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10 Supermarket Buys for Faster Dinners

Stock up on versatile fast-fix ingredients to simplify dinner preparation.

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Washed Baby Spinach

Raw or cooked, these greens add protein and iron to any dish. Try baby spinach in salads, stir-fries and soups.

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A few minutes is all it takes for it to be table-ready, and couscous is as versatile as cooked rice; try it served alongside roasted meat or chicken, paired with sauces, as a stuffing or to thicken a soup.

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Frozen Shrimp

Defrost a bag of shrimp in 10 minutes (or less!) by immersing it in a bowl of water. You’ll have a protein that takes three to five minutes to cook, depending on whether it’s steamed, boiled, sauteed, grilled or roasted.

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Precooked Polenta

Depending on how it’s prepped, these rolls work as a stand-in for pasta, rice or bread: Try them sliced for personal pizzas/flatbreads, mashed into a gravy or sauce, or chopped and sauteed in a stir-fry.

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