10 "Cheater" Ways to Get Dinner on the Table in Under 30 Minutes (Page 8)

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7. Use Quick "Cheater" Ingredients

If you're in a hurry, don't hesitate to reach for "cheater" versions of foods. These items might not be the optimal, garden-fresh thing that you'd buy in a perfect world, but they sure are quick, cheap and easy. For instance, dried beans are economical, delicious and incredibly healthy, but they also take forever to cook. Instead, opt for canned. Reach for bags or boxes of vegetables that have already been washed, chopped, sliced or cooked. Look for bags of broccoli florets (you'll save time chopping them from the whole head) or a shredded carrot-and-cabbage mix for a throw-together slaw. Opt for baby spinach over adult spinach. You can easily find it prewashed and you don't have to remove any of those pesky tough stems.

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