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Some nights you just have to get dinner on the table quickly. It's handy to know a few tricks and to have high-quality ingredients available, so you can cut down on prep time. Read on to see how you can be a speedier cook.

Set yourself up for success. Prep ahead if you can. When you have extra time on the weekends to make stock or marinara, make large batches and freeze the leftovers. You'll thank yourself later when a recipe's ingredient list calls for them. The work is already done for you!


Use high-impact ingredients. Soy sauce and Parmesan have something in common: Both are robust ingredients where someone else has put in all the effort (they take more than a year to produce). Take advantage of the convenience and lean on ingredients like these. You'll add quick flavor.

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Choose fast-cooking methods and foods. There's a reason we love broiling and other no-fuss ways to cook: They're fast and easy. You could broil a piece of salmon in 10 minutes or less and have dinner on the table not long afterward. Choose a side that's fast too. Couscous is one of our go-to options because it's both quick and easy to make.


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