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In order to simplify meal preparation, I keep several often used veggies chopped and stored in 5 cup containers in the fridge. When I begin a recipe, it's great to have the onion, celery, bell peppers, etc all ready to go!
This is one of my best healthy eating and cooking tips. Every time I cook dinner, I want the time and effort put into it to last. So I double my recipes in order to have enough for dinner that night and leftovers for at least the next day's lunches.