Food tricks that will speed up your cooking

You worked all day. You’re stressed, tired, and hungry. Now you’ve got to figure out dinner. Fast. You have others to think of too.

When it comes to slow cooking, there’s the beauty of a tough cut of meat tenderizing slowly and gently over many hours, and then there’s the ticking clock and a hungry spouse and/or children on a harried weeknight after a long day that might’ve started before dawn. Slow cooking is not an option (unless you did it over the weekend, or started it in the morning and can enjoy it now. Kudos!).

Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and other meal-kit delivery services have targeted our need for fresh, healthy meals cooked at home but with less stress and more speed. It’s better than dining out, takeout, or delivery food, true. But you can learn to look in your fridge and pantry at 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday with no idea what to make, and somehow whip up a bean-cheese-pepper quesadilla and salad