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Serve up raw vegetables

Serve up raw vegetables
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Instead of roasting winter veggies, eat them raw. Pumpkin, beetroot, parsnips, and celeriac make great salads and coleslaws. Since root vegetables are sturdy, grate them. If they’re still too crispy for comfort, marinate them for a half hour or longer in a vinaigrette.

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Prep Brussels sprouts in the food processor

Prep Brussels sprouts in the food processor
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The machine does the job in a few pulses, and the small pieces will grill in about half the time. Plus, you get more of the delicious crispy bits that I can’t get enough of (just ask my daughters).

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Whip up a summer soup

Whip up a summer soup
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Some soups need to simmer for hours, but cold soups, such as gazpacho, involve simply putting ingredients in a blender and turning it on. So underrated.

Use frozen vegetables

Use frozen vegetables
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They work well in soup or any dish. Minimally processed and chilled immediately after harvest, frozen vegetables are an anomaly in the frozen-food aisle – a true gift to hurried cooks. I always keep frozen peas and corn on hand.

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Don’t wait around for a preheated oven

Don’t wait around for a preheated oven
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Unless you’re baking – or roasting something that requires an initial blast of very high heat – you don’t have to wait for the oven to reach its set temperature before putting in the food. Veggies and slow-roasted or braised meat work well this way.

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Leave the butter in the fridge

Leave the butter in the fridge
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If you’ve forgotten to let the butter soften, melt it in the microwave; then use a brush to apply it to bread for a more even coating.

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Make meatballs into meat “drops”

Make meatballs into meat “drops”
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When making meatballs, the most time-consuming part is rolling them. The solution? Don’t. Use two spoons to drop little mounds into the hot frying pan. They’ll brown beautifully – and taste just as good.

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Make “unstuffed” cabbage

Make “unstuffed” cabbage
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Blanching cabbage leaves to make them pliable is onerous. Use cooked cabbage as a base instead of a wrapper – it’ll provide the same taste with much less work.

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Source: RD.com

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