Time” and “Total”:
Testers in the EatingWell Test Kitchen keep track of the time needed for each recipe.
* Active Time includes prep time (the time it takes to chop, dice, puree, mix, combine, etc. before cooking begins), but it also includes the time spent tending something on the stovetop, in the oven or on the grill—and getting it to the table. If you can’t walk away from it, we consider it active minutes.
* Total includes both active and inactive minutes and indicates the entire amount of time required for each recipe, start to finish.
* To Make Ahead gives storage instructions to help you plan. If Special Equipment is needed, we tell you that at the top of the recipe too.