10 "Cheater" Ways to Get Dinner on the Table in Under 30 Minutes (Page 4)

Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry

3. Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry

The best way to ensure you have everything you need to prepare delicious meals is to keep a well-stocked pantry. If your pantry is loaded up with all the staples you regularly use, it offers you a lot more options when it's time to cook dinner. And more options, of course, means more quick options—a lot more recipes come into play when you have a broad base of essentials to make them with. Perhaps the biggest timesaver of all, however, is that you won't have to run out in the middle of making dinner because you realized you don't have that one essential ingredient.

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