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Meal Time Savers


Convenience is worth the extra cost if it adds quality, taste and nutrition to your plate. Pick up these ready-to-use items to help save you time in the kitchen during busy weeknights.

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Meal Time Savers

Convenience is worth the extra cost if it adds quality, taste and nutrition to your plate. Pick up these ready-to-use items to help save you time in the kitchen during busy weeknights.

  • Precut produce: Skip the need to wash, chop and dice by reaching for cut fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Look for a variety of options and blends to add to frittatas, stir-fry and sauces in the produce department.
  • Steamable potatoes: Fresh and scrumptious, simply pop the entire bag into the microwave to soften and season with your favorite dressing. Look for these bags sold in the produce department.
  • Jarred minced garlic: Just open, scoop and add to recipes for garlic flavor. Since jarred tends to be slightly more mild than fresh, use half a teaspoon in place of one clove of fresh minced garlic.
  • Rotisserie chicken: Jazz it up with fresh flavors for a homemade feel. Rub the outside skin with spices like paprika, lemon juice and minced garlic before reheating. Pair with this Savory recipe, Couscous with Roasted Vegetables for a quick weeknight meal.
  • Seasoning blends: Skip the need to search and pull out ten different jars of herbs & spices with pre-blended mixes that are available in countless combinations including salt-free. Add to veggies, grains and proteins for flavor before or during cooking.
  • Instant brown rice: Enjoy this fast-cooking version of a nutty tasting whole grain in meals like this Shrimp & Vegetable Bean Soup with Pesto. Follow packaged cooking instructions using either the stove top or a microwave. Look for varieties sold in boxes, individual cups or 90-second pouches.
  • Canned wild salmon: No need to stink up your house or hands with this ready-to-eat fish. Prepare and serve just like canned tuna. Mix into salad, like this Potato Salad with Salmon, or form into patties and bake.
  • Bagged hard-cooked eggs: Cooked and peeled to perfection, these eggs require no cooking or messy cracking. Keep on hand for a quick breakfast, snack or chop up for a sandwich or salad topping. Look for these refrigerated near eggs.

Keep a check on these everyday kitchen utensils for flawless meal prep time:

  • Before cooking, assemble all the ingredients for a recipe into ramekins or small bowls to create a mise en place, in French meaning “put in place”.
  • Sharp knives make for faster, and safer, cutting of produce and meats.
  • Dishware safe kitchen shears ¬make clipping herbs or opening vacuumed- packed items easy.
  • For easy clean up, line baking sheets and dishes with parchment paper before roasting or baking.