Best Buys for the Neighborhood Block Party
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Cut back on prep time and cost by using frozen vegetables instead of their fresh counterparts.
This versatile starch works in soups, salads, casseroles and stir-fries — unlike pasta, it reheats well and doesn't need to be used immediately after being cooked, making it a good candidate for big-batch cooking.
This leafy herb adds a fresh note to most savory dishes and holds up well, unlike other leafy herbs, which may wilt or blacken.
This is an inexpensive, vegetarian protein that will work baked, in a chili, mashed, dressed in a salad — the options are endless. Plus, its shelf life beats that of any meat or seafood, making it an easy buy to stock up on when it's on sale.