Super-Easy Shortcut Recipes

Start with fresh, seasonal ingredients, then pair them with high-quality, time-saving convenience products. Here are our favorite recipe shortcuts for your busiest nights.

Top 20 Ingredients for Quick Cooking

Keep these essential ingredients on hand and in mind. You can combine them in creative ways to yield deliciously quick and healthy weeknight meals.

Ingredients for Quick Cooking
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Fast, Fresh, and Healthy Ingredients for the Quick Cook

We've identified 20 ingredients that get our creative juices flowing, from fresh, superconvenient products like bagged baby spinach, to go-to pantry standards like organic canned black beans, to high-flavor spice-rack heroes like smoked paprika, which gives a bacon-y savor to foods while adding zero calories and zero saturated fat.

With this list of gold-standard quick-cooking ingredients in hand, we also provide 20 easy recipes perfect for busy nights. We hope these inspire you to stock your own pantry and experiment further. Fast, fresh, and healthy can be something else, too—fun.

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