A great and surprising weeknight dinner does not require lots of prep or hours of meal planning on the weekends. Use our genius shortcuts to streamline your cooking and make even a simple Tuesday night dinner taste like a masterpiece.


Recipes by Lauren Schaefer

Make-Your-Own Mixes

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Sure, you could buy this stuff, but DIY versions take 5 minutes and are cheaper and tastier than boxed mixes. 

Weeknight Shortcut: Make-Your-Own Mixes

Find Your Formula

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Can't decide what to cook? These quick ideas will help you leverage what you have on hand so you can stop thinking—and start eating. 

Weeknight Shortcut: Find Your Formula

Freeze Everything

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Instead of doing full-on meal prep, just freeze your leftover ingredients—like that half of an onion on the cutting board or the lonely lemon that needs to be used now

Weeknight Shortcut: Freeze Everything

Use Your Microwave

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Think you don't have time for a real meal in the morning? Your microwave begs to differ. 

Weeknight Shortcut: Use Your Microwave

Revamp Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken
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It's the ultimate supermarket shortcut. Here are 12 ways to bust out of your rotisserie-chicken rut. 

Weeknight Shortcut: Revamp Rotisserie Chicken

Rethink Your Utensil Drawer

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Step away from the single-use gadgets. These multitaskers will help you speed through all kinds of kitchen tasks. 

Weeknight Shortcut: Rethink Your Utensil Drawer