5 Supermarket Shortcuts That Are Worth It


Sure, everything's better homemade, but these shortcuts are hard to beat.

Chopped butternut squash: Rich in potassium, low in fat and packed with antioxidants, this winter squash is as versatile as it is easy to use.

Try it: roast until browned and tender for a side, or chopped smaller and baked on top of a pizza; chop and stir into a risotto; or simply steam and serve.
- Time saved: 15 minutes

Refrigerated pizza dough: The trick is to leave it out at room temperature all day, making a pizza, a calzone, flatbread or empanadas just 30 minutes away once starting dinner.
- Time saved: 6 hours

Rotisserie chicken: This ready-to-use, preservative-free protein works instantly as a snack, filling and main course. 
- Time saved: 2 hours

Trimmed Brussels sprouts: These mini cabbages cook up quickly — sauteed, roasted or dressed as a salad — once the prep is over and done with.
- Time saved: 15 minutes

Pie crust: Hand pies, crostatas and even savory turnovers can be assembled in about 15 minutes or less.
- Time saved: 2 hours

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