Raid the produce section and get prep work out of the way by chopping all of your veggies at once.

  • Store them in plastic baggies or plastic containers in the fridge, so when you’re ready to blanch, sauté, bake, broil or mash, they’ll be at the ready. You can save even more time by relying on kitchen wizard gadgetry. “I just bought a Slap Chop, which saves time slicing vegetables,” says Sara Press, regional sales manager for a digital marketing company.
  • One batch of steamed potatoes, for example, can be made into a salad on day one, mashed potatoes on day two and potato soup on day three. “You’ve already done the majority of the work [by steaming], so you can save a lot more time later in the week,” she says.

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