Fill your pantry with fruits and vegetables, which cook quickly. This way your sides are always fresh and can easily be steamed on the stove top or microwaved in minutes. Go with seasonal fruits and veggies, which also keeps costs down. You can even start the week by slicing and dicing veggies and then keeping them crisp in ziplock bags for later in the week. Thinly slice celery, carrots, and zucchini for stir-fry or chop carrots, potatoes, and leeks for a hearty stew. Wash and dry lettuces, wrap several leaves in paper towel, and then store them in large plastic bags for quick salads.
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