6 Secrets to Speedy Soups (Page 5)

Pre-cut Vegetables

Secret #4: Use Pre-Cut Vegetables

Use pre-cut vegetables as a shortcut that saves time while still creating a nutritious dish. Frozen vegetables save time, money and are always at the ready in the freezer. Plus, when fresh vegetables are out of season, choosing frozen vegetables may deliver more nutrients, since they are usually picked and frozen at the height of ripeness. Canned tomatoes and chiles also add nice flavor without much effort. And don’t be afraid to pick up some pre-cut fresh veggies in the produce section or from the salad bar, such as diced carrots, sliced peppers and precut broccoli and cauliflower florets—they eliminate time-consuming prep.

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