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Quick Dishes to Prepare When You Have Less Than an Hour to Cook

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Ratatouille is a French vegetable stew. It can be prepared with vegetables you have on hand — like zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, or potatoes — then add herbs and a can or two of beans for the protein.

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Unstuffed pork chops

Instead of putting the stuffing inside the pork chop, pile it on top! This time-saving method means you can quickly sear the chops on the stovetop rather than bake them stuffed for much longer time in the oven.

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Pasta salads

Boil up some pasta (or even use leftover), then add a colorful mix of fresh vegetables, herbs, and toss it all together with olive oil and a little vinegar or your favorite dressing.


As long as you cut everything into small chunks, stir-fries cook up quickly. Chicken makes for the classic sweet and sour, but tofu or any protein will also work. Add some vegetables and top it with your favorite sauce — sweet and sour, honey garlic, teriyaki, or maybe even make it primavera.

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Chicken Parmesan

This is a simple classic. Cut chicken breasts into thin slices, coat them with Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, top with a spoonful of tomato sauce, some grated cheese, and then bake. Cooking the chicken this way makes it lower in fat and calories than deep-fried chicken.

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